The last time I meditated was years ago. How do I start again?

It can be frustrating to fall off your self-care routine, but starting TM again is easy. If you still remember your personal instruction, you can start again today, first thing in the morning before breakfast, or this afternoon before dinner. For these first sessions after a long break, it’s probably a good idea to secure a private and quiet place. Sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. After that, take it as it comes. Remember—it’s an effortless and natural technique.

If you’re not sure you remember how to meditate properly, no worries. You can schedule a free checking session at your local TM Centre. In a private session, a trained teacher will take you through the correct procedure of Transcendental Meditation and soon you’ll be transcending on your own. Most people find these personal checkingsto be a valuable way to brush up on the fine points of their practice, so I’d highly recommend scheduling one even if you remember how to meditate.

You also could inquire about a TM refresher course at your TM Centre. Usually this takes place on a weekend and is a complete review of the three sessions that you attended after your initial instruction. This is also free of charge—a benefit for all TM practitionersto refresh, recharge and renew your practice.

Once you’re comfortable with the procedure of meditation again, you’ll want to pencil in the time to do it on a regular basis. Remember that you can meditate on the subway, in the library, or on a park bench—anywhere where you can sit in a comfortable place and close your eyes. Stay motivated by taking note of the personal rewards—the renewed energy at the end of the day, the way you cruise through meetings that used to cause you stress. And give yourself shout-out for taking the time for the in ultimate Self-care.