Transcendental Meditation teacher, author and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation Bob Roth checks in to share his words of wisdom.
What are some common misconceptions about TM? There are far fewer misconceptions about TM today than even 10 years ago because so many people practice the technique and are talking about it. But some do remain, including that TM is hard to learn or difficult to practice or that it somehow includes a philosophy or a lifestyle—none of which are true!
Why do you think people are turning to TM now more than ever? We are living in a very unhealthy age of anxiety—and it seems to be getting more intense every day. Naturally more and more people are looking for healthy ways to deal with the stress. As a result they are turning to TM because there is so much solid research on the health benefits of the technique for reducing stress, healing trauma, building resilience and promoting health. Plus, more and more doctors are prescribing TM to their patients!
How has TM changed and enhanced your own life personally? That is hard to describe because I have been meditating for more than 50 years! But still I do notice benefits every day. I feel an inner stillness, an equanimity that does not get shaken by this crazy world—and an inner happiness and sense of well-being that is there within me, no matter what, that is not reliant on any outer experiences or successes that may come in my life.
What do you recommend for people just starting to explore TM? Or where is a good place to start? Inform yourself! Go to tm.org (it is a nonprofit organization), find out more, get your questions answered and then decide if adding a few minutes of meditation a day is right for you. In my mind, TM is, as they say, a win-win situation because whatever time you give up from your day for meditation you get back manyfold in increased focus, energy, problem-solving ability and happiness. That is a good way to live life!