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Research validates the defining hallmark of Transcendental Meditation — effortlessness

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As the value of meditation becomes widely recognized, researchers are increasingly trying to understand the differences among approaches. A study published today in “Brain and Cognition” reports subjective experiences and cortical activation patterns that distinguish the Transcendental Meditation technique from other meditation practices.

“Transcendental Meditation uses a mantra, and for this reason some researchers maintain that it involves focused attention and controlling the mind,” said lead author Fred Travis. “Those who practice TM know this is not the case. This study supports their experience that Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and effortless to practice.” …

Read more here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/muom-rvt110316.php


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Transcendental Meditation: Were the hippies right all along?

Recent article by Laura Tennant, for the Independent.

“For years, it has been ridiculed as a 1960s embarrassment. Now Transcendental Meditation is back in a big way. So were those hippies on to something all along? …

… The first thing I noticed was that repeating the “sound vibration” of my mantra took me to a place which was neither wakefulness, sleeping nor dreaming. Over the course of subsequent sessions I’ve regularly become detached from my physical self and dipped in and out of this “fourth state” of consciousness. Allowing sometimes painful thoughts and feelings to come to the surface has bought tears to my eyes, but I’ve also reached important decisions.

A month into my practice, I have not so far experienced “bliss”, a condition beyond time and space in which one is not “ebulliently happy”, as Rosenthal puts it, but “calm and alert”; a state, he explains, in which one realises that “just to be is a blessing”. But I’m prepared to believe the effects are gradual and I’m struck by the fact that I no longer resent the necessary investment of time. ” …

Read full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/transcendental-meditation-were-the-hippies-right-all-along-2307898.html


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Enlightenment and Higher States of Consciousness

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A new article by Dr. Jim Karpen and Dr. Craig Pearson:

The Transcendental Meditation® technique (which is integrated into the curriculum here at MUM) is widely accepted as a method for reducing stress and anxiety, reducing high blood pressure, and promoting well-being and peace. But it is so much more.
The ultimate goal is to cultivate the growth of enlightenment — the development of total human potential in higher states of consciousness. …

Read full article: https://www.mum.edu/academic-departments/maharishi-vedic-science/mvs-topics/enlightenment-and-higher-states-of-consciousness/