Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for achieving inner peace and relaxation that was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s. It involves the use of a mantra, which is a specific sound or phrase that is repeated silently to help quiet the mind and achieve a state of deep relaxation.
The practice of TM typically involves the following steps:
Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit.
Close your eyes and begin repeating the mantra silently to yourself.
If your mind becomes distracted, gently bring your focus back to the mantra and continue repeating it.
Continue the practice for 20 minutes, twice a day.
The mantra used in TM is chosen specifically for each individual by a trained teacher, based on their personal characteristics and needs. The mantra is never revealed to anyone else, and the practice is always kept confidential.
The benefits of TM include reduced stress and anxiety, improved focus and concentration, and increased feelings of inner peace and well-being. Research has also shown that regular practice of TM can lead to changes in the brain associated with improved cognitive function and emotional regulation.
TM is often taught in a series of classes by a trained teacher, and involves personalized instruction and support. It is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and can be easily incorporated into daily life as a way to manage stress and promote overall well-being.