What is The Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique?
The TM technique is a simple, natural, enjoyable process done sitting comfortably with closed eyes.
What happens during the TM technique?
Our mind effortlessly settles to quieter levels of thinking, tapping the inner reservoir of creativity and intelligence at its silent depths. Simultaneously the body gains deep rest and releases accumulated stress and tension.
What happens afterward?
After meditation, we feel relaxed and rejuvenated and our awareness is infused with greater clarity, brilliance and calm.
Here’s what TM can increase
- Energy (there is an energy crisis–yours!)
- Good memory and higher IQ
- Better grades, creativity and alertness
- HAPPINESS!!—and less moodiness
- More tolerance
- Clearer thinking and focus (so you can stay awake in class and when studying)
- Better sleep. FINALLY.
- Confidence and self-esteem and being the best of who you are.
Here’s what TM can reduce
- Reliance on pills and alcohol and other substances you won’t desire anymore (because you will start to FEEL GOOD without them)
- Mental and physical rigidity
- Pent-up emotions
- Symptoms of ADHD (meditate or medicate?)
How TM helps with self esteem
- The TM technique builds self-confidence and self-worth because when we meditate, we find that we are full inside—we are, in fact, INFINITE.
- During the meditation, the deep relaxation (deeper than a nap) reduces our stress and anxiety.
- Experiencing our inner Being, a field of intelligence and creativity and fullness, naturally increases social skills.
TM practice makes reaction time faster, increases mind body coordination, gives you wide comprehension with the ability to focus sharply, and of great importance–increases energy and stamina.
Awaken higher consciousness:
Albert Einstein estimated that he was using less than 15% of his mental capacity, so even if you’re an Einstein, there’s a lot more brain power and consciousness to be had—here’s how:
Daily TM practice allows you to develop higher consciousness—to awaken intuition, creative vision and inner happiness. This has been demonstrated by brain research on students doing TM!
TM increases student graduation rates
A study published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education showed that students practicing the TM technique had a 25% higher graduation rate than non-meditating students.
The brain and behavior
The process of quieting the mind and body through the TM technique increases coherence between the two hemispheres and the front and the back parts of the brain.
According to neuropsychologist Dr. William Stixrud, “As a result, children are simply less impulsive. They get in trouble less; they act without thinking less; they can better inhibit the tendency to get distracted.”
Developing intuition and foresight
Women entering college or preparing for a career often encounter perplexing issues. When decision-making becomes overwhelming, we need a way to transcend the outer influences and hear our own inner voice.
The TM practice cultures more orderly efficient brain functioning which produces refined perception, improved cognition, and clearer intuition. The ability to recognize truth and follow our instincts develops as higher consciousness grows. TM strengthens our inner compass to help us define our purpose and passions in life’s ever changing circumstances.
The Transcendental Meditation technique offers promising, measurable results for increasing empathy, compassion and tackling the stressors that give rise to bullying. The (US) National Center for Educational Statistics estimates that one third of students ages 12-18 are bullied at school and online. Bullying behavior is a symptom of an underlying cause: an epidemic of stress in our homes, schools and society. TM reduces s-t-r-e-s-s.
Helping victims of bullying
TM practice can also help strengthen children that are potential victims of bullying by building self-esteem and resilience to stress. And it increases mind-body coordination and gives you faster reaction time, so you can ‘think on your feet’ and deal.
The Transcendental Meditation program in schools
A recent study conducted by the University of Connecticut found students in three high schools had reduced levels of stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, and emotional problems when practicing the TM technique over a period of four months at school, as compared with non-meditating controls.
Learn about Maharishi University of Management where everyone meditates: A film made by the students
VIDEO Enjoy “A Student Film: What Makes MUM Unique?” (13:22)
Learning and doing the Transcendental Meditation technique is easy.
An easy fit for student life
- Takes only 15-20 minutes twice a day.
- Requires no belief or philosophy.
- Requires no lifestyle changes.
- Easy to do. Period.
- Easy to learn (If a ten year old can learn—and plenty do—you can too.)