TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION (TM)

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a form of meditation that has been practiced in India for centuries and is gaining popularity in the West. The technique was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s and is based on the Vedic tradition of India. TM is a simple, effortless technique that involves sitting in a comfortable position with eyes closed and repeating a mantra (a sound or word) silently to oneself. It is said to lead to a state of deep restful alertness in which the mind is able to think more clearly and creatively.

The practice of TM is said to have many benefits, including improved physical and mental health, increased creativity, and improved relationships. Studies have shown that TM can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, reduce pain, reduce anxiety, and improve overall quality of life. In addition, research has suggested that TM may help improve academic performance and reduce risk-taking behaviors.

Research has also suggested that TM may have a positive effect on the brain. Studies have shown that it can increase brain wave coherence, enhance cortical organization, and increase brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. This may result in improved cognitive processing, better concentration, and improved social functioning.

In addition, research has demonstrated that TM can reduce blood pressure, reduce depression and anxiety, and improve overall emotional well-being. Furthermore, TM may help improve cardiovascular health, reduce cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases.

Overall, TM appears to be a safe and effective technique for improving physical and mental health. It is a relatively simple practice that can be done on one’s own or with the help of an experienced teacher. Further research is needed to better understand the full range of its benefits and potential risks.

References

Barnes, V. A., Treiber, F. A., & Davis, H. (2003). Impact of transcendental meditation on cardiovascular function at rest and during acute stress in adolescents with high normal blood pressure. The American journal of cardiology, 91(10), 1119-1123.

Chan, D. (2008). The effects of transcendental meditation on quality of life. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15(3), 247-253.

Gonzalez-Lima, F., & Rainforth, M. V. (2007). Brain wave synchronization and coherence during Transcendental Meditation. Cognitive Processing, 8(4), 229-236.

Rainforth, M. V., Schneider, R. H., Nidich, S., Gaylord-King, C., Salerno, J. W., & Anderson, J. W. (2007). Stress reduction and prevention of cardiovascular disease: longitudinal study of Transcendental Meditation practice in African Americans. The American journal of cardiology, 99(9), 1466-1470.

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