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Dispelling meditation's most common myths
by Jeanne Ball

The Huffington Post    Translate This Article
16 May 2011

On 16 May 2011 The Huffington Post reported: An explanation of the effortlessness and effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique--as well as its unique 'signature' brainwave patterns--brings clarity to three common misunderstandings about meditation: (1) it's difficult, (2) it takes a long time to master, and (3) all meditation techniques are basically the same. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of science.

Writer Jeanne Ball explains that the Transcendental Meditation technique 'is based on the mind's very nature, on its inherent tendency to search for more and more. It is this natural flow of the mind toward greater happiness that leads attention to deeper, quieter levels during TM practice, and then beyond all thinking to where the quest is fulfilled—the field of peace, energy, and happiness that resides deep within everyone.'

This makes it easy to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation and gain results quickly, compared to some other forms of meditation, the article points out. Research shows that 'new meditators practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique are likely to achieve the same orderly, synchronous brain activity during meditation as those who have been practicing the technique for many years.'1

Ms Ball also explains that, with more research being conducted, 'different meditation techniques have been found to have different signature brain patterns, different levels of relaxation, and varying effects on mind and body,'2 clarifying the common misunderstanding that research on one technique applies to all forms of meditation.

Click here to read the full article on, including a short video of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi speaking about the Transcendental Meditation technique.

1. Biological Psychiatry 61: 293-319, 2002.
2. Cognitive Processing 11:1, 2010. American Psychologist 42: 879-881, 1987.

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