Myths About Transcendental Meditation

It's not about mind control or mental discipline.

Transcendental Meditation is fundamentally different from other forms of meditation. It is not mind-control or mental discipline; it is not concentration or eastern philosophy. It's not trying to be mindful. You don't have to control your breathing or muscles. You don't even have to try to relax. You are learning a technique that facilitates a completely natural process – an ability that is inscribed in the nature of the mind. This is called transcending.

It's easy to practise and enjoy

Transcendental meditation requires no intellectual effort. Anyone can practise - even children. When you meditate, you sit comfortably with your eyes closed, in silence, with no need to adopt any awkward postures. Everything you need to know will be explained during your course.

With no conflict of interest

Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique that aids relaxation, relieves stress and provides physical and mental energy. The practice does not conflict with any existing beliefs, religious or otherwise. The technique is particularly suited to a busy, modern, western lifestyle. In fact the busier we become, the more important it is that we take time to rest properly.

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Gary Kaplan, MD

Gary P Kaplan
Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine

"If you have a technique that you practise 20 minutes twice a day, a technique that allows you to be dynamic in your activity and yet not to accumulate the stress that wreaks havoc on your health, then you have a key to better health."

Steve Collins, actor

Steve Collins, Actor.  
Best known for his role as Commander Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Movie

"What I love about the TM technique is that it doesn't require any other changes in your life for it to work."