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What is transcendental meditation?

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Transcendental meditation (TM) is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s.

While meditating, the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra. A mantra is a word or sound from the Vedic tradition that is used to focus your concentration.

From: Transcendental Meditation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Meditation: An Introduction.”

American Cancer Society: “Meditation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research.”

Maharishi Foundation USA: “The Transcendental Meditation Program: How to Learn,” “The Transcendental Meditation Program: Research.”

UpToDate.

Cath Lab Digest: "American Heart Association: Transcendental Meditation a Proven Approach to Lowering Blood Pressure, Doctors May Consider in Clinical Practice."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Meditation: An Introduction.”

American Cancer Society: “Meditation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research.”

Maharishi Foundation USA: “The Transcendental Meditation Program: How to Learn,” “The Transcendental Meditation Program: Research.”

UpToDate.

Cath Lab Digest: "American Heart Association: Transcendental Meditation a Proven Approach to Lowering Blood Pressure, Doctors May Consider in Clinical Practice."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

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