Transcendental Meditation gives a uniquely deep level of mind and body restfulness – dissolving worries, fears and anxiety.
Scientific research, as well as the personal experience and testimony of many people has proved this claim over and again in the last 50 years.
How can TM help you worry less?
Worry arises when you have trouble coping with the demands placed on you. The resulting anxiety leads one to self-medicate in various ways: food, TV, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and coffee are common examples. Yet we already know these methods are short-sighted and unhelpful in any serious attempt to reduce the stresses in life. This is because they do not help one function any better; indeed, over time they worsen your ability to cope.
This leads to a cycle of worry, where the less we are able to cope, the more we self-medicate.
The Transcendental Meditation technique cuts short this vicious cycle of worry. When practicing the TM technique, a person sits comfortably in a chair for 20 minutes twice a day, closes the eyes, and begins the process. You experience the mind effortlessly settling down to quieter and quieter levels of the thinking process. The mind soon comes to experience what is called "restful alertness" In this state; the body is deeply rested, while the mind is quiet, yet fully alert. Stress and worry are dissolved by this experience - by the quiet and soothing experience of inner restfulness. Many people report this as almost miraculous, yet it is simply a mental process anyone can learn.
A meta-analysis found that the TM technique is significantly more effective in reducing trait anxiety than procedures of concentration or contemplation and other techniques.
Journal of Clinical Psychology 45: 957-974, 1989
Those who practiced the TM technique showed more rapid physiological recovery (measured by galvanic skin resistance) from stress.
Psychosomatic Medicine 35: 341–349, 1973
"TM is the only meditation shown to lower blood pressure."
Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure
Summary of Policy Statement Issued by the American Heart Association 22-Apr-2013
A new report from the American Heart Association published on 22 April 2013 concluded that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique lowers blood pressure and recommends that the TM technique may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
The purpose of the report, entitled "Beyond Medications and Diet Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association," is to inform physicians which alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure (BP) have been shown by research to be effective.
After considering meta-analyses and the latest clinical trials on different types of meditation, the report stated that while the Transcendental Meditation technique is recommended to lower BP, there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend other meditation or relaxation techniques.
The AHA's recent scientific statement reports: "Because of many negative studies or mixed results and a paucity of available trials, all other meditation techniques (including MBSR) received a ‘Class III, no benefit, Level of Evidence C' recommendation. Thus, other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time."
"This is an important breakthrough in the evolution of medical practice, since it is the first time that the Transcendental Meditation technique has been recognised and recommended for consideration by a national medical organisation that provides professional practice guidelines to physicians, health care payers, and policymakers," said Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention who has been the principal investigator for several research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique and cardiovascular disease. "This type of guideline statement has been what health insurance companies have been requesting for many years."