"Let's keep it simple; because it is!"
In brief, Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a mantra based meditation which has its origins in Vedic Science dating back over 4000 years. Some people refer to TM as Vedic Meditation - they are both the same thing.
This main difference between TM and ‘mindfulness’ techniques is that with TM, we innocently think of our personal mantra, which is a vibration. This becomes more subtle as we meditate, our mind and body will naturally experience deep rest, which is deeper than sleep but yet we are still conscious. This is also known as ‘Transcendental Consciousness’ or ‘Transcendence’.
As a result, after we have meditated, we feel rejuvenated, clear headed and experience a more productive, easy and enjoyable day. This is because during our meditation, our mind on the surface level connects with the deepest level of ourself, it’s like a reunion every time we meditate; we experience that deep rest and pure existence.
As we go back into activity following meditation, a small part of that quality of ‘pure awareness’ stays with us, having a positive effect on ourselves and our environment. With Mindfulness, we adopt either a focussed, concentration technique or a guided visualisation technique for calming and relaxation. These techniques train the brain to be more aware of being in the present which is certainly beneficial for those affected by depression and anxiety.
With regular practice of TM, we become more mindful; we experience all the benefits of mindfulness and a lot more. TM allows us to experience deep rest and silence by transcending to the deepest level of consciousness.