The above diagrams are a few examples of the extensive scientific documentation about Transcendental Meditation. Over 500 studies have been made at more than 200 scientific institutions and universities i about thirty countries. They indicate remarkable positive effects of TM.
It appears among others that TM prevents stress disorders and promotes the healing of the effects of chronic stress to a remarkable extent. The evidence indicate that TM heals deep-seated psychological disturbances of importance for stress tolerance. This distinguishes TM from stress management and relaxation programs which act on a more superficial level.
"Considering the problematic "stress epidemic" in the modern society, we find it important to use effective and scientifically well documented methods for preventing and treating stress. We find that the effects of TM are unique. Therefore the technique deserves to be used extensively."
Statement by the reference group of SPTM consisting of physicians with many years of extensive experience of TM
NOTE: As the TM-technique differs in crucial respects from other techniques, there is no scientific basis for assuming that the effects of TM are applicable for meditation in general or for relaxation or other stress-reduction methods.
Transcendental Meditation - Neurophysiological transformation by way of a unique fourth state of consciousness. Summarizes research indicating unique and remarkable effects of TM, distinguishing it from relaxation techniques and other methods aiming at reduction of stress symptoms.
TM lowers blood pressure in teenagers. An American study reports that TM normalized the bloodpressure in teenagers with elevated pressure levels. (Reuters April 12, 2004).
This permanent lowering of the blood pressure reflects a profound change of the physiology, with a lowering of the average stress level. This result confirms other studies demonstrating permanent lowering of the blood pressure through TM. This kind of effect is profoundly different from the temporary and superifical effects achieved through relaxation techniques. It is caused by a deep change in the psychology towards increased harmony, reflected among others in a development of the brain wave coherence.
- "Brain research indicates increased stress tolerance in meditators". World leading brain researcher reports that the brains of advanced TM-pracitioners react more calmly in a stressful situation. Latest news!
- "Pioneering Study Quantifies Brain Wave Patterns During Higher Human Functioning". A recent study has investigated the brain waves of people who have reached stable Transcendental Consciousness along with waking consciousness. Compared to controls there were important differences, indicating a highly integrated (coherent) and more efficent and adaptive style of brain functioning. The results objectively verify the existence of ancient vedic descriptions of a state of immovable inner calm along with dynamic outer activity, calle , called "Cosmic Consciousness" (CC).
- The safety of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. Psychiatric studies indicate that TM is safe and appears to prevent mental disorder.
- The effect of Transcendental Meditation on Chronic Stress. Differently from common stressreducing methods it appears that TM affects mechanisms of fundamental importance for stress sensitivity.
Research on Transcendental Meditation (TM) at the Swedish Airforce. Remarkable and profound psychological improvement in combat pilot training aspirants. Considerably increased ability to act adequately under psychological stress after one year of TM indicated by sensitive psychological test.
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