Transcendental Meditation

The Twenty Minutes that can change your life

Imagine if by just closing your eyes you could effortlessly tap into an ocean of calmness deep inside? Even better, if you found that by doing this regularly that your energy increased, stress dissolved, health improved and most importantly, that you also noticed you felt happier and more fulfilled – no matter what happened during the day! The practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can enable you to do this – and so much more!

Transcendental Meditation gives me an island of calm in the midst of so much turbulence — Paul McCartney

“The miracle comes quietly to the mind that stops an instant and is still ” A Course in Miracles.

What is Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is the simplest, most natural and effortless form of meditation. It allows the mind to go beyond thought and to settle effortlessly into silence. The body automatically gains very deep rest and at the same time releases accumulated stress.

Every aspect of life benefits from this spontaneous accessing of the silent field of creativity, energy, peace and happiness that is our own essential nature, our self.

Through deep rest and profound stress release, it brings benefits to all areas of life naturally and without effort.

It can improve the quality of your life and make it more enjoyable and fulfilling. People who practice TM say that it has a transforming effect on their lives. They report major benefits in reducing stress and anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, and hypertension. Improvements in mental and physical health come automatically as a result of the deep rest experienced during TM.

Chronic stress is harmful to health, happiness, creativity, and productivity. Over 350 published research studies on the TM technique have documented its effectiveness for stress and stress-related conditions, brain function, and more.

There are many different types of meditation and the term ‘meditation’ describes many different practices. These generally fall into three categories: Contemplation, Concentration and Mindfulness and while there are benefits for each, the effort and meaning involved in practising them means that the attention tends to remain on the surface thinking level of the mind. Scientific research clearly shows the difference between various techniques of meditation and the very different effects each type has on our physiology and consequently on our lives.

Transcendental Meditation is different because there is no concentration or control involved in the practise – it is effortless! It utilises the natural tendency of the mind to go in the direction of greater happiness and satisfaction. By using a specifically chosen personal mantra or sound, the attention does not remain on the conscious thinking level, but is drawn by the increasing charm of subtler levels of awareness until it reaches the field of pure consciousness. As the mind and body are so intimately linked, the body follows suit and relaxes to a very deep state, releasing accumulated stress and benefiting mind, body and soul.

A Timeless Tradition – The Transcendental Meditation technique comes from a timeless tradition of knowledge: the Vedic tradition of ancient India, which has withstood the test of time as an advanced science and technology of consciousness, handed down by Vedic teachers from generation to generation for thousands of years.

Restored to its original effectiveness, the Transcendental Meditation technique was introduced to the world in 1957 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

One of Maharishi’s important contributions has been to subject the Transcendental Meditation program to scientific scrutiny by inviting scientists to conduct extensive research on the practice, thereby establishing the TM technique’s practical benefits on the objective ground of modern science.

Tens of thousands of teachers have been trained by Maharishi, and the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the same way everywhere. Over 5 million people have learned the practice worldwide. When the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught today, it is taught through the same effective procedures used by Vedic teachers thousands of years ago.

How does Transcendental Meditation work?

Deep within the mind of every human being is a field of pure wakefulness, a field of lively silence. This is the quiet, inner source of energy, creativity, and intelligence within everyone. Most of us don’t notice it because we are constantly wrapped up in the noisy activity of our world. The TM technique allows anyone to effortlessly access this inner field of restful alertness. This is a soothing and healing experience, as shown by more than 600 scientific studies published in top medical journals that show improvement in almost every area of life through practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Can I get the same results just by sitting quietly and closing my eyes?

Not according to the science. A wide range of beneficial physiological changes commonly occur during the Transcendental Meditation technique, changes that distinguish the practice from mere relaxation and other forms of meditation. Studies indicate that TM practice produces a state of rest much deeper than sitting with eyes-closed, and also much deeper than other meditation practices. Research consistently shows a natural decrease in breath rate during the TM technique, 25% greater than controls, and an increase in basal skin resistance (a standard measure of relaxation) up to 70% higher. Physiological indicators of deep rest also include marked changes in respiratory volume, minute ventilation, tidal volume, blood lactate and heart rate. Studies suggest that this unique state of physiology helps regulate cortisol and other hormones associated with chronic stress—and also healthier regulation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mood. Even more significant, EEG measurements show high levels of alpha coherence over the entire brain—increased integration and orderliness of brain functioning—further differentiating the Transcendental Meditation technique from ordinary relaxation and other meditation practices.

When I close my eyes my mind is full of thoughts. How can TM change that?

It’s normal for your mind to be active and fortunately, an active mind is not a problem when practicing Transcendental Meditation, because the technique actually uses this active tendency of the mind to dive within. Even if your mind starts out in an active state, it will spontaneously experience more quiet, refined, settled levels of activity during the practice. As the mind becomes more settled and alert, it leads the physiology to a state of very deep rest. The process is easy, natural, and spontaneous. And research has shown that when you have this experience of restful alertness on a daily basis, you naturally start feeling calmer, experience greater clarity and become more focused in activity.

Can TM be learned from a book or CD?

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught one-on-one by a trained TM teacher in a standardized seven-step course of instruction. TM instruction is tailored to each individual who learns the practice. Every person is different, and every person has a different pace of learning and different personal experiences. When a person learns TM, every instruction given is on the basis of the previous instruction being understood. A book or a CD can’t do that. This personalized instruction ensures that everyone learns to practice meditation correctly and gain maximum benefit.

Does TM induce a state of trance or hypnosis?

The neurophysiology of meditation is very different from the neurology of hypnosis. Transcendental Meditation produces not only deep relaxation, but heightened activation, organization and integration of brain functioning. There is no trance, where you’re disconnected from your body or your surroundings. You’re actually more aware: TM creates a state of heightened awareness.

Does it take a long time to get ‘good’ at practicing TM?

The TM technique is completely effortless to practice and to learn, and it doesn’t take years to master. Typically, results are there right from the start. Studies on EEG show that someone who has been practicing TM for only two weeks has about the same level of increased brainwave coherence during meditation as someone who has been practicing the technique for 20 years—although the long-term meditator will be enjoying more benefits outside of meditation as the cumulative result of so many years of meditating regularly.

If the experience of inner wakefulness is so simple, why doesn’t everyone know about it?

Throughout time the world’s most cherished poets, artists, philosophers and scientists have glimpsed this state, even if they weren’t able to maintain it. Inner wakefulness, or pure awareness, is the subtlest of all possible experiences. In the face of the relentless demands and distractions of daily life, its presence deep at the root of the mind simply goes unnoticed. The Transcendental Meditation technique allows people to effortlessly and spontaneously experience this state of inner silence and deep rest. All of the documented benefits for the mind, body, and personal relationships are the result of this experience.

Will TM conflict with my faith?

Transcendental Meditation does not conflict with religious beliefs because it has nothing to do with belief. It does not even require that one believe that it works to be successful in the practice. While the mechanics of how the technique works is taught when the student learns to meditate, those understandings are not necessary to meditate and experience the benefits. These explanations are not doctrines to be believed in but principles that are verified through direct personal experience and scientific research. Thus there is no dogma—other than to be true to yourself and your experience. I have found that people of all religions enjoy the Transcendental Meditation technique. The practice of TM has been found to deepen spiritual understanding, because it refreshes their mind and awakens subtler values of awareness.

Is it possible that the reported benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique result from suggestion or expectation, in other words, the placebo effect?

Fifty six years of teaching TM around the world and nearly forty years of scientific research have proven that the benefits of the program are genuine and not dependent upon one’s belief in the program. Even sceptics who learn the TM technique typically report the same results as people who are convinced of the benefits to the practice, which would not be the case if the benefits were based on expectation. Many of the major studies on TM ‘controlled’ for the placebo effect. Researchers have concluded that the benefits of the practice are far too wide-ranging and consistent to result merely from placebo.

Benefits of Transcendental meditation

It is now widely recognised that stress has a role to play in all health problems, affecting the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, immune, and central nervous systems.

A technique which provides deep physiological and mental rest, practiced regularly is the complete antidote to stress and will have a beneficial effect on every aspect of life in a positive way, allowing access to a deep inner peace and happiness….

The benefits of regular practice of TM are extraordinary: Millions of people practising TM around the world, supported by more than 650 scientific research studies, testify to its wide-ranging benefits, including health, creativity and happiness.

TM is indicated by scientific research to help Health problems including;

• Anxiety & Depression
• Addiction
• Blood Pressure
• Fatigue
• Heart Health
• IBS
• Insomnia
• Migraine,
• PTSD
and much more…

Testimonials

After a very traumatic event my healing journey led me to meditation and Rosaleen; Rosaleen is a wonderful teacher. It is obviously she is a true professional, qualified and highly experienced and she brings so much of this in her approach. She always makes you feel that every detail of your experience matters and it is this nurturing effect that makes her so unique and a truly gifted advocate of meditation and holistic therapies. I recommend her highly; working with her has had a profoundly positive impact on my life.
RCD, Co. Meath
My son had been very ill as a young infant, as he grew and attended school he started to show signs of lack of confidence, and as a result he became anxious deepening to a point where he was in a state of panic before going to school sometimes and his school work suffered, his relationships, biting his nails and causing unrest at home as a result. Over the summer he asked if he could learn my meditation and so when back to school time came I approached Rosaleen to help as she had taught me. She has a wonderful connection with children; it is obvious they feel relaxed and open with her and you can tell they are at ease in her company; she treats them as the wonderful individuals they are and they respond so amazingly to this and this is very reassuring as a parent. My son has come on in leaps and bounds since he has his own walking meditation but the change was evident within days, he’s calmer, more self assured and we see dramatic improvements to his school work especially and how he interacts with the whole family; thanks to the wonderful approach of Rosaleens he is now equipped with a tool for life.
RCD, Co. Meath
The TM Retreat was absolutely amazing! I came away feeling totally rejuvenated and energised after what could only be described as a piece of paradise on your own doorstep … Everything from the food to the ambience of the setting made this a weekend to remember! Thank you x
T.M. Navan

 

Learn Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is taught in a comprehensive structured course during which you will gain the ability to practice the technique correctly and effortlessly on your own.

For the convenience of participants learning Transcendental Meditation the course is usually taught over three consecutive days, normally a weekend, which allows time to gain the experience upon which full understanding can be built.

Once you have completed your course, you will continue to benefit from support in developing your practice of TM with Monthly Group Meditations and TM Retreats.

The Old Schoolhouse, Castlebellingham, County Louth
DATES: 11th-14th September 2015

One Hour For Me, The Briars, Ashbourne, County Meath
DATES: TBA: October 2105

Session Type Detail Duration
Session 1 Personal Instruction – by appointment In this session you learn on a one-to-one basis with your teacher. 1hr
Session 2 Group Meeting 1 Verifying Correct Practice 2hrs
Session 3 Group Meeting 2 Understanding the Mechanics of Meditation 2hrs
Session 4 Group Meeting 3 Developing Higher States of Consciousness 2hrs

I became an Independent Teacher of TM with the purpose of bringing course fees for Transcendental Meditation down to a realistic and affordable level.

Standard Individual Course Fee: €395
Special Concession Rate (Solely unemployed (with no other income)/Full time students): €250

A minimum €100 deposit is required with booking. Payment is by PayPal or cheque (only with telephone bookings)

Full payment is due at the latest two weeks before course starts.

Confirmation of your booking and directions will be sent (by email) before the course.

Cancellations
Deposits are non-refundable, but we will always try to fill your place if you have to cancel.

Your payment (less €20 admin fee) can be transferred to another course.

If notice of cancellation is not given at least 48 hours before close of business the day before your course commences, we may have no opportunity to fill your space, in which case no refund will be possible. We recommend that you have insurance cover for any potential losses.

I am able to offer private TM Courses which can be arranged at a time and location to suit you whether in Ireland or abroad.
Employers who already perform at high levels of personal effectiveness and productivity are under constant pressure to outperform: to improve their decision-making, planning, judgement, creativity, innovation, health, and fitness to even higher levels.

They are also becoming aware that their employees are the most important capital of a company. Research shows that, when employees practice the Transcendental Meditation technique twice a day for twenty minutes during work hours, their total productivity improves even though they effectively spend less time on work. Employees become more creative, communication improves, stress reduces, relations at work improve, work satisfaction improves, sick leave reduces, the desire to change jobs reduces.

The most practical and effective tool to achieve all these benefits is the twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, which reduces harmful stress, improves cardiovascular health, enhances creativity, and develops the total brain.

TM is the most effective stress management programme, and therefore may be allowable against business tax.

Learnt TM, what next?

Once you have completed a TM course you may feel happy to practise on your own. If you wish to gain a richer experience and get the most out of your meditation, it is strongly recommended you to make full use of our continuing support by coming along to the Monthly Group Meditations and Retreats.

Learned Transcendental Meditation – What next?

The Old Schoolhouse, Milestown, Castlebellingham, County Louth

Date & time:

Held LAST Friday of every month
Next Group Meditation: Friday, 28th August 2015

7.30-9.00pm

Cost €10

One Hour For Me, The Briars, Ashbourne, County Meath

Date & time:
Held FIRST Tuesday of every month
Next Group Meditation: Tuesday, 1st September 2015
Cost €15

Would you like to spend a wonderful, relaxing weekend deepening your practice Transcendental Meditation?

The emphasis of our Retreats is deep rest and revitalisation, enabling you to gain a clearer experience and understanding of TM.

We recommend that you have been practicing TM for at least a few months before you come on one of our weekend retreats. It would also be beneficial if you have attended some of our Monthly Group Meditations which will keep your experience and understanding of the practice on track.

Why go on a Retreat?

Going on a TM Retreat is your next big step forward in your meditation practice and they are very popular with those who want to speed up their progress. During the weekend you will experience very deep rest, enhancing all the benefits of TM and leaving at the end of the retreat feeling re-vitalised and refreshed.

According to Maharishi a Weekend Retreat gives the equivalent benefit of three months practice of TM!

Retreat Venue

Our TM Retreats are held at An Tobar, near Navan, County Meath, which is has a lovely quiet atmosphere, beautiful grounds and provides delicious vegetarian food!

Places really are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment – and to take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ price. See our on-line shop for further details.

If you have lapsed or have had no contact with a TM teacher for years the best way to enliven your understanding of TM is to come on a Refresher Course, please contact Rosaleen to discuss the possibilities.