The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique is probably the most widely practiced form of meditation in the world. In excess of 5million people across the globe of all ages and religions regularly practice the technique.

One aspect you may already be familiar with is the mantra. This can be the generic “hmmm”. The sound isn’t vocal, rather it is made in ones mind. The point of the mantra is to deflect your attention away from conscious thought. Other varieties of meditation require that you focus on breathing, or replay certain images in your mind. This keeps the mind active within the realms of normal consciousness. Transcendental Meditation aims to lift ones mind beyond the physical plane, to a level of pure consciousness.

This takes you to the very source of thought. Awareness of the purist kind. It is also referred to as transcendental consciousness. At this level, the brain operates with optimum coherence whilst the physical body gets some much deserved deep rest.

The huge increase in TM practitioners in recent years has not escaped the attention of academics. Harvard, UCLA and Stanford are among some 250 universities and research centers to have conducted over 600 studies relating to Transcendental Meditation. The details of these studies have been published in over 100 journals.

TM has evolved from techniques used by the ancient Vedantic branch of Hinduism. It has been passed down by Vedic teachers for thousands of years. Popularity of TM began to take off in the late 1950′s when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began a series of world tours to introduce this technique to the masses. Needless to say he was extremely successful at promotion of TM.

The Maharishi succeeded in demonstrating the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. It is a simple practice that is easy to learn. The benefits effect you immediately, but grows over time, continually increasing alertness, wakefulness and understanding. Increased concentration, memory retention and creativity are a few benefits you may notice fairly sharpish.

No matter what your specific circumstances – religion, background or belief system – the Transcendental form of meditation is for you. It cannot be stressed enough that TM is NOT a philosophy or religion. It is not a lifestyle in itself, but certainly part of a healthy lifestyle.

In terms of uniqueness, TM is very much out on its own. As a tool for self improvement and self development it is without parallel.

Many of you will be familiar with the works of American film maker David Lynch. If you are sitting on the fence about trying Transcendental Meditation then read what David Lynch has to say here. I hope you find it inspiring.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a global Trade Mark. Visit the official site here

If you are interested in learning TM it is recommended that you sign up for classes with a reputable, qualified TM teacher. Find TM classes in your area by searching your preferred search engine for TM plus your city /county.