Do the results not depend on successful practice? What if I am not able to meditate successfully?
Of course results depend on the successful practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. But in this case “successful” in most cases simply means “frequent”.
In terms of successful meditation the rule for Transcendental Meditation is simple: anyone who can think a thought, can practice TM, because the Transcendental Meditation process is as natural as the thought process.
Throughout the years the idea has developed that it is difficult to correctly practice meditation, and that not everyone should expect to be successful. This, however, had everything to do with the misunderstanding that had developed around meditation, that it requires some sort of focus, a forced state of the spirit in order to come to silence. Concentration is difficult, often uncomfortable, and requires a lot of discipline.
Transcendental Meditation has absolutely nothing to do with this. The two most important words to describe the TM technique are “easy” and “natural”. That is why even children with ADHD, who even struggle to sit quietly with their eyes shut for 5 minutes, can easily and successfully practice the TM technique. Similarly people who are very frightful, carry a lot of anxiety or are very stressed do not only find TM practice easy, but even pleasant, because the state of inner rest found during TM practice offers such great contrast to their daily lifestyle.
Good to know: For all the results of the scientific research that you can find on this site, what is shown is always the average value of a large group of average people. Some people will do better than average, others worse, but the average value offers the most trustworthy image of what you should expect for yourself. This is why this website focuses more on scientific research than on all kinds of personal success stories, which usually only represent the best results.
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What people are saying
“Transcendental Meditation has opened up a new world of good health and well-being for me. I am so much more in control of my life and realise that there is something I can do to reduce my stress levels and feel more relaxed. It is such a blessing — I am grateful to have found it.”
Aisling Drury-Byrne, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Musician & Teacher
“The best thing I ever did in my life was to learn TM as an architectural student in 1973. I have benefitted in a multitude of ways from it’s simple, easy practice. In the morning, when I sit down to practise TM, it’s as if I receive a mental bath. Having more energy and clarity as a result of my TM practice, I am able to give and receive more, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life also.”
Peter Mullins, Architect
“As a musician, I feel that it helps me to perform better and as a teacher, it allows me to approach the classroom in a relaxed state of mind which, I believe, in turn has a positive effect on my students. I would highly recommend TM to anyone who is looking for an easy and effective way to bring balance into all aspects of their lives.”
Rachel Robinson, Musician & Teacher
“I encourage all my patients to practice Transcendental Meditation. Experience Shows and research confirms, that it is the best vaccine against stress-related conditions. Regular practice keeps you inwardly settled despite being surrounded by chaos.”
Dr Donn Brennan (MRCGP), General Practitioner.
“Having practised TM and the TM Sidhi Programme for 27 years I find it hard to describe the magnitude of change it has brought to my life other than to say it has changed everything ; in a phrase perhaps it has made me a completely happy and enriched person enjoying all aspects of life.”
Derek Crampton, Businessman