The founder of an international cyber security company says Transcendental Meditation® (TM) is essential in keeping calm amidst the chaos of the world. 

Ajay Unni has been in the IT industry for more than 30 years, and he is the founder of cybersecurity consulting firm StickmanCyber and cybersecurity platform,   

Mr Unni, who learnt the TM technique more than eight years ago, said he is “grateful” to have found Transcendental Meditation by “a complete coincidence”. 

“So very grateful to have discovered TM and added it to my life and my practice,” he said. 

“My entire life is a series of accidents and coincidences. I’m a big believer in life presenting things to you. 

“You just need to be open and ready to accept things in life, whether they’re good or bad.” 

He said TM has instilled in him positivity when dealing with life’s challenges and the ability to “park the negative thoughts”. 

“There are experiences of life which you need to embrace and deal with,” Mr Unni said.

“I’ve had my share of challenges and unexpected events and many things which were out of my control. But I have been able to deal with them more effectively than I would have before TM,” he said.

“I’m grateful for whatever I have, and this is a feeling or an expression which is very authentic and coming from deep inside. After TM the appreciation for life has significantly grown, and I’m able to express it freely. 

“And every time I have a negative thought or a stressful thought, I’m able to catch it and park it aside and deal with things more positively.”

Research shows during Transcendental Meditation the brain produces prolactin which modulates stress response. TM also allows the brain to produce serotonin which improves mood and regulates sleep patterns as well as improving digestion. 

Mr Unni, who has offices in Australia, India, Nepal and South Africa, also offers Transcendental Meditation to his employees.

“I continue to share TM. It’s part of our employment contracts, there is a training budget, which staff can elect to do Transcendental Meditation.

Mr Unni said his secret weapon, which keeps him calm, is TM. 

“I get so busy doing things, it’s only when people ask, ‘how do you just keep doing this?’ And I’m like, TM is my secret,” he said. 

Mr Unni said TM has helped him develop “a good relationship with himself”. 

“A massive realisation came to me over the last few months is that the first and foremost important thing is your relationship with yourself, which is your mind, your health, and your well-being,” he said. 

“So health is number one. Next is relationships. Third is potentially money to survive and do things. 

“I meet a lot of people who are in the rat race of making money to retire early. I also meet people who have a lot of wealth but poor relationships or they have great relationships but poor health. And the money goes to either doctors or lawyers at the end of the day,” Mr Unni said.

“So if you can have a good relationship with yourself, your body, your health and your mind, then everything flows from you to others. And that’s what I’m experiencing right now.”