Getting better with age: Clint Eastwood and Transcendental Meditation

by Mario Orsatti on May 12, 2010

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People who age well are an inspiration—especially for me since I just turned 60.

Clint Eastwood is certainly a prime example. At 62-years-old, Mr. Eastwood won his first Oscar for the film, Unforgiven. Then, as many film-making professionals believe, he only got stronger and better with age, going on a stunning run of creative successes.

Eastwood is now 79, and since his first Oscar he has made 15 movies—three of which have been nominated for Best Picture. (His most recent movie, Invictus, had two Academy-Award nominations.) Mr. Eastwood has also been nominated for Best Director or Best Actor four additional times. And he often collaborates on the music for his films.

Of course I like to think that his Transcendental Meditation practice has had something to do with it. In a recent issue of GQ magazine Clint Eastwood was asked about his TM practice.

Do you still meditate?
Twice a day.

How does that work for you?
It works great. I’m religious about it when I’m working.
I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself….
So meditation with me was just a self-reliant thing. I’ve been doing it almost forty years.

Eastwood went public in the 1970s about his daily TM routine when he appeared on the Merv Griffin Show with the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He’s quietly kept enjoying his daily TM practice ever since.

I think it’s amazing how many people practice Transcendental Meditation every day, year after year. I think I know how they feel, and why they spend the time transcending every day–because it makes them feel more alive, more together, and better able to keep going and growing.

It reminds me of something Maharishi wrote in his book, The Science of Being and Art of Living:

“Expansion of happiness is the purpose of life, and evolution is the process through which it is fulfilled….
‘If one is not happy, one has lost the very purpose of life. If one not constantly developing his intelligence, power, creativity, peace and happiness, then he has lost the very purpose of life. Life is not meant to be lived in dullness, idleness, and suffering; these do not belong to the essential nature of life.”


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  • Francesco Volponi

    Ciao Mario,
    very nice to hear that Clint is still enjoying TM. I have run into him a couple of times here in Maui( he lives here part time) and almost mentioned to him that we were fellow meditators. But I thought it better to leave him alone.

  • paul kemp

    just saw Invictus which is a tribute to Clint creative powers and it is a reminder of how TM enriches creativity in a person

  • rob

    Clint Eastwood practices Transcendental Meditation? That actually makes sense – he’s so relaxed even when people are shooting at him!

  • Gregory Clarke-Johnsen

    Great article about a Great Man!

  • Fortu

    I didn’t find this paragraph in the GQ article, where is it ?

    “Do you still meditate?
    Twice a day.
    How does that work for you?
    It works great. I’m religious about it when I’m working.
    I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself….
    So meditation with me was just a self-reliant thing. I’ve been doing it almost forty years.”

    Thanks to share that and answers

  • Sean Rasmussen

    It explains it even better why Clint is “The Man!”. Movies would be the same without him.

  • Tom Kepler

    A well-written article, Mario–concise yet informative. It’s good to know Clint Eastwood is still meditating. And such energy and creativity at 79, that makes me feel like a kid! Not a bad feeling.

  • Mae Najjar

    I’ve always loved Clint Eastwood even when I was a young teenager watching his cowboy movies. Now I know why. He is a kindred soul on the path to enlightenment.

  • George Amanatides

    Hi Clint
    I started TM in Virginia Beach in 1976 and was able to work at MIU now MUM in Iowa awhile and learned my Sidhis there. It’s made a profound difference in my life.
    Come to Albany, New York and email us at that website for a limo. More and more movie stars are making appearences here. I have driven some in our limo’s. We have the lowest’s rates. Maria is taking care of our client’s corporate or otherwise.
    You have always been a favorite of mine. Hope I can drive you some time.
    George Amanatides

  • Gerard Owmby

    Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was the first Western to show how killing is sin and showed the tortured conscience of the killers. Some say it its the best Western ever made.

  • Ron Gang

    Recently, I’ve been discovering what a remarkable man Clint is, especially seeing a TV him presenting and inteviewing jazz and blues pianists in a TV documentary. Mr. Eastwood is a good jazz pianist himself. And now, it turns out that we have both learned TM around the same time. I’ve just turned 60, yet that number doesn’t seem to make sense; I’ve been enjoying the benefits of TM in my painting career, my amateur musicianship, and everything else I do.

  • Michael Haynes

    Have been enjoying TM for 38 years now and at 63 I know the best is yet to come in life and everyone can benefit immensely from this wonderful practise without surrendering their religious faith – it actually deepens one’s understanding of the sacred in its many forms- Love and Bliss

  • Joe

    If Clint can I can. He certainly has the calmness of a master TM trainer. No wonder he is the fastest draw, no matter the circumstances.
    I have been at it for 8 months and is has done wonder for me during these tough times.

  • Patrick L. Deu Pree

    I am 63, about to turn 64. I’ve been meditating for 43 years now, I was initiated in Berkley, California by Jerry Jarvis in 1968. I have faced and overcome many challenges in my life with TM as the basis for all activity. I would never quit. I am a supervisor at a large Electrical Utility, and I am also a fiction writer. I sometimes sleep only 3 hours a night but due the the deep rest from TM i am well rested and energetic. I strongly recommend it to everyone.

  • http://waynemcevilly.blogspot Wayne McEvilly

    I attended a group meditation led by Maharishi in the 1960s-He spoke briefly and said then: “Let Us Meditate” – the entire room fell under the deepest hush of absolute stillness – 20 minutes later softly slowly “OPEN THE EYES” – It was the greatest “teaching” I have ever experienceed.
    The best is yet TO BE -

  • http://WWW.MAHARISHIDVD.COM Alan Waite

    I started meditating in 1967, Paul Horn, was my teacher, at Jerry Jarvis’s
    TM center, in Los Angeles, california. It was a life changing event for me,
    Which I will take into my many incarnations.
    I was blessed to have spent most of 1968 with MAHARISHI. We were at his ashram in Rishikesh, India, and traveled with him making the film,” SAGE FOR A NEW GENERATION”. Which he personally ask me to make.
    See my web site for information about the DVD.
    Clint Eastwood, came to my studio in 1969 to see the film, and thought it
    was a good look at TM through the eyes of the 60′s generation.
    Maharishi is seen through out the film talking about the benefits of TM.
    He use to say to people. “How’s your Meditation” !! Than, laugh in his very
    infectious way, as they give him flowers. My time with Maharishi was
    the most cherished in my life. J.G.D.

    • Frank Lotz

      When I was 17 I started with Transcendental Meditation (TM).
      After a while more then 40 people around me (friends & family-members) began also with TM. In my school I gave lectures about the great benefits TM grants you in life as a whole because my teachers recognized the change in my school carrier. Also in the field of sports there was a tremendous betterment so that some team member from our soccer club started with TM too. Now I am 57 and still TM works great for my life. My TM- Teacher said to me: When you begin to meditate you will develop great skills even in the field of Art!” He was right!! I published 2 books so fare & 1 Audio-play as well. I wish everyone takes TM into his daily routine & the society will be a lovely one where everyone enjoys fullness of life: 100 % spiritual & 100 % material. Frank Lotz, Artist & Expert in the Field of the Vedic Health System

  • Marilu

    I m meditating 2nite.Oh,I m watching Pale Rider,2nite.My Dad & I used 2 watch Clint’s movies,always.

  • Marilu

    Oh,also,when u have God,in your life,u will feel happiness.

  • Patrick L. Deu Pree

    Me again, now 65. Still going strong, starting every morning with TM and then again every afternoon. 44 years now. It just keeps getting better and better.

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