Health & Well-Being

“WHAT’S THE BEST THING I CAN DO TO IMPROVE MY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?”

Answers abound as health trends come and go—the latest diet, megavitamin, or no-sweat workout promises to hold the key.

But the foundation of good health is simple: very deep rest. Deep rest neutralizes stress and fatigue. It revitalizes and rejuvenates the mind and body. However, in order to keep up with the hectic pace of life today, rest is usually the first thing that people cut back on. In fact, a rising number of people, young and old,  are plagued with life-interfering insomnia, according to medical statistics.

Beyond relaxation

The Transcendental Meditation technique provides a unique state of profound rest that naturally dissolves deep-rooted stress and fatigue. During a 20-minute session of the TM technique, the mind settles deep within and experiences finer and finer states of thought until it “transcends” thought and experiences its own source—a state of pure awareness and quietness within.

As the mind settles, correspondingly the body relaxes and the breath becomes soft. According to research, the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s stress response, quiets down. As a result, stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are reduced.

The TM technique is relaxing, but it is much more. It is a unique combination of deep relaxation along with expanded awareness. This state of “restful alertness” sets the TM technique apart from other relaxation techniques and tension taming activities like exercise or music. After meditation, TM meditators report they feel calm, clear and energetic, much like you feel on your best days. The TM technique can help create that experience throughout the day, every day.

From better health to personal growth

The health benefits of the TM technique begin with your first meditation and accumulate over time. With regular meditation, the body eliminates not just daily tensions, but deep-seated stresses that may have been causing poor health. Research indicates the TM technique actually slows the aging process making meditators look and function younger than their years. Interestingly, the more years the subjects meditated, the greater the reduction in their biological age.

More than 650 research studies document the health and psychological benefits of the TM technique, for example:

Decreased need for medical care
Reduced high cholesterol
Decreased high blood pressure
Reduced stress, anxiety and insomnia
Reduced atherosclerosis

Over the past 20 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC have contributed over $26 million in funding for studies on TM and cardiovascular health. For example, in a ground breaking nine-year study published in 2009, heart disease patients who practiced TM had almost 50 percent lower rates of stroke, heart attack and death compared to non-meditating controls. Additionally, the meditators experienced a significant reduction in blood pressure and psychological stress.

With daily practice of the TM technique, vibrant health develops in the mind, body and spirit leading to greater enjoyment and happiness.

Selected Health Research Studies

 

 

Decreased Medical Expenses
This study measured annual percentage change in inflation-adjusted government payments for physicians’ services over 14 years among 1,418 people in Quebec, Canada, who learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme in comparison to 1,418 controls randomly selected from individuals of the same age, gender, and region. Before learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme there was no significant difference in annual change between the two groups, with a slightly greater increase among the group that would later begin the programme. After learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme, individuals showed a statistically significant average annual decline of 13.8 per cent, relative to controls, in payments for physicians’ services. Reference: American Journal of Health Promotion 14: 284–291, 2000.

Decreased Need for Medical Care: Decreased Hospitalization 
This study found that those who learned Transcendental Meditation, indicated on the right bar, showed reduced thickening of the carotid artery. This finding was in contrast to continued thickening of this artery among a control group, shown on the left, who took a health education program on diet and exercise for alleviating cardiovascular problems. Reference: Stroke 31: 568–573, 2000.

 

 

 

Younger Biological Age
Those who had been regularly practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme showed younger biological age, with a greater reduction in biological age the longer they had been participating in the Programme. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53–58, 1982.


 
 
 
 
 

Increased Longevity in the Elderly
This follow-up study of a group of elderly people (average age 80.7 years) who were randomly assigned to either learn the Transcendental Meditation Programme or to three control groups found that those who learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme showed a significant increase in longevity (survival time) in comparison to the other three groups. Reference: Circulation 93: 629 (Abstract), 1996.

 
 
 
 
 

Reduction of Atherosclerosis
This study found that those who learned Transcendental Meditation, indicated on the right bar, showed reduced thickening of the carotid artery. This finding was in contrast to continued thickening of this artery among a control group, shown on the left, who took a health education program on diet and exercise for alleviating cardiovascular problems. Reference: Stroke 31: 568–573, 2000.