Frequently Asked Questions on Transcendental Meditation

Answers to many common questions below, feel free to to contact Chris with your own

Q. I’ve got a very busy mind, will I still be able to meditate?

A. Most people think that! In actual fact anybody can meditate with Transcendental Meditation, it’s the simplest thing you’ll ever do. Why? Because you don’t have to concentrate or empty the mind. Unlike other forms of meditation, with TM thinking is a natural part of the process. Thoughts will come and go just like they do at any time of the day, it doesn’t matter how many you have in meditation or what they are about.

This is well summed up by the US actor Cameron Diaz: “I learned TM and it was exactly what I needed! The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done – not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned.”

Q. I can see how meditation may be beneficial, but will I keep it up?

A. The reason why meditation becomes a regular part of so many peoples everyday lives is :
1/ That it isn’t just easy to do, it is also a pleasurable, absorbing experience.
2/ It becomes something that you quickly start to look forward too.
3/ You soon start to notice the difference when you don’t do it.
4// You can fit it into your own routine once or twice a day.

Q. What is the difference between Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Mindfulness?

A. Mindfulness is derived from Buddhist meditation techniques and while many people find it helpful, it involves varying degrees of control : concentration, effort and clearing the mind. TM does not. Transcendental Meditation is absolutely dead easy, absorbing and enjoyable. See previous 2 questions.

Q. Can anyone learn TM?

A. Yes, because it is so simple. Children from age 10 practice TM. There is no such thing as a good or bad meditator. Some people notice results right away, most over the first few days and weeks of doing it.

Q. What if I can’t help being sceptical?

A. It’s natural and healthy to be sceptical, most people are when learning TM, even if they want to believe it will work for them. Many of those who practise TM are the last people you would imagine to meditate daily. Most of them started out sceptical, but soon discover it’s just a technique and requires no belief. Over the years I’ve taught many hundreds of doctors, scientists, engineers and hard headed business people who enjoy the benefits of TM just like everyone else.

Q. If its so simple why can’t I learn it via the internet or from a book?

A. It’s true, it really is the simplest thing you will ever do, but there is a subtlety to it. To learn it properly you do initially need guidance from an experienced teacher. Without that you are likely to contantly wonder if you are doing it correctly or not.

Q. Is TM a religion?

A. People from all religions and belief systems, as well as those with none, practice TM. It is a practical meditation technique, no belief is required.

Q. Do you need to be a vegetarian?

A. Apart from fitting meditation into your everyday life, no change in your life style is required.

Q. Are you connected to the Maharishi Foundation?

A. I was trained by them and qualified in 1977, but left in 1995 when they raised the course fee’s to £1280.

Q. How do you sit?

A. Comfortably, no cross-legged, yoga positions required.

Q. Do you offer any ongoing support after the course?

A. Yes, while T.M is very much a technique you can practice on your own and use to enrich everyday life, you are always welcome to keep in touch with your TM teacher (plus our independent TM teacher network) and I offer ongoing free advice via phone or email + refresher meetings, regular newsletters etc.