TM Benefits are numerable and all well proved
The host of practical benefits of practising Transcendental Meditation start from your first meditation and continue to grow with regular meditation. TM is unique in that the benefits have been repeatedly verified in hundreds of research studies. See Scientific Research
Women leading busy lives, while enjoying the challenges of education, career and family life, may find it difficult to manage their differing demands. Fatigue and stress can build up. Recent studies claim to show women are increasingly susceptible to anxiety and depression.
Adding two twenty minute sessions of meditation to your already busy day may seem another challenge, but TM is very enjoyable and the investment in time gives remarkable results. A simple list shows this. From the start of meditation the benefits can include:
- Greater creativity and clarity of mind.
- Better health
- Reduction in stress and anxiety
- Greater energy and motivation
- Better sleep
- Greater self-esteem and self-confidence
- Increased happiness and inner calm
The Mind-Body Connection
Mind and body are intimately connected. TM is a purely mental technique, but the deep rest you experience in 15 to 20 minutes of meditation produces the profound physiological changes documented in over 600 research studies over the past 50 years. Stress and fatigue are released. Regular meditation leads to specific health benefits – including reduction in high blood pressure, reduced atherosclerosis, decreased insomnia, fewer tumours, reduced doctor and hospital visits, coherent brain functioning, and overall longevity. The unique deep rest of TM gives you the opportunity for long life in good health.
TM and the Brain
These physiological and health benefits are impressive. Yet TM is far more than a technique for gaining deep rest. Daily meditation unfolds your mind’s inner potential – giving broader comprehension and awakening the brain’s latent resources. Effectively, TM gives you the ability to develop your total brain. This is invaluable, because coherent brain functioning gives you greater creativity, sharper focus, broader comprehension and better memory. You need these qualities to manage an active life and enjoy a healthy work-life balance. And these results become more stabilized over time.
Developing the Total Brain
Your brain’s CEO, the prefrontal cortex, is responsible for moral reasoning, good judgement and planning. Stress, fatigue and drug and alcohol abuse impair the way the brain works – the prefrontal cortex area is switched off The fight or flight response to stress kicks in and we become more emotional, less rational, more reactive and impulsive.
TM creates the opposite effect – it enlivens the prefrontal cortex. The front and back areas of the brain become more connected, producing coherent alpha waves across the whole brain. This result is unique to TM, and corresponds with the state of restful alertness, inner peace and bliss that is experienced during TM. Research has shown that the daily experience of this state leads to increased creativity, improved learning ability, higher IQ, higher moral reasoning, and more efficient brain functioning.
During the TM program, early (sensory) components of the brain’s response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171-180, 1999.
Through TM the whole brain becomes more enlivened and coherent. You become more alert and vital… This total brain development is what is needed by women leading active and demanding lives today in order to enjoy your family life, career, study, or whatever challenges come your way, using your full creativity and without incurring stress.