WHAT IS VEDIC MEDITATION?
Vedic Meditation is absolutely simple and can be learned by anyone, even (especially) someone who believes they are too stressed or high-strung to meditate. Its effortless technique is practiced twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Practicing Vedic Meditation does not require clearing the mind of thoughts or cessation of thinking. Thoughts are a welcome part of meditation.
Though Vedic Meditation originated in ancient India, meditators from any culture can experience its benefits. Because the technique triggers a physiologic effect in the brain and body, practicing the technique requires no change in one’s beliefs, nor must anything be taken on faith. During meditation, the mind settles down, or transcends, to a unique state of restful alertness that is beyond thought. The restfulness experienced in this unique state is up to 5 times deeper than the rest gained during sleep, and this profound rest allows the body to naturally dissolve its stresses. By having contact with this restful state, also called the level of Being or the level of Bliss, one begins to experience life as it is meant to be lived- stress-free and filled with joy, possibility, creativity, connection, and love.
How is Vedic meditation different than other types of meditation? Watch this video of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the master who brought this meditation technique to the west.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF VEDIC MEDITATION
(click each benefit for a list of scientific research*)
Reduced stress and anxiety
Reduced substance abuse and other addictive behaviors
Reduced cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and cerebrovascular disease (strokes)
Reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as obesity, high cholesterol, and free radical formation
Strengthened immune system
Decreased health care costs and utilization
Increased longevity and energy
Improved school behavior
Benefits for special and remedial education
Improved integration of personality
Greater sense of wellbeing and happiness
Improved concentration, willpower and memory
Improved accuracy and speed of decision making
Improved intelligence, creativity and learning ability
Improved ability to stay calm under pressure
Improved relationships through improved self-awareness and awareness of others
Expanded consciousness from which to view the world
*The studies listed in each link, which refer to this form of meditation (Vedic) using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”, support the benefits obtainable from regular practice of Vedic Meditation. The leader of Jill's Vedic Meditation teacher training was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”), taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi, since 1997 has continued to teach meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the Transcendental Meditation organizations. Jill is not affiliated with the TM organizations or their current services or programs, which may differ from her services. The form of meditation that Jill's teacher taught with the TM organizations was the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of health benefits from regular practice.