How to Learn Transcendental Meditation

The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is a simple but effective procedure that is generally practiced for twenty minutes twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. It has been learned by millions of people worldwide and has been the subject of many of research projects.

Below are some of the details regarding the practice of TM techniques.


While it is certainly enjoyable and possibly more beneficial to practice Transcendental Mediation in a quiet place, free from distractions, it is not necessary. Many busy people practice TM techniques whilst at work, on the train or bus,  in airports, etc.


Transcendental Meditation is practiced sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The practitioner can sit on a chair, sit on a bed or on the floor, it is important to be comfortable but it is equally important NOT to lay down.


For concentration techniques a practitioner may choose to focus on a candle or recite a mantra, this helps to eliminate all thoughts and allows him/her to use visualization or to focus on a specific thought, part of the body etc. Then, if the mind becomes distracted and wanders from the candle or the visualization, the technique requires that we bring our attention back to the candle or mantra. Transcendental Meditation is a completely effortless form of meditation where the mind can flow naturally to the goal of silence, changing the brainwaves allowing the practitioner to experience peace and tranquillity. This will happen naturally with regular practice.


Practitioners are told to breathe normally during TM practice and focus their attention on the mantra. The TM technique does not focus on the breath as with other forms of meditation.

The TM technique is easy to learn and effortless to practice but because each practitioner  is different and thus will have different experiences, it is important to practice under the guidance of a certified TM teacher.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM technique, explains TM as:-

“The practice of Transcendental Meditation must always be given by the expert teachers of Transcendental Meditation who have been properly trained to give it and who have been trained to check the experiences. The checking of experiences is a vital point in the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Again, it cannot be done through books.”

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