How meditation changed Hugh Jackman’s life
Hugh Jackman: “It is our birthright to be happy…It’s not just finding quiet, it’s finding bliss and that’s natural, that’s for everybody. ”
How can such an effortless technique bring so many benefits?
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The Transcendental Meditation technique can be summarized in 3 words: Easy, Effortless, Natural. TM is based on a natural desire from the mind to go back to its true self, a state of pure awareness, pure silence with full alertness. All we have to do is set the mind in the right direction and allow the natural process to take place. No concentration, no observation, no control, no effort.
The experience of 6 million TM practitioners around the world as well 350 studies over more than 40 years shows that TM is the most successful method ever researched to reduce stress, with significant benefits for both depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, fibromyalgia etc. On top TM practice has shown to strongly improve self-confidence and develop our creative potential.
Transcending = Deep Rest
When the mind transcends the finest stage of though and comes into a state of pure silence, the body spontaneously comes into a very deep state of relaxation as well, far deeper than that attained even in deep sleep.
This can be objectively measured by monitoring oxygen consumption.Ref.Science 27 Vol. 167 no. 3926 pp. 1751-1754 1970
Scientific American 226:84-90 1972This graph, from a Harvard Medical School research study, shows that, during TM, the body comes into a state of rest that is twice as deep as even the deepest rest during sleep. More than 30 studies around the world have confirmed this deep rest during TM practice.
This deep rest activates the inner healing power in our own bodies. Relaxation means relaxing tensions. The body has a completely natural way to remove tensions that it accumulates. This is what happens during sleep but the rest during sleep doesn’t always go deep enough to remove more deeply-rooted, traumatic stresses. Transcending gives a level of rest that can help dissolve those deeper rooted stresses.
Sometimes, the results can be most dramatic with those who need it most. A recent study with US Iraq War veterans showed a 50% reduction in PTSD and depression after only 8 weeks of TM practice.Ref.Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212–215 The results were so impressive that CNN TV did a feature on it on US Veteran’s Day. (Watch the CNN video.)
In that study, the TM group saw such significant reductions (in PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.) that, after only 3 months of practice, 70% of the war veterans required no further treatment. The control group that received standard psychotherapy showed no improvement.Ref.Military Medicine, june 2011
These people have problems that go far deeper than ours. If TM can help them, where other approaches have had limited success or failed, it holds the prospect for helping anybody.
The video below shows several more examples of just how powerful TM can be for those who are suffering from traumatic stress. It also shows why more and more scientists, educators, celebrities and governmental institutions are supporting the TM technique.
Transcending = Measurable Inner Happiness
Stress disturbs the normal functioning of the brain, causing, amongst other things, a decrease in the production of the “happiness hormone,” serotonin. A lack of serotonin influences not only our inner sense of happiness but is also associated with migraines, sleep disorders, anxiety, anger outbursts, Alzheimer’s, eating disorders, addictions and many others. One can try to influence serotonin artificially (as anti-depressants seem to do) but this only treats the symptoms, not the real problem.
The experience of transcending, on the other hand, activates the body’s own healing ability so that the brain can function normally. The result? A completely natural increase in serotonin production during the TM practice and, eventually, during the rest of the day.Ref.BUJATTI, M., and RIEDERER, P. in Transcendental Meditation technique. Journal of Neural Transmission 39: 257–267,1976. This has implications in all areas of life as can be seen on this site.
These are just a few of the benefits of transcending.
Surf this site to discover many of the other benefits, from increased self-confidence to better relationships to even a complete transformation in our brains. (We can send you more information by email when you sign up for a TM introlecture as well).
How can I learn to transcend?
Real meditation is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results.
The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of complete, inner silence that cannot be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more we try, the more we keep the mind active. Trying to relax is a contradiction in terms. That is why most “meditation” methods that require concentration have limited effects.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead a person, in a completely natural way, to the experience of transcending.
If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and, afterwards, it can go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. This technique is taught step by step, during four consecutive meetings. This initial training course is followed by a extensive program of follow-up meetings to ensure continued correct practice.
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Throughout this site you can find more information on what TM is and how it works and how you can learn TM. The first step, is simply to attend a free, no-obligation information seminar. During these seminars, you’ll hear in more detail how the TM technique actually works and what you can expect from it.
Some Successful TM practitionersHugh Jackman Oprah Winfrey David Lynch Paul McCartney Clint Eastwood William Hague Katy Perry George Lucas Jerry Seinfeld Moby Gwyneth Paltrow Martin Scorcese Ellen Degeneres Rupert Murdoch Dr. Oz Dilma Rousseff
What people are saying
“Transcendental Meditation has opened up a new world of good health and well-being for me. I am so much more in control of my life and realise that there is something I can do to reduce my stress levels and feel more relaxed. It is such a blessing — I am grateful to have found it.”
Aisling Drury-Byrne, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Musician & Teacher
“The best thing I ever did in my life was to learn TM as an architectural student in 1973. I have benefitted in a multitude of ways from it’s simple, easy practice. In the morning, when I sit down to practise TM, it’s as if I receive a mental bath. Having more energy and clarity as a result of my TM practice, I am able to give and receive more, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life also.”
Peter Mullins, Architect
“As a musician, I feel that it helps me to perform better and as a teacher, it allows me to approach the classroom in a relaxed state of mind which, I believe, in turn has a positive effect on my students. I would highly recommend TM to anyone who is looking for an easy and effective way to bring balance into all aspects of their lives.”
Rachel Robinson, Musician & Teacher
“I encourage all my patients to practice Transcendental Meditation. Experience Shows and research confirms, that it is the best vaccine against stress-related conditions. Regular practice keeps you inwardly settled despite being surrounded by chaos.”
Dr Donn Brennan (MRCGP), General Practitioner.
“Having practised TM and the TM Sidhi Programme for 27 years I find it hard to describe the magnitude of change it has brought to my life other than to say it has changed everything ; in a phrase perhaps it has made me a completely happy and enriched person enjoying all aspects of life.”
Derek Crampton, Businessman