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'This is truly something your mind just wants to do' - Blake Ian on Transcendental Meditation
by Blake Ian
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6 August 2014
Continuing to write about ''the long list of HUGELY successful people who practice Transcendental Meditation''—and who initially inspired him to learn the technique himself—singer-songwriter and music producer Blake Ian gives special recognition to comedians.
TM seems to help the funniest people be funny as well! Russell Brand has spoken at length about how the method has helped him tremendously as an artist and recovering addict. Here is a great video clip.
The VERY funny Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern are both extremely vocal that each of them has been practicing Transcendental Meditation every day since their late teens! These two men are often described as the best at what they do, and the common ground between them is that they each take 20 minutes twice a day to sit and shut their eyes and experience this connection to this unlimited consciousness. They are also both fellow Long Island boys, like myself.
I recently got to discuss with another iconic comedian and Seinfeld's good friend, Colin Quinn, that we started TM at the same time, and how great its effects have been in the last few years.
I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dr Norman Rosenthal on Tawkers (the social conversation app Tawkers.com, founded by Mr. Ian), who discovered seasonal affective disorder and pioneered the light therapy treatment of it.
''Dr. Norm,'' a practitioner of TM himself, wrote the book Transcendence, in which he interviews some of the influential folks I mentioned above, among others, about their life changing experiences with Transcendental Meditation.
Now when people tell me ''I don't have the time,'' or ''I have tried to meditate and it just doesn't work for me,'' I want so badly for them to understand that this method is so sustainable. I had tried many other methods of relaxation and meditation that I ended up giving up on, but this is truly something your mind just wants to do. After learning the correct method passed down for thousands of years, it works for ANYONE (even veterans with PTSD who often cannot even find help or relaxation with medicines have found relief).
It is not a chore to meditate each day, it is something I just do. If I didn't meditate, I would feel like I didn't shower or brush my teeth. As for the time, it became evident to me that for the 20 minutes I spent twice a day meditating, I was gaining hours back in time in efficiency, focus, and just operating at my best.
I am so grateful that I discovered this method, for my teachers, and for the practice itself.
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See previous articles in this series:
∙ Three years of Transcendental Meditation - Blake Ian
∙ Transcendental Meditation brings stress relief, creative inspiration
∙ Inspired by 'long list of hugely successful people who practice Transcendental Meditation'
Blake Ian is a NY singer-songwriter, music producer and founder at 27 Productions, and CEO and founder of the social conversation app Tawkers.com. Dubbed ''New York City's best-kept secret'' by the Village Voice, he has opened for Eric Burdon, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Duncan Sheik—and Donovan on his greatest hits tour in 2003. This story first appeared in Blake Ian's Tumblr blog on April 30, 2014.
Source: Transcendental Meditation Blog
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