Do the results not depend on successful practice? What if I am not able to meditate successfully?
Of course results depend on the successful practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. But in this case “successful” in most cases simply means “frequent”.
In terms of successful meditation the rule for Transcendental Meditation is simple: anyone who can think a thought, can practice TM, because the Transcendental Meditation process is as natural as the thought process.
Throughout the years the idea has developed that it is difficult to correctly practice meditation, and that not everyone should expect to be successful. This, however, had everything to do with the misunderstanding that had developed around meditation, that it requires some sort of focus, a forced state of the spirit in order to come to silence. Concentration is difficult, often uncomfortable, and requires a lot of discipline.
Transcendental Meditation has absolutely nothing to do with this. The two most important words to describe the TM technique are “easy” and “natural”. That is why even children with ADHD, who even struggle to sit quietly with their eyes shut for 5 minutes, can easily and successfully practice the TM technique. Similarly people who are very frightful, carry a lot of anxiety or are very stressed do not only find TM practice easy, but even pleasant, because the state of inner rest found during TM practice offers such great contrast to their daily lifestyle.
Good to know: For all the results of the scientific research that you can find on this site, what is shown is always the average value of a large group of average people. Some people will do better than average, others worse, but the average value offers the most trustworthy image of what you should expect for yourself. This is why this website focuses more on scientific research than on all kinds of personal success stories, which usually only represent the best results.