Did you happen to get that (or other) books from the library? And, if so, how is it?
For me, consistency is difficult to achieve.....something about already having more things to do than hours to do them in.
While in general I agree with Chris, I personally have reservations about TM, mostly becaue of the 'initiation' ceremony, complete with overtly Hindu acts, like bringing an 'offering' to offer, and the idea of chanting a 'mantra' in Hindu, selected by someone else, with no idea of who/what you're extolling in doing so.
Herbert Bensen (I believe) wrote a book titled 'the relaxation response' in which he took the essence of TM out of the religious, Hindu framework, and created a 'secular' practice that achieved measurably identical physiological results as TM....just without the overt Hinduism.
People decry 'eastern' anything without discernment. We read some book by some 'cult expert', and just buy their opinions without thought. Often, they have abolutely no experience with what they're writing about......they've taken their opinion from some other 'cult expert's' book.
Interesting that many of the monks (and nuns too) of the medieval and renaissance period practiced various forms of 'meditation'.......and had very similar experiences as did Taoist and even Buddhist monks in their meditation.
What inherently is 'bad' about quietening the overactive conscious mind? (what the Chinese call 'monkey mind', since it skips and jumps all over the place) What makes it threatening?
What makes sitting (or kneeling, or laying) quietly, and focussing or concentrating on one's 'breath' inherently 'eastern'? Isn't the cycle of 'breath' universal to all living things? No religious connotation at all.....just a point of focus.
What is inherently bad about 'looking within'? Where is it that the Holy Spirit of God is said to reside? Didn't Jesus say that both He and His Father would come and abide with us? Where? Invisibly somewhere in the room? Or within? Is there then any surprise that if we, as Christians, quieten ourselves so we 'might' hear that 'still, small voice', that we can actually 'hear' God? Within ourselves?
Just some thoughts and questions.