Transcendental Meditation (TM) is an effortless and natural technique which can be learned by people of all ages regardless of background or beliefs. It is practiced very successfully by the busiest people with the busiest minds! Sitting comfortably on a chair with eyes closed, thinking a mantra silently for 20 minutes twice a day, TM can be practiced anywhere regardless of noise. Ongoing research has shown the powerful effects of regular TM practice in alleviating a range of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. Because learning Transcendental Meditation does not require discussion or analysis of problems, (it works at a much subtler level), it is very compatible with, and enhances, other treatments including psychological therapy and mindfulness (as indicated both by research and anecdotal evidence).
There are of course lots of different meditation techniques, most of which aim to control or train the mind by a way of thinking. Mindfulness, for example, works by changing our relationship with our thoughts. TM, however, is the most effective technique for allowing the mind to transcend (go beyond) surface level thinking towards silence (the source of thought). Most people who have tired other techniques are relieved to find that Transcendence involves no concentration, control, or training – a complete understanding of the nature of the mind reveals that it is counter-productive to try to force the mind to go somewhere it already wants to go naturally!.
Always wandering in search of happiness, the mind naturally settles towards a silence so deep that the body also gains a unique state of very deep rest, (much deeper even than sleep as indicated by scientific research). This is the exact physiological opposite to the stress (fight/flight) response, and therefore even the deepest stresses created during life’s most challenging experiences, and ultimately the cause of all physical and mental health problems, are spontaneously released.
The theories of modern psychology are increasingly aligning with this revival of the ancient Vedic wisdom brought to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from 1958 – that undue pressure of experience, whether mental or physical, may result in structural and biochemical abnormalities (‘stress’) in the body (known in Yoga literature for thousands of years as samskara or impressions [“scars”] in the nervous system). It is these ‘cellular memories’ rather than mental memories that cause the continuing experience of both physical and mental illness.
Mainstream psychology in recent years has recognised the effects of Trauma, often resulting in a PTSD diagnosis, as being held in the body. But the latest research is increasingly identifying links between a range of mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders) and imbalances in the physical body. This reflects the ancient Vedic understanding that psychological symptoms are a reflection of the physiological abnormalities (stress) distorting mental experience. The physical release during the practice of Transcendental Meditation relieves the psychological symptoms without any attention being given to the symptoms themselves. It is this ‘unstressing’ that is said to be responsible for the spontaneous restoration of normal function of various systems in the body during meditation, particularly those involved in adapting to environmental challenges
More than 700 scientific research studies have indicated a wide range of resulting improvements in all areas of life, including reductions in symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. Also, improvements in sleep, self-confidence, relationships, well-being, energy levels and clarity of thought as well as a whole spectrum of physical health problems.
The Transcendental Meditation course begins with a one hour individual instruction followed by three two and a half hour group sessions (over three consecutive days) and includes free support and guidance for life.
The Kensington TM course is taught by Dr Gemma Beckley, a qualified HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience working in the NHS (including teaching mindfulness) and a qualified independent teacher of transcendental meditation (‘TM’). Gemma is now a full-time TM teacher for the registered UK charity the Meditation Trust, who offer courses for up to 50% off standard UK course fees. When you learn with the Meditation Trust you are also supporting their Charitable Projects, making TM accessible and affordable for all, including their Trauma Recovery© and Time Out© Programmes.
During Gemma’s career, she has conducted research exploring the effects of TM on occupational stress, and also on anxiety, depression and well-being. Her training to teach the technique of transcendental meditation began with instruction at the age of 6, followed by many years of intensive practice and advanced courses, culminating in several months of specific residential training in the methods laid down by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
She has since taught TM privately to the general public who are often experiencing high levels of stress with a range of physical and mental health problems including anxiety, depression and insomnia, plus people on the Autistic Spectrum and with diagnoses of ADHD, personality disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia. She is also the Director of the Trust’s Charitable Projects, which has involved teaching children in care and in schools both in the UK and developing countries.
Phone number: 01843 841010
Online booking: https://www.meditationtrust.com/latest-course-dates-venues