Andrew Sullivan’s blog, The Daily Dish, is extremely popular—it gets more than 40 million page views a year. He’s the former editor of The New Republic and the author of five books. He was one of the first prominent journalists to start his own personal blog and is considered a pioneer in weblog journalism.
In a recent blog for The Atlantic titled, “Catholicism and Transcendental Meditation,” Mr. Sullivan discussed the importance of his practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and its relevance to a practicing Roman Catholic. In the blog he mentions that what motivated him to bring up the subject was a video interview with Father Len Dubi that was recently posted here on the TM Blog.
Over the last year or so, I’ve been trained in and have been practicing transcendental meditation. I don’t consider this in any way a contradiction of my faith in Christ; in fact, I think it has helped me pray more deeply and helped me get closer to the “being with God” that prayer is really all about. And that’s why the video above is so encouraging to me; it suggests I am not alone in this; and I am still enough of a Catholic to find a priest’s endorsement of this approach to be reassuring.
The day after Mr. Sullivan’s blog appeared, James Wolcott, who writes for Vanity Fair, posted a blog titled, “Welcome, My Brother.” Mr. Wolcott is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and is the cultural critic for Vanity Fair. In his blog, Mr. Wolcott welcomes Mr. Sullivan to the family of TM meditators and writes, “As someone who is coming up to his three year anniversary as a student of the TM program, I am pleased that Andrew has joined our broad-minded, multi-denominational coalition of bliss bubblers.”
Social networking, at work!