Oprah’s Next Chapter: Meditation — In ‘America’s Most Unusual Town’

Jeanne Ball reports in the Huffington Post on Oprah Winfrey’s recent television special about her visit to the national center for Transcendental Meditation program in Fairfield, Iowa.


Oprah Winfrey has interviewed many of the most renowned spiritual leaders and personal growth advocates around the globe. Yet, to her surprise, she found one of the most compelling displays of higher consciousness and spirituality a few hours drive from her Chicago-based studio.

Jeanne Ball

In Oprah’s recent edition of her show Next Chapter, she shares her personal experiences with meditation and explores “TM Town” — Fairfield, Iowa, home of Maharishi University of Management and an unlikely mecca of entrepreneurs, sustainability, creativity and, most of all, meditation.
“Smack in the middle of Midwestern farmland,” she said in a recent issue of The Oprah Magazine. “The last place you’d expect to get stuck in an evening traffic jam because so many people are headed off to practice transcendental meditation.”


With meditation’s rising popularity and acceptance in American culture, it seemed inevitable that the country’s most high profile “spiritual seeker” would soon discover the largest meditation community in the U.S., where some of the most advanced brain research on meditation has been taking place for decades and thousands of people meditate together everyday — several hundred of them students, from kindergarten to Ph.D.”

To read Jeanne’s full story in the Huffington Post and to view a “Sneak Preview” video of Oprah’s visit to “TM Town”, CLICK HERE.