We understand the search for a good meditation practice can be confusing. There are many different methods, prices and course requirements. How does one choose? Do I have time? Once learned, will I continue with the practice?
Some classes focus on enriching our understanding of ourselves and the global community, and provide us with useful knowledge and information. Television personality Oprah Winfrey, together with the poet-prophet of alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D., now offer 'Lifeclass, a 21-Day Meditation Challenge'. There may be books to read, lessons to learn and remember. When a meditation practice is taught, one might be required to still the mind, concentrate or visualize an image, scene or uplifting thought. Such is the case with most methods available today. They engage the mind in an attempt to meditate. The practice often requires that one be guided by the sound of a voice or pleasant message. To work, the mind must remain active. If the mind wanders off, we try to bring it back to the object of focus. None of this is required with TSM practice. It's completely effortless.
Most methods taught today require concentration, control, contemplation or visualization. Those methods tend to tire the mind, causing one to feel bored, frustrated. The effort, the focus and activity employed in these systems prevent the mind from enjoying the relaxation, silence and joy naturally available in quieter, deeper levels of meditation. During meditation there are no goals to achieve or consider, no special moods or attitudes to embrace, and no attempt to involve the mind in specific thoughts, affirmations, koans or beliefs.
Meditation is not forcing your mind to be quiet; it's finding the quiet that is already there. The TSM technique allows your mind to settle inward, beyond thought, to experience the silent reservoir of energy, creativity and intelligence found within everyone is a natural state of restful alertness.
TSM is different. There is no focus. One learns how to make use of the silence and peace within oneself. The mind and body naturally become less active. Focusing in any way during meditation practice increases activity and is not cherished by the mind. Therefore we are not required to engage the mind in any way. We learn how to ‘allow’ the mind to settle down to that state of deepest relaxation, peace and alertness, a natural healing place that we can return to again and again.
Can I learn the TSM Meditation from a book, CD or on-line lecture series?
No. Each person is unique and has a different nervous system. Ensuring that you learn the technique properly at the pace that is correct for you requires personal instruction from an experienced teacher. We suggest that you have personal instruction where a live person can adapt the instruction to your questions, needs and health concerns.
Reading a book or listening to a CD engages the mind and cannot provide the experience of pure consciousness and the corresponding state of restful alertness that TSM brings. A book can't answer all of the questions, at the right time, that people might have while learning or practicing the technique. Students often struggle with understanding the printed word or CD. Left to our own interpretation, there is no reliable way to get it. With proper personal instruction, you can enjoy the technique for the rest of your life. Benefits come as pure silence naturally unfolds.
We hope you find the time to explore the deeper aspects of meditation and empower yourself to create health, increase awareness and develop a state of enlightened living. Take a minute to make an appointment to attend a free introductory lecture. Transcendental Stress Management is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice.
TSM can provide the deep rewards gained through personal instruction. We always encourage our students to set a goal of 21 days practice of TSM. It’s a wonderful way to begin. We respect your journey. We will be there if you need us.
Watch our meditation video at WSVN News Miami TSM - Meditation Course and Practice.
Learn how the meditation technique of Transcendental Stress Management works to reduce stress, improve health, and improve sleep naturally. Not a religion, TSM can be easily learned by anyone. Morning and evening practice of the technique for a few minutes each day enables the mind to become more and more infused with increased energy, intelligence, expanded awareness and inner peace. Then, on that basis, we perform our daily activity. As a result, our actions are more enjoyable and successful.
Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce our self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there is no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. Stepping out of the conceptual mind, however, doesn't mean stepping into nowhere or nothing; it doesn't mean that there is no connection to a worldly reality. Rather, it is stepping into sanity and, more importantly, into even greater connectedness. Then we have no more need to do ourselves harm!- Millika Chopra