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Another in our continuing series of TM testimonials :
I attended my TM course around three years ago (actually this could have been four, a lot has changed since then!). Some years before this I had become interested in meditation whilst at high school; I was lucky enough to have an adventurous religious studies teacher who did a kind of secular guided meditation with her classes, and this was a lovely experience, but I wanted to take it further. After leaving school I researched on the internet around other types of meditation and felt that TM would be ideal for me, because I could easily fit it in with the rest of my time. I visited the official TM organisation website but during that period, to my disappointment, I found that no new TM courses in the UK were being taught. There didn't seem to be any explanation on why this had happened on the website, but I learned from news websites that they had withdrawn the course because Maharishi had decreed the UK a 'scorpion nation.' Later, when the ban was lifted, I found that the fees were unaffordable, so I put my plans to learn on the backburner.
Several years later, after leaving university and getting a job, I found I was experiencing depression. I'm not sure of the underlying reason as to why I had become depressed but I went and visited my doctor, who diagnosed that I had a moderate case of depression. I was provided with SSRI medication but shortly became concerned about the side effects. I began looking around on the internet for alternative ideas and TM sprung up once again. I was intrigued to read some well-researched studies on the benefits of TM on alleviating depression and improving general well being. I took these studies to my doctor. I was pessimistic about the response i'd get from her but to my surprise she had read about TM and of its effects on depression, she thought it would be worth trying. So I went back on the internet and that's when I came across the Meditation Trust and booked myself in..
The course was easy to understand and the technique and background was broken down over three days. Initially I didn't 'feel' anything, but I returned home and it became a part of my routine. After several weeks I began to feel a general sense of wellness. After some months I noticed my depression had gradually lifted. My mood continued to improve and today I have a broad sense of wellness across my life. It is difficult to describe with words - language is a limited tool in dealing with the beauty of TM. The main thing I would say is to follow the teaching and just to let things unfold. The biggest surprise for me was that many people over the years have commented on my unstressed nature. Initially this began with family and, later, work colleagues. I work in an environment which can be testing, it's the local authority social services line, for which i'm a customer services officer. This involves taking calls and answering enquiries from concerned members of the public, elderly and vulnerable people, police and medical professionals. The content of the calls can be stressful so TM is absolutely invaluable. In the rest of my life, several strangers, including a joiner who was doing work at my house, my dentist and an independent financial adviser, have all commented on my stress free nature. All of which was pretty unexpected.
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Post traumatic stress disorder and meditation. A lot of people in the services meditate & there's no doubt anybody suffering PTSD could gain benefits from meditation. A very relevant article :
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My Personal Experience of TM. HEALTHY SCEPTICISM
There were the Beatles, on the telly with (what to me) seemed a rather
strange but interesting man with long hair & a beard. It was 1968 and I was
13. The strange man in question was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi the founder of
Transcendental Meditation, little did I realise the major impact this man
would have on my future. The Beatles had taken up T.M and were off to India
to train as teachers of the technique. Like thousands of others over the
next few years, I finally decided to give it a go in 1971, encouraged by a
friend who thought it was wonderful. Skeptical I was, yet aware that there
is more to this world then what we percieve on the surface. Fortunately
skepticism is no bad thing for prospective T.M'ers, because it is a
technique and doesn't rely on belief.
I must say I didn't notice anything at first, aged 16 patience was
definately not one of my virtues.. However over the next couple of months
the benefits almost crept up on me, nothing mindblowing, but significant, a
greater ease within myself, more confidence, greater clarity of mind and
perhaps most importantly, the ability too seriously relax on a daily basis.
But as many people will tell you there is more to it then that. As I have
discovered over the years, T.M is a wonderfully simple and uncomplicated
procedure to allow the mind & body to regain a state of balance through a
really profound state of deep relaxation. Yes, it is enjoyable to do and
quickly becomes something that you look forward to doing. It isn't just
easy, it is completely effortless. Consequently anybody can do it. There
is no effort, no trying, no concentration, no attempt to empty the mind of
thoughts. In other words, you don't have too work at it, the beauty of
Transcendental Meditation is that rather then trying to force the mind, you
are allowing it to settle. As so many people have said, it's a nice place to
go... You know that whatever may come up that day, at some stage you will be
able to sit and meditate and come back to that quietest level of yourself,
but ultimately meditation is a preparation for activity, an overall quality
of life enhancer. Something that has it's origins in ancient India, today
offers huge benefits in a modern stressed world.
Encouraged by my experience and curious too find out more I went out to
Switzerland to work with the T.M organisation for a couple of weeks in the
summer of 1974. Two weeks turned into two and a half years during which I
trained and qualified as a T.M teacher. Being able to mix with thousands of
people from all over the world, of different backgounds & age groups was a
very enriching experience, not to mention attending daily lectures by
Maharishi, boy was I inspired! By now I was a T.M evangelist and really
thought it was the answer to all the world's problems. Naiveity of youth?
Well nearly 30 years later I still meditate and certainly wouldn't be
without it. Unfortunately the T.M organisation has become ever more
fanatical and bizarre in promoting itself, convinced that it is right.
Eventually in 1995 I decided to make the break, having taught T.M and worked
with the organisation all over the UK and abroad (including 15 months in
India) . The final straw had come with the huge increase in the course fee
for learning T.M, in 1993 it was raised from £180 to £490 and then £1280!!!
So much for peace and love. Although still high, over the past 3 years the
TM org have twice reduced their fees, free market ah, it's enough to make
you believe in competition.
I'm no saint, but do enjoy teaching Transcendental Meditation and seeing the
results in peoples lives. In the UK, myself, Colin
Beckley & a growing band of TM teachers continue to teach T.M at affordable fee's,
independently of the TH organisation. Many thousands of people have taken up T.M
with us, often travelling from distant parts of the UK & abroad and increasingly we
are running T.M courses in business, education authorities & government
Yes what started out as a slightly hippyish, quasi/spiritual meditation is
increasingly practiced by ordinary, everyday people who just want something
that actually works, without any "bull"!
Chris Greathead (teaching TM for 35 years)
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Nice comment, must say an awful lot of people feel the same about their TM practice : "Continue the good work!! The best investment my partner and I ever made. Something every child and every person should be able to learn. So thank you for making it affordable for more people."
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Improved sleep through TM :
"I decided to learn TM because I wanted to find a way to deal with my sleep problems that did not involve medication. A couple of years ago I went through a particularly stressful time and unsurprisingly my sleep became very disrupted. However it never righted itself even when things calmed down again in my life. I had gotten into bad sleep patterns/routines that I just couldnt get out of - namely, waking up lots of times during the night with a racing mind that just wouldn't calm down, and then waking up for good around 5-5.30am. It was leaving me exhausted, and I felt like my life was shrinking as I was going to bed ever earlier in an attempt to get at least a few hours decent kip every night.
I researched solutions on the internet and came across TM. I didnt
know anyone who had done it before, so it was a bit of a risk-take,
but the testimonials I read indicated that it could really help with
sleep, amongst many other things, so I thought I should seize the
opportunity and give it a go.
I took the course in January of this year with the Meditation Trust and now meditate at least once a day (usually twice a day but not always).
Within a few weeks I noticed a difference. My sleep improved
considerably. It is now the norm for me to get 7-8 hours no problem and if I do wake up during the night, I usually get back to sleep really quickly, no more lying there with thoughts/worries racing round my mind - even if I wake up at 5, I still get back to sleep!
This was all I had hoped for with the TM but I have noticed other
benefits in my life too. The things that used to upset me/rile me/make me anxious, still do, but just not to the same extent. I just feel stronger inside, more calm, like I have a protective emotional armour that I did not possess before. Stressful situations are now more "water off a duck's back" than they previously used to be. And generally, I just feel more positive. It has been a real eye-opener to me, that the "me" I was two years ago when I was stressed, and which I was in danger of remaining, was not the real "me" but just a series of bad patterns/routines I had temporarily gotten into. There is a different, stonger "me" inside and TM is helping that come out. And for that I am very, very grateful."
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Comment from participant on Manchester TM course last weekend :
"Best thing ever, feel absolutely fantastic, ability to stay calm, happy & clear. Feel I could conquer the world!"
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Comment from participant on Newcastle TM course 10 days ago :
"The meditation is going well, and the fatigue stage has passed. I am now energised and feeling nicely 'bright'! I am putting this down partly to the quality of the sleep I've had since the course - the most peaceful, deep and refreshing I've ever experienced in adulthood."
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Continuing our series of peoples experiences of TM :
I was first introduced to the practice of TM in 2010. After the training I did not consistently meditate initially because I think it took me a while to understand what I was actually doing and whether I was doing it right. On the whole I have consistently done about 20 minutes TM a day (evening times).
I know I have discovered a very valuable skill that will help me through the rest of my life. With TM I am able to go to a place in my ‘mind’ that I cannot ordinarily access. It is a simple technique that allows me to tap into a different sort of energy, psychological, emotional, spiritual - I do not know which and it does not matter to me. All I need to know is that it has had a powerful effect on my daily life, one upon which I am keen to expand and nurture.
I have been dealing with infertility issues for some years and although I feel I am coming through the intense feelings of bereavement and devastation that this brought to my life, I use TM to help me through the dark moments that still crop up. I find I emerge from a 20 minute session with a much stronger sense of clarity and perspective. It feels like I am tapping into what I call 'the real me', the one underneath the layers of negativity, pain and emotional exhaustion that distract me, and prevent me from functioning the way I want to and the way I know I can. After TM, I can emerge with a feeling of calm and a deeper acceptance of my situation and myself. Sometimes things are what they are and I have learnt that is ok, and in fact, I am ok and life is ok. TM has brought me to that way of thinking. It has increased my capacity to cope with the big things and the little things in life. I am SO much better now at standing back from situations (big or small) that in the past might have swallowed me up and left me feeling like I was not coping or overwhelmed by the weight of it all. My intention is to build up to doing 20 minutes TM in the morning as well as in the evening and to observe the effects. It will be a good thing – I know that for sure. It might even be amazing!
Christina, Teacher, Tyneside
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Meditation practice may decrease risk for cardiovascular disease in teens
Half of the group was trained in transcendental meditation and asked to meditate for 15 minutes with a class and 15 minutes at home for a four-month period. The other half was exposed to health education on how to lower blood pressure and risk for ...
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Tough guy Mike Gluchowski balked at even the thought of meditation. — But as he looked at his dozen prescription medications for his chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by a career in law enforcement in New York City, the New Port Richey, Fla., resident was willing to try something new.
"I don't know how or why it works -- I don't want to know or care," Gluchowski says. "The results I've had have been totally incredible."
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This weeks testimonial on TM & its benefits :
'At a time when we are bombarded by information, communication and constant background noise, it comes as blessed relief that something called TM exists. It's free and it's yours and it's as natural as breathing itself! I learned TM because I needed a coping mechanism from the stresses of life that was free from jargon, gimmicks or false promises. What I received was a complete lifestyle change ....'
'There are so many benefits to TM. Cravings for alcohol and nicotine vanish naturally. Bad habits and negative routines can be broken. You are calmer and you are better equipped to deal with setbacks and problems. You are more focused in daily activities and your relationships improve.You can actually lose weight, too!'
Steve, Headteacher, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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"I thought you would be pleased to hear another positive testimonial attributed to TM I believe. I use an iPhone app that tracks my levels of sleep each night, i.e. light/REM, awake and deep sleep. For months the stats have shown that I fluctuate between light and awake all night and very rarely go into a deep sleep or stay in it for any length of time. Last night I fell into the deep sleep stage and stayed in it all night! I am delighted." Julie, Edinburgh
"I can honestly say that the TM has made a instant impact as I now feel a lot calmer, Only problem at the moment is I want to meditate more than the twice a day as I feel so good after it. However I know if I keep to the twice a day its more than enough for my needs." Norman, Saltburn.
"I do believe that TM is going to have a big impact on my everyday life and I can tell that the meditation I have been doing so far is having effect. On the plane home to Sweden I also meditated "in public" for the first time and it went really well - the time on a flight never passed so quickly before!" Lea, Sweden.
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Hate to say it, but all in all, not a bad article on TM!
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Me being interviewed about TM : http://audioboo.fm/boos/804943-tm-meditation-me-and-no-i-m-not-crazy
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Continuing with our series "All kinds of people meditate!" Most of these are I think in the US, but from the experience of teaching TM for 35 years, I know the same is true in the UK.
14 Executives Who Swear By Meditation
We've compiled a list of leaders who say that meditating gives them an edge in the competitive business world. Some have even built it into their company's culture.
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“You don’t need to be stressed to do Transcendental Meditation, but it helps!” Terrible joke, and there are a huge variety of reasons why people take up meditation, but there is no doubt that one of the things TM has become most well known for, is as an incredibly effective way of managing stress.
Continuing in a series of weekly testimonials on peoples experiences of the benefits of practicing meditation.
“A few years ago I was under a lot of stress (over used word, but that was how it felt) the GP found high blood pressure and prescribed medication. I was running three companies in Newcastle. Co-incidently I read an article in the Daily Telegraph by Dr. Sarah Brewer recommending TM for blood pressure at the same time the Journal Business magazine contained an article about TM and teacher Mr Chris Greathead and again blood pressure was mentioned as one of the benefits. My wife and I contacted Chris and were invited to a meeting along with other interested people. We decided to learn. A few weeks later my blood pressure was normal and I was taken off the medication.
It was not obvious to me but, if I did not meditate for a few days, my mood must have changed because my daughter (involved in the business) would notice and tell me, in no uncertain terms, to start meditating again!
Now (almost) retired and I do not have the pressures I used to have but still enjoy meditation.
I am trying to learn to play an instrument, if I can meditate before a lesson I think it helps, seems to sharpen the mind and aid concentration.
Learning TM is one of the best things we have done, it has brought benefits to mind and body, it is an easy technique when taught properly with life changing results.”
David, Morpeth, Northumberland
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Welcome to our first TM Independent blog where we hope to have something significant to say!
After 40 years of teaching TM (the last 22 independently) it still amazes me at how difficult it is to actually describe TM. The worst thing about Transcendental Meditation is undoubtedly its name, it makes people want to run a mile. The best thing about TM is that it actually works & anybody can do it.
Most people hear the word “meditation” and immediately think : “concentration, empty the mind” = difficult! This isn’t helped by the fact that most media coverage on meditation (including TM) usually includes a photo of a young woman sitting in a yogic posture in some idyllic place.
In fact TM genuinely is the simplest thing anybody can or ever will do & really is effortless, not involving any concentration or emptying of the mind. Thinking, the nature of the mind to have thoughts, is an entirely natural part of the experience of Transcendental Meditation and in reality thousands of people in the UK do their meditation daily on the bus, train, tube on their way to and from work.
On every single TM course we teach, whether as in this year so far, in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Ringwood (Hants) New Forest or York, people say the same thing when they are about to learn : “I've got a very busy mind”.
This is followed at the end of the first learning session by : “I can’t believe how easy it is”
Comments like the one below sum it up :
"I’ve studied meditation for years and found it to be beneficial to my overall health and mental well-being. Whilst using lots of different techniques I’ve found TM is the simplest and easiest to pick up and integrate into our busy lives."
Russell, IT developer, Oxford,