Some common myths about meditation - and the facts according to scientific research and the Transcendental Meditation program's 50-year track record.

12 Myths Dispelled

The Internet. Despite it's wondrous benefits, it's also a breeding ground for modern-day myths. Wikipedia. Intended to be a credible encyclopedic source, but now most high school teachers don't even allow students to cite it as a reference. Turns out, user generated content isn't always the most reliable source. The professional, commercial skeptic. On a crusade to "debunk" everything from organic food and therapists to vitamins and herbal medicine. Hopefully, the following accounts will help dispel some of the more common misconceptions about meditation propagated on the Internet.

Myth #1: Meditation is necessarily difficult and takes a long time to yield significant results

Myth #2: Meditation and relaxation practices are basically all the same and produce the same effects

Myth #3: Simple relaxation will give you the same benefits as TM

Myth #4: There's no solid scientific evidence showing meditation really works.

Myth #4: There's no solid scientific evidence showing meditation really works.

Myth #5: The research studies were conducted only by "TM scientists" and are not impartial scientific studies.

Myth #6: Independent scientific reviews show that Transcendental Meditation practice produces no significant health benefits. (On the AHRQ report.)

Myth #7: Yikes! It's a cult!

Myth #9: Meditation can have bad side effects and make you crazy!

Myth #10: The Transcendental Meditation organization is a moneymaking $3.5 billion empire.

Myth #11: When learning Transcendental Meditation you undergo a religious ceremony.

Myth #12: Transcendental Meditation is a form of Hinduism.