Why Meditate

Why Meditate

The Benefits of Transcendental Meditation

The experience of the most silent and settled state of mind, Pure Consciousness, develops the total brain and eliminates accumulated stress and fatigue. This provides the basis for increased intelligence, creativity and improvements in all areas of health. When we feel happier and healthier within ourselves, then naturally our behaviour towards others and to ourselves improves. More alertness along with calmness of body and mind means that our ability to appreciate and evaluate our environment is enhanced leading to more appreciation, tolerance and life-supporting behaviour. Relationships become more harmonious as we grow in peace and fulfillment within ourselves.

Comprehensive analyses on various types of meditations have clearly shown that TM produces highly beneficial effects such as marked reductions in high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other stress-related disorders which are not produced by other meditation techniques.

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Transcendental Meditation was found to increase Self-actualisation which means using more of one's inner potential, more effective relationships, more integrated and stable personality, greater self regard, emotional maturity and capacity to adapt to change. A meta-analysis of all available studies (42 independent studies) found that that Transcendental Meditation was more than twice as effective in increasing Self-actualisation compared to concentration, contemplation and other techniques.

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A meta-analysis of 146 independent studies indicated that Transcendental Meditation was much more effective in reducing trait anxiety compared to concentration, biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation and other relaxation and meditation techniques. Other programs were found to reduce anxiety by no more than placebo whereas TM was twice as effective as placebo.

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Three randomised controlled studies among secondary and vocational school students found that in contrast to controls, those who learned Transcendental Meditation showed significant improvements in fluid and practical intelligence; creativity; field independence, which is the ability to maintain an internal frame of reference in a changing external environment (or the ability to focus while maintaining a broad awareness), as well as decreased state and trait anxiety.

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Transcendental Meditation was found to significantly reduce blood pressure compared to progressive muscle relaxation and health education controls. A meta-anaysis of all well designed, randomised, control studies found that only Transcendental Meditation had a statistically significant impact on reducing high blood pressure compared to stress management, muscle relaxation and biofeedback. This applied to both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

A comparison of the results of several statistical meta-analyses indicated that the Transcendental Meditation program produced significantly larger reductions in tobacco, alcohol, and non-prescribed drug use than standard substance abuse treatments and standard prevention programs.

Practitioners of Transcendental Meditation who had been meditating less than 5 years were found to have a biological age that was 5 years less than their chronological age. For those who had been meditating more than 5 years their biological age was 12 years younger than their chronological age.