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Putting Recovery On The Map

01-15-13 | By

Transcendental Meditation and Addiction Recovery

Transcendental Meditation is a technique where the participant is in a state of total relaxation but is completely aware of surroundings. The technique was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from India. It was derived from the ancient Vedic philosophies and traditions, and introduced to the United States in the 1960’s. The goal of Transcendental Meditation is to achieve and maintain a higher level of mind, body and spirit by avoiding distracting thoughts and feelings during relaxation sessions. It is recommended that a participant practice this technique 2 times a day for 15-30 minutes by sitting in a comfortable position with their eyes closed in a room that is free from distractions. This will also avoid any visual distractions that could interfere with the technique. Participants are advised to breathe deeply in a normal manner and focus on calming thoughts. A series of meaningless sounds called “mantra” is repeated numerous times, given by an instructor. Transcendental Meditation causes the body to better handle the stresses of life in a more natural and calming manner.

10 Benefits of Transcendental Meditation Include:

  1. A reduction in blood pressure
  2. Increased Longevity
  3. Clearer thoughts
  4. Chronic pain relief
  5. Relaxation of blood vessels
  6. Reduction of cardiovascular risk factor
  7. Better sleep patterns
  8. Reduction of anxiety
  9. Increased Intelligence
  10. Increased Alertness

Easy to do, Transcendental Meditation does not require any specific equipment or accessories, nor does it require any changes in lifestyle. The techniques are learned by taking a series of courses from a certified instructor, video or book. The recommendation is that the techniques should be practiced daily for optimum benefits and results. The numerous benefits of Transcendental Meditation are practiced by people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Depending on one’s circumstances, it achieves different benefits from person to person.

Some have used the techniques to change or manage health problems such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

Although Transcendental Meditation is one of many forms of mediation practiced throughout the country, all styles are designed to improve the quality of life for its participants. Many positive effects have been reported. However, it should not replace traditional medical care or medications. Many report that it improves their quality of life and offers a balance and centeredness to their daily lifestyle. At its most basic level, Transcendental Meditation provides it’s participants with a stress-reduction tool, and a way to start and end the challenges of everyday life in a natural way. Others use the technique to find a way to achieve or regain inner peace. What will Transcendental Meditation do for you? Give it a try. You may be surprised.

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