5 Personal Perspectives On Finding Inner Peace From 5 Female Performers

6 million people have learned the TM technique. Here’s what 5 of them have to say about their practice.

Katy Perry
“It’s something that’s with you for your whole life. You learn your mantra, it never leaves you, and it’s the deepest rest your brain gets. For people that are so creative and have this kind of creative faucet that never turns off – it just continues and continues – it can be a little exhausting. And, you know, with the continual responsibility of having 127 people on the road, and always being the point person for everything, my subconscious is going even when I’m sleeping. I’m dreaming about whatever I’m creating next, or relationships, or blah, blah, blah. So I’m never really off. And meditation is actually the one time I get to really reset.” [source]

Liv Tyler
“After I did the first week of Transcendental Meditation where I did it twice a day, from that moment on I’ve never been that frazzled ever again, or that tired ever again. It was like it sort of restored my body on such a deep level. There was like a week’s worth of sleep. From that moment forward it was like a new day in a way. I felt like my whole nervous system reacted differently. I felt much less panicked and anxious and calm about things. But I also feel deeply centered and rested.” [source]

Lykke Li
“I’ve tried a million ways to escape and expand, from psychedelics to psychics, yoga to benders, shamans, healers, therapists, lovers, you name it. When I met David the first time, I told him all my problems, and he then introduced me to TM. It has changed my life in so many ways. I am deeply in tune with my heart and core, and it’s made me a better writer, artist, and most of all woman. It’s made me more myself.” [source]

Sky Ferreira
“I recently just started doing Transcendental Meditation with Bob Roth at the David Lynch foundation recently. I originally started it to help me with anxiety & insomnia. It’s already made my life waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better & even with my stage fright. Which I used to think there was no cure for…Last night was the first night I’ve slept 8 hours naturally in my entire life. I felt the best I have in ages. It’s better than any medication or all of the other nonsense I’ve tried. Check it out [source]

Sheryl Crow
“One of the things — and this comes from someone who was highly self-critical and a type-A personality — that has changed my life is meditating. The simple act of making my brain shut off for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night may not seem like much, but what ends up happening, besides creating space in your day, is your awake posture begins to replicate your meditative posture.” [source]

If You’re One Of The People Who Thinks Meditation Isn’t For You, Watch This And Think Again

The Video: Ellen DeGeneres opened the show at the David Lynch Foundation’s 3rd annual Change Begins Within Gala*. This video was edited by the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to teach the TM technique to at-risk populations. You can learn more about their work at www.DavidLynchFoundation.org.

The Technique: Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — and over 350 published research studies have found that the TM technique markedly reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue, and promotes balanced functioning of mind and body.

*Not a paid endorsement.

Me, Myself, And Transcendental Meditation – An Experiment In Health And Happiness

In December of 2013, Heather Serody decided she didn’t like where her life was going, and she committed to making a change. Thus began her blog series Younger This Year: the experiment. She entered 2014 with a new perspective, and a goal to begin and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.

Six months in, and happy with her physical progress, she realized, “…the unhappiness that sometimes remains is no longer with how I look and physically feel, but instead stems from how I choose to think about my world. I decided it was time to dedicate my time and resources to the well being of my mind.”

And so Heather added the Transcendental Meditation technique to her routine.

Heather Serody
Why She Picked TM

Her inspiration to try the TM technique came from a quote from Jerry Seinfeld – “You know how three times a year you wake up and you go, ‘Boy, that was a really good sleep?’ Imagine feeling like that every day. That’s what it is.” Heather’s response? “Are you kidding me? That is amazing! I wondered how much I would pay for quality sleep every night. Then I found this video where Jerry further elucidates the benefits of TM, and the whole thing really blew my mind. It left me thinking; that’s exactly what I’m looking for.” [video]

Of the few other types of meditation she had tried, Heather reported, “Whether I chanted, tried to release my thoughts, or focused on my breath, my meditation experiences never left with me anything more than a temporary feeling of calm and always with achy hips from trying to sit cross legged on an uncomfortable floor.”

After learning at her local TM center, she wrote, “I was able to easily practice the technique. It is natural and effortless. The instructors were complete professionals. I don’t have to sit cross legged. The way I feel while meditating is unlike anything else I’ve ever tried. I’m noticing huge benefits already. I’ve been able to catch up on some badly needed rest and I feel that my battery is charging up to full capacity for the first time since I was very young.”

How TM Helped Her Reach Her Goals

A little over a month later, Heather has more to say on the TM technique, which she has been practicing regularly.

“I meditate 20 minutes upon waking, and then again between lunch and dinner. For me, morning meditation is completely effortless. But by the time I arrive at my afternoon session, I notice that often my facial muscles are almost twitching. Sometimes even after I’m halfway through, I notice that I’m still almost squinting my eyes. It’s become obvious that the day has had an effect on my physical body and that this is energetically stored in my nervous system; including the thoughts that I think. That nervous system state in turn affects my physical body – raised shoulders, twitches in the facial muscles, my respiration gets shallow and uneven, etc.”

“…I feel like my mind is now my ally instead of a frenemy…”

“During meditation, I dip in and out of the moment; thoughts pop into my head during meditation are as just as therapeutic as the alternate moments when I’m void of thoughts – so much so that my head will start [to] flop over. This alternating allowing of thoughts […] and then moments of complete stillness gives my mind an opportunity to expand and allow a space for my nervous system to reboot, reset, and process that unsettled energy caught up in my nervous system into a calmer energy that is ready to be utilized by the body for other uses. I love that the TM technique allows all these natural processes into their technique. It’s so easy to do; it’s very surprising!”

Heather also notes how her TM practice compliments her lifestyle and health goals. She writes, “…I feel like my mind is now my ally instead of a frenemy that I don’t always trust,” and “After afternoon meditation I have more energy and am less apt to veer from my daily goals of eating healthy and getting in my hour a day of activity. I can’t even try to prove that my meditative mind is responsible for helping me run faster and longer than I ever have before, but I can say that for the first time, I am able to think to myself, ‘I can totally do this; and actually I’m loving it.’

Heather Serody 2Heather writes on her blog, “I’m a writer, mother of two boys, & wife of a travelling yacht captain; living in South Florida.” If you have any questions or comments for Heather, you can leave them on her original posts here and here.

An Effortless Kind of Happy

I grew up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, and I developed an emotional callus to protect myself from pain. Being surrounded by people with negative coping skills, always walking around on red alert, I felt numbed by violence that most other people would be shocked by.

Even then I was a happy person, but it wasn’t appropriate to show it. If you’re really happy in certain areas where I’m from, you become a target. You have to be careful about what you express and when you express it. I was in so much pain because of that.

I made a choice that I was going to be happy no matter what the people around me thought about it. To be honest, it was coming from an aggressive, warrior-type attitude, and if anyone challenged it, they were going to be met with strong opposition.

The first time I did the TM technique, I felt like I had come home. Tears ran from my eyes because I felt so deep and so connected. I immediately felt more rested and had more energy during activity. All of my activity during the day, the classes I was taking, became such a joy that they didn’t feel like work—they felt more like nutrition to me.

After starting TM, a lot of the emotional numbness dissolved, and I have a level of sensitivity that I didn’t have before. I learned that my happiness didn’t have to be backed by aggression and pain. Now it’s easy, spontaneous, and effortless for me to feel happy.

Now I’m beginning to understand how life can be so easy, so effortless. We just contact the pure intelligence within, and we can have our heart’s desire show up at our doorstep.

A Group Of Grieving Mothers Hope To Rediscover Inner Peace With Transcendental Meditation

When you lose a child, the world kind of shrinks. That’s how this informal group of Chicago mothers found each other. Bound together by the tragedies of inner-city violence, they each sought a way to live normal lives again.

“The Chicago mothers, just beginning to see the potential meditation has to bring order to their lives, stumbled into TM,” Erin Meyer writes in an article about the group.

“…a rediscovered inner peace thought to have died with their children.” In a serendipitous series of events, the mothers got connected with the David Lynch Foundation, whose non-profit projects include teaching the TM technique in prisons and inner-city schools, on Native American Reservations, to homeless, to domestic abuse victims, and to veterans and soldiers suffering from PTSD. As what seems to be an expansion of their Women’s Initiative, they arranged for the group of women to learn the technique.

Meyer writes, “Among those participating are: An-Janette Albert, mother of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, whose 2009 beating death outside Fenger High School shocked the nation; Myrna Roman, who lost her first born in an unprovoked 2010 driveby in Humboldt Park; and Maria Pike, the mother of an aspiring chef, Ricky Pike, who was gunned down in Logan Square in 2013.”

Meyer recently sat with the group as they practiced the TM technique together. She wrote of the experience: “Eyes closed in meditation, a small group of grieving women sat in a circle on the second floor of a Humboldt Boys & Girls Club one recent Sunday afternoon.

“The lights were dimmed. Except for the hum of the air conditioner and the far away sound of basketballs hitting the gym floor below, the room was awash in a deep silence.

“The quiet, say the mothers — most of whom have lost children to Chicago violence — was coming from within, a rediscovered inner peace thought to have died with their children.”

Read Meyer’s full article: Moms Traumatized by City Violence Join David Lynch Meditation Program

David Lynch and Rick Rubin on a Crusade For Inner Peace <em>(Town & Country)</em>

Ultimately, the decision to learn to meditate is a personal one, but it’s always interesting to hear about other people’s motivation and experiences. Today, over six million people have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique – athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, parents, school children, clergy, atheists…you get the idea. Among those six million are film director David Lynch and music producer Rick Rubin, dubbed “The Wizards Of Weird” in a Town & Country article by Ash Carter. Below are some excerpts from the article.

“Rick Rubin, a prolific producer of very loud rock music, could pass for a holy man of almost any affiliation. A lifetime of meditation will do that. The surrealistic film director David Lynch looks more like Samuel Beckett with an ulcer. You wouldn’t know it, but he has also meditated for decades. A devotee of transcendental meditation, or TM, he works tirelessly, through the David Lynch Foundation, to teach the world how to take it easy.”

“In his book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, which is dedicated “To His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,” the creator of TM, Lynch writes, “When I first heard about meditation I had zero interest in it. I wasn’t even curious. It sounded like a waste of time. What got me interested was the phrase ‘true happiness lies within.’ ” That, plus a well-timed phone call from his sister, who told him she had been meditating for six months. So Lynch, who went on to direct the somewhat-to-very-­disturbing films Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive and create the TV series Twin Peaks, dropped in to L.A.’s TM center one day in 1973 and met an instructor. “I liked her,” he said. “She looked like Doris Day.” Lynch was led into a small room and given a mantra to repeat for 20 minutes. And then: “Boom! I fell into bliss—pure bliss.” ”

“Rubin­­—whom Lynch connected with six or so years ago over their shared interest in TM—discovered meditation in 1977, when he was 14. He had gone to the office of his Long Island pediatrician to complain about a sore neck. Another doctor might have prescribed painkillers; this one suggested meditation. “I remember thinking, My parents are not going to like this,” Rubin says. “But they said, ‘Well, whatever the doctor says is what we do.’ ” ”

You can read the full article on townandcountrymag.com.

US Marine Sgt. Thrasher Was Skeptical, But He Was Out Of Options

The Video: Produced and edited by the David Lynch Foundation, as part of their Operation Warrior Wellness initiative to bring the TM technique to 10,000 veterans and their families. The TM technique was found to reduce symptoms of PTSD by 40-55% in one study, and another suggests it may help prevent PTSD.

The Technique: Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — and over 350 published research studies have found that the TM technique markedly reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue, and promotes balanced functioning of mind and body.

Meditate To Sharpen Your Assertive Edge - <em>Financial Times</em>

No need to worry about losing your “edge”. Those who practice the TM technique are finding it does quite the opposite – improving focus and creativity. Charles Wallace of the Financial Times discusses his own experience with stress and meditation. Read more

It’s About Giving People A Practice That Will Change Their Lives

Live The Process, an online collaborative guide to wellness and holistic health, shares stories featuring the Transcendental Meditation technique in concurrence with the launch of a new project, of which a portion of the proceeds will go to support the David Lynch Foundation. Click here to read full blog

How To Handle Stress and Live Authentically According to Hugh Jackman

Between watching the FIFA World Cup and attending the 2014 Wimbledon Men’s Final, actor, producer, and family man Hugh Jackman made time to join the David Lynch Foundation‘s Bob Roth for an interview on Bob’s SiriusXM radio show Success Without Stress. If you didn’t already know it, Hugh is as likable in person as he is on the big screen, and he had some thought-provoking things to say.

“I meditated before I hosted the Oscars, I meditate before I go on stage, I meditate in the morning and lunchtime when I’m on a film set.” On the topic of his profession, Hugh admits that like most of us, he found stress and nerves difficult to cope with. He would internalize his nerves and fear, and it distracted him to the extent that his wife would comment “Ah good, I got my husband back,” after he completed something he was nervous about. Hugh goes on to say, “For me, the best way to handle that was meditation. So I meditated before I hosted the Oscars, I meditate before I go on stage, I meditate in the morning and lunchtime when I’m on a film set. And it’s like it resets.”

“I’m not saying I’m never frightened anymore or that I don’t have stress, but…I like the analogy of a glass of water…when you first pour it it’s cloudy. When you’re stressed, that’s what your mind is like, it’s kinda cloudy. And after I meditate all that sinks to the bottom and the water is clear and the energy is finer, and the decisions you make are more authentic, and I think you’re more economical with your energy, with your time, in every way. You’re more able to listen to other people. And as an actor, that’s all you got. Your only tools you really have is being present, being clear, and listening. So it helped me in every way, I mean, immeasurably.”

“…you see peoples’ lives saved, literally, and changed forever, through this simple technique.” The secret that Hugh has tuned into is that stress is not the things happening outside of himself – hosting the Oscars is not stress in and of itself – but stress is actually the things happening on the inside. And though it doesn’t always seem so, we can make conscious changes that affect the way we unconsciously react to our environment. The Transcendental Meditation technique is one of those changes. (If you don’t want to take it from Hugh, who first learned the TM technique when he was 24 to improve as an actor but later realized it had much more to offer, there is always science.)

Hugh and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, are also very supportive of the David Lynch Foundation and their work to bring the TM technique to at-risk populations. When Bob acknowledges this, Hugh responds, “Well I think it’s so important what you guys are doing…. To be at your event is one of the most emotional nights you can ever have because you see peoples’ lives saved, literally, and changed forever, through this simple technique.”

The TM technique is not just for those in extreme situations though. It is for anybody and everybody, from children (Hugh and Deborra-Lee first got involved with the David Lynch Foundation after Bob taught the TM technique to their now 14-year-old son Oscar) to atheists (when asked if the TM technique is a religion, Hugh responds, “No…Is walking a religion?”) to anyone looking to improve their quality of life.

You can listen to the full interview here: