Clint Eastwood: TM is a Great Tool to Overcome Stress

by Mario Orsatti on August 9, 2011

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Iconic actor, director, composer, filmmaker Clint Eastwood has been dedicated to his daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique for more than 40 years. He spoke about the technique during a videotaped message he prepared for the launch of the David Lynch Foundation’s “Operation Warrior Wellness”—a nationwide initiative to teach TM to the tens of thousands of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Here is this the video from the Operation Warrior Wellness event:

“I am a great supporter of Transcendental Meditation. I have been using it for almost 40 years. I think that it is a great tool for anyone to utilize as tool for stress. Stress of course comes along with every business, but especially considering the stress that our men and women of our armed forces go through—the anxieties of going to or coming from combat, and the stress syndromes of various types—I think that it [TM] is a great tool. There are enough studies out there that show that Transcendental Meditation, or TM as we all call it, is something that can benefit everybody…. I think that it is a great system to use in life in general—otherwise why would I have been doing it all these years.”

Mr. Eastwood first spoke publicly about Transcendental Meditation in 1975 when he appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” with the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He’s been quietly enjoying his daily TM practice ever since.

During a December 2009 interview in GQ Magazine, which coincided with the release of his new film, Invictus, Mr. Eastwood was asked about whether he continues to practice TM. He responded in that typical Eastwood-like simple and direct way:

“Twice a day. It works great. Because it just gives you a chance to gather your thoughts. I’m religious about it when I’m working.”


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  • Paul Lee Vallandigham

    Why I wonder do Eastwood’s movies contain so much extreme violence? Where is the more subtle, cellestial, cosmic, holy, transcendental value in “Dirty Harry” killing and killing and killing?

    • Kim Matthews

      I don’t partake of violent entertainment and I don’t want to weigh in on the value or harm of same, but I will say this: meditators are not “special.” We are everyday people who practice a technique (that I personally hold sacred) but meditators themselves come from all walks of life and have reasons for their practice as individual as they are. Hope this helps. Jai Guru Dev.

  • http://chartet Mike Williamson

    HELLO OUT THERE!!! I have been in TM for 34 years now. I am just as confused as I was the day I started. I have been able to hold a job for 32 years of stocking groceries on a midnight shift and keep the same wife for 28 years and raise a beautiful son who is a senior at at UNR. My question is how come after I MEDITATE my mind seems to be blank and I can’t seem to remember a thing. I love the relaxing benefits of TM however I only do it 1 time a day right before work or I tend to be very forgetful if I do it 2 times a day like they say. I tend to be very clumsy and seems as though my level of balance is off. If you have any answers for this please let me know .


    • admin

      Dear Mike Williamson,

      Thank you for your comment. This question can be best answered by a Certified TM Teacher. There is free lifetime followup if you have already learned TM. It is possible that you may need your TM checked or need a refresher course. To contact your nearest TM teacher please visit or call 1-888-LEARN-TM (1-888-532-7686)

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