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The TM Technique Defined

Christopher Clark, M.D.

Christopher Clark, M.D., is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and a recipient of a child psychology fellowship from the University of Washington. He has practiced medicine for over 20 years and is currently a psychiatrist in Vero Beach, Florida.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural, effortless process practiced 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. It is unique among techniques of meditation, distinguished by its effortlessness, naturalness and profound effectiveness.

The TM technique allows your mind to settle inward, beyond thought, to experience the silent reservoir of energy, creativity and intelligence found within everyone—a natural state of restful alertness. During the practice, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

Daily practice of the TM technique unfolds the mind’s inner potential and awakens the brain’s latent resources, directly enriching all aspects of life.

The TM technique is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle. It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, requiring no effort, concentration or special skills. Anyone can learn it—even children.

The unique state of restful alertness produced during TM practice dissolves stress and fatigue, promoting balanced functioning of mind and body and more harmonious behavior.

Scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program has shown that the daily experience of this state of restful alertness leads to increased creativity, improved learning ability, higher IQ, better moral reasoning, more efficient brain functioning and a wide array of health benefits—ranging from normalized blood pressure, reduced need for doctor visits, to a younger biological age.

Over 5 million people worldwide have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique—1.5 million in the U.S. alone—including people from all backgrounds, cultures, races, and religions. More than 600 scientific research studies confirming the benefits of the TM technique for mind, body, behavior, and society have been conducted in 34 countries and at 200 independent research institutions and universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale and UCLA Medical School. Over 300 of these studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.

How to learn 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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