Technique & courses
The Transcendental Meditation technique: How difficult is it?
After twisting your tongue a few times when trying to pronounce “transcendental”, you may be forgiven for associating the technique of Transcendental Meditation with some dreadfully cumbersome mental acrobatics.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Transcendental Meditation could well be the easiest, most natural exercises in the entire family of ‘techniques’ known to man. You just sit down every morning and evening for 20 minutes, close your eyes, and let your mantra do the work for you.
“20 minutes in the bank, all day in the market place.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Neither are there any prerequisites involved. Transcendental Meditation can be practiced by any adult – regardless of his or her health status, lifestyle, socioeconomic level, self-efficacy, race, gender, ethnicity, medical beliefs, job satisfaction, economic variables… you name it. A functioning brain is all it takes.
(What about children? They can start practicing at the age of 10. Children younger than that can learn a special walking technique, called Word of Wisdom.)
How can I learn Transcendental Meditation?
Transcendental Meditation is taught only by certified teachers to ensure that you will get what you came for. So the first thing to do is to look up a TM teaching centre with the most convenient logistics for you – here you’ll find national webpages with all the relevant information.
Before actually signing up for the course, you can attend an introductory talk at the TM centre. Delivered by an experienced teacher, the talk will explain in full detail how Transcendental Meditation can benefit you and how it differs from other practices. All other questions you might have will be answered, too. These introductory talks are completely free of charge and come with no obligation to then learn the technique.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is learned in just 90 minutes on four consecutive days. The course fee depends on the country, various discounts and concessions are usually available. This is the build-up of the 4-day course:
Day 1 – personal instruction with a qualified teacher (1-2 hours)
Day 2 – first seminar, to verify correctness of practice and further instructions (1-2 hours)
Day 3 – second seminar, for understanding the mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique (1-2 hours)
Day 4 – third seminar, for understanding higher stages of human development (1-2 hours)
Once you’ve completed the initial instruction, you’ll have the intellectual and experiential knowledge needed to properly practice the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Next comes a series of one-on-one meetings with your teacher and continuing classes – offered at no additional cost.
These sessions stabilise the correctness of your meditation practice to ensure that you gain the full benefits. The meetings can be scheduled at your convenience throughout these first six months of your Transcendental Meditation practice. These follow-up sessions are optional but highly recommended.
As a course graduate, you are eligible for the lifetime programme offered at any Transcendental Meditation centre. This includes receiving the teacher’s personal guidance with your meditation practice, advanced lectures, special events, group meditations, and celebrations.