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Transcendental Meditation explained on Good Morning America

TM Explained on Good Morning America

All of our students and faculty practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique — brought to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — to develop their inner potential.

Extensive published research has found that this effortless technique promotes a state of deep inner calm, and boosts learning ability and creativity.

Learn more about TM on the Transcendental Meditation website.

It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. More than six million people worldwide have learned the TM technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions.

The Transcendental Meditation technique effortlessly allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

It is practiced for twenty minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique needs to be learned from a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher. MUM students receive TM instruction shortly after their arrival.

Academic credit is given for the Development of Consciousness course — this required course supports the regular and correct practice of the TM technique.

More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. These studies were conducted at more than 200 research institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Stanford Medical School.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $26 million for research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on health.

Other forms of meditation typically involve one of these two approaches, both of which may produce some good effects in specific areas:

  • concentration (focusing on something)
  • contemplation (thinking about something, often referred to as mindfulness)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves neither concentration nor contemplation. It is a simple, natural procedure that effortlessly allows the mind to transcend, to experience transcendental consciousness — described by neuroscientists as a state of “restful alertness.”

A meta-analysis of 597 studies covering most meditation and relaxation techniques was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (12:297-299, 1998). The study found the TM technique to have markedly better results in a wide range of criteria related to cognitive function, self-actualization (growth toward one’s potential), and mental and physical health.

Before coming to MUM, some of our current students practiced other meditation techniques for self-improvement.

Although students may continue to practice other techniques in their spare time, outside of class, we encourage them to only practice the TM technique since learning it is a part of becoming an MUM student, and also to avoid the risk of compromising the naturalness, effortlessness, and effectiveness of it. The TM technique has been shown in numerous scientific studies to reliably generate greater brain coherence and higher-level cognitive functioning, so we don’t want students to accidentally miss out on those benefits by affecting the effectiveness of the technique by practicing another one at the same time.

New MUM students are instructed in the TM technique within a few days of arrival, and all U.S. students receive scholarships covering the full TM course tuition. If you are interested in learning meditation before coming to MUM, please visit the Transcendental Meditation website.

At MUM all students practice and enjoy the benefits of the TM technique. For those who have applied to MUM and are pursuing their application in good faith, scholarships are available to cover the cost of learning the practice.

To start enjoying the benefits as soon as possible, we encourage as many of our applicants as possible to learn the practice in their hometown prior to enrolling—those who cannot learn before enrolling would learn the practice in their first week of studies.

The student rate for learning the TM technique is $360. MUM Admissions will provide a 50% scholarship for all applicants who intend to enroll within a year, whether accepted or not. Each applicant would then be expected to pay $180 toward the $360 fee upon learning. Once the applicant enrolls at MUM he or she will be reimbursed within two weeks for the $180 they paid to learn. For those who learn after matriculation the full fee will be covered as part of tuition expenses.

All International applicants are strongly encouraged to learn the TM program prior to matriculation at MUM. If for some reason an international student cannot learn prior to enrolling at MUM, the fee will be covered as part of tuition expenses.

The TM-Sidhi program is a simple, natural, effortless set of procedures that accelerate the personal development gained from the TM technique.

Scientific research has found the TM-Sidhi program produces faster growth in creativity, learning ability, and promotes physical and mental wellness.

The TM-Sidhi program is optional for MUM students.

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