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The TM technique and other practices: 

The Transcendental Meditation technique is not concentration or contemplation. It is not common mantra meditation. It's not guided meditation, watching your thoughts or focusing on your breath. It's unique—in practice and results. Because if its distinctive effectiveness in reducing stress and hypertension, it is the only form of meditation recommended by the American Heart Association.
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“Research shows that for reducing stress and promoting health, all meditation practices are not all the same. People who come to me for relief from stress and stress-related disorders need an effective meditation that’s quickly mastered and produces consistent results. Though TM is a mental technique, due to the mind-body relationship the practice has extensive physiological effects. TM allows the mind to settle very deeply inward—in a natural way. TM teachers call this ‘effortless transcending.’ It’s what sets TM apart and why the technique is so beneficial for mind and body, right from the start.”

          —Gary Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine

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How the TM technique is different from:
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The Three Categories of Meditation Techniques 

The scientific and scholarly literature identifies three major forms of meditation techniques, classified according to brain patterns and the type of mental activity or cognitive processing involved. Decades of meditation research shows that all meditation practices are not the same — they use different methods and produce different results. MORE 

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Scientific findings:



The diverse forms of meditation available engage the mind in different ways and naturally have different effects on mind and body. Because people often ask how the TM technique differs from other meditation and relaxation and wellness practices, the following summary of research is provided, including randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses comparing various techniques. CLICK HERE 


 
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