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Research on the Transcendental Meditation technique documents increased intelligence, greater creativity, and improved learning ability in students.
Benefits for Students
Traditionally, education has focused on what students study—the objective aspect of knowledge—without systematically developing the subjective basis of knowledge, the student’s consciousness. The Transcendental Meditation technique expands the consciousness of each student, significantly increasing their intelligence, creativity, confidence, inner calm, and motivation—all fundamental to successful learning.
“TM really helps. When you’re stressed out from school, it makes you fresher and brighter. At the end of a long day, I meditate and can still focus on my homework.”
Research on the Transcendental Meditation program shows that it is effective for students of all ages, whether studying at the elementary, secondary, college or postgraduate levels. Regular practice of the technique brings improved learning ability, decreased stress and tension, and greater self-development.
Improved Learning Ability
Scientific research verifies that the Transcendental Meditation program develops increasing use of the total brain. Students practicing the Transcendental Meditation enjoy:
What Educators Say
“I have seen TM have a transforming, positive impact upon students, teachers and administrators even within three months.” MORE
Less Stress and Tension
Regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduces the stress and tension that many students experience. As students develop their inner potential, their thoughts, feelings, speech and behavior become more positive for themselves and others. Research shows that meditating students display:
Educating for Enlightenment
The Transcendental Meditation program directly improves the integration
Students that practice the Transcendental Meditation program enjoy increasingly happy, healthy, problem-free lives. Spontaneously they are able to fulfill their own interests while upholding the interests of others—the basis of ideal citizenship. Research confirms that students experience increased strength of self-concept, more self-actualization, greater tolerance, and broader comprehension.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is easily taught in any educational setting through the Consciousness-Based education program.
The TM Program and ADHD
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder, and is among the most prevalent chronic health conditions affecting school-aged children. Stress and anxiousness negatively affect behavior and can be a cause of ADHD symptoms. Research has shown that the Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduces stress and anxiety in children and adults with ADHD, improving attention, focus, behavior, and impulse control.
The ADHD and the TM Program website provides in a question and answer format an overview of ADHD and why the Transcendental Meditation technique is beneficial. The site also includes video interviews of students and teachers (see links to videos at the top of this page), news coverage and feature stories, and a summary of research.
What Elementary School Students Say
“Sometimes I think it helps me get along with others. It helps me concentrate on my school work. When I feel bad, I feel better when I meditate.” Angela
“I think meditation is very very relaxing. After I meditate I feel calm and I feel that there is not any pressure on me and I can be myself. . .” Sabre
“It’s fun. I concentrate better, learn and catch on better. I don’t get into fights and have more friends now.” Brian
What High School Students Say
“As a high school student with a jam-packed schedule, fitting in my homework is a tremendous challenge—second only to squeezing in some sleep. Many of my friends are also sleep deprived; even in their waking hours, homework goes slowly because they’re so fatigued. I feel so fortunate have TM—a technique that gives me the energy and mental clarity I need to accomplish my daily tasks with efficiency and ease. The 20 mintues I put into TM twice a day are repayed many times over in the hours I save as a result.”
—Joanna Ariel Skeath, 16-year-old high school student
“I notice that I get support of nature from meditating. Meditating regularly just seems to make things work out in school, family, and every day life. This makes life easier and more enjoyable.”
—George Beichert, 16-year-old high school student
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What College Students Say
“The main thing I noticed after starting TM was that I did not get angry as much. I could deal with situations using my intellect more and accomplish things more in my favor. The way I think, my perspective has changed from meditating. Life is not just about learning to make money, people are not machines. I think you become a better individual.”
“I wanted spiritual development without any particular religious perspective. The scientific brain wave research on TM really appealed to me. Now I am more rested. I understand a lot more and I’m alert all day.When my family noticed that I seem to always be happy, that I have enriched my vocabulary and am doing much better in school, they wanted to learn to meditate.”
—Victoria Watson, Chicago
“With the Transcendental Meditation program you become stable within yourself. Everything in the world is changing. When you are stable, then you see what’s going on and act accordingly.”
—Aurelian Windenberger, Iowa
“I attribute quite a lot of my creativity to the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM allows me to be stress-free and ready to go. Because I have meditated all my life, I have quicker mental and physical reflexes. I adapt to new situations. I understand problems and solutions with computers.
“The Transcendental Meditation program is the most important aspect of my education, because anything can be achieved with it. It’s the basis of everything I’m trying to do.”
—Reinan Shook, Iowa