In order to appreciate the benefits of chakra meditation, we first need to look at the significance of the chakra centers themselves.
The Origins of Transcendental Meditation: Transcendental Meditation is not new, but is a part of the Vedic tradition of India, stretching back several thousand years. It is the heart of the Yoga system, and an important part of Ayurveda (‘the ‘Science of Life’), the world’s most ancient system of natural healthcare and personal development. It may not always have had the same name, but the same basic technique has appeared many times in the past. At times when it disappeared from popular awareness, it was always preserved by the monks of the Shankaracharya tradition as Raja Yoga, the ‘royal path to unity’, which described the vast mental resources that lie virtually untapped below the surface of our conscious mind. Meditation was for a long time relegated to the fringes of everyday life, and for active people became substituted by visualisation and other relaxation techniques.
People’s experience of the mind’s natural tendency to be active had been leading them into efforts to control it, forgetting that it is also the nature of the mind to be still when given the opportunity.
Benefits Include postive effects on:
Because TM (Transcendental Meditation) is a natural, spontaneous process, the benefits of transcendental meditation are automatic, starting start right from the very first day, with most people noticing something tangible before the end of the course.
The benefits of Transcendental Meditation cover every aspect of life. Millions of people practicing TM around the world testify to its wide-ranging benefits, supported by more than 650 scientific research studies spanning more than 40 years.
Imagine – if just sitting quietly in a comfortable chair for a few minutes of very enjoyable deep relaxation every day could leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed, with a calmer and more alert mind, increased energy and clearer thinking. And as a result you found that that you could achieve more with less effort and that work, recreation, and relationships were more rewarding.
Stress negatively affects everything we do when we are caught up, mentally, physically and emotionally, in constant activity. It is now widely recognised that stress aggravates every disease and disorder. Therefore a technique which provides deep physiological rest, the complete antidote to the stress response, will affect every aspect of life in a positive way, allowing access to a deep inner peace and happiness
TM has been found to have a positive impact on:
Quality of Life
All of the benefits that we see occuring within and between individuals from the practice of TM cannot help but create benefits within the workplace. People of all professions rediscover their natural ability to remain calm under pressure, free from tension and fatigue and at the peak of their mental clarity and performance, which has encouraged companies to make transcendental meditation available to their staff.
Research specifically in workplace settings has indicated that TM practice within organisations can significantly improve relationships with supervisors and co-workers, increase job satisfaction, performance and productivity, reduce job related worry and tension, and improve ability to make decisions. These benefits have been found in employees at every level of the organisation.
Practicing TM have also shown significantly greater improvements than matched control subjects on general health and reductions in physiological arousal, anxiety, job tension, insomnia, fatigue, and consumption of cigarettes and alcohol Anxiety,Stress.
Please note: Always take medical advice. TM is complementary to all healthcare approaches, often producing wonderful benefits naturally. However it is not a replacement for your prescribed treatment. Always take medical advice and never decrease any medication unless advised by your doctor to do so.
How to do Transcendental Meditation
The technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM) is not one of ‘doing’, it’s more about not doing.
Because the mind is always searching for happiness, and the ultimate happiness is found when the mind is silent, no effort is needed to make it settle (no matter how busy your mind!). Thinking a mantra innocently allows the mind the freedom to seek its own natural happiness. Any control or focussing by the meditator only gets in the way. Because of this lack of effort, it can be practised anywhere (even on busy public transport) by anyone of any background, education, beliefs (religious or otherwise).
You are not asked to give anything up or change your lifestyle in any way. You simply sit comfortably (most people prefer a chair) and close your eyes for up to 20 minutes, twice a day (the best investment you’ll ever make!).
Benefits of TM
Transcendental Meditation is very simple but as a result very subtle and delicate. It therefore cannot be learned from a book, DVD or online. Its effectiveness depends on the skilled instruction and guidance of a professionally qualified instructor who has meditated themselves, as directed by Yogini Hemlata Sharma. Trying to take a shortcut to understanding will almost certainly end in disappointment. Because the simplicity of ‘doing nothing’ is contrary to everything else we ‘do’ in our lives, it is very easily misunderstood.
More than 50% of all new students come to learn Transcendental Meditation on the recommendation of their friends, family, doctor or therapist because of this effectiveness in the teaching process and the on-going support.
We teach how to do transcendental meditation – the course is taught in 4 simple steps over 3 or 4 days, leaving you with a skill of immeasurable value, which you can immediately practise on your own at home, secure in the knowledge that your teacher and other Trust teachers will be available to offer you free support and guidance for life to ensure that it works for you.
Learn to Meditate
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the simplest, most natural and effortless technique of meditation – so simple that the adult technique can be learned from the age of ten.
But it is also the most advanced and fundamentally different approach because the simplicity is based on a profound and complete understanding of not just the mind and its behaviour but also the body, and how the two interact during deep meditation, something not understood in virtually any other approach. Therefore a maximum of 20 minutes, twice a day, sitting in a comfortable chair are all that is required.
TM is not concentration or visualisation, nor is it control or even mindfulness.
This knowledge of transcendence (traditionally known as yoga), which means the mind settling effortlessly into silence, is the most powerful key to unlock your inner potential for self-healing and personal growth because it is simple and natural and therefore works for everyone. Frequently, those who have learned, or even taught, other forms of meditation, are astonished when they learn Transcendental Meditation that the simplicity and effectiveness of their new knowledge produces results that may have eluded them for years.
TM is not concentration or visualisation, nor is it control or even mindfulness. Using a mantra (or sound) upon which to gently and innocently rest our attention, we simply allow the mind the freedom to follow its natural tendency towards happiness, and it will settle spontaneously into silence. This unique approach, passed on during personal instruction by a teacher trained as directed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, comes from the ancient Vedic traditation of India.
We simply allow the mind the freedom to follow its natural tendency towards happiness, and it will settle spontaneously into silence.
The resulting peace (sometimes, and increasingly, blissful) allows the body also to gain very deep rest (much deeper than sleep), in which it can dissolve even its deepest stresses accumulated as a result of life’s worst traumas. As we emerge refreshed and revitalised from the silence of meditation, this has the potential to produce sometimes dramatic improvements in any area of our life, as indicated by a vast and ever increasing body of research over the last 45 years. However, for most people, the biggest results come gradually and comfortably over time.
Your questions answered...
Can anyone learn?
Yes, TM is so simple, natural and effortless to practise that even children from the age of 6 can learn! And you are never too old! Anyone who can think can meditate!
My mind is always too busy/I can’t sit still – I could never meditate!
Many people say this before learning, but the real purpose of meditation is not to still the mind or the body (although this will happen spontaneously as a result of the practice). There is no effort made to concentrate or control the mind because just as much as it is the nature of the mind to be active, it is also the nature of the mind to be still, given the opportunity. Any organism in nature that can be active must, by definition, be able to be less active, and ultimately totally still. This includes the mind. You’ll have no problem once you understand how to meditate properly. Even children with diagnoses of ADHD can practise effortlessly!
How long does it take each day? I don’t think I’d have the time!
Just 20 minutes of TM, twice a day, is the maximum time recommended to give you the benefits you would get from hours of most other techniques. Even if you don’t have time for 40 minutes a day you will still get enormous benefit. And because it is very enjoyable and easy to do, you will find keeping it up much easier than anything else you’ve tried. It also helps that you can practise anywhere, anytime! Frequently, very busy people remark after practising Transcendental Meditation for a short while, that they have sacrificed 40 minutes a day and seem to have gained a couple of hours, because when we come out of meditation we tend to be more alert and creative and get more done in less time.
Will I have to change my life – give up things like alcohol, smoking or sex, or sit on the floor?
No. You are not asked to give up anything. It’s true that some organisations teaching meditation do ask you to give up these things because they are asking you to control you mind. But with TM, good habits are a spontaneous and natural result of meditation, not a requirement for learning! And sex is certainly not a barrier to meditation. Any addiction or obsession will tend to fade as a result of TM, whilst enjoyment of life will increase. Good posture is another result of meditation.During your course you will sit on a chair, unless you prefer not to. And we strongly advise against making any sudden changes to how you sit.
From your list of benefits of TM, it seems you’re saying that it is a panacea for all the world’s ills. Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration?
Any doctor or healer will admit that it’s the power of Nature that heals. And nature’s power is unlimited in its potential. The effectiveness of any approach is in its ability to allow you to connect with the deeper, more powerful levels of Nature. And TM is the purest form of Yoga, which means integration of life – the most natural and effective way to connect with the power deep within you.
What if it doesn’t work for me?
The process that TM stimulates is natural and will always work for everyone. Some will notice it working straight away, sometimes spectacularly. Others of us have to wait longer. It’s still working, but taking longer to bring results to our conscious awareness. Anytime someone feels it’s not working, they can rely on help from their teacher – we provide free support and guidance for life.
How long will it take to see any benefits?
As above, some will notice the benefits straight away, with others it will take longer. But this is just a difference in perception – it will actually work right from your first meditation.
Will TM practice change my personality?
By dissolving the stress which distorts our personality, TM reduces our negative habits of thought, speech or action, leaving room for the real, wonderful you to shine through! Whilst being calmer inside, you will tend to find yourself more self-assertive, self-confident and alert, many people have. No change of personality – just more in balance.
Don’t we need stress to function efficiently?
We suggest that this is not a useful use of the word ‘stress’. Most of us enjoy some challenge in our lives which increases motivation and helps us achieve great things. But we all have a point (which varies from person to person) where that challenge can become pressure, and counter-productive. When you’re tired, feeling stressed and under pressure, you’re more likely to make mistakes.
Creativity comes from being clear-minded, calm and rested. The yogis of India have for thousands of years described the silence of meditation as a state of ‘restful alertness’, wide awake but still. When this quality is brought to the surface level of the mind after meditation, it replaces the nervous tension that so many had been relying on previously for stimulation. This has been an absolute revelation for thousands of meditators, who have found themselves more creative, clear headed, successful and stress-free as a result.
Will it conflict with my religious beliefs?
It will not. People of all religions have learned TM. In fact, many Transcendental Meditation teachers are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist etc. Priests, Monks, Nuns and even a few Bishops have learned transcendental meditation and the most common comment is that it has enriched their faith. TM is not a religion but Yoga (spiritual knowledge, ie. personal and subjective).
I have suffered from mental illness/epilepsy/brain injury, is it safe for me to meditate?
Yes, it is safe. TM cannot do you any harm since it is a natural process which gives deep rest to both mind and body, which will gradually reduce symptoms, giving greater mental stability (see ‘Benefits of TM‘). It will certainly not prevent you from experiencing many of the wide range of other benefits indicated in the research. We may make some adjustments to the teaching to take mental illness into account, so you are requested to make this clear to your teacher on the teacher’s information form before instruction. Every TM student is given as much support and guidance as they require according to any needs that they may have.
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