Benefits of TM

Proven by Research

Less Stress

Decreased Cortisol: The Stress Hormone
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Reference: Hormones and Behaviour

Ever wonder why old habits, fears, and grudges don’t ever seem to go away?  Because those aren't just thoughts or feelings, or some abstract nothing you can wish away.  The source of these things is like a hardened cement in the body and nervous system.  Medical science calls this “STRESS”. 

Stress from the social and psychological wear-and-tear of life is the root cause of disease, depression, anxiety, and even the degeneration of old age and death.  The good news is that the Transcendental Meditation® technique provides a simple natural release of stress. 

Deep rest is nature's cure for almost any disorder, and research has shown that the level of rest the nervous system experiences from TM is the deepest anyone can experience. That means TM relieves stress most efficiently. 

Even in deeply rooted stresses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ground breaking research has demonstrated that TM is the simplest, most effective, pain free cure for this debilitating condition.     

A Healthy Heart

Health data compiled from more than 190 countries show heart disease remains the Number One global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. A report from the American Heart Association (AHA) states that stroke remains the Number Two cause of death worldwide.

According to the American Heart Association, the Transcendental Meditation® technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure.

The AHA scientific statement also reported the finding that lower blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation® practice is associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack and stroke.

Cutting edge physicians recommend the most powerful and proven technique when real heart health treatment is called for. The AHA recommends alternative treatments that include the Transcendental Meditation® technique  in treatment plans for all individuals with blood pressure greater than 120/80 mm Hg. 

American Heart Association finding reduced high blood pressure
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Source: Hypertension

A Powerful Brain

Improved Psychology through TM
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Self-realisation: a meta-analysis.

Your brain is like a sports team.  It is made up of millions of tiny nerve cells called neurons, and like members of a team, your brain cells need to work together to accomplish your goals.

When a well-trained football team is running down the field, each member knows when to go this way or that, when to pass, when to block, and when to go for the goal.  Like that, to understand anything, to solve any problem, to reason the complications of any plan, to have the memory and endurance to succeed, each member of your brain team needs to work in concert with the rest of the brain. 

There is a device for measuring the effectiveness of the interaction between your brain positions, and what it measures is called brain wave coherence.  During TM brain wave coherence measures in a style and at a level higher than in any other state of consciousness.  People regularly practicing TM regularly generate this kind of coherent brain activity and have shown increased intelligence, creativity, memory power, and problem solving ability.      

Questions

Can I learn TM from a book or video?

Imagine trying to learn a natural golf swing or the violin. You know how valuable it is for a good teacher to show you the proper technique.

The TM technique is easy to learn, but requires personalized interactive guidance. For this reason, it’s taught only through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM teacher.

There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique — and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.

What if I’m not good at controlling my mind?

No problem at all. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no trying to clear the mind of thoughts, no mental monitoring.

What if I’m skeptical?

The TM technique’s effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical. That’s because TM works with the inherent mechanics of the thinking process which is the same for everyone.  It has nothing to do with what you think, what you believe, or even if you believe it will work—all of this is different for everyone.  TM automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm.

Why can’t I learn TM from my friend who took the course or from another teacher?

Beware of meditations claiming to be the same or similar to the TM technique. They are very different—and there is no evidence they provide the same benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.

The TM technique can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. All certified TM teachers have successfully completed an intensive 5-month in-residence Teacher Training Course, and they maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.

If you learn meditation from anyone who’s not a certified TM teacher, you’re not learning the authentic TM technique.

Is there a course fee?

When you purchase anything of value, of course, cost is a consideration. But the TM technique is actually inexpensive if you consider what you're getting: a program you'll benefit from every day of your life—a program known to help prevent heart attack and stroke, to help people sleep better, to avert the harmful effects of stress. And those are just side effects. The real benefit is that you enjoy your life so much more.

The TM technique is the most powerful preventive medicine we have. It pays for itself many times over.

The course fee for TM is different in each country because it is established to be affordable for people of widely varying income levels.

What is the structure of the TM organization?

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught by Maharishi Vedic University Ltd, a non-profit educational organization.

As a non-profit, 100% of the TM course fee supports the operating cost of our TM Centres, as well as various educational and charitable initiatives. There are no profit distributions of any kind.

Many of our teachers and administrators are volunteers who work tirelessly for the good of their country and the world. Full-time certified TM teachers have median earnings about the same as school teachers. 

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