Oprah Winfrey propagates use of transcendental meditation

Oprah Winfrey propagates use of transcendental meditation

Mumbai : India | Mar 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM PDT
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Oprah Winfrey recently appeared on her show and talked about the meditation technique known as transcendental meditation.

Oprah Winfrey is a strong believer of transcendental meditation. On her show last night, she relayed several benefits of this technique. Transcendental meditation has several followers, and it is just a technique rather than a religion, lifestyle or philosophy. The transcendental meditation technique employs the use of mantra, and it was developed by an Indian Yogi named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The transcendental meditation technique is believed to be a simple, natural and effortless procedure. It is usually practiced for 20 minutes, two times a day. This particular meditation technique does not require any expensive equipment. In fact, one just needs to sit comfortable for this technique to work. In order to practice the transcendental meditation, you need to sit comfortably, close your eyes and make your mind concentrate on specific thoughts so that it is liberated otherwise. In fact, the transcendental meditation allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought, transforming you into pure awareness. It is believed that when human beings attain this state, they are in a field known as the transcendental consciousness or the unified field. This state is believed to be the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness, and is also known as the innermost self.

The transcendental meditation has several health effects. In addition to the spiritual benefits, reduction of anxiety, alleviation of symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder and improved school performance can also be achieved.

Other physiological benefits of the transcendental meditation technique include reduced blood pressure, reduced obesity and heart diseases amongst patients. Some studies have also found that the regular practice of this technique also helps in reducing obesity amongst patients.

Oprah Winfrey said that transcendental meditation helped her in an overall attempt to "connect with that which is God." Many celebrities have practiced transcendental meditation for its spiritual aspects. When this technique gained popularity in the '60s, many celebrities, including all four of the Beatles' members, Mia Farrow and Clint Eastwood, adopted this technique. In fact, the Beatles and Mia Farrow even went to live and study at the ashram of transcendental meditation's creator, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, located in India.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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