Transcendental Meditation requires discipline, and no individual knows that better than Mr. David Haken — a teacher of the TM technique.
Haken sits down with Dr. Aarush Manchanda, author of Your Heart House: An Artisan’s Approach to Understanding Heart Health, to explain the benefits and characteristics of transcendental meditation.
Dr. Manchanda has been using this method since he was a medical student. He felt it was important to share his experiences and the value gained from this approach.
With Haken, Dr. Manchanda explores how the TM method benefits those with heart disease.
What is Transcendental Meditation?
The TM technique is effortless.
It improves multiple aspects of life, it is easy to learn, and all it takes is a comfortable seat and closed eyes. To start, Haken recommends 15 to 20 minutes per day.
During TM practice, one actively thinks about settling their mind so they will reach pure consciousness, meaning the mind is both silent and alert.
Once in this stage, the body begins to relax, which is where heart health comes in. Haken points out that TM reduces stress, which is a precursor to heart disease and heart conditions.
TM has been around for years. In fact, it was practiced by numerous Hollywood actors and singers, including Mehmet Oz, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, and The Beatles. The Department of Defense uses this technique to help treat soldiers with PTSD.
The method has been studied for years and is proven to be relatively powerful. There is scientific evidence backing the advantages, and just some of the independent universities and research facilities that have examined it include:
• Cornell University
• University of Michigan
• Harvard Medical School
Other organizations that have supported the TM technique publicly include:
• American Heart Association
• Mayo Clinic
• Cleveland Clinic
• Forbes Magazine
• American Medical Association
What are the Benefits of the TM Technique?
There are numerous benefits to using the TM technique.
1. Reduce Blood Pressure and Stressors on the Body
Haken says that the method is so popular that physicians are writing prescriptions for patients with high blood pressure. Physicians recognize that relaxation reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and prevents heart disease conditions. Relaxation can likewise prevent chronic issues, including stress-induced cardiomyopathy, arteriosclerosis, anxiety, depression, and diabetes.
2. Boost Productivity and Focus
Dr. Manchanda swears by TM, and he highlights how it has improved his productivity, creativity, and multi-tasking abilities. When daily stressors are released, a person can focus and achieve more, because they have inner peace and focus.
3. Provides Natural Rest
The most natural method for the body to relieve tension is rest. However, the body does not need natural sleep all day. TM releases deeply-rooted stress in a similar manner as sleep and allows a person to clear their mind, get along with others, view relationships positively, and feel relaxed all day.
4. Fewer Medications Needed
Most notably, TM reduces a person’s dependency on certain medications such as anti-anxiety drugs.
Relaxation Equals a Healthier Lifestyle
Relaxing can do everything from relieving stress to reducing fatigue to improving productivity. The TM approach can help practitioners achieve maximum results.
Be sure to read Dr. Manchanda’s book for insight into heart disease and tips for reversing heart disease.
Furthermore, Haken recommends people consider the TM technique by finding a local instructor and embracing relaxation.