CEOs and Wall Street execs swear by it. Celebrities like Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Seinfeld, Cameron Diaz, Aziz Ansari, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Gwyneth Paltrow practice it. It started in the 1950s, but rose to popularity alongside the Beatles and all things psychedelic in the '60s, and is making a comeback now.

Have you guessed it yet? If you said, "What is Transcendental Meditation?" then give yourself a mindful pat on the back (and maybe sign up for a spot on Jeopardy).

This isn't just any "sit and breathe" meditation, though; Transcendental Meditation (or TM, for short) has an interesting history and organizational affiliation that feels more like a religious practice than a solo mindfulness experience. Here's what you need to know:

What Is Transcendental Meditation?

Simply put, Transcendental Meditation is a meditation style. It involves a silent (mental) repetition of a mantra, and the emphasis is on effortless relaxation versus concentrated mind-clearing. The technique was created by an Indian guru named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who derived it from an ancient Vedic practice in India.

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