Research shows the strength of TM in comparison to other techniques.
How is Transcendental Meditation different?
The key feature of Transcendental Meditation is in the word “transcendental”. It is a technique that leads to the experience of transcending. Guiding people properly to that experience of transcending is a highly delicate process that requires requires very specific training.
The TM technique differs from other techniques in three important ways. It is
Effortless. Unlike other techniques, the TM technique involves no concentration, contemplation or control of the mind. It is effortless and enjoyable and can be practiced sitting comfortably in a chair;
Evidence-based. Over 350 published research studies on the TM technique have documented a wide range of wellness benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety and improved heart health and cognitive function; and
Standardised for effectiveness. Every certified TM teacher ensures consistent effectiveness in results by providing standardised instruction in TM. In other words, Transcendental Meditation is taught in exactly the same way around the world. This standardised nature of the TM technique is a key factor in facilitating quality research.
Several studies have compared the effectiveness of TM to other meditation techniques, on anxiety, blood pressure, addictions, self-actualisation etc., but each and every time the result was the same: the true experience of transcending is so much more profound than ordinary relaxation that there’s no comparison. (See TM compared with other meditation techniques).