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Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced for 20 minutes, twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness while the body gains a state of profound physiological rest.

TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially trained, certified teacher. To learn TM please visit www.tm.org.au

Q: What is Transcendental Meditation?

A: It is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced for 20 minutes, twice a day while sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed.

 

Q: What happens when you meditate?

A: Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence.

 

Q: How does Transcendental Meditation differ from other meditation techniques?

A: Brain research has identified three basic approaches to meditation:

  1. Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)
  2. Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)
  3. Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention or open monitoring. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm, deep within.

 

Q: Can I learn TM from a book or video?

A: Imagine trying to learn a natural golf swing or the violin. You know how valuable it is for a good teacher to show you the proper technique.

The TM technique is easy to learn but requires personalized interactive guidance. For this reason, it is taught only through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM teacher.

There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique – and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.

 

Q: What if I’m not good at controlling my mind?

A: No problem at all. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no trying to clear the mind of thoughts, and no mental monitoring.

 

Q: What if I’m skeptical?

A: The TM technique effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical. That’s because it automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm

 

For more information on TM please contact

Beth Eager

Sydney TM Centre
ph. 0425 264403
www.meditationsydney.org.au

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