Famous people who practice and discuss Transcendental Meditation
There are many ways to nurture a calm focused mind. Meditation has became a popular way to relax. Transcendental Meditation is a specific type of meditation. I’m not endorsing or judging TM either way, just getting more familiar with the background of this practice. Several celebrities advocate for the benefits of this practice. Let’s see what TM is and how it was created.
What is Transcendental Meditation?
Transcendental Meditation is often abbreviated as TM. It is one of the various types of meditation. There’s an official organisation for Transcendental Meditation. Credits on the Australian web site are attributed to Maharishi Foundation Australia and Transcendental Meditation for Women. The web site says, “Transcendental Meditation® is a simple, natural, effortless technique practised 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably. It is not a religion or philosophy.” Currently projecting a secular image, the organisation was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – the Indian guru who guided The Beatles.
Who follows TM?
Famous followers have been loyal to practices and leaders of transcendental meditation over the decades. Multiple celebrities made appearances at events for the David Lynch Foundation, an organisation in the USA. Other individuals may simply focus on their own meditative practices. Meditative celebrities include Sir Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and Cameron Diaz. Some of these people have been meditating for decades. Others began TM more recently. Wherever they are on their journeys, a bunch of these people have something to say about the impact on their lives.
Sir Paul McCartney
The Beatles had a history of involvement with Transcendental Meditation. The entire band got involved with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in the 1960s. Paul McCartney (aka Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE) and Ringo Starr (aka Sir Richard Starkey MBE) have supported a TM organisation. As two out of the four Beatles, these musicians were announced to perform at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation in 2009. Then David Lynch himself interviewed Sir Paul McCartney. A video and transcript were published on Youtube in 2010. In the second part of the interview, Sir Paul reminisced about early days at the ashram. The entire band meditated over the years. Paul continues to be one of the faces of meditation.
This highly successful comedian has been meditating for a long time. He gave a time frame in 2013 when speaking at the David Lynch Foundation Gala, saying he had practiced TM for 41 years. Jerry Seinfeld says he survived the nine years of his famous Seinfeld sitcom by doing TM meditation during lunch breaks.
Here’s another comedian who follows TM. Ellen Degeneres interviewed Bob Roth in 2018, which they agreed was at least 6 or 7 years after Roth taught Degeneres the technique. Ellen said in the interview, “It just calms you down.” She explained the importance of nurturing the mind, “People spend so much time exercising from the neck down. And we do everything to take care of our body when the most important thing is our mind and to relieve stress and relieve anxiety…”
This comedian turned to meditation along with other beliefs. Although TM can be detached from religion, Russell Brand publicly shared his belief in Hare Krishna from around 2007. He then identified with Transcendental Meditation within a few years after. Russell Brand demonstrates his mantra meditation on Youtube.
Transcendental meditation is also favoured by some stars on the big screen. Cameron Diaz shared her perspective on meditation when speaking with OWN, “You meditate for twenty minutes and the next thing you know, everything becomes whole again.”