Transcendental Meditation® Technique
The Transcendental Meditation® program has been around San Luis Obispo County for many years and is perhaps the most scientifically tested of all forms of meditation.
Two studies presented last month add to the evidence that this form of stress reduction benefits people with heart disease and those at high risk for it.
Dr. John Freeman; TM program instructor for San Luis Obispo County; “I am thrilled that so many people are learning the TM® technique. We have some of the best physicians in SLO, and it is delightful to see that more and more of them are recommending this particular meditation technique to their patients as an effective side-effect-free solution to their serious health concerns.”
A randomized, controlled study of university students in Washington, DC showed significant reductions in mood disturbances, anxiety, depression, anger, and hostility, and better coping skills among those practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique compared with baseline measures and control group students. This new study was published last week in the American Journal of Hypertension.
“The Transcendental Meditation program, a widely-used standardized program to reduce stress, showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension,” said David Haaga, PhD, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at American University in Washington, D.C.
Francesca Baker is a local college student and a TM technique Meditator; “I love my meditation! I have a full class load but the stress just doesn’t seem to stick. My health and grades are great. Everyone keeps asking me what I’m doing because they say I smile all the time. I tell them to learn TM!
Patients with coronary heart disease who practiced the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® technique had nearly 50 percent lower rates of heart attack, stroke, and death compared to non-meditating controls, according to the results of a first-ever study presented during the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, in Orlando, Florida, on Nov.16, 2009.
What makes the TM program different from other techniques? The far reaching and immediate benefits found during TM have resulted in over 600 scientific research studies conducted over the past 35 years. TM is not concentration or contemplation.
It is completely different and totally unique from other forms of meditation. This technique makes use of the natural tendency of the mind to settle down effortlessly and experience a profoundly peaceful state of “restful-alertness” where the brain exhibits maximum orderliness and coherence.
As the mind settles down, the body follows along and gains a state of rest 3 times deeper than the deepest point in deep sleep. With this deep rest, the body naturally heals in profound and powerful ways. Practitioners feel better. With continued practice, the benefits are positive and cumulative.
Transcendental Meditation program is not a religion, a life-style or a bunch of dos and don’ts. It is a simple, natural mental technique that is easy to learn and easy to practice. In SLO County alone, over 200 people from all walks of life, representing all religious faiths and engaged in almost every occupation imaginable, practice and enjoy the benefits of the TM technique.
Finally, ADHD–research was recently published in the journal Current Issues in Education1 (and suggests that for children diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, the twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique improves attention and reduces stress, anxiety and impulsive behavior.2