What is Transcendental Meditation? Benefits, Technique

Transcendental meditation induces calmness and mental health well-being.

Shubhangi Shah
Written by: Shubhangi ShahPublished at: Mar 16, 2022Updated at: Mar 28, 2022
What is Transcendental Meditation? Benefits, Technique

Meditation is among the primary tools for mental health and well-being. It induces calmness, fights off stress, and takes you closer to yourself and the world around you. Chances are you won’t even realise the boundary between mental health well-being and spirituality while meditating. It’s been practiced for thousands of years in Indian and worldwide. Not just that, it’s a prominent aspect of several religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Meditation is a practice of calming the mind. It has several types, such as mindful meditation, mantra (chants) meditation, etc. One such type of meditation is transcendental meditation, or TM, which is believed to have been practiced in India for several years.

What Is Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defined transcend as ‘to go beyond’. In transcendental meditation, you use mantra and meditation to calm your mind and at the same time remain conscious. Generally, the mantras (chants) used in meditation are meaningful. By repeating them, imagery forms in the mind. This is not the case in TM. You use a mantra, but it’s just a sound that doesn’t make any sense. This way, the person avoids engaging with the mind. The sound is there to provide a direction to your mind, while not meaning anything. 

You can practice TM by both keeping your eyes opened or closed. It’s generally practiced under the guidance of a teacher. He/she would share the ‘mantra’ and how you need to proceed with it.

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Benefits Of Transcendental Meditation

Benefits Of Transcendental Meditation

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Meditation helps with mental health and calmness. Gladly, several pieces of research have been done into the benefits of transcendental meditation. Let us take a look at them one by one:

So, these are some of the benefits of practicing meditation. It’s beneficial to start small. Focus on the various elements of your practice and gradually build on it for serenity and mental health well-being. 

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