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, is a misunderstanding of the nature of real 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 is the opposite. The two most important words to describe the TM technique are “easy” and “natural”. That is why even children with ADHD, who can struggle to sit quietly with their eyes shut for 5 minutes, can easily and successfully practice the TM technique – see adhd. 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 progress faster than average and others slower but the average value offers the most realistic basis of expectation. Regularity and innocence in the practice are the keys to progress.