There are so many meditation techniques that promise dramatic improvements, how is TM different?
Dozens of meditation techniques claim to have the same effects as TM, but neither experience nor research could ever confirm this.
The difference between Transcendental Meditation and other meditation techniques is in the word “transcendental”, a technique that leads to the experience of transcending.
Since we started teaching TM 40 years ago we’ve seen dozens of other meditation techniques coming and going. Everybody claims that they can create the same positive effects as TM. Yet time and time again, it doesn’t seem to work anywhere near as well as promised. Guiding people properly to that experience of transcending requires a very specific formula of personal guidance and a very intense training.
But it is the experience of transcending that makes all the difference, and both personal experience and objective research confirm this.
For example a recent analysis of all the available high quality research on both TM and Mindfulness on the most severe form of PTSD (war veterans and refugees) showed that TM was on average 5 times as effective as Mindfulness
Likewise many other researches 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.
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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