Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Transcendental Meditation


Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM) refers to a specific form of mantra meditation called the Transcendental Meditation technique, and less commonly to the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918–2008) introduced the TM technique and TM movement in India, in the mid-1950s.

The TM technique involves the use of a sound or mantra, and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day. 

According to the Transcendental Meditation movement, it is a method for relaxation, stress reduction, and self-development. 

TM is one of the most widely practiced and researched meditation techniques.
It is impossible to say whether or not it has any effect on health, as the research to date is of poor quality.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness.

While meditating, the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra. A mantra is a meaningless sound from the Vedic tradition that’s been assigned by a certified instructor.

According to supporters of TM, when meditating, the ordinary thinking process is “transcended.” It’s replaced by a state of pure consciousness. 
In this state, the meditator achieves perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries.

Some studies have found that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and the use of health care services. But more study is needed.

Some researchers fault the quality of meditation studies and say meditation is no more effective than health education in addressing most common health problems.

Meditation, both TM and other forms, is generally safe for healthy people, and may improve quality of life. But experts agree that meditation shouldn't be used as a single treatment for any particular health condition, or instead of conventional medical care.

Learning and Practicing Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is not a religion or philosophy. And it does not require any lifestyle changes.

But unlike some forms of meditation, TM technique requires a seven-step course of instruction from a certified teacher.

A TM teacher presents general information about the technique and its effects during a 60-minute introductory lecture. 
That’s followed by a second 45-minute lecture in which more specific information is given. 
People interested in learning the technique then attend a 10- to 15-minute interview and 1 to 2 hours of personal instruction. 
Following a brief ceremony, they're each given a mantra, which they're supposed to keep confidential.

Next come 3 days of checking for correctness with 1 or 2 more hours of instruction. 
In these sessions, the teacher does the following:
Explains the practice in greater detail
Gives corrections if needed
Provides information about the benefits of regular practice

Over the next several months, the teacher regularly meets with practitioners to ensure correct technique.

People practice TM twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes. 
That usually means once in the morning before breakfast and once in the afternoon before dinner.

TM does not require any strenuous effort. 
Nor does it require concentration, or contemplation. 
Instead, students are told to breathe normally and focus their attention on the mantra.

A few reports suggest that meditation can cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric conditions or produce feelings of disorientation and anxiety
If you have an existing mental condition, consult your doctor before starting TM. Also let your meditation instructor know about your condition.

I found an article on this topic in "Diabetes" issue 54  Jul-Sep 2015. Publication of the Diabetic Society of Singapore. Pages 12 to13.

Interesting to read up but practice with Prudence! :)

It is good to know that there are people that can benefit from this practice, BUT Individual's health conditions differ.

First understand what this practice is all about! 

Meditation itself is good to relax and de-stress.

Transcendental? - Hahaha! Do you need it?
Similar to "raising spirits"?

Danger abounds when you dip into the "Unknown" without the "Proper" foundations to build upon, in support of your "Flying into Universal Void or Dark Abyss".

Remember my sharing of a lady that went into a sort of lighted tunnel during meditation while practicing yoga, she panicked and lucky for her, she surfaced!

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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