The Wizards of Weird 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:

Why I Learned Transcendental Meditation Three Years Ago and Why I Still Practice It

On April 30, 2011, I learned the method of Transcendental Meditation. Since then I have experienced the most productive and present three years of my life, which includes moving to New York City and turning an idea I had into a successful tech startup.

This practice has changed the quality of my life in so many ways that it is hard to list them all, let alone effectively describe them. For starters, as someone who suffered with intense anxiety and panic attacks for most of my life, I now live nearly anxiety free, and TM is one of the key ingredients to that major shift.

Blake Ian My habits in general have changed as well, beginning with my diet. Soon after starting this twice-daily practice I gave up meat and dairy and in general began to take better physical care of myself. I also completely cut out alcohol and marijuana. I no longer have any urge for these substances which I consumed on a daily basis for nearly 20 years, and I now get the same or deeper relaxation and stress relief from TM. As a professional singer-songwriter and entrepreneur, I relied on these substances for creative inspiration.

Now I find myself not only able to get to this same creative place, but with a more present and clearer understanding of the process of reaching that place. Best of all, this inspiration no longer comes with the price of hangovers, lack of ambition, poor eating habits, and other deteriorative side effects. Instead, TM provides me with the energy to work on the ideas that come to me… diligently, honestly, and effectively.

What drew me to the practice initially was discovering the long list of HUGELY successful people who practice it, some of them for decades. I could not believe that so many giants of their industry, some my own personal heroes and favorite artists, had all been doing this same thing every day, twice a day. This could not be a coincidence.

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Yoda Meditating

OK, for starters, Yoda practices TM.

Seriously, Star Wars creator George Lucas is a long-time practitioner of TM and [it is said that] he based the Jedi Master character on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the man who left the Himalayas in 1958 to bring this ancient and much needed practice to the modern western world. The same man who taught my teacher, Harry Martinian, TM in NYC in 1968.

A certain band from Liverpool also studied with Maharishi and practice TM. In fact Paul and Ringo still travel the world with the David Lynch Foundation raising awareness and resources to teach children and veterans the method.

Beatles

Besides the foundation David Lynch has also put out a wonderful book called Catching The Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity— which I highly recommend!

Then the list continued with filmmakers like Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese who have apparently been meditating for decades!

Clint and Scorcese

TM seems to help the funniest people be funny as well! Russell Brand has spoken at length about how the method has helped him tremendously as an artist and recovering addict. Here is a great video clip

The VERY funny Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern are both extremely vocal that each of them has been practicing TM every day since their late teens! These two men are often described as the best at what they do, and the common ground between them is that they each take 20 minutes twice a day to sit and shut their eyes and experience this connection to this unlimited consciousness. They are also both fellow Long Island boys, like myself.

Howard And Jerry

I recently got to discuss with another iconic comedian and Seinfeld’s good friend, Colin Quinn, that we started TM at the same time, and how great its effects have been in the last few years.

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dr. Norman Rosenthal on Tawkers, who discovered seasonal affective disorder and pioneered the light therapy treatment of it.

“Dr. Norm,” a practitioner of TM himself, wrote the book Transcendence, in which he interviews some of the influential folks I mentioned above among others about their life changing experiences with Transcendental Meditation.

Norman Rosenthal Now when people tell me “I don’t have the time,” or “I have tried to meditate and it just doesn’t work for me,” I want so badly for them to understand that this method is so sustainable. I had tried many other methods of relaxation and mediation that I ended up giving up on, but this is truly something your mind just wants to do. After learning the correct method passed down for thousands of years, it works for ANYONE (even veterans with PTSD who often cannot even find help or relaxation with medicines have found relief).

It is not a chore to meditate each day, it is something I just do. If I didn’t meditate, I would feel like I didn’t shower or brush my teeth. As for the time, it became evident to me that for the 20 minutes I spent twice a day mediating, I was gaining hours back in time in efficiency, focus, and just operating at my best.

I am so grateful that I discovered this method, for my teachers, and for the practice itself.

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Blake Ian is a NY singer-songwriter, music producer and founder at 27 Productions, and CEO and founder of the social conversation app Tawkers.com. Dubbed “New York City’s best-kept secret” by the Village Voice, he has opened for Eric Burdon, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Duncan Sheik—and Donovan on his greatest hits tour in 2003. This story first appeared in Blake Ian’s Tumblr blog on April 30, 2014.

Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation – A Georgetown Researcher’s One Minute Comparison

The Video: This short highlight features Dr. Norman Rosenthal’s participation in the February 2014 New York Town Hall Forum panel discussion Meditation: Creativity, Performance, and Stress, moderated by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Dr. Rosenthal is the psychiatrist and author whose research describing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has helped millions of people.

The event was sponsored 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.

NBC Interviews a Veteran and a Psychologist on Overcoming PTSD with Transcendental Meditation

The Video: Produced and edited by NBC4, the full segment aired on June 4th. You can read the original NBC article here.

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. In one study, published in the Journal of Military Medicine, participants experienced a 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD.

My First Experience with Transcendental Meditation, Pt. III: Crawling from the Chasm of Doubt and Into the Calming Pool of TM

When we think about truth, we usually think about the opposite, lies.

What if the opposite of truth wasn’t a lie, you just didn’t know the truth to begin with?

This is how I came to understand my life before TM. The fact that I’ve improved my life, relationships and writing through TM isn’t the big thing, it’s discovering the lie we’re told as kids.

The lie says this: We have to follow the things those before us did. We must have the family, job and spiritual life of our parents. At least that’s what I believed growing up.

In truth, we’ve always been in control, but the things we didn’t know about who we were are great enough [that] they were overwhelming and thus creating a chasm of doubt you’ll struggle to climb out of your entire life, not to mention the loss of creativity due to trying to climb from the chasm.

Each day we wake up and decide what to do with our life.

What if you could get past the lie and create a world all your own and dive into a deep, calming pool twice a day? A pool filled with radiance you’d never felt before.

This is how TM (Transcendental Meditation) feels.

I wake up an hour earlier than I did before TM, I go to bed earlier and I have more energy than I did in my teens.

One of the biggest, and most obvious to those who know me, is the feeling of your mind being at rest all day. There are hiccups, but for the most part nothing bothers me.

I go through my day job with such energy people have asked what I’m taking. None of them know what’s going on, and I like it that way. I like to keep them guessing.

My creativity is higher than it’s ever been. I can recall my dreams, and nightmares, with clarity; something I’ve never been able to do before.

Writing is no longer as difficult as it once was, the editing side still is. The first draft comes faster, I get in a rhythm earlier and I hit “The Zone” earlier than I have with anything I’ve written before.

I’m taking more time to enjoy my wife, kids and my wonderful 16-year-old dog.

Honestly, there are a million ways to describe TM, but until you try it, you’ll never understand.



On his blog, Brian writes, “I’m a Writer, dad, Transcendental Meditation practitioner and I have a day job on the Vegas Strip.” If you have any questions or comments for Brian, you can leave them on his original blog post here.


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Why Does Lena Dunham Make Time for Transcendental Meditation During Her 12+ Hour Days On Set?

The Video: Interviewing Lena is Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to teach the TM technique to at-risk populations. The interview takes place on Bob’s SiriusXM radio show, Success Without Stress. Listen to the full interview (45 minutes) here.

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.