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Eva Mendes reveals her secret to success
by Linda Mainquist

Transcendental Meditation - USA
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7 October 2010

Successful people in the entertainment industry often talk about trying to find some personal peace of mind in what is otherwise an incredibly intense public life. The 36-year old American actress Eva Mendes is one of those people who has found a way to achieve that sought-after balance. In a recent interview* she talked about the importance of her practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the positive effect it has had in her life.

''I'm actually huge into meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and that really helps create not only a sense of balance—this is gonna sound clichéd—but also serenity and kind of a calm state of mind. And not that I'm like that all the time, but it helps me deal with life's ups and downs, coming from more of a centered place. Also it helps with creativity.''

Eva Mendes was born in Miami to Cuban parents and grew up in LA, where she studied marketing in college before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She is a dedicated professional and has appeared in a number of successful Hollywood movies. She is also a supporter and active participant in an international campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.
 Eva said that she also appreciates the effect of Transcendental Meditation practice on her creativity.

''. . . it helps creatively on a level that I cannot describe. I can give you a list of things I think, but it's tapping into something so deep that when I reap the rewards, I do not even know I'm reaping them. It's a more overall kind of thing.''

In her interview, she says that what helped her to realize the impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique on creativity was listening to the audio book of Catching the Big Fish by award-winning filmmaker David Lynch.

''[He's] one of my favorite directors. . . . The audio is really interesting because you hear his voice and there is something so astonishing about him . . . his voice is so incredibly regular, and I mean that in the [most] ideal way possible.''

This news item on the official US site for Transcendental Meditation includes the opportunity to download the audio book of Catching the Big Fish.

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