transcendental meditation

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transcendental meditation

 
a technique for attaining a state of physical relaxation and psychological calm by the regular practice of a relaxation procedure which entails the repetition of a mantra.

trans·cen·den·tal med·i·ta·tion (TM),

(tranz'en-den'tal med'i-tā'shŭn),
A form of mental concentration practiced over 2500 years ago in Asian cultures; was made popular in the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a means to help increase energy, reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mental and physical health; it involves the person sitting upright for 20 minutes, with eyes closed, and silently speaking a mantra (a key stimulus word used uniquely by each practitioner to return to the proper meditative state) whenever thought occurs.

Transcendental Meditation

A trademark for a technique of meditation derived from Hindu traditions that promotes deep relaxation through the use of a mantra.

transcendental meditation (TM)

a psychophysiological exercise designed to lower levels of tension and anxiety and increase tolerance of frustration. TM has been described as a state of consciousness that does not require any physical or mental control. During meditation, the person enters a hypometabolic state in which there is reduced activity of the adrenergic component of the autonomic nervous system.

transcendental meditation

A form of meditation developed in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which consists of silently repeating a mantra for 10 to 20 minute sessions. Transcendental meditation has changed in philosophy from being mystical and believed to serve as a vehicle for achieving nirvana and the extinction of the ego, to being a popular modality believed to enhance mental and physical well-being, personal development and social advancement.

trans·cen·den·tal med·i·ta·tion

(TM) (tranz'ĕn-den'tal med'i-tā'shŭn)
A form of mental concentration practiced over 2500 years ago in Asian cultures; popular as a means to help increase energy, reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mental and physical health.

transcendental meditation,

n.pr a mental technique that involves the use of mantras to produce physical relaxation and increased mental alertness. See also mantra.