If you feel the need to bliss out, but cant devote more than a few minutes to getting centered each day, transcendental meditation might be the practice you crave. While the practice of transcendental meditation is thousands of years old, a man named Maharishi Mahesh first popularized it in the U.S. in the 50s and 60s. Since then, TM has become one of the mostly widely studied and practiced forms of meditation. Its an approachable, relatively simple method that you can practice in only 15-20 minutes a day.
The transcendental meditation basics are this: you sit quietly with you eyes closed, and focus on a mantra provided to you by an instructor. You silently repeat this mantra to yourself over and over. As you begin to focus on your mantra, all that extra chatter that happens in your brain starts to melt away, and you experience a meditative state. Unlike some forms of meditation that require a lot of brainpower and focus, transcendental meditation techniques say its all good. If you lose focus on your mantra and your mind wanders, just get back to it when you can without any self-judgment.
Officially learning how to do transcendental meditation is a relatively simple process consisting of 4-5 hours of personal instruction courses with a trained teacher. Think of it as yoga classes for your mind: youll learn your mantra, get started on a practice, and talk through tips and tricks with your instructor to help you continue your practice at home.
Transcendental meditation has famous followers from myriad industries and backgrounds. Russell Brand claims that TM help keeps him sober. Investment banking magnate, Ray Dalio, credits TM with his astronomical financial success. Even Gisele Bundchen says TM helps her find inner peace! Tata, too, is a TM practicer; she says since she’s been starting to learn the technique, she’s been using it to help clear her mind of clutter and stay focused on the important things in life.
Believe it or not, this meditative practice is not just the celebrity fad of the week; taking a few minutes a day to focus comes with a long list of transcendental meditation health benefits as well. Some studies have shown that meditating regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, soothe anxiety and anger, and even bring relief to sufferers of chronic pain. Devotees of transcendental meditation claim that it stimulates clearer thinking, increases creative and organizational abilities, and even cures insomnia. It’s worth a try, no?
If youre interested in learning more about transcendental meditation, check out Transcendental Meditation Techniques official website. Not sure TM is the right type of meditation for you? Take a peek at this great piece by the Mayo Clinic for a snapshot of the different types of meditation techniques available to you – there are so many, and while finding the one that works best for you may take a trial and error period, each one will make you feel better, guaranteed.
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