I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for about 3 months. It has been an interesting experience with both ups and downs (which I will talk about in other posts). They say it is ‘easy’. Well if you look back at what is required, it is ‘easy’. You are given a mantra and you are supposed to sit for 20 minutes, twice a day. You sit in a quiet and comfortable location. You don’t lie down. And you repeat the mantra.
I can’t say I have never missed a session even though finding 20 minutes twice a day is pretty easy. But I have been meditating consistently.
When they teach you they tell you about transcending, blissful consciousness and all the health benefits (which have been proven by science). It sounds appealing. Lots of celebrities do it. And the testimonials from both famous and not famous really make you want to fully experience what these people already have.
But what do they experience? Everyone is different. Can you really explain the experience? And thinking about it right now, it probably isn’t good to know what others feel. Then there is some expectation. And with expectation comes a thought filled meditation session wondering why you aren’t getting what they got.
So everyone’s experience is different. Just accept that. For me, it comes down to this: do I feel better after meditating? And the answer is ‘yes’. I can’t say my life has gone though a huge transformation. In reality, I am a fairly easy going type of person. I don’t stress too much about stuff. What is the point? It doesn’t normally help or make a difference. Just take what life throws at you and make the most of it. If you get to see the sun rise and set each day, you must be doing something right. Why worry about stuff you can’t change?
But I have talked to others who have done the course and been meditating for as little as a week. A couple of these people say they have stressful jobs and TM has helped them immensely. I just love hearing their stories. Their families and friends have seen a change, for the better, and you can’t argue with.
So, is it easy? For me, it isn’t. My head is full of thoughts. But they say this isn’t a bad thing, it is stress being released. Maybe I am more stressed than I thought. But I enjoy the 20 minutes. I look forward to it. And I do finish the 20 minutes feeling better. I haven’t experienced bliss consciousness but maybe with practice I will.
If you listen to the many Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recordings you will hear Maharishi talk about the process. I have gotten more out of listening to these recordings than I did from the training. He speaks with wisdom and knowledge and the older question and answer recordings, will provide you with a lot of insight in to the process. And also show you that if you aren’t ‘getting it’ you aren’t alone.