Some common myths about meditation — and the facts according to scientific research and the Transcendental Meditation program's 50-year track record.
12 Myths Dispelled
The Internet. Despite it's wondrous benefits, it's also a breeding ground for modern-day myths.
Wikipedia. Intended to be a credible encyclopedic source, but now most high school teachers don't even allow students to cite it as a reference. Turns out, user generated content isn't always the most reliable source.
The professional, commercial skeptic. On a crusade to "debunk" everything from organic food and therapists to vitamins and herbal medicine—and of course they target meditation.
Hopefully, the following accounts will help dispel some of the more common misconceptions about meditation propagated on the Internet.
Asheville TM Program
Myth #2: Meditation and relaxation practices are basically all the same and produce the same effects
Myth #5: The research studies were conducted only by “meditating scientists” and are not impartial or compelling studies
Myth #6: Independent scientific reviews show that meditation produces no significant health benefits
Myth #7: Yikes! It's a cult!
Myth #8: TM is a religion, not a science
Myth #11: When learning Transcendental Meditation you undergo a religious ceremony
Myth #12: Transcendental Meditation is a form of Hinduism
• What about conflicting info about TM that I read on the Internet?