Transcendental Meditation opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Have you ever wanted to learn how to practice Transcendental Meditation (TM)? Arguably one of the most popular forms of meditation in the West, it’s ironically challenging to learn without spending lots of money and joining the TM movement.
So we wanted to provide a basic overview and “behind the scenes” tour of this hugely popular approach to meditation. In this episode of the OneMind Meditation podcast, I interview AboutMeditation.com cofounder Tom Bershad about how to practice Transcendental Meditation.
Sweeping Into The Mainstream
TM was first popularized by the Beatles when they went to India and learned TM from the great Indian teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. TM swept into the mainstream on the coattails of the Beatles and the wave of liberation movements which characterized so much of the ’60s.
TM took another leap after it was famously featured as a centerpiece in the immensely popular book by Harvard-trained physician Herbert Benson called The Relaxation Response.
In The Relaxation Response, Benson controversially revealed the secret training methods of TM, but also legitimized meditation through his groundbreaking research into the health benefits of meditation as embodied by practitioners of TM.
In fact, the TM organization has amassed an extensive body of research—recognized and supported by the National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association—chronicling the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of meditation.
Maharishi’s original vision for the transformative impact of TM was global in scale and truly awe-inspiring.
How To Practice Transcendental Meditation
Tom Bershad started meditating in 1973 when he was formally initiated into TM practice at the age of 15. He’s been meditating regularly ever since.
I wanted to interview Tom about TM so he could share with you his first-hand and in-depth knowledge about this highly effective practice. If you’ve ever wondered about TM—what it is, how it works, how you practice it, and the philosophy behind it—then this show is for you.
In the interview, Tom guides us step by step through the practice of TM. You’re going to learn about Mantras, yogic philosophy, and the kinds of experiences you can have as both a beginning and advanced practitioner.
We only scratch the surface, but I think you’re going to find this interview informative and inspiring. Tom’s combination of passion and precision is refreshing and illuminating.
In this episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast, Tom and I explore:
- What happens at a TM initiation ceremony
- Why Tom started meditating at age 15
- The social, academic, an life transformation Tom experienced through TM
- How TM freed Tom from external drama in his life
- The Monroe Institute
- What kind of experiences can you expect to have in TM
- What progress looks like and feels like in TM
- The difference between newer and more seasoned TM practitioners
- The relationship between TM and Yogic philosophy
- Herbert Benson’s study of TM and his resulting book The Relaxation Response
- Why it’s important to practice consistently and treat meditation as a habit
- How TM and all meditation paths lead to the same place
- The quality of deep rest one experiences in meditation
- Why TM is so popular today
- Listen to previous episodes with long-time TM practitioners Igal Moria and Joseph Gifford
- Listen to previous episodes with Tom Bershad
- Learn more about Transcendental Meditation
- Learn more about The Monroe Institute
- Learn six steps to stimulate your Relaxation Response
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