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Oprah and other celebrities endorse Transcendental Meditation
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25 March 2012
'Welcome to Fairfield, Iowa. Believe it or not, this is the center of the Transcendental Meditation program in the United States. That's right, many of the 9,000 residents who live here meditate every day.'
Thus began an episode of Oprah Winfrey's new show, titled 'Oprah's Next Chapter'. Ms Winfrey visited the unique town to learn more about Transcendental Meditation.
Ms Winfrey continued to narrate:
'If you're familiar with Transcendental Meditation, or TM for short, you might think it's a bunch of new-age talk, but followers say TM is an ancient practice that's been around for thousands of years.'
Ms Winfrey also cited several pop culture sources that have been helping establish the normalcy of meditation.
'A few years back,' she began, 'TIME magazine devoted a cover story to ''The Power of Meditation''. Today in 2012, meditation has gone mainstream. Comic legend Jerry Seinfeld has been practicing TM for most of his life. Many other celebrities have spoken out about how TM has greatly improved the quality of their lives.'
Ms Winfrey noted TM-practicing celebrities like Sheryl Crowe, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, and Clint Eastwood.
The show then played several clips of actors, comedians, and musicians describing their success with Transcendental Meditation.
Clint Eastwood said, 'I've been using it for almost 40 years now and I think it is a great tool for anyone to have.'
Russell Brand added, 'I was a devoted drug addict for a long while. I really, really committed to that drug addiction; [but] in learning about Transcendental Meditation I found very quickly access to a deeper state of happiness which is very profound and absolute.'
'It is the only time I have that stillness,' Ellen DeGeneres said. 'It gives me this peaceful, peaceful feeling and I just love it so much.'
Russell Simmons concluded this part of the show: 'My concentration is better, my memory is better. I'm more comfortable in my seat, which I think is life's goal. Meditation has been a great help to me in so many ways. It basically is the core of my existence.'
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Video clips of several segments of Oprah's show are posted on the 'America's Most Unusual Town' web page on Oprah.com.
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