TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION IN THE MEDIA
(1) What Journalists Say (2) Well-known Meditators (3) Transcendental Meditation in Business
WHAT JOURNALISTS SAY:
"My partner noticed immediately that I had become happier, more thoughtful, calmer. My concentration has improved. I have amazing energy and am capable of long hours of physical work without fatigue. After a fortnight I realised that I had stopped biting my fingernails, a lifelong nervous habit... I sailed through the hay fever season with practically no reaction."
John Harding, Journalist, The Sunday Times Magazine
"FREE YOUR MIND...When your thoughts are racing and your head feels like it's about to explode, meditation can calm the storm. "Red" Magazine Editor, Sally Brampton found it was just the therapy she needed when a demanding job and turbulent personal life threatened to overwhelm her." "7 am a writer and, like most writers, am by nature introspective and inclined to depression. It is the alleviation of that, more than anything, that convinces me of its real power... It used to take me hours to connect to the day. Now I meditate and greet the morning with profound cheerfulness. And that, in its own way, is a miracle."
"Since I started meditating, I have found it easier to take pleasure in the moment, to inhabit the present, rather than constantly scanning backwards and planning forwards ... Inhabiting the present gives you an immediate sense of calm. The normal pressures and impatience of life melt away ... it feels as if you have nudged open a door into a more serene world."
Mary Ann Sieghart - The Times
"Layers of exhaustion accumulated over many years began to peel away when I learned transcendental meditation. It's meant that I am able to enjoy life much more than before, when I felt permanently tired."
Russ Kane, Television Presenter.
"TM - It's effortless: something delicious you sink into."
Sue Limb, The Guardian.
"At the end of the eighties, when the relationship with the mother of my children had just broken up, I felt so much pain that I didn't know what to do with myself... I don't know how I would have got through that time without the meditation. These days, I believe it's what helps to keep me feeling younger and more aware." Tony Robinson, TV Presenter/Actor
"In moments of madness, it has helped me find moments of serenity." Sir Paul McCartney
Actress Heather Graham started meditating at the suggestion of director David Lynch 12 years ago on the set of his studiously bizarre Twin Peaks TV Series. "It's easy to spend a lot of time worrying and obsessing, but meditation puts me in a blissful place," says Graham. "At the end of the day, all that star stuff doesn't mean anything. Transcendental Meditation reminds you that it's how you feel inside that's important. If you have that, you have everything".
"I do lots of yoga, exercise and Transcendental Meditation. It's not half good. They give you a mantra ... you feel attuned to a consciousness that is beyond your identity and beyond life ... I'm less neurotic and I'm easier to work with. In the past I courted chaos; not a deliberate courtship, just inadvertently. I feel happier, and I don't feel I need that same kind of attention ... I'm becoming spiritually idealistic. We are physical beings while we have access to the divine ..." Russell Brand in The Sunday Times
Goldie Hawn, who says she has been practicing for 31 years ... meditates twice a day for at least 30 minutes. "How do you learn to witness your destructive emotions?" she asks. "You can only do this by being able to sit quietly and quiet your mind."
TM IN THE THEATRE AND FILM
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone do it. So do Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and a host of other Hollywood stars ... [But] many people, it seems, fear that they will lose their creativity if they have no stress. North-West playwright Peter Wilkinson (Henry VI) rejects this emphatically. "Through transcendental meditation you access an energy and creative power from deep within your own nature - an energy that is much deeper, more universal, more powerful, more authentic than the nervous energy of stress and anxiety," he says.
The Stage and Television Today
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION IN BUSINESS
The Office Mantra
If your boss sits in the office with his eyes shut, it doesn't mean he's nodding off. Transcendental Meditation is the latest craze for high-fliers.... Chief Executive Lorraine Hickey finds it helps her meet important deadlines. The Evening Standard
How to transcend a stressful lifestyle
TM is invaluable for getting over the jet lag after a long haul flight..."
The Market for Meditation
''Immediately I felt many of the stresses and strains that 1 had accumulated over the last 18 months, dissolve."
The Herald (Scotland)
Meditation in Management - It makes you think
"I was introduced to transcendental meditation (TM) by an American whom I considered the most dynamic company director I've ever met. I went up to him after a speech he'd given one afternoon and asked him about the latest American management technique hoping to find some secrets of his success. "Transcendental Meditation," was his reply, "that's all you need, forget the rest."
As a courtesy to Maharishi Foundation, we point out that most
of the meditators quoted in the articles were taught by them. As our students are
taught the same and visibly experience similar results (and always have since we
taught for MF) we feel that the examples are entirely relevant.