How is the TM technique different?
It’s well known that different meditation techniques engage the mind in different ways and produce different effects on the mind, body and behavior.
Some techniques involve watching your thoughts or focusing on your breathing or bodily sensations. Others employ concentration, visualization or trying to clear your mind of thoughts. There’s also guided meditation, contemplation or meditating for insight.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike all of these—in fact, it’s a completely different process.
How Is TM different?
It’s effortless: You don’t have to concentrate, focus your attention, or control your mind. In fact, effortlessness is the key to TM’s effectiveness.
It’s transcendental: TM allows you to spontaneously transcend or go beyond thoughts, deep within, to experience a revitalizing state of restful alertness or pure consciousness. When you transcend, you access your silent reserves of energy, creativity and intelligence—infusing more and more clarity and happiness into daily life.
More scientifically verified benefits: Over 350 peer-reviewed studies—conducted at independent research institutes and medical schools—verify that the technique relieves stress, promotes inner peace and rejuvenates mind and body. And the research suggests a range of benefits not seen in studies on other meditation techniques.
For example, the TM technique is the only meditation technique that shows a sustained reduction in heart disease, including clinically and statistically significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, reduction in left ventricle mass, reduction in atherosclerosis, and a minimum of 48% reduction in cardiac events: heart attacks, strokes and mortality.
The American Heart Association’s most recent scientific statement on meditation techniques found that Transcendental Meditation has been found to lower blood pressure and is recommended. They also said that other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time.
The TM technique is the only meditation for which research shows significant reductions in health care utilization and health care costs.
The TM technique is the only meditation technique that shows increases in broadband intra and unique inter-hemispheric EEG coherence associated with increased neurological functioning, IQ, academic performance, grade point average, creativity, concept learning, serenity, emotional stability, self-esteem, moral reasoning, and consciousness orientation.
Subjective assessment factors in published peer-reviewed research show that the TM technique is the most effective meditation for:
- Reducing drug, alcohol and cigarette use
- Increasing self-actualization (3 times more than any other meditation or relaxation technique)
- Significantly reducing depression and stress
- Reducing anxiety (twice as much as any other form of meditation)
At a time when women strive to balance their greater freedom and success in life with personal and spiritual growth, the TM technique allows us to access our deeply sensitive and feminine power, and develop a truly integrated consciousness.
Meta-analysis found the TM technique significantly more effective in reducing anxiety than concentration or contemplation, or other techniques. Journal of Clinical Psychology 45: 957-974, 1989.
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