“TM has brought me a calmness, peacefulness, and energy that is priceless. I experience inner quietness in all aspects of my life, a sense of harmony inside. My life is fulfilled in ways I never knew it could be.”
Boca Raton, FL
Deep within the mind at the source of thought is pure consciousness—consciousness awake to itself, without thoughts, without sensory input. It is an orderly, restful, peaceful state. It’s available to everyone.
During the TM technique, the mind settles down effortlessly, experiencing quieter and quieter levels of thought. From time to time, the mind transcends—or “goes beyond”—thought to the state of pure consciousness. As you continue to meditate 20 minutes twice a day, the qualities of that state—serenity, steadiness, harmony—permeate your life. Research indicates that the practice of the TM technique increases calmness and decreases stress.
David Shepherd of Chantilly, Virginia describes his experience: “I feel moments of great peacefulness during TM. That calmness stays with me after meditation, even when I’m under pressure.”
It’s not enough to affirm yourself to inner peace. You have to experience it in the physiology. The deep restfulness experienced during TM relaxes the body and allows it to release stress and built-up fatigue. When your nervous system is less tense, you can react more calmly to problems that arise. Studies have found that the TM technique reduces anxiety, depression, and even symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The peacefulness of TM can be measured. Research suggests that breathing slows down, the heart rate decreases and cortisol (a major stress hormone) is reduced. Unlike other meditations, the TM technique produces significant coherence in brain waves, particularly in the alpha range which is associated with relaxation and the promotion of total brain functioning.
True inner peace is the sense of calm and centeredness needed to be effective in today’s busy world. In sports, they call it “the zone,” where athletes perform at their peak while maintaining a calm, comprehensive point of view. You don’t need to retreat to a mountaintop to find inner peace. Just practice TM twice a day.
By adding the calming experience of the Transcendental Meditation technique to your daily routine, inner peace grows. It’s similar to dying fabric the old-fashioned way—alternately dipping it in dye and fading it in the sun until it becomes color fast. In that same way, the alternation of TM and activity quickly produces a state where you are never overshadowed by stressful experiences. No matter what problems arise, you face them with a strong steady state of mind.
The evidence from more than 350 research studies on the TM technique support its benefits to the mind, body and emotions: