My Transcendental Meditation story: I find out that David Lynch is a practitioner, I want to try it, find out the cost, it’s too expensive, I “research” TM online, try it, fail, adjust my practice, one night I experience bliss, the next day I fail, try some more, and abandon the practice. I come back to it and then abandon it again. I attend an introductory course in Drogheda, Co. Dublin. I try TM again (with poor results) and I stop.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a meditation technique called Acem (a cheaper TM spin-off, apparently). After reading an Acem forum I accidentally discovered why my TM practice might have failed – I confused TM with samatha: I was trying to achieve one-pointedness of the mind, which is a very different thing from transcending the mind.
I tried TM this morning. I allowed the mantra to repeat itself, to live its own life, to change as it pleased (even to cease). At the same time, I remained mindful of my body, breath, and thoughts. I very rarely meditate past the final bell, but this morning when it rang I opened my eyes to get up but closed them immediately to prolong that wonderful feeling of peace, emptiness, and stillness. I’m so grateful. So hopeful now.
I don’t care about the whole cult/marketing hype around TM. TM is a mantra practice. I don’t even know why am I referring to it as Transcendental Meditation rather than simply a mantra practice?