Can meditation really remove the cause of depression?
Ordinary meditation…maybe ???
True transcending…absolutely !!!
Discover on this page what exactly transcending is, why it’s much deeper than ordinary relaxation that is usually associated with meditation, and why it is so effective against depression, as confirmed by research from some of the top research institutes in the world.
Transcending = far more than relaxation
Meditation is becoming more and more popular to manage stress, but the true experience of transcending has a far more profound effect than just relaxation. The oldest scriptures in the world describe transcending as a completely natural state of consciousness where the mind is completely silent, yet fully alert. They describe this state as the highest human experience, essential for our full human development.
However over time the experience of transcending was lost because people started misinterpreting what true meditation was all about. They thought it was about controlling the mind, forcing it to be quiet, which almost never works (the more you try to be quiet, the more you keep the mind active).
The Transcendental Meditation technique is the rediscovery of an ancient technique where the mind will go to this state of pure silence in a completely natural way, without any effort. When it is taught properly by a trained TM teacher, anyone can learn to transcend, it is easy and enjoyable to practice and extremely effective, from the very first sitting. More than 6 million TM practicioners and 600 researches can confirm the following benefits:
1. A profound state of rest: much deeper than ordinary relaxation, even deeper than sleep.
2. Inner peace and happiness: significant increases of happiness hormones.
3. Activating our inner healing mechanism: We are far more powerful to heal ourselves than we think
4. significant decreases of depression: Confirmed by several researches
Transcending = Deep Rest
When the mind transcends and in a completely natural way reaches that state of pure inner silence, the body spontaneously comes into a very deep state of relaxation as well, far deeper than even deep sleep.
This can be objectively measured by monitoring oxygen consumption. ,This graph, from a Harvard University research study, shows that during TM, the body comes into a state of rest, twice as deep as even the deepest rest during sleep. More than 30 studies around the world have confirmed the deep rest during TM practice.
This deep rest activates the inner healing power in our own bodies.
Relaxation means relaxing tensions. The body has a completely natural way to remove all the tensions it accumulates. This is what we do during sleep, but the rest during sleep doesn’t go deep enough to remove the deeply rooted traumatic stresses. During the deep rest of transcending, on the other hand, even the deepest traumatic stresses will be removed.
The results are most obvious with the most traumatized among us. A recent study with Iraq war veterans showed a 50% reduction in PTSD and depression after only 8 weeks of TM practice.  The results were so spectacular that CNN did a feature on it on US Veteran’s Day. (Watch the CNN video.)
This was just another confirmation of earlier research with Vietnam war veterans that was done 25 years ago.
In this study the TM group saw such significant improvements (reductions in PTSD, anxiety, depression and insomnia) that after only 3 months of practice, 70% of the war veterans required no further treatment. The control group that received standard psychotherapy showed no improvement. 
War veteran’s stresses go far deeper than those of most ordinary people. If TM can help them, even when nothing else that has ever been tried works, we can imagine that it can help anybody.
The video below shows several more examples of just how powerful TM can be for those who are suffering from traumatic stress. It also shows why more and more scientists, educators, celebrities and governmental institutions are supporting the TM technique.
In search of happiness
The ancient texts described the experience of transcending as a state of deep inner happiness. This is why the mind will transcend spontaneously, if only it gets the chance, because it is looking for this happiness.
Today, though modern science, we can measure this state objectively, by measuring concentrations of “serotonin”, our happiness hormone. Research has shown that during TM practice, our serotonin production will spontaneously increase. 
This is a remarkable result because normally the only way to increase serotonin is through artificial manipulation through medicines, which have many negative side effects. From 350 published scientific researches on the TM technique, none have found any negative side effects.
Medical research has shown that stress plays a major role in the decrease in serotonin production. Too low serotonin concentrations are related to not only depression, but a number of other problems as well, like addictions, migraines, insomnia, Alzheimers, anger, eating disorders etc. The increased of serotonin during transcending is one of the ways to objectively measure how the body is starting to repair itself from the disturbances from long-term accumulated stresses.
Transcending = Activating our own inner healing power
When stress can accumulate throughout life, it will eventually disturb the natural functioning of our nervous system, resulting in all kinds of psychological or physical health problems. It is noq estimated that 80 to 90% of all diseases are directly or indirectly related to stress.
Transcending allows the body to remove even our deepest stresses, and thereby remove the root cause cause of not just depression, but actually most health problems. We are far more powerful to heal ourselves that we believe.
A large scale study that looked at the health statistics of 2000 TM practicioners over 5 years showed a 50 to 70% reduction in hospitalizations. The older population showed the strongest decreases. A more detailed investigation showed 87% decrease in heart disease, and 60% decrease in cancer. 
Over the past 40 years 350 published TM studies have confirmed the effects of transcending on our health. The results show, without a doubt, that the TM technique is not only the most thoroughly researched method to prevent disease, but also the most effective method ever researched.
Transcending: An effective remedy for depressions.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the most prestigious medical research institute in the world. Over the past 20 years the NIH has spent $25 million to support TM research, because of the technique’s remarkable effects on health and happiness. 
In 2 of their studies the effect of TM on clinical depression was measured.
The combined result of both studies showed a significant improvement for the group learning the TM technique as compared to the control group. The improvement was most significant for those suffering from the most severe form of depression, (clinical depression). They had a 48% reduction in their depression. The most significant improvement took place within 3 months. , 
More than 20 other studies have investigated the effects of transcending on depression. Each and every study found a significant positive effect. Other meditation techniques didn’t show nearly the same effect.
For more information read: Doctors answer questions on TM and depression (adults) and Doctors answer questions on TM and depression (children and adolescents)
How can I learn to transcend?
Real meditation is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results.
The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of complete, inner silence; that can not be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more you try, the more it keeps the mind active. This is why most current meditation methods that require concentration have little effect.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead anyone in a completely natural way to the experience of transcending.
If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and afterwards it can go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. This technique is taught step by step, during four consecutive meetings. This initial training course is followed by a extensive program of follow-up meetings to ensure continued correct practice.
Do you have 1 hour to discover how everything can change?
Through these links, you can find more information on what TM is and how it works and how you can learn TM. The first step, however, is simply to attend a free, no-obligation information seminar. These seminars are organized in various locations in New Zealand on a regular basis (See dates and locations of the free introduction seminars.) During these seminars, you’ll hear in more detail how the TM technique actually works and what you can expect from it. You’ll receive information and answers to all your questions so you can decide whether you’d like to learn the technique.
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유명 성공인들의 초월명상 체험기크리스타김 요아킴치사노 이나모리가즈오 하토야마유키오 카메론디아즈 니콜키드먼 제니퍼애니스턴 짐 캐리 아놀드 슈워제네거 휴 잭맨 오프라윈프리 데이비드린치 폴맥카트니 클린트 이스트우드 윌리엄헤이그 케이티페리
한국에서는 1만 5천명이 초월명상을 배우고 있습니다
명상은 가볍게는 심신의 휴식이나 간단한 반성이나 염원을 위해 사용되지만 가장 심오하게는 인간존재의 핵심에 닿으려는 한 방법이다.
초월명상은 촉각을 다투는 현대인들의 실정에 맞게 개발된 것으로서 아침저녁 20분씩 시행함으로써 안정된 마음으로 직장에 출근하고 또 편안히 잠자리에 들 수 있다. 더구나 이것이 개인생활 개선 뿐 아니라 널리 세계평화와 인류복지에까지 이바지할 수 있다는 전망을 제시하고 있다.
《 초월의 길 완성의 길 》 추천사에서 – 범우사 발행
정재각 교수전 정신문화원 원장동국대 총장전 창조지성학회 회장
초월명상을 하고 나면 머리가 맑아지고 가슴이 시원해짐을 느낄 수 있었다. 그러니까 자신감도 생기고 대인관계도 활발해졌다. 1978년 말 20년 넘게 피우던 담배도 끊었다. 금연 직후 20년 넘게 다니던 한국은행에서 종합금융으로 옮기는 등 환경변화에 따른 스트레스가 극심했지만 이를 이겨내고 금연에 성공한 것도 TM효과 덕분으로 믿고 있다. 동료들은 대부분 은퇴했지만 70이 넘게 건강하게 활동하는 것도 모두 ‘밥을 걸러도 명상은 빠지지 말라’는 조언을 잘 시행한 덕이리라.
전 한국종합기술금융(KTB) 회장,현 마이벤처 회장
제 성격은 내성적이라 작은 일에도 스트레스를 잘 받고 큰일이 있으면 쉽게 초조하고 불안해졌어요. 1년에 두 번씩 하는 그룹전을 준비할 때 유난히 안 되는 날이 있어요. 그런 날은 영락없이 악몽을 꾸었어요. TM을 시작하고부터는 악몽은 커녕 뒤척임도 없이 숙면을 취하게 되더군요. 내 변화를 보고 치과의사인 남편도 TM을 시작했는데. 진료 받으러 오는 손님 중에 신경이 예민한 사람이 있으면 꼭 TM을 하라고 권합니다.
나는 학생시절에 초월명상을 만났다. 그리고 특별히 초월명상의 효과를 본 것은 미국 유학 때었다.초월명상이 없었다면 어떻게 그 힘든 학업을 마쳤을까! 명상을 하고 나면 피로 스트레스가 시원하게 풀려 다시 학업에 매진할 수 있었다.
방건웅 교수전 한국표준과학연구원 국가참조표준센터 센터장뉴욕 주립대 교수
참선을 하다가 TM을 배웠습니다. 불면증이나 혈압 치료는 문제가 아닐 정도입니다. 온 종일 잔잔한 즐거움에 휩싸이고 뭔가 좋은 일이 생길 것 같고 마음이 평화롭습니다. 명상에 들어가면 나오기 싫을 정도여서 ‘부처님 이 속에서 입점하게 해 주십시오’라는 말이 절로 나옵니다.
김상호대통령상을 4회 수상한 교육자 전 대학설립심사위원회 위원장
나는 고혈압 때문에 초월명상을 시작했다. 그전에도 여러 방법을 시도했지만 TM을 시작하니 스트레스가 해소되고 초조함과 우울증이 사라졌다. 이제 TM을 시작한지 20년이 넘었는데 늘 웃으니까 나이에 비해 젊어 보인다고 한다. 사업도 전의 조급한 마음에서 지금은 느긋한 마음으로 운영하고 있다. 명상은 내게 평온하고 행복한 마음으로 유 토피아에서 유영하는 시간이기도 하다. 또 명상을 다 마치고 느긋하게 쉬고 있으면 화학기술에 관한 좋은 아이디어들이 떠올라 제품개발에 크게 활용하고 있다.
저는 연구직에 종사하고 있기에 늘 스트레스가 심했습니다.
초월명상을 시작한 후 제일 눈에 띤 변화는 숙면을 취하기 시작하면서 불안과 무력감, 우울증이 사라진 것입니다. 그리고 점차 건강이 좋아지면서 운동 중에도 숨이 덜 차고 몸이 훨씬 부드러움을 느낍니다. 박사과정을 잘 마친 것은 초월명상에서 얻은 편안한 마음과 집중력 덕분이었습니다.
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