Last summer I was invited to attend a four-day Transcendental Meditation training. This invitation came at the perfect time on my spiritual path. By this point on my journey I was heavily involved in the practices of Kundalini meditation and I was taking myself through another round of the daily meditations from A Course in Miracles. Though I felt spiritually fulfilled, I was curious and interested in expanding my spiritual repertoire.
Throughout my life I had heard a lot about Transcendental Meditation (“TM”). I had read about the great health benefits and energy shifts TM offered. I was curious and open. That summer I was living out at the beach and I knew that the TM teachers from the David Lynch Foundation were training people in a beach house nearby. I inquired about the training but was told it was full. Then one day out of blue I got a text from my friend Michael.
His text said, “I don’t know why but I thought you’d really like the TM four-day training. I put a call in for you and got you into a group next week!”
I was blown away by this universal hook-up and immediately replied YES!
After a short four-day training I was given the gift of Transcendental Meditation.
TM is a simple meditation practice where you sit for 20 minutes twice a day and recite a unique mantra. This mantra is given to you by your teacher. The coolest thing about having a mantra is that it’s only for you! That’s right, you can’t share it with anyone.
Transcendental meditation allows your body to settle into a state of deep rest and relaxation and clears space for your mind to reach a state of inner peace.
A study published in the journal Circulation found that practicing Transcendental Meditation lowers blood pressure and your risk for heart attack and stroke. It could also cut your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by strengthening the communication between different parts of your brain. Other studies have shown that TM reduces stress, blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.
The greatest study of all is the one I performed on myself. Through my daily TM practice I have found a new freedom and peace. I feel more at ease, less irrational and more connected to the flow of the universe. TM has greatly benefited my relationships, especially my connection to my husband. We practice TM together and feel a deep connection we hadn’t known before. TM helps us stay compassionate, loving and understanding toward one another.
If you want to learn more about TM, a great book on the practice and the countless studies proving its benefits is Transcendence by Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a researcher and psychiatrist. If you want go get trained in TM check out the David Lynch Foundation here.
In this week’s video blog I introduce you to my dear friend and the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth. The David Lynch Foundation has been dedicated to bringing TM to the masses since 2005. (If you’re wondering: Yes, it was founded by the director David Lynch, who has been practicing TM since 1973!) The foundation trained me and I am eternally grateful for their support and guidance. Watch this video for more information on TM and experience the love and light of my friend Bob Roth. Watch now.