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Transcendental Meditation Scientifically Proven To Prevent Disease

Meditation - 2Josh Richardson, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. It increases cardiovascular quality, lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety and among quantum physicists is considered the fourth state of consciousness in which the entire brain is engaged.

Published research has demonstrated that the practice of regular meditation can increase brain density, boost connections between neurons, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, provide clarity of thought, and increase positive mood endorphins. Other published studies have shown meditation can improve physical functioning, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.

In a 2008 study published in the journal PloS One, researchers found that when meditators heard the sounds of people suffering, they had stronger activation levels in their temporal parietal junctures, a part of the brain tied to empathy, than people who did not meditate.


This is a small segment of actor/comedian Russell Brand’s interview with renowned quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin at the David Lynch Foundation’s 3rd annual Change Begins Within gala in Los Angeles. They discuss the science behind the Transcendental Meditation technique, the Unified Field.

Most of scientific studies on TM were conducted at many US and international universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, and UCLA Medical School.

Cardiovascular
On November 2012, a journal of the American Heart Association: 5-year randomized controlled study on patients with established coronary heart disease reported a 48% reduction in death, heart attack, and stroke in subjects in the TM group compared to controls.

Hypertension
June 2013, American Heart Association scientific statement, concluded that the TM technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure and recommends that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.

Anxiety
October 2013: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found significantly greater effect of TM in reducing trait anxiety than treatment-as-usual and other alternative treatments, including mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) and other meditation and relaxation practices.

According to a report published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a meta-analysis of TM analyzed 16 trials and 1,295 participants. The conclusion was that TM worked better in reducing severe anxiety than psychotherapy or other relaxation techniques… As a bonus, TM also produced lower blood pressure, better sleep, improved family life, less substance abuse and a better employment situation.

These are just a few of hundreds of studies now showing the effectiveness of TM. It can make your life much more enjoyable and balanced. Many people say this easy-to-practice technique has a transforming effect — they report major health benefits.

It’s a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.

The TM technique is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, and religions.

Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts.

The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness. This is known as automatic self-transcending.

This introductory video below provides a clear description of what happens during TM practice.

TM’s effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical.

About the Author

Josh Richardson is blogger, healer, and a constant pursuer of the natural state of human consciousness.

Sources:
tm.org
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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  • Joyah

    Totally comprehensive article – thank you. For me…my TM practice has been and is a fabulous thing in my life. The more folks who have learn the better. It was worth every penny I saved! Cheers!

  • I became one of the world’s first TM teachers in 1962 but left the movement in mid 70’s as it became too odd and too money grabbing. By then I had spent many years in his presence and traveled with him. But I still meditate and also do Taoist internal arts and remain very fond of Maharishi even though he was manipulative and not honest especially about his sexual affairs. He remains a mystery to me. When I met him he was so wise, so radiant and so full of fun. However I am not a guru seeking type so he remained a revered teacher but was never a guru to me. His awareness that the mind naturally moves to bliss has proved true to me all my life. Nothing like sinking into Being and Silence and Bliss. I have written of all this in my e book “Stalking Personal Power & Peace” and in numerous essays. My kundalini rose spectacularly in ’62 on a TM course. He took one look at me and laughed delightfully that it had happened. All in my book.

  • dimitri

    The gross omission of this article is to clue people into the fact that TM isn’t something you can just read up on and do. No, no, no! You have to be instructed by a qualified TM teacher. And for this instruction you will fork over around $1000 just for starters. It is then hoped by the TM vendors that you will get so hooked on this basically self-hypnotic technique that you will willingly hop up to higher levels of expenditure. The ultimate in the TM journey is “yogic flying” where you are promised you WILL be able to physically FLY!!! Hey, I don’t have to elaborated on this ad infinitum. It’s all on YouTube. – Don’t ever leave home without your critical thinking cap on.

    • indigaia

      What it offers is not measurable in money. When I took my kids to learn the technique in the 1980’s we payed 200$ for the 3 of us while my husband spent 2000$ on a soundsystem that landed in the trash long ago.

    • J James

      This is exactly the problem with many “spiritual” offerings. While it is truly unfortunate that society is pegged to money for just about everything and therefore it is somewhat necessary, it is outfits such as these that further believe they can charge whatever they want because they apparently have some sort of “secret” that can only be revealed when we reveal our wallets. They understand how society is generally desperate to find our how they can heal their own dysfunctional problems. Further touting the supposed near-miracle benefits of TM is the hook – because miracles is what the general populous wants.

      Whenever someone comes along and attempts to market some sort of mystical secret or some healing modality that is supposed to resolve all my issues – and they charge egregious amounts of money so I can “learn” all about it – it is an instant clue that their “spirituality” is firmly entrenched in the materialistic world. Of course, there is also much speculation about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the “founder” of TM.org that anyone can research online.

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