Benefits of Vedic Meditation
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Better Decision Making
Lower Blood Pressure
Reduced Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Improved Immune Function
Reduction in Pain
Decreased Health Care Costs and Utilization
Normalization of Body Weight
Improved School Behavior
Reduced Substance Abuse
Increased Energy Levels
Improved Sports Performance
Improved Intelligence, Creativity and Learning Ability
How Is The Technique Practiced?
The Vedic Meditation technique is practiced by sitting comfortably with eyes-closed, and gently using a specific sound, or “mantra,” to naturally settle the mind and body into a state of deep rest. This state goes beyond thought, and is referred to as transcending. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment.
A key feature of this technique is that it does not involve concentration, forced repetition or “chanting” of the mantra. It also does not involve the student learning how to develop a way of paying attention to or monitoring thoughts or activity, as is the case in some other types of mediation. It is effortless, enjoyable, and requires no focus. Due to these attributes, Vedic Meditation can be practiced successfully by anyone, without a lengthy or complex learning process.
Using this technique, your awareness settles down to experience a unique state of restful alertness, an inner wakefulness beyond thought. The state of going beyond thought, or transcendence, that is provided by the Vedic Meditation technique also allows a direct experience of your most essential self, of the “you” that lies beyond all your thoughts and stress and struggles.
What Is The Difference Between Vedic Meditation and Access Meditation?
- Vedic Meditation is a mental technique, a “top down” methodology. The Access Meditation program includes both a breathing technique (a “bottoms up” methodology) called Access Calm and a mental technique (a “bottoms up” methodology) called Access Stillness.
- Vedic Meditation has historical and cultural ties which constrain how the techniques is taught. Vedic Meditation is only taught in person over four two-hour sessions held on consecutive days. Because the Access Meditation does not share these ties, it can be taught in multiple formats including in-person personal instruction, live online video instruction and a standalone recorded online video course (coming early 2019). This makes the Access Meditation program extremely accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.
- The live Access Meditation courses consist of two two-hour sessions held over consecutive days, the instruction is focused on correct effortless technique and establishing a daily practice to maximize results. The instruction Vedic Meditation courses consist of four two-hour sessions held on four consecutive and include discussion of theories of stress release or the development of consciousness through meditation. Because the Vedic Meditation courses are longer in duration, students have a few more opportunities to review their meditation experiences with their teacher.
- The Access Stillness meditation technique uses a proprietary universal mantra (meditation sound). All students receive the same sound. In Vedic Meditation, after witnessing an ceremony of gratitude (referred to as a puja in Sanskrit) students are assigned a personal mantra.
- For Access Meditation, students receive a lifetime of follow-up and support with Ben Turshen. For Vedic Meditation, meditators get a lifetime of follow-up and support with Ben and as well as any other qualified Vedic Meditation teacher worldwide.