How To Learn Transcendental Meditation

By Hamsa Cremers

Sitting in a field of flowers, legs crossed, wrapped in white cloth, the sweet smell of incense wafting through the air. That's what most people think of when they hear the word: meditation. But what we see and hear in the media is not always an accurate picture of reality. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple mental procedure that is practiced for twenty minutes twice per day. It has been learned by millions of people and has been the subject of hundreds of research studies. But just what is Transcendental Meditation (or TM) and how does one learn it? Here are some of the details regarding the TM technique and its practice.

Environment-While it is certainly enjoyable to practice the Transcendental Mediation technique in a quiet place it is not necessary. Many busy people in all walks of life practice the TM technique in airports, train stations, lobbies and hotel rooms. Because the TM technique is an automatic and natural response of the mind and body, the process is easy in any kind of environment whether it is quiet and secluded or noisy and public.Posture--Transcendental Meditation (TM) is practiced sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. One can sit in a chair, on the bed or on the floor. Any location or sitting position is considered to be correct as long as one is comfortable. The TM technique is never practiced while lying down.

Right now, you probably don't believe YOU have the ability to shape and alter the reality you live in. Looking back though, you've experienced times where you'd focus on a desire, and all of a sudden it would appear in your life. This used to happen to me all the time. I'd want to see a specific movie on television, and the next day, lo and behold, there it was. Like most people though, I relegated the appearance of these desires to chance. I didn't yet realize that my thoughts had a direct correlation to the reality in which I lived.Listen, I'm not asking you to believe that your entire reality is created by your thoughts. But you should know that your thoughts and beliefs play a prime role in shaping your reality. Realizing this allows you to see the value in meditating every day. Meditation will allow you to slowly destroy negative thought patterns and beliefs; beliefs which prevent you from making a lot of money.

TM technique works automatically spontaneously and effortlessly according to the law of nature. It make use of the natural tendency of the mind to move forward a field of greater charm and the natural mechanisms of the body to neutralize stress and restore balance in its functioning. It makes the mind orderly, gives the body deep rest and improves coordination between the two which means clear awareness to focus sharply and succeed in activity.

Don't worry, I hear your preemptive questions, "bbbbbuutt what about the secret to becoming a pro-meditator overnight?". Well, luckily for you, we've found the magic recipe to becoming an adept meditator. Best of all, it'll only take you approximately three weeks to become a pro (but you'll have to immerse yourself in meditation during this time).Alright, so here's our secret to entering deep levels of meditation relatively quickly. Are you ready for it? To reach the deepest levels of meditation in a short period of time we use audio entrainment devices. These audio products abound on the internet, and you can choose whichever one you like, so long as you consistently use it for at least three weeks.

The pilot study followed a group of middle school students with ADHD who were meditating twice a day in school. After three months, researchers found over 50 percent reduction in stress and anxiety and improvements in ADHD symptoms.Effect exceeds expectations.The effect was much greater than we expected," said Sarina J. Grosswald, Ed.D., a George Washington University-trained cognitive learning specialist and lead researcher on the study. "The children also showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization, and behavior regulation." Grosswald said that after the in-school meditation routine began, "teachers reported they were able to teach more, and students were able to learn more because they were less stressed and anxious."Stress interferes with the ability to learn.Prior research shows ADHD children have slower brain development and a reduced ability to cope with stress. "Stress interferes with the ability to learn-it shuts down the brain," said William Stixrud, Ph.D., a Silver Spring, Maryland, clinical neuropsychologist and co-author of the study.

"Medication for ADHD is very effective for some children, but it is marginally or not effective for others. Even for those children who show improved symptoms with the medication, the improvement is often insufficient or accompanied by troubling side effects," Stixrud said. "Virtually everyone finds it difficult to pay attention, organize themselves and get things done when they're under stress. So it stands to reason that the TM technique which reduces stress and organizes brain function would reduce ADHD symptoms." While in some cases a child cannot function without medication, there is growing concern about the health risks and side effects associated with the common ADHD medications, including mood swings, insomnia, tics, slowed growth, and heart problems. In 2006 the FDA required manufacturers to place warning labels on ADHD medications, listing the potential serious health risks.

These high risks and growing concerns are fueling parents' search for alternatives that may be safer for their kids.The study was conducted in a private K-12 school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Participation was restricted to 10 students, ages 11-14, who had pre-existing diagnoses of ADHD. About half of the students were on medication. The students meditated at school in a group for 10 minutes, morning and afternoon.To determine the influence of the TM technique, at the beginning and end of the three-month period, parents, teachers and students completed standard ADHD assessment inventories measuring stress and anxiety, behavior and social competency, and executive function. Students were also given a battery of performance tests to measure cognitive functioning.

I had learned the Transcendental Meditation technique several years before. And though I loved beautiful things like anyone else, I also loved the beautiful, inner silence I experienced during my twice daily meditations even more. Through my practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique I found a place within me, from which all my creativity emerged; a flow of subtle impulses that guide me serenely through my daily life, even to this day.

Basically, during the meditation session, your body enters a deep and peaceful state of relaxation, while maintaining alertness and clarity. First, the person chooses a word or image to focus on, perhaps a religious or cultural symbol that has special meaning. As the person replays this word or image over and over, the body descends into a deeper and deeper state of restfulness. The session can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and should take place in a calm and relaxed setting, with minimal noise and distractions.

To them I say "As a matter of fact, you aren't exactly paying for it," This amount of money, as significant as it may be to many of us, will help support a world wide non profit organization, but does not provide a measure of the value of this technique. Because in truth, no amount of money can equal what Transcendental Meditation gives to us. The cost of learning the Transcendental Mediation technique is less than the cost of a one-week cruise or a family trip to Disney World. And no price can be placed on one's inner stability, happiness and the benefits that the Transcendental Meditation technique gives us.

Facts about The Transcendental Meditation technique.The Transcendental Meditation technique is an effortless technique practiced 10-20 minutes twice a day sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.TM is not a religion or philosophy and involves no new beliefs or change in lifestyle.Over 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique confirm a range of benefits for mind, body and behavior.Several studies have compared the effects of different meditation practices and found that Transcendental Meditation provides deeper relaxation and is more effective at reducing anxiety, depression and hypertension than other forms of meditation and relaxation. In addition, no other meditation practice shows the widespread coherence throughout all areas the brain that is seen with Transcendental Meditation.The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the United States by a non-profit, educational organization.

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