Transcendental Meditation (TM) is taught by our cultural director Alistair Shearer when he is at the hotel. The course is spread over 4 days, with each lesson taking 90 minutes daily.
Alistair studied TM with its founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Spain and Switzerland, and has been teaching the technique and running meditation retreats for many years, with students from all over the world.
What is TM?
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is probably the best known and certainly the most widely researched meditation technique available today. Millions of people practice it around the world and there have to date been over 600 scientific studies attesting its benefits in all areas of life.
In brief — and contrary to what the name itself might suggest - the technique is a very simple, natural and effortless way of letting your mind settle down into an extremely calm and pleasant state of tranquillity. This mental quietness has a physical counterpart, giving your nervous system a uniquely deep rest. This brings extraordinarily efficient stress relief. This mental and physical restfulness has been clinically shown to have a positive impact on your blood pressure, immune system, eating habits, anxiety levels, good night’s sleep, etc.
The practice is perfectly suitable for a modern lifestyle. You can meditate anywhere that you can sit comfortably, all you have to do is close your eyes and start! Whether you are at home in your favourite armchair, travelling in the car, plane or train, sitting on your hotel bed or a park bench, or waiting for your flight in the airport, meditation is an easy and enjoyable way to re-charge your batteries. As hundreds of testimonials demonstrate, doing TM regularly will bring you calmness, clarity, energy, creativity and happiness. The best effects come with regular practice of two twenty-minute sessions a day (morning and evening).
How is TM different from other meditation techniques?
- It easy and enjoyable and anyone from the age of ten upwards can do it;
- No control of thinking or effort to concentrate the mind is involved;
- The positive effects are usually apparent from the first couple of sessions;
- TM seems to effect all parts of the brain, making it function as a holistic and integrated whole.
Transcendental Meditation opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone.