Through the ’60s, the Beach Boys had a friendly rivalry — more like a mutual admiration society — with their fellow chart-toppers, the Beatles. (For instance, the Beach Boys’ landmark “Pet Sounds” was Brian Wilson’s response to the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul.”) Love and the Beatles crossed paths when they made a pilgrimage to India in 1968 to study under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

“The Beatles were invited by the Maharishi separately,” Love recalled. “Mia Farrow was there. Donovan and the Beatles went from England. I flew from L.A. to Hawaii to Japan to Thailand and finally to Delhi in February of 1968.

“It was one of the most fascinating experiences I’ve ever had. There were long hours of meditation and imparting of knowledge about ancient technologies that go back to — nobody knows how long. We (Love and the Beatles) were both new to meditation. But I think we missed out on the purpose of the event.”
Because, Love believes, the Maharishi’s intention was to convert the musicians into teachers of transcendental meditation.

“But the Beatles brought guitars, and there was a lot of music going on,” Love said. “So we really weren’t getting what it was about, which was to teach T.M. Subsequently, I became a teacher of T.M. “It was probably the most remarkable time of my life. In fact, to this day, I meditate every day. It’s a great way to counteract the stress of life, rather than resorting to drugs or alcohol.”

“It’s going well & I sleep like a rock now! & look forward to it after being stressed out at work!”
Craig ~ Newcastle

“I enjoyed the classes very much.  So far so good at maintaining 2x/day sessions.  I feel I’m already feeling better from it.”

John ~ Edinburgh

“Have been doing my meditation every day 20 mins morning and early evening. I am finding it flows really well, I sometimes think I have done only 10 mins and to my surprise its at least 25 mins” !!!
Jane ~ Aviemore

I am a very busy married mother of 2 young daughters aged 3 and 7. I also work part time five days a week and spend a lot of time looking after my elderly mother. As to be expected my day to day life can be stressful and quite demanding and whilst running a busy household and job I have battled with depression for a number of years which until recently resulted in me having panic attacks.
I completed the TM Course through recommendation that it would benefit my depression, but was unaware at the time of how many other benefits I would experience! Since then I can say without a doubt that TM has changed my life for the better!
Just carrying out 2 lots of 20 minutes once a day is all it needs. I cannot believe how calm and less worrisome I am and how things that would normally get me down now just go over my head. I also feel energized and lifted after each meditation, it really does completely recharge my batteries and gives me a buzz. I normally feel a slump in the day around 3pm just before I have to do the school run but find the TM instantly gives me that boost of energy needed to carry on for the rest of the day!
Also during sleepless nights with the children I would normally be struggling to get through the day, but again practising my TM before I get up makes me feel like I have a full uninterrupted 8 hours sleep!
I have also found my motivation has soared, nothing is too much trouble anymore, whereas in the past certain jobs I may have not felt bothered to do, I now carry out without a moments hesitation. My patience and tolerance has also improved, situations that would normally perhaps irritate and aggravate me no longer do so.
I would now say without a doubt that I would not be without TM in my life. I cannot imagine a day without doing it and it has truly turned my life around for the better.
Julie~ NHS Call Handler@ Wigan

“My experience of learning TM was something I will never forget. I remember when I was taught the technique, being gobsmacked at its simplicity! After my first 20 minute meditation guided by my teacher I could instantly feel the results!! I felt calmer and had a level of mental clarity that I couldn’t explain. When meditating regularly it has really helped me with my problems with anxiety!! I wish the government made TM a compulsory part of the national curriculum!! ”
Mark ~ Merseyside

“I first became aware of T.M during the 1970’s when a work colleague showed me a poster of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. At the time I was interested in the meditation but not in the “hippy” and religious lifestyle that seemed to go with it.
Last year, after a sudden and traumatic bereavement, I was at a very low point in my life, compounded by the fact that I was in real danger of literally losing the roof over my head, but that is another story. Suffice to say I was frightened, anxious and panic stricken.
A friend told me about an article she had read in a newspaper which said that doctors were recommending T.M as an aid in stress related disorders. We started searching the internet for information and came across an independent TM teacher based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
We attended a week-end course in October, 2002 and were amazed at how simple the meditation technique is. Just 20 minutes, twice a day, relaxing in a chair and repeating a mantra, has resulted in my feeling much calmer and more at peace with myself. My anxiety and panic attacks have disappeared and my normal sleep pattern has returned. I have also noticed after meditation an increase in energy and enthusiasm.
I feel that T.M has come of age after shedding its “hippy image” and is the antidote for all the stress we encounter in today’s hectic world.
I was waiting at a bus stop recently and got into a conversation with a walker. (big boots and rucksack) He had come over from Alaska to do some long distance walking in the Lake District and North Yorkshire moors. I was impressed by the distances he had covered as he wasn’t a young man, but in his late sixties at a guess. He told me he had discovered T.M when he was at college and had practised it ever since.
T.M is of benefit to people of all walks of life – it isn’t a religion or a lifestyle but a simple technique that anyone, of any age, can learn.”
~ Hilda, Whitby, North Yorks

“I was persuaded to try TM following on from my yoga practice. I felt there was something more to be had from the period of relaxation and muscular rest after a session.

Almost immediately after just the group practice that followed the initial instruction I felt a difference, that a new window of experience had been opened.

In the days and weeks that followed, I noticed that I felt calmer (particularly whilst driving) and more assured within myself (and of myself). I had more energy physically and mentally although being retired I do not face the tensions that I used to. I am convinced that if I still had those work tensions that my TM practice would help immensely.

I personally find the morning practice to be difficult to fit in but confess that this really is laziness in not getting up early enough. This leads me to ensure that I nearly always have an evening TM.

I hold dear my mantra and inwardly use this from time to time to help to relax and concentrate when for example on the golf course taking an awkward shot or put. It is my friend for life and maybe beyond!”
~ Peter, retired professional from Chorley, Lancs.

“I have been practising TM for the past 18 years on and off and started on the recommendation of a friend when I’d complained about feeling stressed . My husband decided that he would be interested in doing the course so we went along together and have to say it has been invaluable. As a person who thrives on being very busy and active there are times when I either don’t get enough sleep or feel stressed and this manifests itself in migraines. Being able to draw on the positive qualities of TM over the years has been wonderful and I know that its something that I will use for the rest of my life. Apart from the feeling of complete refreshment after meditating for 20 minutes [you do feel like you’ve had a couple of hours sleep ] it helps to slow down days which are particularly hectic. It is sometimes hard to find 2 separate 20 minutes in every day, but even once a day when time is short TM has been a great tool for me.”
~ Hazel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

“Nothing has ever opened my eyes like transcendental meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!” ~ Hugh Jackman