Q: How often should I meditate?
A: Studies suggest that practicing TM for about 20 minutes twice a day seems to be effective. Many people notice deeper relaxation, relief from insomnia, and a greater feeling of well being.
Q: Does transcendental meditation affect heart disease?
A: The benefits of TM seem to have a domino effect. Stress can lead to hypertension, and hypertension can lead to a host of other conditions.
A person with uncontrolled high blood pressure is seven times more likely to have a stroke, six times more likely to develop congestive heart failure, and three times more likely to experience coronary heart disease than someone with normal blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
So, by practicing TM, not only can you decrease your risk for hypertension, but you may be able to reduce your risk for heart disease. In fact, preliminary studies published in the March 2000 issue of the AHA journal, Stroke, suggest that even after the onset of heart disease, it may be possible for TM to reduce the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries.
Q: Will practicing transcendental meditation interfere with my own personal religious beliefs?
A: No. Although derived from the ancient Vedic tradition of India, TM is a technique, pure and simple. It requires no change in religious belief, philosophy, or change in lifestyle. Anyone can benefit, whether they are deeply religious or not.
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