Meditation is an activity which, though outwardly it appears as if the practitioner does nothing but sit with his eyes closed is, on the contrary, a vibrant exercise where your being is a-buzz with activity at the subtle levels.
There are different kinds of meditations and one of them is transcendental meditation which can lead you to the deeper states of peace and complete stillness.
The aim of this meditation is to break free from all thought-processes and to still your mind. In this state of tranquility your brain-waves slow down and enter into a theta state. The theta state is where you day-dream and fantasize, it is a state characterized by feelings of strong intuition and inspiration.
In the theta state the brain-waves slow down to the frequency of about four to eight cycles per second. A person enters naturally into this state when he is drowsy or when in deep meditation or involved in any engaging creative activity.
Almost everyone experiences being in the theta state without their conscious-awareness; it is the moment between sleep and wakefulness. When you are stirring wake from your sleep and not fully awake, you are in the theta state. This is what is known as being in the twilight zone – neither awake nor asleep.
Transcendental meditation is conducive for leading you into the theta state naturally, where you lose touch with your outer reality and enter within to connect with your true identity. In this state, your mind subsides into deep tranquility and your bodily systems like the endocrinal and the nervous systems are soothed, thus slowing down your heart-rate.
The benefits of transcendental meditation are manifold and empowering to the practitioner.
Some of the benefits of transcendental meditation are:
- Increases creativity
- Makes you highly intuitive and responsive to the higher impulses
- Sharpens your mind and enhances your memory to a greater extent
- Ensues mental-clarity and develops greater concentration
- Promotes wisdom and higher understanding.
- Promotes good, sound sleep
- Promotes healthy blood circulation and fortifies your immune system
- Slows down your metabolism and encourages rejuvenation of the worn-out cells and tissues of your being.
- Does away with all psychosomatic diseases
- Transforms old, deleterious habits into health-conducive ones
- Sublimates your lower desires so that you start to gravitate towards those in keeping with your spiritual health
- Makes you more calm and peaceful in the face of your ordeals
- Stimulates your entire being, so that you are ever pulsating with the higher vibrational frequency
- Expands your level of consciousness and helps accelerate your spiritual evolution.
There is no complexity involved in practicing transcendental meditation. In fact, it is a very relaxed exercise. Those who are new to meditation may find it difficult at first to deal with their unruly, noisy minds and to maintain a still posture. But with a little bit of perseverance you can successfully master this dynamic art whose rewards are indeed priceless.
Often, transcendental meditation is accompanied with a mantra which is chanted silently in the mind. The mantra is generally given to you by your TM instructor or your guru. Mantras work as a focal point for the mind while you meditate, and are not obligatory. They merely act as an invisible leash to keep your flighty mind from taking off where it pleases. Each time your mind starts to wander away from its focus, gently lead it back to the mantra.
How to do transcendental meditation:
Sit on a chair or cross-legged on a mat on the floor. Keep your spine erect. Make yourself comfortable.
Now gently close your eyes and do some deep breathing for a few moments to relax your body and mind.
Next, start repeating your mantra silently in your mind.
You will meditate for about twenty minutes. It is advisable not to exceed this time-limit, and therefore you would do well to sit with a timer.
Whenever you find your mind diverting from your meditation, bring your focus gently back on your mantra. Do not wrestle with your thoughts because that will cause agitation and therefore, defeat the very purpose of your meditation. At the end of twenty minutes gently open your eyes, and remain seated in the after-glow of your meditation for a few moments before going about with your daily routine.