FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VM AND TM?
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a revered spiritual teacher from the Shankaracharya lineage of the Vedic tradition.
I teach Vedic Meditation, and was trained to teach this form of meditation by my teacher and mentor, Thom Knoles. Thom was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi.
Since 1997, Thom has continued to teach this meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations.
Likewise, Thom trained me to teach meditation as Thom was trained to teach meditation by Maharishi. I teach Vedic Meditation independently and separately from TM organizations and am not affiliated with those organizations.
WHAT DOES SCIENCE SAY ABOUT THIS FORM OF MEDITATION?
The form of meditation that Thom Knoles teaches and taught for over 25 years with the TM organizations as “Transcendental Meditation” has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practice.
These studies, which refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”, support the benefits obtainable from regular practice of Vedic Meditation.
These benefits include:
Increased resistance to stress
Increased levels of energy
Relief from depression and anxiety
Relief from insomnia
Improved relationships with other people
Improved, memory, concentration and learning ability
Reduced risk of heart disease and tumors
Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
Normalization of blood pressure
Reduced cholesterol levels
Normalization of weight
Reversal of aging
Increased self esteem
Faster reaction times
Improved sports performance
Reduced use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
I'VE TRIED MEDITATION BEFORE AND WASN'T GOOD AT IT. HOW WILL VM BE DIFFERENT?
Many people come to me feeling frustrated with “trying” to meditate but not enjoying the practice or not keeping consistent with it.
Frustrations in meditation are usually a result of:
Attempting to meditate using a technique that was originally practiced by monks and other monastics (i.e. hours-long vipassana/mindfulness practices) that are time-consuming, physically demanding, and difficult to incorporate into a busy life.
Learning from an app or pre-recorded online video, with no personal instruction
A combination of the two
When you learn Vedic Meditation, you’ll learn a mental technique that was created specifically for busy people with big responsibilities. I’ll provide you with expert instruction on meditating easily and comfortably and working with you to verify your experiences and refine your technique.
At the end of the 4 days, you’ll have a new appreciation for meditation and enjoy continuing with a daily practice.
CAN'T I JUST USE THIS MANTRA I FOUND ONLINE FOR FREE?
Vedic Mantras are called bija mantras. The word bija means “seed” in Sanskrit. Like a seed, mantras are intended to be buried in the garden of our mind and allowed by germinate and blossom privately — we don’t dig them up each week to assess their growth, and we don’t share them. The written, verbal or electronic dissemination of these mantras crucifies them, stripping them of all their growth potential.
AUNT GAVE ME THEIR MANTRA — WHY DO I NEED MY OWN?
Vedic mantras are specially chosen for each person by an expert teacher based on a myriad of factors including their age, birth date, life stage, physiological disposition and other personal characteristics.
Using another’s mantra would be like taking another’s prescription medication.
I RELY ON STRESS TO PERFORM AT MY BEST — WILL MEDITATION NEUTRALIZE MY ABILITY TO PERFORM?
Operating on stress is operating on borrowed time.
Relying on the adrenaline to prop you up is an unsustainable practice which will invariably collapse over time as the short-term adrenaline spike is outweighed by the long-term health issues from constantly operating in a fight-or-flight state.
Each day we accumulate more stress compromises our mind and body at all levels. Unless we release this stress, we will inevitably reach a day where our mind and body are no longer capable of cooperating with our unsustainable demands and simply give out, in the form of premature physical and cognitive decline.
Since meditation is the only technique scientifically shown to release stress faster than we take it in, a regular practice is the only sustainable way to support lifelong performance.
CAN'T I JUST SLEEP IT OFF?
Stress is released when we rest deeply while remaining conscious.
The depth of rest is correlated to the depth of stress that can be released. For deep rest, we need to be conscious, and our mind needs to be de-excited. Being conscious is what instructs the body to go to the metabolic floor. When we’re not conscious, the mind is still “on guard” against potential threats like burglars or a carbon monoxide leak, so it's constantly “revving up” to stay ready, which prevents us from reaching the deepest rest. A state of "restful alertness" is what’s required, which can be applied as regularly as stress is accumulated.