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The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, natural, effortless, and easily learned. It is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The TM technique is not a religion or philosophy, nor does it require any change of lifestyle.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through a seven-step course of instruction by a trained TM teacher. The course is followed by weekly, and then monthly, checking sessions (averaging 20–30 minutes) to ensure correct practice of the technique. The course also includes an optional, lifetime follow-up of checking and knowledge to ensure maximum benefit. Anyone 10 years of age or older can learn the practice. (There’s a special technique for children under 10.)

The seven steps are as follows:

Step 1: Introductory Lecture A vision of possibilities through the Transcendental Meditation program—enhancing mental potential, health and social relationships, and promoting world peace. (1 hour)

Step 2: Preparatory Lecture The mechanics of the TM technique—how it works, why it is easy to learn and effortless to practice, how it is different from other forms of meditation, and the origins of the technique. (45 minutes)

Step 3: Personal Interview A brief private meeting with a qualified teacher of the TM program, following the Preparatory Lecture. (10–15 minutes)

(Four days of instruction—over four consecutive days)

Step 4: Personal Instruction One-on-one instruction in the TM technique with a qualified TM teacher. (1–2 hours)

Step 5: First Day of Checking (group meeting) Verifying correctness of the practice and further instruction. (1–2 hours)

Step 6: Second Day of Checking (group meeting) Understanding the mechanics of the TM technique based on personal experiences. (1–2 hours)

Step 7: Third Day of Checking (group meeting) Understanding higher stages of human development. (1–2 hours)

Follow-Up Program

Once you have completed these seven steps, you have the intellectual and experiential knowledge of how to meditate. Next comes a series of important weekly and monthly personal checking sessions to ensure that you are meditating properly and gaining the benefits.

As a course graduate, you are eligible for this lifetime follow-up at any Transcendental Meditation learning center. This includes personal checking of your meditation, Advanced Lectures, special events, group meditations, and celebrations.

To learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, or to schedule a free introductory lecture by a certified teacher, please This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Origins of the TM technique

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For a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program near you, please call 1–888–LEARN-TM (1–888–532–7686).

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