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Whether you are thinking of learning Transcendental Meditation, are a new meditator or have been doing TM for decades, questions about meditation come up. How does TM differ from other forms of meditation? What effect does it have on the body and mind? How will I fit it into my day? What are the origins of meditation?

Wherever you are in your journey, Linda and her team of experts are here to answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation technique—whatever they may be.

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What is a mantra?

This is an important question as the Transcendental Meditation technique does involve the use of a mantra. One definition is a sound, or frequency, that has beneficial effects on the mind and body. We all know that some sounds are not so healing, such as heavy metal music, which has been shown in research to actually make plants wilt.

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I’ve heard that TM can lower your blood pressure, boost your creativity and help with anxiety. How can a simple technique create such a big effect?

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How long does it take to learn to meditate?

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Quote of the Week

Stress is at the basis, it is at the foundation of health and unless you deal with that the rest of it absolutely falls apart. And I have seen the benefits of what TM can do for stress.

Susanne Steinbaum, MD, Director, Women’s Heart Health, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City