Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Nystul, M. S. 2010. Transcendental Meditation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Various types of meditation have been practiced for over 2,500 years. Many Eastern cultures have included forms of meditation as an important part of their religious and spiritual enrichment (e.g., Zen Yoga). More recently, the West has taken an interest in the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. According to Chandler, Alexander, and Heaton (2005), TM results in a unique state of consciousness referred to as Transcendental Consciousness (consciousness not associated with thoughts or perceptions; a state of wakefulness; pure consciousness; aware of its unbounded potential). During meditation, the mind transcends the subtlest thoughts resulting in deep physiological rest.
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