Psychological Benefits of Meditation

TSM Increases Psychological Maturity Growth of Self - Actualization

TSM is a simple, natural technique which anyone can use to rapidly unfold the full potential of consciousness. According to TSM instructors, "with TSM there is no reason why all people cannot enjoy life at full potential, why they cannot enjoy unshakable peace and joy in the midst of dynamic activity."

In the past, many western scientists discounted the potential benefits of any type of meditation. By the late 80's, however, research evidence convinced most psychologists that meditation is, at the least, an effective tool for dissolving stress and anxiety.

Some studies suggest that meditation produces a type of psychological growth known as self-actualization - indicating holistic evolution of consciousness. Some think this could be a breakthrough in human development. Until now meditation was an unknown in psychological circles. No techniques had reached such serious consideration for human growth.

The concept of self-actualization was developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow in the 1950s to define the qualities that make great people great. Whereas most psychologists spent their time analyzing people who were ill, Maslow was the first western scientist to systematically study people enjoying high levels of psychological health. Maslow was president of the American Psychological Association in 1967 and 1968.

Most psychologists agree that Maslow wanted a vision of human possibilities based not on the weakest people but on exceptional people who were realizing their potential. Maslow was unique among modern psychologists. He realized that people use only a tiny portion of their real potential. He searched for a reliable method to develop his latent potential but never found it. He proposed that we are driven to self-actualize - that is, to realize the totality of our potential - just as an acorn is impelled to become an oak. Maslow identified peak experiences of self actualized individuals - euphoric moments characterized by wonder, awe and beauty, the absence of fear, a sense of connection to the cosmos, and the transcendence of time and space. He noted, peak experiences gave rise to a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and overall happiness. Now meditation is being considered as that tool to unfold human consciousness and actualize what Maslow only dreamed of - and much more.

There is evidence that meditation could be effective in promoting this kind of growth. What are self-actualized people like? According to Maslow:

  • They have high self-esteem - cited by some researchers as the single most important factor in career success.
  • They enjoy warm, spontaneous relationships with others.
  • They live "in the present", not worrying about past or future.
  • They score better than low self-actualizers on measures of physical health and mental abilities.
  • They keep the broad perspective on life called wisdom.

Why is meditation so effective at promoting self-actualization? Many believe the answer to be a new concept for modern psychology - the ability to 'transcend' - the ability to 'go beyond' the activity of the thinking mind and contact it's own source, pure consciousness.

Techniques that produce some degree of relaxation such as hypnosis or bio feedback may relieve some degree of stress. But only enlivenment of the deepest levels of the mind can fully realize the unbounded inner resources of the individual - A meditation benefit.

The regular practice of meditation can be a life-changing experience. Not only does meditating help you become a more spiritual person, but it can also have incredibly beneficial physical and psychological benefits. Meditation has been utilized by both medical doctors and psychologists as treatment for patients suffering from many types of conditions and disorders.

The 7 most commonly seen psychological effects on people who meditate regularly are as follows.

  • 1. A more consistent happy state of mind.
  • 2. Less emotional agitation in response to experiences or situations.
  • 3. Increased compassion towards others and empathy.
  • 4. Fewer and less intense mood swings.
  • 5. Increased creativity and self-awareness.
  • 6. Decrease in chronic and acute anxiety.
  • 7. Fewer and less intense negative thoughts and emotions.