“Transcendental meditation has a simple principle, we are beings of a blissful nature with infinite happiness. Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditation practice has become essential for anyone wanting to improve their well-being. Our lives are full of setbacks that can cause stress, anxiety, struggling to concentrate, etc.
While a good number of people struggle with burning out, meditation appears to be a potential solution. Of all the types of meditation, transcendental meditation is one that seems to stand out from the others.
While some people believe it’s nonsense and others swear by it when they’re stressed, it’s worth having a look at. After all, so many people wouldn’t swear by it if there was nothing to it.
Let’s see what these meditation techniques are all about and what the benefits of meditation are.
When it comes to stress reduction, there are thousands of ways to meditate. Of them, the transcendental meditation technique is thought of as one of the more alternative methods.
Transcendental meditation takes training. (Source: Pexels)
In fact, it’s often presented as a technique for your brain that works on your consciousness by helping you to relax. The process is shown to be almost effortless, effective in a short time, and very popular.
Is it too good to be true?
On paper, the idea is to work on these techniques twice a day for around twenty minutes. By sitting in silence and working on our emotional stability and self-esteem at the same time, we learn to relax in a profound way by healing our mind and body.
How do learn to meditate?
By repeating a mantra in your head as you sit cross-legged in the lotus position on the floor with your eyes closed. This mantra will be personally taught to you by someone involved with a Maharishi organisation.
It doesn’t really require that much concentration, effort, or a particular technique. You can do it without having to drastically change your lifestyle, especially if you’re really busy.
Learning to meditate can help calm you down, which is one of the main objectives of the discipline.
So how can you learn some of these relaxation techniques and how to meditate?
How can you completely liberate your thoughts?
Transcendental meditation could hold the key!
Transcendental meditation was inspired by Indian spiritual traditions and was introduced into the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1995. Maharishi helped give Indian meditation a new lease on life.
We’re talking about the 6 million people who were taught this technique around the world. A number who, despite a few controversies, are basically trying to find the keys to happiness.
Meditation is first and foremost a way to gain self-awareness, understand what’s happening deep inside yourself, and a way to battle stress and depression. In addition to these benefits, there are also a number of physical benefits to practising transcendental meditation such as feeling more relaxed and reducing your blood pressure.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (literally: “Great Seer”) is the man who helped popularise transcendental meditation (TM).
Born in 1917 and died in 2008, he became a symbol of an American counter-culture and was featured in a number of publications, most notably Time.
While some dubbed it a sect, Maharishi founded a university, schools, and colleges around the world. His success is in part due to just how simple the technique can be and the fact that there were a lot of stars who got involved.
While the technique may be simple, what are the benefits?
Most people who practise transcendental meditation will tell you how it can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and make you feel energised.
There are a number of benefits to transcendental meditation. (Source: Devanath)
Practising transcendental meditation and emptying your mind can help make you more attentive, improve your self-confidence, and generally improve your quality of life.
“In this meditation we do not concentrate or control the mind. We let the mind follow its natural instinct toward greater happiness, and it goes within and it gains bliss consciousness in the being.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
According to Maharishi, transcendental meditation creates an awakened state when you’re resting which can help alleviate tension and anxiety. Self-awareness can help you manage stress and make us more aware of what’s happening to us.
It can also help those with high blood pressure or help you get rid of stress. It can improve your body and your nervous system. There are so many different types of benefits to practising transcendental meditation.
However, there’s no proof that this type of meditation works any better than any other type of meditation. Let’s not forget that these are also the general benefits of meditating.
The goal of transcendental meditation is to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
In summary, transcendental meditation allows you to:
Whether you’re an expert of meditation or don’t know the first thing about it, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it. Getting involved it pretty easy, however, getting stuck in can be much harder.
Transcendental meditation is a type of meditation that you have to do in the presence of a teacher. This person will act as your guide or TM instructor. They play an essential role for a lot of people practising meditation.
Meditation is a relaxation and personal development technique which is a bit different to some of the others. In fact, you don’t need to put in that much effort or concentrate that much. You’ll need someone who’s happy to practise daily as well some training, which we’ll cover later.
It’s a good idea to learn about TM from an expert. (Source: unclelky)
It relies on an awareness of your body and a sense of inner peace, focusing on a mantra, and silently repeating it. A mantra can be a word, sentence, or idea, which your tutor will help you discover. The idea is to repeat this mantra, in accordance with what your instructor is telling you to do. Your teacher will probably have been trained by a Maharishi Mahesh Yogi organisation.
This is a more thorough message than Zen meditation, for example, which many people commonly associate with religion.
A tutor is very important and, in some cases, fundamental. However, the fact that you need a teacher with you is one of the main weaknesses of transcendental meditation.
In addition to the teacher being essential, this also means that you have to be committed, want to attend the lessons, and willing to pay for them. While the latter is often seen as a big negative, don’t forget that you don’t need a lot of gear to practise it, just your body, mind, and spirit.
Training with tutors takes place over four days followed by continued “check-ups” for the next six months and the cost is based on your income.
As you’ll have guessed, transcendental meditation isn’t quite like other types of meditation where you can just get random classes at any time. Here, training is a necessity for ensuring that you enjoy all the spiritual benefits of the practice.
While it’s a bit like guided meditation, personal development and letting go are achieved through a specific process.
We have to talk about the limits of transcendental meditation.
When discussing TM, you need to remain grounded. (Source: leninscape)
It’s often shown in the media as solely a relaxation technique where you focus on the present moment. However, they rarely mention that it’s something you have to learn, the personal development it entails, or the benefits it can bring.
This is because the founder of the discipline was regularly in the media. In fact, the practice has been popular since the 1960s and is recommended by stars such as Stevie Wonder, Hugh Jackman, and Oprah Winfrey.
The founder appeared on American television shows, which helped transcendental meditation become popular as well as making him subject to a number of controversies.
The religious, political, and financial aspects of the practice were questioned. While it’s considered a branch of meditation, which won’t appeal to everyone, it would be silly to immediately dismiss it when it could actually be really helpful!
If you’re not convinced about meditation, why not consider looking at mindfulness meditation instead?
After all, something that may work for one person may not necessarily work for another and you’ll never know if you don’t try!