Life is so busy.  Some of us are busier than others.  In recent times, with cell phones, laptops, etc, it is hard to turn everything off.  If you are a multitasker like myself, it is even harder.  About 5 years ago, my husband started to have terrible ailments. Tingling in his feet and hands, and his neck and jaw hurt.  On two separate occasions, he was sure he was having a stroke.  After much research, many doctor’s appointments, blood tests, MRIs, and homeopathic trials, we finally found out what the problem was.  The problem was STRESS!!! We knew we needed to make changes in our lives. Many programs were suggested, such as yoga, massage, and also meditation. My husband and I know several people who have been meditating their entire lives and have sworn by Transcendental Meditation. Even though mediation is trendy, it is still scientifically proven to help with stress.

Transcendental Meditation, sometimes referred to as TM, is a simple, natural, effortless technique that allows you and your mind to settle down into a very calm state of rest. It is to be practiced for 20 minutes twice each day—once before breakfast, and once before dinner. You should find a spot where you can sit comfortably with your eyes closed.  I usually only do it once a day. I try to do it twice a day, but in the morning it is difficult for me to relax. When I practice my meditation,  I like to sit up on my bed.

Over the past several years, mediation has gained popularity in Wall Street and Silicon Valley. It is also very popular amongst celebrities, such as Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorcesse, Russel Brand, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, and the list goes on.

The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s. More than six million people have learned . Although TM is expensive, the long-term benefits highly outweigh the cost. I personally feel it is one of the most useful investments you can make in your life.

TM is easy—anyone can do it, even children.  It is said to help with stress,  anxiety, brain function, and cardiovascular health.  Some schools are teaching the method to their students.

The TM technique allows your active mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness—pure consciousness. TM is proven to help your blood pressure, immune system, eating habits, and a good night’s sleep, among other things.

 TM can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. A TM teacher gives general information about the technique and its effects during a 60-minute introductory lecture. That’s followed by a second 45-minute lecture in which more specific information is given. People interested in learning the technique then attend a 10- to 15-minute interview and 1 to 2 hours of personal instruction. Following a brief ceremony, they’re each given a mantra, which they’re supposed to keep confidential.

The TM technique is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. No belief or expectation is needed for it to be effective.

My husband and I have been doing TM for three years now. We oftentimes meditate together. There are times that I do forget or the day gets away from me, and I do feel different. TM makes me feel incredible and rested. It definitely gives me energy. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Every city has a TM center. My husband and I were taught at the Encinitas location by Gail and John Clesser, two of the loveliest people. Click the link on the side to be taken to their page.

Stress can kill you, it’s no joke. Make a change and take the TM course. I promise you will thank me.