|How is it different from other forms of meditation?
There are many systems of meditation; however, they mainly fall into two categories: concentration and contemplation. Concentration involves effort – and inevitably keeps the mind lively and active. Contemplation, on the other hand, involves thinking about something. One thought leads onto another and, again, the mind remains active. EMT is neither concentration nor contemplation.
EMT is based on a form of transcendence with the purpose of discovering the stillness that with regular practice leads one to discover the true Self. Some meditation techniques include a Sanskrit mantra – a sound that has no specific meaning, just a vibration. EMT is based on a Sanskrit Sutra – a sound, like a mantra, but with the specific meaning or purpose of awakening our mind.
Sutras are used to awaken the mind to resonate with self-empowering qualities such as, compassion, acceptance, self-love and non-attachment.
Buddhist meditation is about the observation of the thoughts and the present sensations and learning to detach from them. Transcendental Meditation is based on using a mantra based on astrology and gender of the person.
In Effortless Meditation we simply bypass our constant busy, chit chat mind and experience the stillness of the Self, that calm, peaceful even blissful state that is underneath the daily stresses.