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"Calm, relaxed, excited, anticipating, cosy inside." Allison ~ Dunfermline
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* "The biggest difference for me was mindfulness (for someone in chronic pain) brought my attention inside my body whereas transcendental meditation freed me from it. For me, mindfulness was a stepping stone to transcendental meditation." ~ Kayleigh
"Mindfulness requires much effort on the part of the participant, TM requires little effort and I felt immediate benefits: relaxation, joy and deep healing. TM works! ~ Rifa
"I tried and enjoyed mindfulness as a guinea-pig in a research group - but it never felt like "the answer" to my over-active brain. I am intrinsically rather lazy and it always required effort yet left me slightly disappointed. And had no lasting effect afterwards
After learning TM I actually laughed out loud, after my first practise at home, with the joy of the fact that at last here was something that fully worked for me - and yet was the simplest and easiest of processes. I wanted to tell the whole world!
I describe it to friends as the best way of releasing the build-up of thoughts and tensions and worries, restoring calm and peace in the mind. So instead of ongoing build-up day after day you are constantly returning to a calm starting point and so things never get too much for you. And each time it leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to go. Almost as if you have had a restorative nap of deep sleep.
For me the main difference was in having a mantra and therefore not constantly and consciously struggling to clear the mind and disregard distractions - and consistently "failing". And in the lack of "rules" about breathing technique or sitting position! You are given freedom in every way rather than having to follow a prescribed pattern
Sometimes you virtually stop breathing for a bit as you relax so much that you almost fall asleep and then the body automatically wakes you by sighing deeply. And that is how it is "meant" to be, rather than a failure.
With TM you are given the absolute freedom to sit where and how you please (just be comfortable) to allow thoughts in and to not worry in the slightest but simply re-start the process when you become aware it has drifted away!
It is 20 minutes of priceless positivity!" ~ Tilly
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Dear Sir, Madam,
I took up TM in Antwerp last Saturday. I can't believe the effects I've already experienced during this less than a week of meditation. I'm so enthusiastic that I've told my family and two of my friends whom I think could also be interested. Much as they are attracted by the idea of TM, and its potential benefits, they all balk at the expense, which in the Antwerp branch of the Mahadishi Foundation, where I followed my course, is €900. I coincidentally discovered your website when looking up more information on TM, so I can share it with my family and friends. My question is: does the Meditation Trust have a branch in Antwerp, or anywhere in Flanders/Belgium? Or do you know of any fellow TM associations that offer decent TM courses at a more affordable price than the Mahadishi Foundation?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains how students can avoid letting social media and multitasking ruin their study time
Make time to let your mind wander
Healthy breaks can hit the reset button in your brain, restoring some of the glucose and other metabolic nutrients used up with deep thought. A healthy break is one in which you allow your brain to rest, to loosen its grip on your thoughts.
Activities that promote mind-wandering, such as reading literature, going for a walk, exercising, or listening to music, are hugely restorative. Many students find that a work-break cycle of 25 minutes work followed by five minutes rest, or even two hours of work followed by 15 minutes of rest promotes efficiency to the extent that they get back the time they spent resting, and then some. A 15 minute nap is even better.
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"Happier, refreshed, switched on. A lot calmer and focused, more efficient with tasks. Really pleased I decided to try it, possibly the best thing I have done."
Glen ~ Washington, Tyne & Wear
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It all started about a year ago when a friend took a five-day course in the Oprah-approved practice of transcendental meditation (TM). “You’ve got to try it,” she told me. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
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"It's been wonderful, definitely calmer, happier, a general sense of well-being for large parts of the day. I am excited at the thought of being able to have learnt something which I can imagine will help me cope better with the daily grind! I would & will recommend it to others"
Karen ~ Wimborne, Dorset
"Excellent course - Interesting and enjoyable and instilled a wish to continue TM for the rest of my life"
Trish ~ Bournemouth, Dorset
"Really enjoyable course, very well structured and presented. I feel I have been fully instructed in TM and how to meditate and am sure that my meditating will go from strength to strength with regular practice"
Doreen ~ Christchurch, Dorset.
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"I would try meditations because I knew that there was something there for me in meditation, but every time that I would try and do it, I was just like 'I cannot meditate,'" she said during a David Lynch Foundation gathering about trying other forms of meditation before learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). Diaz said a friend recommended TM to her: "I learned and it was exactly what I needed. The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing that I had ever done. Not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned."
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“I wish I had found out about this years ago. Meditating helps me to be calm and go down to stiller and quieter waters. The best money we have ever spent.”
Sarah ~ London
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Tim Bennett has shared is own inspirational story about his recovery and experience with discovering TM through The Trust.
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Ageing rates vary widely, says study
A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.
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"Very positive, thorough, instructive, all my questions were covered well."
Paul ~ Manchester
"Excellent, I have gained so much. I am able to relax and relax my thoughts, cut off the world for a while."
Lise ~ Altrincham, Manchester
"Very educational and instructive. A new sense of perspective and clarity. Explained things in a manner which is enthusiastic and sincere. Also in a way that is easily understood and not esoteric. I'm sure this will prove to be a valuable investment. We have noticed the differences already compared with other forms of meditation. In fact, we have both said how we look forward to meditating rather than it being more 'chore like'!"
Stephen ~ Altrincham, Manchester
"Very good course, very good teacher. Clear and knowledgeable. Very pleased and grateful to have found this TM course. Feel like I've found a pot of gold."
Jane ~ Altrincham, Manchester
"So far, it is going really well, I have been meditating regularly twice a day since I did the course with you and find I have much more clarity of mind at work and certainly more energy."
Tara ~ Salford, Manchester
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The CEO of a $2.6 billion company shares his favorite piece of advice
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"It has especially helped me during my exam time when I was really stressed."
Annie ~ Sheffield, Yorkshire
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"I did not think that I would look forward to it as much as I do & am so relieved that it is effortless, was expecting to have to try very hard! I had not expected such a profound effect and am looking forward to continuing"
Patricia ~ Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
"Happier, calmer, more energy, more patience. I have been to a couple of other meditation classes before and had come away with the impression that thoughts were to be banished altogether - so am so pleased that I now have the CONFIDENCE to continue meditating, understanding that I'm not doing it wrong. Thankyou.
Jane ~ Northumberland
"Noticed my day went smoother, my outlook was more positive and could handle stress at work better. Helped regain my peace of mind. I enjoyed course & found it instructive & introduced me to a new & other way of meditating & releasing stress. TM feels so natural & refreshing & that's something I was looking for. Other meditation techniques didn't stick with me."
Laura ~ Newcastle upon Tyne
"Clarity of thought, a lot more focused, I had a better sleep & fell asleep more easily"
Jenny ~ Belfast
Derek ~ Newcastle upon Tyne
"Prolonged calmness & positivity all day"
Alex ~ Newcastle upon Tyne
Hazel ~ Newcastle upon Tyne
"More calm most of the day, I have enjoyed it and it has answered a lot of questions that I had"
Susan ~ Newcastle upon Tyne