Celebrities, recent research fuel interest in Transcendental Meditation: New York Times

by Bob Roth on April 5, 2011

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New-York-times-1The Sunday New York Times carried a lengthy feature highlighting America’s rising interest in the Transcendental Meditation program. The article noted that this popularity has been spurred, in part, by the outspoken support offered by meditating celebrities, such as award-winning filmmakers David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, and Martin Scorsese, as well as performing artists Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Laura Dern, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crowe, and Moby.

Russell-Brand-1The article opened with Mr. Brand’s experiences with the TM technique. The British comedian, best-selling author, and actor who is starring in several major films this year, including the recent version of Shakespeare’s Tempest and the remake of Arthur (he co-stars in both films with Dame Helen Mirren), as well as the family movie Hop, says, “Transcendental Meditation has been incredibly valuable to me both in my recovery as a drug addict and in my personal life, my marriage, my professional life.”

National-Institute-HealthThe NY Times also points to the growing volume of published research documenting the beneficial effects of daily TM practice on the mind, body and behavior as a key element in the rising interest in the TM program. Published research on TM’s impact on brain development has shown that it increases brain wave coherence and improves the functioning of the pre-frontal cortex. The National Institutes of Health have also funded large numbers of studies that have found that the TM program reduces high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and the risk of cardiac events including stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

Norman-RosenthalEndorsements for the Transcendental Meditation program have been rising in the medical community, including, for example, from the distinguished psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School who spent 20 years as a senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Rosenthal will publish TRANSCENDENCE: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation (Tarcher/Penguin June 2011), which is a thoroughly engaging, science-based exploration of the TM technique for a new generation of readers.

Doctor-Mehemet-Oz In addition, Mehmet Oz, M.D., the prominent cardiac surgeon at Columbia University Hospital and Emmy-award winning host of “The Dr Oz Show,” recently described the need to meditate—and the relief that comes from his TM practice: “Imagine the waves on top of an ocean—and I’m in a rowboat, reactively dealing with the waves and water coming into my boat. What I need to do is dive into the deeper solace, the calmness beneath the surface.”

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  • http://tmblog Rajesh Tomer

    verry good article jaigurudev

  • Sally

    No mention of Howard Stern??? He is very outspoken in regards to TM and its benefits!

  • Francis Kiumbi

    Wonderful! Jai Guru Dev

  • Lorraine Goodwin-McIntyre

    I’m so happy that these celebs are able now to share their TM’ness! For many years, it was somehow PI, or folks might think you were in a cult or just whacky, which doesn’t lend itself to telling them all about it.
    I’ve been meditating for many years and can usually spot a meditator when I see or hear one. Well, sometimes. Jerry Seinfeld, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crowe. In this celeb-loving culture my greatest hope is people will see the true creative and intelligent qualities beaming forth from these people, and learn to meditate as well. Thanks, celebs! You’re our diamonds!
    Lorraine xo

  • Ana

    I know several people who are inquiring due to Russell Simmons book “Super Rich,”where he openly sends readers to TM.org and the entire book is basically explaining why meditation is beneficial to people of all ages and backrounds.He also sends readers to TM.org to find a class because of the personalized mantra that is customized to each student.

  • Nydia

    I’ve been using TM meditation for over 20 years the only time it doesn’t work is when I forget to do it :-) Namaste.

  • http://tm.mk Beti

    Interesting stuff.

  • Carl J Shoemaker

    I’ve recently restarted meditating and have noticed a quick increase in recall, awareness, and happiness.

  • admin

    That’s great Carl! Keep it up!

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