Health Benefits of Transcendental Meditation

The Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice has its roots in the ancient Vedic culture of India. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the Beatles’ meditation teacher) introduced it to the West in the 1960s’ with the approval of his guru, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. It has stood the test of time, as its popularity in the United Kingdom has increased over the last decades.

TM uses mantras, primordial Vedic sounds, to calm the mind and body. TM Mantras are simple, without intellectual meaning, which allows the mind to experience quieter and quieter levels of thinking until we transcend thought and experience the quiet source of all creation, which yogis define as “the field of Pure Consciousness.” 

While in other forms of meditation certain mantras have healing powers for specific regions of the body, the Transcendental Meditation mantras have a great therapeutic impact on the body and mind as a whole. Your mantra is a vehicle to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness.

TM, in contrast to other forms of meditation, does not involve concentration or intellectual contemplation. We transcend passing thoughts, much like the sun emerging from drifting clouds. In recent years, Transcendental Meditation has become more accessible to a broader audience since it doesn’t require any special cognitive talents, unlike more complicated techniques such as mindfulness-based or chakra meditation. While a conventional mindfulness meditation course lasts eight weeks, the standard timeframe for a TM course is several days. 

Transcendental Meditation has proven to have numerous health benefits for both the mind and body. Some of the most significant advantages are those that relate to cognitive performance, cardiovascular health, and stress and anxiety reduction. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation.

Reduced Anxiety

As a result of chronic everyday stress, our nervous system becomes imbalanced, reducing our capacity to perform at our best in every aspect of our life. However, we don’t experience stress because of our life circumstances themselves, but rather because of how we perceive and respond to them. This is known as the “fight or flight” response, which increases blood pressure and tension in our muscles, making us feel uncomfortable.

Our bodies respond to a range of everyday problems, such as traffic congestion, a long queue at a local supermarket, or work-related problems, even though we don’t experience life-threatening situations regularly. Your hypothalamus, a small area at the base of your brain, kicks off an alarm mechanism in your body when you confront a perceived danger, making nerve and hormonal impulses work together to activate the adrenal gland above your kidneys, which releases chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to stress. Adrenaline increases your heart rate and blood pressure, while cortisol boosts blood sugar levels (glucose), and inhibits the digestion, reproduction, and cell growth process.  

As a result of stress, we are more likely to react incorrectly to new stimuli, making the problem even worse, and we only become aware of this vicious cycle when our physical or mental health starts to decline. Stress affects the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and central nervous systems, and is now known to be a contributing factor to a wide range of health problems. High blood pressure, artery-clogging deposits and heart failure are all possible side effects of long-term stress. Peptic ulcers, eczema and other skin diseases may also be brought on by chronic stress, as can an acid-alkaline imbalance in the stomach.

When we initially begin to practice TM, we may only experience a few seconds of deep silence. Although this isn’t much, it’s enough to enable the body to go into state of deep relaxation. These physiological reactions have been called by scientists a “restructuring state” since they are the exact opposite of “fight or flight.”

Reversing the stress cycle and easing a wide range of human concerns, from the individual to the society, is possible due to activation of natural healing mechanisms in our bodies as a result of practicing Transcendental Meditation.

According to several studies, TM has proven to be more effective in alleviating stress than standard rest. Researchers found that stress indicators such as respiratory rate, lactate level in blood, and basal skin resistance decreased more than twice as much during TM as they did during a regular nap.

Better Creativity  

While sometimes we get motivated and inspired when facing challenges, certain stressful situations prove to be counterproductive as they make our focus shift from the solution to the problem itself, making us more worried and concerned.  

The greatest method to come up with fresh ideas is to be calm, comfortable, and well-rested. TM enables practitioners to experience a state of ‘restful alertness’ as a bridge to greater creativity. Scientists have found that those who meditate daily are better problem solvers. Nervous tension is no longer the go-to source of stimulation for many individuals after meditating. Meditation practitioners become more creative, clear-headed, successful and less stressed out as a result of this activity.

Transcendental Meditation allows us to focus on the present moment by shifting our focus from the past or the future, and releasing vital creative energy that enables us to look at our problems from a different perspective and find the best solution.

Enhanced Intellectual Ability

People who meditate benefit from understanding their physical and mental health and develop ‘a body and mind balance.’ Practicing Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes daily enables you to discover a new sense of calm and tranquilly, making you more energised and enthusiastic throughout the day. To help you better control your thoughts, we’ll teach you how to establish a state of calm. With TM, you may quickly and easily uncover your mind’s full potential, harnessing the power of your thoughts and ideas to improve your life in ways you never believed possible.

Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Natural responses to stressful situations include a rise in blood pressure, heart rates, and rapid breathing. As a consequence, stress has become a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease in today’s society, where stress is associated with everyday life.

Studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation reduces the negative effects of stress on the heart and other organs in its practitioners. Your risk of Alzheimer’s disease diminishes as different regions of your brain become more interconnected. 

Heart disease-related impairment or mortality may be exacerbated by the presence of metabolic syndrome. Hypertension, dyslipidemia, visceral obesity, and insulin resistance are all signs of this condition. Hypertension is a symptom of the disease. Patients with metabolic syndrome who practiced Transcendental Meditation for 3 months have experienced significant improvements in their blood pressure and insulin resistance.

Better Sleep

TM is a popular option for people seeking to enhance their sleep via meditation. Better sleep is one of the first benefits that many TM practitioners report. It’s now possible to give a better scientific answer for the connection between sleep difficulties and stress.

An excessively low amount of serotonin, the “happiness hormone,” is one of the most prevalent reasons of sleep disorders. Stress has a significant impact on serotonin production decreases when the nervous system is out of balance. In Transcendental Meditation, serotonin levels naturally rise and stress-related hormone levels fall, affecting a wide range of aspects of life, including sleep.

Transcendental Meditation North West London students report the same benefits. We recently received an email from a young lady who had struggled with mental health issues for a long time and had just shed a significant amount of weight and stopped smoking. Senior managers who we taught at a multinational firm told us that their productivity and relationships with colleagues have significantly improved since the start of the course. When we change our behaviour, we transform the environment around us!

Our classes are recognised by the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. We welcome all levels of students at our London meditation centre, which is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. If you’re looking to learn how to meditate in London, our Transcendental Meditation programmes provide clear and straightforward guidance from trained instructors.

 


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