No, Transcendental Meditation Is Not the Same as Scientology

Not even close.
  1. When people find out I do TM, this seems to be the first question I get for some reason.
    I still have no idea why. But let's try and clear it up.
  2. Scientology is considered a religion (not here to debate that) and TM is a form of meditation. Vastly different. It's like comparing an orange to a guitar.
  3. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the technique to India sometime in the 50s. Over the years he taught thousands of people and trained others to then teach the technique.
  4. It's a mantra-based meditation that you do for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. It's taught to you by certified teachers who guide you through the technique so you can begin your own practice.
  5. You're taught over the course of 4 days in 1-hour sessions.
  6. Each person is given a mantra that you don't share with anyone else and that's what you use during your meditation.
  7. I learned just over a year ago after considering it for years and years. It just was never the right time for me. After having a particularly rough time last year, a friend suggested I learn.
  8. There are TM centers all over the world that can teach you if you're interested.
  9. It might not be for everyone and I'd certainly never push anyone into it. I can only speak about my own experience. I've tried many forms of meditation in the past and nothing ever stuck, but for some reason TM did. Maybe because it's incredibly easy.
  10. I can honestly say that it's changed my life and probably even saved it.
  11. This is coming from someone who has suffered from anxiety and depression their entire life. The anxiety would go dormant for extended periods of time and then come back in full force. Same for depression. TM has helped me immensely with both. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  12. It clears my mind and makes me feel more centered. I feel like it works through a lot of the unnecessary noise in your brain so the more productive, creative parts can surface.
  13. Imagine a cluttered, paper-filled desk. Then, take your arm and fling everything on it off and onto the floor. Clean slate. That's your mind.
  14. It feels like you're giving your brain a 20 minute nap.
    Studies show that TM is 2.5 times more restful than deep sleep and it definitely feels this way.
  15. And who doesn't like naps?
  16. Basically it was a game changer for me.
  17. Not to mention, where I learned at the David Lynch Foundation, they're doing incredible work teaching TM to at-risk youth and soldiers with PTSD.
    I fully support the work they do. Their entire goal is to teach the technique to anyone and everyone who wants to learn.
  18. I also love everyone I've met through it. There's a little bond I've noticed when you run across people that practice it.
    Kind of like ListApp!
  19. Anyway, I get a lot of questions about it so I thought I'd try to clear some of them up. Feel free to ask anything else.
    Note: I'm not an expert. It's all based on my 15 month involvement.
  20. Does anyone else here do it?