Caught me right before I’m doing my evening practice.
I’ve had limited experiences with TM so cannot say a whole lot. I did a short weekend stint at their school, including the morning and evening 1hr sessions.
I will say the people at their school were quite nice, friendly, open-minded and quite cool to be around.
My first day there, me being from Chicago grew up in an ‘interesting’ environment around crime.
I’m heading to the cafeteria for lunch (which was organic and vegetarian back in the mid-90s) and someone rides up to the place and just puts their bike against the building.
No lock, nothing!
A little stunned (being from Chicago) I asked the person who was with me why they didn’t lock up their bikes.
Their response was simply ‘there is no crime here’, which they said quite plainly and almost shocked at my question.
So the TM meditation was definitely having an effect on the people there.
But most practices like Shamatha, Vipassana, zhi-ne, all produce solid effects and changes when done consistently, especially 2x per day. This has been studied scientifically and proven quite extensively over thousands of studies.
I myself don’t practice TM, but do both Shamatha and Zhi-ne. And either of those I’d recommend as you will literally change your neural wiring if you can stick with it and be consistent.
Your brainwaves, breathing, central nervous system harmonics (and more) will all improve, so cannot recommend meditation enough.
I’m actually creating a meditation practice for members in my course this week to help them with concentration, focus, and clarity, so looking forward to getting that out.
Anyways, hope this helps.
Off to my practice now