Transcendental meditation, known as TM, teaches you to transcend or go beyond your thoughts to the source of your thoughts. In this state, the electrical activity of the brain becomes synchronized between the front, back, left and right quadrants, something not seen with other practices. Studies have shown the TM enhances creativity and is very helpful in terms of stress management.  Regularly putting the brain into a blissful state dissolves deep rooted stress and tension, and enhances your ability to recover from the stresses of day-to-day living more quickly. TM courses are intensive one-on-one programs that run for many months and include lifetime follow-up programs to ensure you remain centered and stress free. Benson’s relaxation response and other techniques, including Schultz' autogenic training, self-hypnosis, audio brainwave technology, and different meditation techniques. TM is a simple, precious, effective technique that can help anybody to enhance creativity, intelligence, memory, to live better and reduce or remove stress, anxiety and other disorders. He studied these EEG patterns in physical terms with another TM practitioner and physicist, F.
Harrison said: It's incredible that doing something so simple, for a few minutes every day, such results are achieved.
So he created a technique that is as simple as TM and can be learned through a short home-course, which tries to preserve the effectiveness of Maharishi's TM. The first research on TM was made in 1970 by two medical doctors from Harvard University, Herbert Benson and Robert Wallace. In the 1990's Harrison and Coppola were surprised by the high effectiveness of TM compared to other techniques.
This has been shown by 2 meta-analysis that confronted more than 100 independent scientific works (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 1989; and Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 6, 1991).
Harrison and Coppola understood that TM establishes a natural resonance phenomenon in the nervous system, which can be considered a physical system crossed by electrical signals. Actually this resonance is able to “clean up” the nervous system, eliminating what in physics would be called “residual background noise”, and that in psycho-physiological terms appears as “stress”. Transcendental meditation (TM) is 5000 years old but is starting to seep into the collective consciousness of the modern day public – perhaps following the path of yoga.
TM is considered to be the ‘user-friendly’ form of meditation requiring much less commitment and practice than the other forms I will discuss in posts to follow. There is an excellent detailed article in recent GQ magazine that provides greater detail on this topic. We can’t turn a corner without seeing a magazine stating meditation’s benefits and if you’re intrigued, here are some types of meditation you can use.
Just as there are many types of flowers and types of engines which take a lifetime to master, there are just as many types of meditation that take a long time to grasp. We should not blindly follow anyone that says they teach meditation, but should be selective in the types of meditation we spend our time learning. Ultimately, it’s your own judgment call when it comes to trusting a spiritual counselor, and while the techniques are subjective, the results are scientifically proven.
Meditation has been found to calm your body’s central and parasympathetic nervous systems, which in turn can help to create clear thinking, overcome mental obstacles and help reduce anxiety, as well as inflammation in the body. It offers a reminder that we are not disconnected from each other, but more connected, in ways that the 10% of our brain that we use cannot quite comprehend. Focusing on the chakras is an abstract way to look at where we may be imbalanced in our lives and can be very helpful. Shamanic meditations are popular among working class individuals and people living in remote areas. This can help you see things symbolically and tap into archetypes that the logic brain does not have access to. Shamanic healers developed in many cultures, and of course, the term ‘shaman’ was not always prescribed to them.
This ancient Chinese breathing technique should only be done with an experienced practitioner. By the end of the session we had so much energy from the oxygen that most of the people in the room were crying and I personally felt like an anime character with energy shooting out my hands.
There are many teachers of Qi Gong, variations of techniques and videos about the practice.
If you are new to meditation, it is often easier to begin learning by taking a group meditation class at a local yoga studio. Keep in mind, meditation is more effective when you also eat a clean diet and exercise regularly. There are retreats that offer free ten day silent meditations that require ten hours a day of silence. If you want to try to meditate silently at home, bring a journal with you to write down any realizations you may have. For people that feel they are ADD or just have trouble focusing, I recommend this type of meditation, because it gives your mind a task.
Each guided meditation will be different and they are aimed to help us feel a deeper spiritual connection, which can’t really be put into words until it is experienced.
Studies are still coming out about how much these affect us, but getting outside for fresh air, sunlight and putting our feet in the dirt is a great way to reconnect our minds to our bodies and get out of the mental space. This therapeutic type of everyday meditation can actually help us enjoy daily tasks much more. This type of meditation involves specific types of ‘kriya’ meditations with movements, breathing techniques and mantras.
You will notice your creative energy greatly increased by this type of meditation and it is advised to only do this with a trained professional as it has such as strong effect on the body and mind.


Tantric meditation originated in India and is a ritual type of meditation, and one of the most unique ones. Don’t be surprised if you are told to look into the eyes of a stranger for ten minutes without talking and don’t be surprised if it makes you cry. Meditation has scientific backing, and you don’t have to believe in a higher power to get the benefits of it. There are ways to increase the chemicals that are produced from meditation, which include drinking water that doesn’t have fluoride, and eating a raw food diet. My next article will just be telepathically written, since we will all have decalcified pineal glands after we start meditating. Shannon is a contortionist and yoga teacher that loves to inspire people to lead empowered and healthy lives. If your most recent birthday has made you feel like you’re just too old, you need to try some of these fun things that’ll make you feel younger instantly! Meditation is the key to mental peace, particularly, for those leading busy stressful lives.
Meditation helps in controlling various factors leading to heart diseases such as stress, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Researches have established that when middle-aged men and women practice some particular meditation techniques, there is increased secretion of DHEA hormones, which help maintain youthfulness.
The main issues generally noticed among the elderly such as insomnia, depression, amnesia, anxiety, dissatisfaction and feeling of loneliness, can be alleviated through practice of regular meditation. Begin meditation by sitting down on the floor keeping your back straight, or use a chair, but, take care to keep your spine and head erect, for better concentration, as body and mind are connected to each other. Focus on something soft such as your own breathe, or a soft candle flame, or your favourite idol. A place referred to as pure awareness where your brain and body are in deep rest and stillness. Our brains are naturally programmed for this rejuvenating state, is as easy to achieve as falling asleep.
Deepak Chopra created the primordial sound meditation®, that is similar to Maharishi's TM. Harrison, has taught TM for years and has been charmed by the changes in EEG patterns during the practice of TM.
Benson created his own relaxation technique, that is described in his book The relaxation response (HarperCollins, 1975, 2000), a best-seller that sold 5 millions of copies since 1975. This resonance is determined by a periodic signal, created by a special sound in the mind, which, starting from the brain, spreads out to the entire nervous system. Unfortunately, this connections between physics, physiology and psychology is not well known among scientists, but it has shown to be able to explain the effectiveness of this technique. Prior to recent times, meditation and TM was considered to be for hippies or contained inside Bohemian circles. You simply allocate 20 minutes of quiet time daily and use a mantra to liberate your mind from conscious thought and trigger meditation. It’s important that when you are opening your mind to work on yourself you look at the background of any organization selling meditation to understand what their belief systems are and what their goals are. There are, and it’s no surprise, people teaching meditation who will misguide you to make money.
Some meditation practices focus on an individual, while some focus on a mantra, sounds, colors or the purpose of healing.
Meditation is helpful for people who live in a very busy and fast paced life or are healing from a tough experience. If you look at Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Mayan, Toltec, Aboriginal, Mongolian, Celtic cultures and others, you will see similarities. This meditation can greatly change the way you see life, can help you feel peaceful and can become a positive habit that replaces a negative one.
The chakra system is based on Indian healing modalities that refer to energetic centers in the body that are associated with nerve centers. The chakra system relates certain emotional qualities to each energy center and teaches they can be either overactive or underactive. Just as with anything else, meditation should be done in moderation with the other things we need to live a balanced life. Other shamanic meditations commonly include a steady drum beat or a shaken rattle that help put the mind into a different brainwave state. There are many people that have benefited from this new way of relating to natures elements and connecting to their inner voice. It was really interesting to feel how the energy in the body can be controlled with techniques. Each group meditation will be different, depending on what type of meditation the teacher has studied or how much LSD they did in the 60’s.
The physical postures of yoga are said to only be meant to make the body strong enough to meditate for long periods of time.
It’s a simple way to slow down, reflect, and as cliche as it sounds, get in touch with who you are without all the influences and pressures of modern life. Allowing it to rest allows your heart rate to go down, allows your primal alert system to relax and can help reduce inflammation in your body that is caused by an acidic chemical produced by stress caused cortisol. You are on a journey through an imaginary world which gives your mind a break from planning, analyzing and focusing on negative things. People really love this type of meditation and I find it a perfect starting point for those that have not meditated before.


I recommend doing it barefoot as long as you’re not in a city, so you can ground yourself to the earth like a lightning rod does. It can help us remember to take care of our bodies with proper food, water and exercise, and remind us of the full experience of what it is to be human.
If you start to look at mundane tasks as a great time to clear your mind, you can begin to enjoy every part of your day that much more and essentially kill two birds with one little zen stone, so to speak. It is meant to move the energy through your nervous system and connect you to deeper spiritual truths. There are many variations of tantric yoga, such as White Tantric, which is an annual event in LA.
If you’re interested in learning about the ancient yogis’ experiences with meditation, I recommend reading the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, which accounts famous saints and sages that were meditation masters with some interesting skill sets.
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With age, there is decreased production of melatonin hormone, which helps in gaining a good nights sleep.
Apart from improving concentration, it improves their grasping power, keeps them focussed in studies, makes them more determined, and improves communication skills.
However, as we increase the time limit for meditation, we can see that slowly we begin to concentrate completely on meditation. Forcing the mind to remain focused on one object of perception is against the nature of the mind.
You are initially given a mantra to repeat, a meaningless word or sound that helps you reach this state of awareness.
Whoever is expert about resonance phenomena in physics, knows that they may create striking effects.
Now many current and extremely successful barons of industry, celebrities, and entertainers, openly discuss and recommend this practice as an essential part of their success. Today we have meditation techniques that fit our modern lifestyle (because we may not be able to, or feel it necessary to meditate in a cave) and they will continue to evolve. Meditations that focus on chakra clearing are aimed to help pinpoint and remove emotional blocks as well as physical ailments. Some of these trance-like states have been facilitated by the use of entheogens which are more commonly referred to as hallucinogens. We lay on the floor and did about 15 minutes of what was called warrior breath (breathing hard through our nose). It is an ancient health care system that is considered ‘alternative’ in America because it includes movement and breathing instead of medication.
There is not a clear and defined outcome of meditation, it is often just to counteract or hit reset for the scrambled minds we have after doing a lot of rushing around and stressful tasks.
It’s a great technique and Deepak Chopra or Eckhart Tolle have great guided meditations available on audio or video.
We are inundated by fluorescent light, recycled air and electromagnetic frequencies generated by our computers, TV’s and cellphones. When we keep our body active our mind is able to be more creative while our logical side is preoccupied. Meditation is probably the most valuable thing I have found in my life to stay balanced and healthy. There are some special meditation techniques that particularly help in improving melatonin secretion in the body.
The type of meditational practice to be adopted by students who are introverts or extroverts are different. Meditation is an effective treatment for all mental illness, including depression and anxiety, and brings in positive flow of energy into the body.
However, having said this, ultimately you can adopt what makes you feel more comfortable, as some people find closing eyes more effective during meditation.
These techniques are developed based on experiences that have been documented for thousands of years all the way back to the time of the first written language. He was a yogi from India and the technique involves mantras (usually a chant or aphorism) said twice a day for about 15 minutes. You will ask that guide a question and they will lead you to someone that will answer it with an item or token that represents the answer. One of my favorite books on meditation is called ‘Kriya Yoga’, and I found it at Barnes and Noble.
To improve memory and retention, the ?Gayathri mantra and the Om mantra? is quite popular in India. The technique involves allowing the mind to be aware of thoughts, but remaining uninvolved on the level of meaning. Harrison and Coppola are TM practitioners and eventually were able to achieve the results that Dr.



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