What is Transcendental Meditation?
The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is a simple, effortless technique for improving all areas of life. TM is practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.
During the practice of Transcendental Meditation, the mind settles down to a state of “pure consciousness,” where it is silent, yet fully alert. As the mind settles, the body simultaneously gains very deep rest and relaxation.
Transcendental Meditation is Unique
Transcendental Meditation is unique in its effortlessness. It doesn’t involve any concentration or control of the mind. As a result, the relaxation one enjoys during TM is far deeper than that seen with other meditation or relaxation techniques.
Brain wave coherence (EEG) observed during the practice of TM can produce a range of benefits including improved memory, problem solving and decision making abilities, creativity, moral reasoning and academic performance.
Over four million people around the world have learnt Transcendental Meditation and hundreds of scientific studies documenting its benefits have been undertaken by leading universities and scientific research institutions around the globe.
Regular practice eliminates accumulated mental stress and fatigue leading to reduced anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcohol and drug abuse and other stress-related disorders. The deep physical rest gained during TM has been scientifically proven to reduce high blood pressure, strengthen the heart and improve overall health. TM meditators commonly report improvements in mental clarity, happiness and creativity.
Where does Transcendental Meditation come from?
Transcendental Meditation originates from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who came from this tradition, introduced the TM program to the west over 50 years ago. Maharishi systematised its instruction and trained over 40,000 teachers of this program worldwide.
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TM is Easy to Learn
The first step in learning Transcendental Meditation is to attend a free Introductory Talk by a certified TM teacher (1 hr), with no obligation. They are held at level 9, 47 York Street (conveniently located near Wynyard bus and train stations) on:
Tuesdays at 1:30pm,
Wednesdays at 5:30pm,
Thursdays at 12:30pm,
First Sunday of each month at 2:00pm, by appointment only
If you can’t make these times, watch the video below and if you’d then like to learn Transcendental Meditation complete the form on the left.
To ensure maximum effectiveness, Transcendental Meditation is taught through personal, one-to-one instruction by accredited teachers.
The deep relaxation in Transcendental Meditation dissolves deep-rooted stress and makes us more resilient to stress, A recent study of 300 students at the American University in Washington found that anxiety and depression significantly reduced after a few months of practice of TM and the students were more able to cope with the challenges of university life.
Health Well Being
The deep rest gained during TM switches on the body’s self-repair ability and is very effective for improving overall health. Scientific studies verify that regular Transcendental Meditation practice decreases risk of heart attack and stroke, slows biological ageing, lowers high blood pressure, and much more.
Transcendental Meditation is a technique for turning the attention inward, to experience the unbounded ocean of creativity and intelligence that lies within ones own inner Self. Artists, writers and musicians who practice TM often report that this expansion of mind and reduction of stress helps provide them with a constant flow of creativity, imagination and inspiration.
The silent, inner wakefulness experienced during Transcendental Meditation is the experience of one’s own inner Self. This experience results in greater happiness and creativity, improved confidence, and an increased sense of self-worth. After learning how to meditate at our Sydney centre, people commonly report feeling more energetic and motivated, as well has having a more positive outlook on life in general.
More than 200,000 students in private and public schools throughout the world are practicing Transcendental Meditation as part of school-supported Quiet Time programs. Schools that have implemented Transcendental Meditation report improvements in accademic performance and student behaviour, as well as a happier, more relaxed atmosphere throughout the whole school.
Transcendental Meditation produces a state of scientifically measurable “global brainwave coherence,” where the whole brain functions together, in concert – as a whole greater than the sum of its parts. High brainwave coherence is a trait seen in top-level managers and high-performance athletes, and promotes higher IQ, emotional stability and moral reasoning, as well as decreased anxiety.
Not surprisingly, as our own health and happiness grows, our relationships also become more harmonious and fulfilling. After learning Transcendental Meditation at our Sydney centre, people often report warmer relationships amongst friends, family and co-workers.
Several peer-reviewed, published scientific studies have now shown that when a significant portion of a population is practicing Transcendental Meditation, there is a measurable influence of peace throughout that society. This is seen in decreased crime, war, and other social violence.
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Personality and Individual Differences 12: 1105–1116, 1991
Development of intelligence – increased IQ in university students
University students that practiced Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique and the TM Sidhi programme had a significantly increased IQ. These students were over the age of 18, and an increase in IQ was therefore theoretically impossible. The control group indeed did not show an increase. The difference between the TM group and the control group was a p-value of <.0001
Scientific Research on Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme: Collected Papers, Volume 1: 396–399, 1977
University students that were taught Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant increase in average test scores (Grade Point Average) in the subsequent three academic test periods, as compared to control students. (p=.0003)
Stanford University: A meta-analysis of 146 independent studies found that the Transcendental Meditation technique is twice as effective at reducing trait anxiety when compared with concentration, contemplation or other techniques.
Reference: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 (1989): 957–974.