Scientific research has shown that the most beneficial meditation
technique is Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation (TM).
The striking reduction of stress and anxiety caused by TM
are 3 times greater than the effect caused by most meditation
and relaxation techniques.
Transcendental Meditation has been taught by Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi since 1958.
The first articles about the beneficial effects of this technique
were published around 1970 on important magazines and scientific
journals such as Science (167, 1970), American Journal of
Physiology (221, 1971) and Scientific American (226, 1972).
The basic research was conducted by two medical doctors from
Harvard University, Herbert Benson and Robert Wallace. This
research was made on dozens of American people who used to
practice this technique regularly. These people were of any
race, sex, age, job, and with different personal political
or religious belief.
Later, a lot of research was made about this technique by
several doctors and scientists, who wrote several articles
on important scientific journals such as International Journal
of Neuroscience, Psychosomatic Medicine, Electroencephalography
and Clinical Neurophysiology, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,
Journal of Clinical Psychology, and many more.
Dr. Benson never practiced this technique himself (Dr. Wallace
did). Dr. Benson created his own relaxation technique, that
is described in his book "The relaxation response" (HarperCollins,
1975, 2000), a best-seller that has sold 5 millions of copies
Dr. Benson claims that his technique achieves the same results
as Maharishi's TM. However, the actual results achieved by
TM are 3 times greater than those achieved by the relaxation
response technique, as shown by further research (Journal
of Clinical Psychology, 45, 1989; and Journal of Social Behavior
and Personality, 6, 1991).
In 1995, Dr. Deepak Chopra created the primordial sound technique,
that is very similar to Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation
(TM) and can be considered as much as effective. Unfortunately
Maharishi's TM and Chopra's technique are very expensive:
the price of TM is prohibitive ($2500). Chopra's technique
is expensive also ($325).
Further on, a mystical atmosphere has been surrounding the
TM technique for years, and the Maharishi organization deals
with several peculiar and weird projects. This has prevented
TM to be appreciated as it deserves. Transcendental Meditation
is a simple, precious, effective technique that can help anybody
to live better and to reduce or remove stress, anxiety and
That's why former TM teachers have started teaching this technique
for less. For example check the websites: tm-meditation.co.uk
(TM Independent UK) and natural-stress-relief.com.
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