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Transcendental Meditation

Robin Darch

The world has become a hectic place to live with fast food, fast cars and fast computers. Life moves at such a rapid pace that the elements that compose our lifestyles generate an abundance of stress that many do not know how to handle. One way to reduce stresses and create a more relaxed mind and a healthier body is through Transcendental Meditation.

The transcendental form of meditation is one in which the practitioner calms the mind in order to achieve a higher state of consciousness allowing for a greater flow of thought. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded Transcendental Meditation, often referred to as TM, in the late 1950's.

The Maharishi decided to take his teachings on a world tour attracting many new people, even celebrities to take on this form of meditation. The long list of celebrities who have practiced Transcendental Meditation includes the likes of actress Heather Graham, Singer Mick Jagger, Director David Lynch, the late comedian Andy Kaufman and most notably, The Beatles.

Now what would attract such a long list of celebrities as well as over six million people to choose this form of meditation? Could it be the fact these people now live a peaceful more productive life? Could it be the vibrancy they feel day after day. Or, how about the increased stream of creativity attributed to transcendental meditation. Probably all of the above.

Transcendental Meditation not only improves your ability to focus but it stimulates creativity and works wonders for your physical health. It is proven that those engaged in regular practice of Transcendental Meditation have fewer medical problems than those who are not.

In fact, individuals in their mid-fifties who have taken on TM as their form of meditation have been known to have a biological age that is twenty years younger than their chronological age. You are now most likely wondering what it takes to learn the ways of Transcendental Meditation.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has created a seven step process of learning the proper technique of TM which includes two lectures, a personal interview with a qualified Transcendental Meditation instructor and four days of practice.

After learning the proper methods of TM you meditate twice a day for twenty minutes each session. Advanced methods include yogic flying when your energy is channeled creating a lift of your body, kind of like a frog hopping. It has been said that when 1% of the world's population is practicing yogic flying that a greater state of peace will be felt world wide.

The ultimate goal of Transcendental Meditation is peace. Peace within ones self and peace around the globe. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has begun to construct peace palaces in one hundred US cities with 3000 more being built around the world. Here the use of Transcendental Meditation to influence cities and communities to a more peaceful lifestyle.

As chaotic as this world may seem it could be possible to eliminate the negativity in the world through a greater understanding of your own consciousness and a deeper commitment to a harmonious life. I have found that through the practice of Transcendental Meditation that path is clearly paved. Are you ready for the journey?

Robin Darch has a website,, to help you find all the information you need about meditation and related topics.

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