The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced for any amount of time, usually 10-20 minutes in the morning and evening, while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. During this technique, the individual’s awareness settles down and experiences a unique state of restful alertness. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness, Transcendental Consciousness, where consciousness is open to itself. This is the self-referral state of consciousness. The experience of Transcendental Consciousness develops the individual’s latent creative potential while dissolving accumulated stress and fatigue through the deep rest gained during the practice. This experience enlivens the individual’s creativity, dynamism, orderliness, and organizing power, which result in increasing effectiveness and success in daily life.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is scientific, requiring neither specific beliefs nor adoption of a particular lifestyle. The practice does not involve any effort or concentration. It is easy to learn and does not require any special ability. People of all ages, educational backgrounds, cultures, and religions in countries throughout the world practice the technique and enjoy its wide range of benefits.
Over 500 scientific research studies conducted during the past 25 years at more than 200 independent universities and research institutes in 30 countries have shown that the TM program benefits all areas of an individual’s life: mind, body, behavior, and environment. The research findings include:Increased happiness Reduced stress Increased intelligence Increased creativity Improved memory Improved health Reduced high blood pressure Improved relationships Increased energy Reduced insomnia Reversal of biological aging Reduced crime and improved quality of life in society The research has been published in such major scientific journals as Science, the American Journal of Physiology, Scientific American, Lancet, the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the International Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, the British Journal of Educational Psychology, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Research indicates that TM technique Meditators on average have the biological age of a person 5 to 12 years younger, as well as significantly reduced incidence of illness and risk of heart disease. Studies also show that TM technique Meditators have warmer interpersonal relationships, less anxiety, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, increased problem-solving ability and greater creativity. The individual spontaneously radiates a purifying and nourishing influence of positivity and harmony in society as a whole. Now I would like to show one of the different ways that you can meditate, if you feel uncomfortable with sitting on the ground for a few minutes than let me know.
Close your eyes and breathe normally. Sit with a strait back and a stiff and rigid neck. Focus on the sounds of the waves crashing into the shore. Picture yourself as the water, which is being tossed slowly and smoothly into the shore.
Smell the fresh air and feel the cool breeze blow against your face. Now a person of the opposite sex is playing the guitar. Relax and become a part of this song that he or she is playing. Let yourself feel the situation. Sorry to take you out of this Transcendental Consciousness state.
This is one of the major benefits of Transcendental Meditation, you allow yourself to feel the situation you are put into. When you meditate on your own you can put yourself into any situation that you wish. That is a major reason why meditation is so easy, relaxing, and benificial.