Ever visit a popular art exhibit when you’re exhausted and your eyes are half open? It’s easier to appreciate the timeless forms and palette of Manet and Modern Beauty at the Art Institute of Chicago or Monet: The Late Years at the de Young Museum in San Francisco when we’re staying in touch with the timeless silence within.
Visiting the new and rediscovering the old can recharge and refresh our overused brain cells, especially when we’re rested and fresh.
Whether you have busy summer plans and wonder how you’ll fit in your Transcendental Meditation sessions, or you’re looking forward to reconnecting with your TM practice after a jam-packed year, we’re here to help with these tried-and-true vacation tips.
1. Plan Your TM Itinerary
While you’re planning your vacation—whether it’s a week at the beach, a tour abroad, or a popular “staycation” including fun days at home—think ahead about when and where you can take 20 minutes for your TM practice, morning and evening.
As you coordinate your daily plans, schedule in “appointments with myself” along with your arrivals and departures, guided tours, and meal times.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —
2. Meditate in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Going to and fro between destinations is an easy time to fit in your TM sessions—as long as someone else is in the driver’s seat. Long flights and train rides offer ample time to meditate before a busy arrival.
A car trip with family or friends can work too, if your travel companions are up for some quiet time—such as music or books on tape via ear buds for 20 minutes.
Meditating on a tour bus may also be an option. Ask the tour guide when there’ll be a quiet stretch without travel commentary and plan your TM session for then.
Waiting for a flight or a train can also be a good time to meditate. Many airports now have meditation rooms, or find a quiet gate area between flights.
Check out 20 Places to Meditate on the Go for more ideas.
3. Be Flexible
During our usual workaday routine, it’s great to have regular times for our TM practice in the a.m. and p.m. But during vacation, our normal schedule usually flies out the window—the whole point of time off, after all.
To get the most out of your practice and your vacation, the aim is simply to meditate 20 minutes twice a day, even if it’s a bit earlier or later than your usual meditation times at home. If you need to get up earlier than usual to meditate before a sunrise excursion, or earlier in the afternoon before a special local banquet starts, that’s fine.
For more ways to maximize your benefits by fitting in two daily meditations see 20 Tips for TM Twice a Day
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” —Jawaharlal Nehru
4. Enjoy TM in Parks, Forests, Beaches, Cathedrals, Museums, Libraries…
One of the beauties of the TM technique is its ease and portability—no special conditions or equipment required. You can do it in any safe place where you’re able to sit and close your eyes.
This is handy when you’re traveling in new places and want to fit your TM sessions in whenever and wherever you can. Here are a few time-tested meditator favorites.
Outdoors in good weather, you can try:
- a shady park bench
- a quiet spot in a public garden
- a clearing in a national forest
- an emptier stretch of beach, with a hat or umbrella
In big cities you can take a TM break in:
- a quiet area of a museum
- a church or temple between services
- a public library
- the lobby of a large hotel
See lots more meditator ideas and comments in 20 Places to Meditate on the Go.
What are some of the places you’ve found to meditate while away from home? Post your favorites in the Comments below.
5. Meditate with Family and Friends
If others in your family also practice TM, vacations are a wonderful time to meditate together. Have a group meditation in your hotel or rental after a day visiting local attractions or playing, before enjoying dinner and a leisurely or eventful evening.
If you have young children, coordinate meditation with your co-parent or older children so everyone can get their TM times in. Or arrange for some quiet activities for your kids while you meditate.
6. Enjoy a Group Meditation at the Local TM Center
A great way to get back or keep your TM practice on track during a vacation is to connect with a local TM Center. As a meditator, you’re welcome at Centers all over the United States and the world. Enjoy the lively silence and inspiration of a TM Center, and meet and mingle with local meditators and TM teachers. They might even provide tips to favorite restaurants and nearby attractions.
To find a U.S. Center, visit this page and enter the name of your destination. Click on the TM Center for a schedule of events, which often include free Group Meditations with TM Checking.
Be sure to let the local TM teachers know in advance of your visit so they can reserve a space and plan ahead. Simply send a message via the TM Center’s website or call at least a few days ahead.
And if you’re taking a vacation close to home, enjoy Group Meditations and TM Checkings at your local TM Center. Holidays are a wonderful time to reconnect with the restful, inspiring atmosphere of your Center and the meditators and TM teachers in your area.
“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” —Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker
7. Not Near a TM Center? Stay Connected Online
Wherever you find yourself on vacation—or any time—you can visit your “online TM Center” via mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.
Explore EnjoyTM.org, the 24/7 website just for people who practice the TM technique:
- Locate TM events around the country
- Get inspired by TM Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with his video talks on TM practice and higher states of consciousness
- Explore the field of consciousness with renowned scientists and researchers
- Learn about Advanced Programs and how they can deepen your experience and accelerate your growth
- Delve into unique understandings of ancient Vedic knowledge and modern science on health and architecture
- Discover Consciousness-BasedSM education and what it’s all about
- And more!
8. Reboot Your TM Practice with Free Personal Checking or a TM Refresher Course
Whether you’re on vacation or not, summer is a great time to review your TM practice so that it’s easy and effortless. The key to getting the most out of the TM technique is correct, regular practice.
To ensure both, just make an appointment for a one-on-one TM Checking session with a TM teacher, or take a free TM Refresher Course of an hour or two at your local TM Center.
Or perhaps the last few months were so demanding, you weren’t able to be as regular in your TM practice as you wanted. The easiest way to get back into a twice-daily routine is to start fresh with a TM Checking or Refresher Course. This gives you a chance to have all your questions answered and reestablish the TM basics.
Either way, Personal Checking and a TM Refresher Course will help you recharge after a busy year, enjoy the warm-weather months even more with regular TM practice, and prepare for a successful fall season.
“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” —Sir Richard Burton
9. Catch up on Enjoy TM News
Summer is also a great time to check out some of the reader favorites you may have missed here on EnjoyTMNews.org:
- 10 Most Popular Articles for Your TM Practice, Health, and Enlightenment—Reader favorites from our first 25 issues
- Being Is Bliss: The Secret Behind Why TM Is Easy (2:50)—In a 1968 talk at Lake Louise, Canada, Maharishi explains the principle behind the effortless practice of TM
- How Does TM Differ from Mindfulness?—Dr. David Orme-Johnson explains what the brain research tells us
- Take a Morning Walk to Lose Weight, Feel Great (3:24)—Exercise tips from Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf and Maharishi AyurVeda®
- My TM Practice Helped Save My Life—A personal story of returning from cardiac arrest and a coma to live life fully again
- Mind over Aging: 10 Steps to a Longer, Healthier Life, Personalized for Your Mind-Body Type—Take the quiz to find rejuvenation tips for your profile from cardiologist Dr. Robert Schneider
- The Small Town That Radiates Peace and Creativity (7:56)—What happens in a community with 3,000 meditators
- A Scientist’s Quest for Enlightenment—Renowned researcher David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., shares his personal journey toward uncovering the science of higher states of consciousness
- How to Keep Your Microbiome Healthy—Meet Your 1 Trillion Microbes Working Hard to Prevent Illness—Dr. R. Keith Wallace demystifies the latest science on the microbiome, applying Maharishi AyurVeda to protect your gut
10. Take a TM Retreat—the Ultimate Way to Recharge
To deeply refresh yourself from within, enjoy a one-day, weekend, or week-long TM Retreat. These programs offer a structured routine of extended TM practice, easy-to-learn and easy-to-practice Maharishi YogaSM Asanas (postures), and inspiring insight into higher states of consciousness. In just a few days, you’ll gain revitalizing rest and profound knowledge, and go home feeling truly rejuvenated.
Many meditators regard a TM Retreat as the ultimate vacation because the deep rest and silence dissolve accumulated stress and tension and boost energy, creativity, and happiness for months after.
And if you’re attending your first-ever TM Retreat, reduced rates are available.
11. What Are Your Favorite Ways and Places to Enjoy TM on Vacation?
Share your tips and stories in the Comments section below.
And however and wherever you and your family plan to play, everyone here on the Enjoy TM News team wishes you a happy, healthful, growth-filled Summer.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” —Martin Buber