Transcendental Meditation for Professionals

The SuperMind Peak Performance Programme, a division of the David Lynch Foundation UK, offers Transcendental Meditation to companies and organisations to help executives and employees overcome stress, promote health, and attain high levels of performance.

Business professionals are under constant pressure to elevate their decision-making, creativity, health, and fitness. The SuperMind Peak Performance Programme provides expert instruction in a simple, easy-to-learn, and evidence-based approach to optimise the brain, improve focus and mental clarity, reduce stress and fatigue, and increase energy. Our approach, Transcendental Meditation, has been utilised by tens of thousands of professionals worldwide.

Practical benefits for daily life

Over 350 published research studies have found that TM effortlessly produces a state of restful alertness that markedly improves energy and focus, reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue, and improves mental and physical health

Published research on Transcendental Meditation has found it produces many benefits to health and wellness, including:

  • Increased energy and focus
  • Improved brain coherence
  • Broader comprehension and improved memory
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Normalised blood pressure
  • Lower risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Reduced cortisol (known as the “stress hormone”)
  • Decreased insomnia

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Improved Work-Life Balance

Through helping to relieve stress and tension and increasing energy, TM allows professionals to have more left over at the end of the day – which naturally translates into improved family relationships and satisfaction with their quality of life.

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Hundreds of scientific studies have been conducted on the benefits Transcendental Meditation at more than 200 independent universities and research institutions worldwide during the past 40 years.

The USA National Institutes of Health have awarded over $26 million to research the effectiveness of TM for reducing stress and improving heart health. Findings have been published in leading, scientific journals, including The American Journal of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s Hypertension and Stroke.

Key findings include: Elevated Performance

TM has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to enhance both productivity and satisfaction in one’s personal and professional life.

  • Improved productivity (Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 1993)
  • Increased job satisfaction (Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 1993)
  • Broad developments in creativity and intelligence (Intelligence, 2001)
  • Sharper focus and wider comprehension (Perceptual and Motor Skills,1974)
  • Increased self-actualisation (Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 1991)

Optimised Brain Functioning

The prerequisites to peak performance – focus, creativity, broad comprehension, proactivity and planning – occur when the brain, and particularly the prefrontal cortex, is functioning coherently. Several rigorous studies have demonstrated that Transcendental Meditation – more than any other technique – enhances the brain’s coherent functioning.

  • Increased peak mental performance (Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2009)
  • Improved brain functioning outside meditation (International Journal of Neuroscience, 2006)
  • Global alpha coherence during meditation (Consciousness and Cognition, 1999)

Reduced Stress and Anxiety, Increased Energy

Workplace stress is regarded as one of the foremost epidemics in our time – hampering productivity and job satisfaction and increasing risk of mental and physical illness. For professionals under high stress, TM will prove an invaluable tool for achieving sustained levels of performance.

  • Deep rest (American Psychologist, 1987)
  • 42% decrease in insomnia (Journal of Counseling and Development, 1985)
  • 25% decrease in plasma cortisol levels (Hormones and Behavior, 1978)
  • Greater resistance to stress (Psychosomatic Medicine, 1973)
  • 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress and depression (American Journal of Hypertension, 2009)
  • 33% decrease in anxiety (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2013)

How is TM unique?

1. Effortless

TM involves no concentration, contemplation or control of your mind – unlike other techniques. It is effortless and enjoyable, and can be practised sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed.

2. Evidence-based

Over 350 published research studies on the TM technique have documented a wide range of unique wellness benefits, including markedly reduced stress and anxiety, and improved heart health and cognitive function.

3. Standardised for effectiveness

Transcendental Meditation is taught through a standardised course by certified teachers to ensure proper instruction and maximum benefits.

4. High Alpha Coherence

Researchers have determined that different meditation techniques affect brain functioning in different ways. Transcendental Meditation develops global alpha coherence, a pattern associated with calm alertness. The development of this coherence is especially marked in the prefrontal cortex – the brain’s executive planning centre – and demonstrates the growth in executive functions that occurs through practice of the technique.

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Predominant brain activity during 3 different forms of meditation

What this means:

As doctors increasingly prescribe meditation techniques to patients for stress-related disorders, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how different techniques from a wide variety of traditions, both modern and ancient, produce different results. A paper published in Consciousness and Cognition discusses three categories to organise and better understand meditation:

  • Focused attention—concentrating on an object, idea, or emotion;
  • Open monitoring—being mindful of one’s breath, thoughts or feelings;
  • Automatic self-transcending—meditations that transcend their own activity

Each of these categories was assigned EEG bands, based on reported brain patterns during mental tasks, and meditations were categorised based on their reported EEG.

Supporting the work of the David Lynch Foundation’s UK to help transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and children

A portion of every course fee from the SuperMind programme will help fund TM instruction for individuals suffering from extreme stress through one of the David Lynch Foundation’s programmes for school children, veterans with PTSD, prisoners, young offenders, the homeless and drug and alcohol recovery groups.

Learn Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is taught in three phases: Phase 1, an initial five-step course, followed by Phase 2, a series of important weekly and monthly group and personal meditation “check-ups” to ensure that you are practising correctly and enjoying the full benefits. Up to 6 months follow-up programme is available to all practitioners at no charge. Phase 3, optional advanced lectures.

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Phase One: 5-Step Course of Instruction

  • Step 1: TM introductory lecture – A discussion of what Transcendental Meditation is and is not, how the technique works, and a summary of published research on the benefits (60 minutes).
  • Step 2: Personal instruction in TM – Learn to meditate with private, one-to-one instruction from a certified TM teacher (90 minutes).
  • Steps 3, 4, & 5: Follow-up seminars of TM instruction – These classes will verify and validate your correct TM practice for maximum benefits in daily life (75 minutes each session).

*Steps 2–5 must be held on consecutive days.

Phase Two: TM Refresher Sessions

After completion of Phase 1, follow-up meditation refresher sessions, scheduled once or twice a month according to the convenience of your company or organisation, will help to ensure that each individual continues to practise the technique properly and gain maximum benefit (45 minutes each session). Up to 6 months of follow-up meditation refresher sessions are available for all participants at no additional charge.

Phase Three: Optional Advanced Lectures

After completion of Phases 1 and 2, advanced lectures are available for all participants through the David Lynch Foundation UK within 6 months of taking the programme at no additional charge.