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Britpop star Tim Burgess on success, excess and consciousness

Transcendental Meditation News UK    Translate This Article
9 May 2012

The lead singer of the British band The Charlatans talks to Metro, the Telegraph and The Independent about making it, detox and Transcendental Meditation.

''Tim Burgess, 44, should by rights be merely yet another rock casualty,'' writes Nick Durden in The Independent, referring to Burgess's wilder years as frontman of the nineties Britpop band, The Charlatans.

Instead the singer, whose autobiography, Telling Stories, has just been published (Penguin), comes across as youthful and ''breezy charm personified'', as he describes the ups and downs of the rock 'n' roll years and how he has more recently maintained a healthier lifestyle through good diet, yoga and Transcendental Meditation. . . .

The turning point was in 2006 when a doctor told him he was facing permanent damage to his health. ''I went all out, quitting drugs, and drink, and cigarettes. It was difficult, but I've got to say I've never missed them, not once, not at all.''

Around the same time a friend recommended Transcendental Meditation. ''I looked into it,'' he tells The Independent, 'read up on [founder] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and also the David Lynch Foundation,* and it just all made sense. I meditate for 20 minutes twice a day now. It's part of my life.''

He tells Lucy Jones of The Telegraph, ''I tend to work instead of relaxing in the evenings. Morning and night, I do yoga and Transcendental Meditation. I'm a bit flaky with yoga but I haven't missed a TM session in four years. It gives me 20 minutes to myself. It also makes me feel like I'm in another place, even though I'm very conscious.''

Asked why he finds it useful, he replies, ''At the minimum it de-stresses you. You get thoughts—it's not psychedelic—but things pop into your brain. John Lennon used to stop and write his ideas down; I choose not to. I'm enjoying myself so much I don't want to stop.''

Tim Burgess now lives in north London, where he runs a record label, O Genesis. . . . The Charlatans are still together and will be touring in June.

Source: Transcendental Meditation - UK

* Founded in 2005 in the USA, the David Lynch Foundation has been providing support in America and around the world for people suffering from traumatic stress—including combat veterans, prison inmates, youth, and women and children victims of violence—to learn the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation Programme. The Foundation was recently established in the UK.

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