transcendental meditation(redirected from Trancendental meditation)
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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.
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 meditationA 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.
n.pr a mental technique that involves the use of mantras to produce physical relaxation and increased mental alertness. See also mantra.