Transcendental Meditation FAQs

Reduced Trait Anxiety

Why is TM Different?

The unique thing about TM is that it is completely effortless. There is no attempt to control the mind or even wish for something to happen. The process of the mind settling to quieter and quieter states happens automatically. You learn how to start the process, then the natural tendency of the mind allows it to go to inner peace and freedom.

Research shows that meditation techniques vary in terms of what part of brain is involved, dominant brain waves (EEG) and degree of relaxation measured. We can't assume that all techniques will produce the same benefits. The meta-analysis example on the right shows that the effect of TM in reducing anxiety is twice that of other techniques.

Decreased Insomnia

How Does TM Help Sleep?

Sleep is a natural phenomenon, allowing mind and body to recover from the fatigue of the day.Unresolved stress may make it difficult to fall asleep, and sleep may be lighter.

Because of the deep rest that you gain with TM, the stress and tension which have accumulated over the days and months begin to dissolve away. The experience with TM has been likened to a "mental bath". Afterwards you feel refreshed and recharged. As the stress levels subside you naturally fall asleep more readily and enjoy a deeper, more refreshing sleep.

Increased Relaxation

How Does TM Help Headaches?

The most common kind of headache is tension headache. Tension headaches are one way the body registers it has been pushed beyond its comfort zone. The muscles in the forehead tense up, causing the head to ache. As the muscles relax the stress is released.

Through the regular practice of TM, accumulated deep-rooted stress and tension is released. At the same time you can recover more quickly from stressful situations. Because you are no longer accumulating stress, the muscles don't become abnormally tense. Hence people who practice TM find that in time headaches become less intense and less frequent. This is one reason doctors recommend TM.


How Can I Meditate For 20 Minutes if I Can't Sit Still?

Today we are bombarded with information and all sorts of stimulation. Even when we have some quiet time sitting on a bus we find ourselves checking emails or texting our friends. There is very little downtime. We feel constantly wired and restless – always looking for something to make us content.

Hence it is no wonder that we might think it near impossible to sit still for 20 minutes. People, however, find it is remarkably easy to practise TM for 20 minutes. The reason is that during TM, the mind is allowed to find contentment by turning within. When the mind naturally becomes still yet awake, the search for satisfaction ends. The whole process is very pleasant and hence not a chore. Meditators look forward to their TM session because it provides the ultimate downtime.

Reduction Of Cardiovascular Mortality

How Does TM Health Improve Heart Health?

Our heart like any organ in the body is affected by our state of mind. The heart is particularly affected by our emotional state. We might feel "chest pressure" when we are behind in our studies or have deadlines to meet, "heart ache" when we are separated from a dear friend, or "palpitations" when nervous or anxious.

Because TM can reduce tension and anxieties, our heart functioning naturally improves. Well-designed controlled clinical studies have found that TM reduces the major risk factors for heart disease such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes) and smoking.

So it's not hard to understand that TM has been found to dramatically reduce death from heart disease.

What is most enjoyable about TM is that it doesn't require hard work or willpower and doesn't have negative side effects!

Dr. Oz Explains How TM Helps the Heart

Dr. Oz, the renowned cardiologist, speaks on the health benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique.