Learning Transcendental Meditation

November 19, 2008 by  
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Learning Transcendental Meditation

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the world to the wonders of transcendental meditation back in 1958. In his time, he has written several books and has toured the world to conduct lectures on learning transcendental meditation to over 40,000 teachers and practitioners. Today transcendental meditation is commonly practiced in the medical field as a therapeutic remedy for stress and anxiety symptoms such as depression. It is also widely known in the Western world as a form of deep relaxation that can be performed at home or even in the workplace.

People nowadays need an escape from the fast paced world. Transcendental meditation is one way of attaining peace, even for as little as 20 minutes a day. During a session, the body is engaged in a deep restfulness while still maintaining a lucid and alert mind. Learning transcendental meditation became popular because it is easy to perform. You only need to choose a word, an image or a symbol to focus on while doing the meditation. This symbol has to be something that you really love or has a profound meaning to you. It can be something in nature, a religious or cultural symbol, or a word that means a lot to you personally. During meditation, you have to concentrate on this word or image and replay it to yourself. Soon enough you will find yourself falling deeper and deeper into a state that is neither deep relaxation nor sleep. It is a state of deep restfulness they often refer to as theta brain wave pattern. This should take place in a tranquil setting, away from any type of distractions.

The meditation techniques used in learning transcendental meditation have been researched extensively not only by Maharishi Yogi. Other Hindu practitioners and new age therapists have studied the benefits that one can derive from this kind of meditation and how to properly perform it in order to achieve such physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Again, during transcendental meditation, our mind falls into a deep restfulness that is slightly related to sleep and relaxation, with many positive results. After spending 20 minutes to an hour on this meditation, this restfulness is then carried over to a state of wakefulness.

After which, the body will automatically feel a little lighter. There will be an increase in mental comprehension, focus and alertness. Other studies suggest that learning transcendental meditation also enhances the creativity of the practitioner. This is one of the reasons we see so many celebrities practicing this type of meditation. Some of the celebrities who are known to be practitioners are Mick Jagger, David Lynch, Heather Graham and, of course, The Beatles.

Aside from this, the International Journal of Neuroscience conducted a study on transcendental meditation, they found in some cases that this type of meditation can actually reverse the aging process. The results of the study show that the biological age of the people who practices transcendental meditation is 12 years younger than their chronological age. Additionally, they found that this meditation has positive effects on some old-age ailments such as insomnia, high blood pressure, and hearing loss.

Aside from gaining a positive response from the medical community, learning transcendental meditation is also supported by most religions, though its actual roots are of Hindu origin. In transcendental meditation, you are not encouraged to either assume a Hindu lifestyle nor convert to the Hindu religion. It is advised that while conducting the session, you should focus on a religious symbol or object that you really believe in. So if you are a Christian, you can still affirm your belief in Jesus Christ while doing the meditation by simply focusing on the crucifix during the session.

The whole point in transcendental meditation is that one has to be at peace with one’s self in order to attain peace with one’s surroundings. Having this kind of spiritual consciousness shall then give you a healthy body, mind and spirit.