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What makes TM different?

TM is practiced 20 minutes each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed

  

FIVE UNIQUE FEATURES OF TM

1. Personalized Instruction
2. Simple and Natural Technique
3. Scientifically Verified Results
4. Absolutely Effortless
5. Authentic
  
Instruction

1. PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION

Everyone learns at their own speed. Instruction in TM is carefully personalized for you by your certified teacher.
Initial private instruction is followed by group sessions to ensure you get maximum benefit from this easy, enjoyable technique.

2. SIMPLE AND NATURAL

The TM technique is natural and uses the innate nature of the mind. It is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle.
No belief or expectation is needed for it to be effective.

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3. SCIENTIFICALLY VERIFIED RESULTS

Hundreds of published research studies on the TM technique have documented major benefits for stress and anxiety, brain function, cardiovascular health, and much more.

  

4. ABSOLUTELY EFFORTLESS

The TM technique is so easy and enjoyable that anyone can do it.
No concentrating.
No control of the mind.
No monitoring of thoughts (mindfulness).
No trying to "empty the mind".

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5. AUTHENTIC & UNIVERSAL

The practice can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. The TM technique was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 50 years ago, and has been learned by more than six million people.

COMPARING MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

Many meditation techniques are available today. Contrary to common belief there are distinct differences between techniques, such as the effort involved, their impact on the brain, and whether or not they result in verifiable benefits.

A study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition identified the following three meditation categories, based on measured brain wave differences:

Meditation techniques and their impact on the brain

CONCENTRATION or focus on object or emotion: meditations from the Tibetan Buddhist (compassion), Buddhist (Zen and Diamond Way), Chinese (Qigong) traditions. These pro- cedures give rise to beta/gamma activity in the brain—seen during any active cognitive processing or control of the mind.

OPEN MONITORING being mindful of breath or thoughts: Buddhist (Mindfulness and ZaZen), Chinese (Qigong) Vedic (Sahaj Yoga and Kriya Yoga) traditions. During practice of these procedures, the brain displays theta activity — seen when reflecting on mental concepts.

SELF-TRANSCENDING This category of techniques automatically going beyond their own activity includes Transcendental Meditation. TM produces frontal alpha 1 coherence, which characterizes the state of inner wakefulness. Higher coherence indicates the brain's prefrontal cortex, its "CEO" or "executive control center" is functioning in an integrated manner.

* Some practices of Vipassana may also be considered as concentration or focused attention.

Dr Fred Travis

Dr. Fred Travis, Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, USA

"The EEG characteristics of self-transcending are the result of the effortless nature of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Brainwave patterns in the Transcendental Meditation® technique reach high levels of coherence and integration after just a few months."

Take the first step

Come along to an info session

The first step is to attend a free introductory talk or "Info Session".
This will be presented by a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation and generally takes about 1 hour. You will find out:

  • Why TM is so effective for stress and anxiety
  • Why anyone can practise TM
  • What benefits you can realistically expect
  • How it works – the process of transcending
  • How TM differs from other meditations
  • What happens during TM

Following the talk there will be an opportunity to meet privately with the Teacher to discuss personal considerations.

The talk is a prerequisite to joining a course of instruction in TM, but there is no commitment to learn. It is open to everyone even if you only have a mild curiosity! Feel free to bring a friend.

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