Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness


Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique of meditation that primarily helps a person deal with their conflicting thoughts as well as restlessness of mind. There must be times when your thoughts become uncontrollable and unruly; when you want to escape them but everything you try turns out to be a failure. However, transcendental meditation is the best way to deal with such times.

Other Details On Transcendental Meditation

  • TM is a branch of ‘silent mantra meditation’.
  • It was designed and introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a noted Indian spiritual leader, somewhere in the mid of 1950s.
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had also launched the ‘Transcendental Meditation Movement’ in India.
  • According to the late Maharishi, this technique is purely derived from the ancient ‘Indian Vedic’ traditions.
  • This technique of meditation is called ‘transcendental’ because it makes you transcend your routine thought process.
  • It (transcendental meditation) also helps in dealing with several health issues like chronic pain, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, anxiety, etc.
  • It makes a person have a better quality of life.
Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness
Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness

How To Become A Practitioner Of Transcendental Meditation

Unlike most of the other methods of meditation, TM requires its learner to get a special course of instructions from a ‘certified trainer’. This course involves seven steps in total. The trainer also gives the learner (mostly) an-hour-long introductory lecture at the beginning of this course. This introductory lecture is usually followed by another 45-minute-long lecture comprising some detailed information on the techniques and effects of the subject.

After the second lecture, the people (interested in learning) are required to attend a 15-minute-long interview followed by another session extending personal instructions. This (last) session usually takes an hour or two to conclude.

In the end, the learners are each given a mantra (meditation prayer) followed by a brief ceremony. This mantra is to be chanted during the transcendental meditation practice. Furthermore, they are supposed to keep their respective mantras under wraps or classified.

Once the abovementioned procedure is complete, the learners can start practicing TM every day on their own.

What Comes Next

After three days from the beginning, the learner is again required to visit the teacher in order to follow up on the ongoing process. This time the teacher, usually in an hour-long session, gives them (the learners) some more instructions keeping their progress in mind. In this session, the teacher:

  • Tells the learner where they are making mistakes (if any).
  • Explains the practice of TM more comprehensively.
  • Tells about the benefits of practicing TM on a regular basis.
Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness
Transcendental Meditation: How It Calms Your Mind, Promotes Awareness

What Else You Need To Know About TM

  • TM produces best results if practiced at least twice a day. Each session should be taking 15 to 20 minutes.
  • The ideal time to practice TM is early morning or evening.
  • For better results, the trainer should keep notifying the instructor of the former’s condition.
  • One should always consult their doctor before they start practicing TM in case they have any mental health condition.
  • Transcendental Meditation is one of the most researched and practiced mediation methods across the world.
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi continued his teachings on TM until his demise in 2008.

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