* I’ve been curious about TM for a couple of months now….
The Transcedental Meditation (TM) technique and TM movement were introduced in India in the mid-1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
By definition (wikipedia definition at least) Transcendental Meditation (TM) refers to a specific form of meditation, which is describes as “a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.”
By definition (from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural program for the mind, a spontaneous, effortless march of the mind to its own unbounded essence. Through Transcendental Meditation, the mind unfolds its potential for unlimited awareness, transcendental awareness, Unity Consciousness — a lively field of all potential, where every possibility is naturally available to the conscious mind. The conscious mind becomes aware of its own unbounded dignity, its unbounded essence, its infinite potential.
The TM technique and TM movement were introduced in India in the mid-1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and has been made super famous, to people like myself through David Lynch, the David Lynch Foundation, and the scores of celebrities that endorse the practice and the work that his foundation is doing.
Since 2005 the David Lynch Foundation has shared Transcendental Meditation with our most stressed populations. The David Lynch Foundation runs entirely on donations and there is a long list of schools and organizations eager to participate. Change begins within!
The Benefits of Transcedental Meditation
The benefits of TM look great as described on the TM.org website
What is one of the primary benefits of meditation? Stress relief. The deep rest experienced during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique allows the body to naturally dissolve stress and strain. After learning the TM technique, it is common for meditators to feel less stressed and to notice that they deal more calmly with tense situations. When stress is reduced in the nervous system during meditation, benefits like better sleep and clearer thinking also naturally develop. Over 350 research studies have verified that the daily practice of the TM technique produces a wide range of positive effects on a person’s mind, body, and behavior.
Mr. Lynch advocates the use of Transcendental Meditation in bringing peace to the world. He was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in July 1973, and has practiced the technique consistently since then. Lynch says he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM movement, for the first time in 1975 at the Spiritual Regeneration Movement center in Los Angeles, California.
The David Lynch Foundation, started in 2005 for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, strives to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so.
Now, the Foundation is actively teaching TM to adults and children in countries everywhere. The interesting thing is that they are a donation based foundation and tons of bread comes in through galas and donations from regular people that are hoping to help change the world and recognize the benefits of meditation.
The ONE THING that is an issue for me, is that there is so much of a celebrity factor in the people who preach about TM. They all rave about it and talk about how much it has changed their lives and what an effect that it has on them.
When you go to the TM site, and look for more information, the one thing that jumps out to me is that its a ‘technique” and not something that can be learned in a book or via a DVD, its something that has to be taught to you. Which makes sense, but in todays world and in a “Scientology” atmosphere, I am always leery of any sort of spiritual guidance that cost me money. That just doesn’t make sense to me… I mean, I get it, and I understand things like churches and any sort of healing services cost money and the world isn’t free and they have bills just like any one else, BUT I’m just looking a little bit out of the side of my face when you start asking me for money to “show me the way” and you make an emphasis that the first session is FREE!
On the flip side, some of the most ridiculously successful people in entertainment (and I’m sure many other fields as well) are disciples of TM. From Sir Paul McCartney to Ellen Degeneres to Seinfeld to Russell Simmons to Howard Stern to Russell Brand to Arthur Ashe RIP to George Harrison to Soledad O’Brien to Eva Mendes to many many others, have all been recognized as TM practitionors and more interestingly, long-term practitioners of TM, so its not like its a flash0on-the-pan thing that just got popular.
IN NO WAY, do I want to make a comparison to TM and Scientology, but Im just being honest…. but once you look into it a little bit deeper and seeing what everyone talks about, you definitely get a feel that this isn’t some sort of hustle, so I think I might go try it out for myself and see.
For TONS of more information and resources for local TM teachers, go to www.tm.org
For more information on the David Lynch Foundation, go to www.davidlynchfoundation.com