Transcendental meditation refers to a modern practice of a silent form of meditation, mantra meditation, and to the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement. This technique was primarily introduced by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, and that sparked a movement in India in the mid-1950s. This technique is a simple, effortless way to let your mind settle down into an extremely calm and wise state of rest. Though Transcendental meditation is not a mantra-based meditation in the sense that its main core and direction is oriented towards transcending, it does involve the use of mantras. It has been the well-proven fact that is transcending meditation aids in calming your nerves and letting them settle into a state of deep rest. In turn, this leads to a substantial reduction in the level of stress and anxiety in life. Also, it is known to make you wise and efficient. Through this technique, the dust of our daily neurosis settles, and in turn, our mind naturally becomes open, clear, and insightful. Transcendental meditation involves silently repeating a mantra for 15-20 minutes a day and is commonly done sitting with the eyes closed. It is one of the most popular modern meditation techniques.
Give below is an account of typical transcendental meditation practice.
- Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the ground and hands in your lap. Leave your legs and arms uncrossed and relaxed.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax the body.
- Open your eyes and then close them again. Your eyes will remain closed during the 20 minutes practice.
- Repeat the mantra in your mind.
- When you recognize you have a thought, simply return to the mantra.
- After 20 minutes, begin to move your fingers and toes to ease yourself back to the world.
- Open your eyes and sit in serenity for a few minutes before resuming your regular chores.