Maharishi, an advocate of Transcendental Meditation defines the purpose, “The goal of Transcendental Meditation is the state of enlightenment. This means we experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when we are dynamically busy.” In this Hindu tradition you sit in Lotus, internally chant a mantra, and focus on rising above the negativity. However, to effectively learn how to practice this form of meditation, expert guidance is recommended. There is internet resources, classes, or even meditation retreats to better learn this form of meditation.
Learning and Practicing Transcendental Meditation
Unlike some forms of meditation, TM technique requires a seven-step course of instruction from a certified teacher.
A TM teacher presents general information about the technique and its effects during a 60-minute introductory lecture. That’s followed by a second 45-minute lecture in which more specific information is given. People interested in learning the technique then attend a 10- to 15-minute interview and 1 to 2 hours of personal instruction. Following a brief ceremony, they’re each given a mantra, which they’re supposed to keep confidential.
Next come 3 days of checking for correctness with 1 or 2 more hours of instruction. In these sessions, the teacher does the following:
- Explains the practice in greater detail
- Gives corrections if needed
- Provides information about the benefits of regular practice
Over the next several months, the teacher regularly meets with practitioners to ensure correct technique. People practice TM twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes. That usually means once in the morning before breakfast and once in the afternoon before dinner. TM does not require any strenuous effort. Nor does it require concentration, or contemplation. Instead, students are told to breathe normally and focus their attention on the mantra. A few reports suggest that meditation can cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric conditions. If you have an existing mental health condition, consult your doctor before starting TM. Also let your meditation instructor know about your condition.