Here is an excerpt from a Well + Good NYC article
posted under their Good Advice column on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
The top photo shows Russell Brand meditating with hundreds of students at a San
Francisco Middle School.
Why CEOs, actors, and pop stars love Transcendental Meditation
The Beatles famously credited Transcendental Meditation with helping
them write their best music. Oprah swears by her daily practice. So does
billionaire hedge fund founder Ray Dalio, British comedian Russell
Brand, and music mogul Russell Simmons.
In fact, the list of celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs who say
Transcendental Meditation has helped them in their personal and
professional lives is so long that we may need to start a new list:
“Successful People Who Don’t Practice Transcendental Meditation.”
Just what is this popular style of meditation and how does it differ from others? We’ll tell you!
“TM,” the acronym used by insiders, is the practice of sitting for 20
minutes, twice a day, repeating a personal mantra given to you by a TM
teacher. The technique is based on a Vedic tradition, an ancient Indian
process of enlightenment. Fifty years ago, spiritual leader Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi introduced the practice to the rest of the world, founding
the Transcendental Meditation Program.
“A Creative Edge”
According to the program, TM allows your mind to settle into a state
of pure awareness, known as transcendental consciousness. In this state,
the body is at its most relaxed, and the brain supposedly has the
greatest access to its creative energy. Devotees claim that TM gives
them a creative edge, allowing them to be more focused throughout the
day and access innovative ideas.
Shel Pink, founder of the cutting-edge SpaRitual line
of nail polishes and cosmetics, credits TM for helping her run her
successful business. David Lynch, the movie director who is arguably
TM’s biggest (and most recognizably creative) spokesperson at the
moment, told an auditorium of film students how indispensable TM is to
the craft: “it boosts awareness of pure vibrant consciousness” and
“experiencing the act of enlivening your consciousness makes creativity
flow.” (Check it out here at minute 7.)
But Lynch would also say TM is not just for film students (or
celebrities and CEOs). It’s also a potent healing practice. That’s why
The David Lynch Foundation raises money to offer TM programs for
high-stress, at-risk populations, such as inner-city students and the
Peter Trivelas, a Navy veteran who now teaches TM to other veterans,
agrees that this simple practice has powerful benefits for
post-traumatic stress. “TM teaches you to put your brain in a state of
profound rest, so your body can begin to repair itself on a profound
See the rest of this great article with photos of David Lynch and Shel Pink here.