If you are considering meditation, you might be thinking about transcendental, as it is a very popular type. However, we expect you will have many questions about this type of meditation and so our aim here is to answer some of the most popular questions about transcendental meditation.
In this article, we are going to talk about the following:
- What exactly is transcendental meditation?
- How do you do transcendental meditation?
- Can I teach myself transcendental meditation?
- What are some TM mantras?
- How are TM mantras chosen?
- What are the benefits?
What exactly is transcendental meditation?
Transcendental meditation is a type of meditation that uses techniques to avoid distracting thoughts and feelings. Along with this, it helps to promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
This type of meditation is associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and it comes from the Vedic tradition in India. It has been around and used in the west since the late 1960s and has become one of the most popular types of meditation.
When performing transcendental meditation a mantra is used to help focus the mind and relax. The mantra is typically a word or sound from Vedic tradition.
Can I teach myself transcendental meditation?
Meditation teachers will tell you that you have to pay them to teach you this type of meditation but if they are honest, you can undertake the meditation yourself and teach yourself through videos, articles and books.
The one in the link above is the Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The book explains and talks about the meditation technique with easy to follow diagrams that explain the scientific research that meditation has on the brain and the many benefits to undertaking it.
Therefore, while there may be benefits to taking a meditation course and paying for it, you certainly can teach yourself transcendental meditation at home and enjoy all of the benefits it brings.
Generally, people who pay to learn how to meditate need help with certain aspects of their life such as addiction, insomnia or severe stress disorders. Of course, you can get benefits with these and more by teaching yourself.
What are some TM mantras?
One of the most frequently asked questions is what are some TM mantras? Well, there are many mantras. Some of the most popular are:
- Om or Aum;
- Om Namah Shivaya;
- Om Mani Padme Hum;
You might want to try reciting a couple of these before ultimately deciding on the right mantra for you. One mantra might suit you more than another, so try several.
Aim to vary the tone and length of letters when reciting a mantra as this helps you to remain focused on the mantra.
How are TM mantras chosen?
How are TM mantras chosen? This is a good question. For one the mantra has to be easy for you to keep repeating. If you have trouble pronouncing a mantra it is going to be very difficult for you to keep repeating it during your meditation.
When you find a mantra that you are comfortable with you might decide to keep using it. However, there is nothing to say that you cannot swap at any time and try a new one.
When undertaking transcendental meditation the mantra should not be a real word or a word that reminds you of a real word. In other words, it needs to be meaningless. If it sounds like a real word, the chances are that you will immediately think of that thing, it will stick in your head, and this is not what you want.
If you are going to a class, the teacher will provide you with your mantra, usually after filling in some information about yourself. Often mantras are chosen based on age and gender, along with other things.
How do you do transcendental meditation?
To undertake this meditation just follow the steps below:
- Sit down in a comfortable position
- Set a timer on for the length of your mediation
- Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths
- Begin to recite your mantra to yourself silently
- Continue reciting the mantra until the timer rings off.
People usually undertake transcendental meditation for around 20 minutes per day, twice per day. All you have to do is breathe normally and put your full attention on the mantra you are reciting.
What are the benefits of transcendental meditation
Now let us move on to answer the question, what are the benefits of transcendental meditation?
This type of meditation is one of the most researched of all types of meditation and it has been peer reviewed in more than 300 verified articles from such as the American Journal of Physiology and the Lancet.
There are numerous benefits to transcendental meditation including the following:
- Having an overall feeling of well-being;
- Sleeping better;
- Being able to deal with stress more easily;
- Reducing feelings of anxiety;
- Reducing feelings of panic attack;
- Lowering the blood pressure;
- Lowering cholesterol levels;
- Establishing a feeling of calm and serenity;
- Improved concentration;
- Better memory;
- You are more motivated.
The above are all benefits from practising meditating on a regular basis and there are plenty more benefits.