A Dialog With One of many Most Sought-After Meditation Lecturers in America
Excerpts from an interview with Bob Roth – read the full article on Parade.
Have you ever wondered what the Transcendental Meditation Technique is? What is the mysterious tech so many celebrities love? No wonder Parade interviewed Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, who answered all of your questions.
What is Transcendental Meditation (TM)?
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a mental technique that is practiced twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes and sits comfortably with your eyes closed. During the technique, the mind and body calm down in a unique state of “restful alertness” in which the entire physiology is deeply relaxed while the mind is calm inside and yet wide awake. Hundreds of published studies show the technique is effective in reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression while improving health, focus, and performance. TM does not involve religion, philosophy, or a change in lifestyle. It has been learned by 10 million people.
How does TM differ from other forms of meditation?
The ocean is a great analogy for understanding different approaches to meditation. Just as the ocean on the surface with countless waves can be turbulent and calm in its depth, so the mind on the surface is also active with countless thoughts, but of course it is also deeply calm deep inside. Other forms of meditation work to calm the mind by stopping or observing thoughts – or by visualizing new thoughts. It’s like trying to calm the ocean by stopping the surface waves. On the other hand, the Transcendental Meditation does not take care of the superficial thoughts, but provides access to deeper levels of the mind that are already calm and peaceful. To this end, TM does not require concentration or control of thoughts, visualization, or any type of guided exercise.
Unlike other forms of meditation that can be learned from a book or volume, TM is always taught in person, one-to-one tuition from a certified instructor. This is because the ability to “transcend”, settle down and access a field of silence that resides deep in the mind, while completely natural, is also a special skill that everyone learns at their own pace. A teacher is incredibly helpful for this. The TM teacher will train you in the ability to turn your mind’s attention, which is normally outwardly toward the world around us, inward and to experience the deepest, best-established level of mind that you are within are peaceful and calm. but wide awake and watchful.
Transcendental Meditation is taught for four consecutive days, about 60 to 90 minutes a day. During the first session, your teacher will give you a mantra and then teach you how to use it properly. During the following three sessions on consecutive days, you will learn additional information to stabilize the correct practice of the technique, as well as information about how the body reduces stress, improves health, and improves brain function as you meditate twice a day for the following weeks , Months and years.
What does Transcendental Meditation cost?
The first TM course consists of four sessions, and a one-time fee, based on income, ranging from $ 380 to $ 960, is charged to cover the teacher’s salary. There is an option to split these payments over four months, and those who receive federal aid such as SNAP may be eligible for a partial grant to cover the fee. After these four sessions, there will be a lifetime of free follow-ups available at any of 200+ teaching centers in the US and one of the thousands of teaching centers around the world.
What Are the Health Benefits of Transcendental Meditation?
Research shows that TM is highly effective in giving the body deep rest and reducing stress, fatigue and trauma. At the same time, research shows that TM can have a positive impact on 80 to 90 percent of diseases and disorders either caused by stress or made worse by stress, including lowering high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and insomnia, along with improvements in focus , Creativity, problem solving, and general physical and mental health.
Contact a local TM teacher today to learn more – www.tm.org/contact-us