GQ Magazine: The Totally Stressed-Out Man’s Guide to Meditation

guide-to-meditation-gq-magazine-september-2013-01The most successful, innovative men alive do it. Overworked, very, very busy (and insanely rich) hedge-fund managers swear by it. So the question is: Should you cross your legs, close your eyes, and join in?

Here are a few things Jerry Seinfeld and I have in common: We both wear sneakers far more often than grown men should. We both adore the New York Mets and thus subject ourselves to undue misery. And we both sit quietly for twenty minutes twice a day, attempting to calm our minds.

Seinfeld, presumably, is far better at it than I am. He’s been practicing Transcendental Meditation, or TM, for more than forty years. I’ve only recently taken it up.

Transcendental Meditation, if you’re not aware, is having something of a moment. Despite being 5,000 years old and in the public consciousness at least since 1968 (when the Beatles traveled to India, took up meditating, and were so mind-blown that they wrote the White Album), TM spent most of the past half century out on the hippie fringe. If people thought anything about it, it was that TM was weird and maybe kind of cultish. But a dedicated core of reasonable people have been practicing it all along, and their ranks keep swelling, so TM is now following the path of yoga—another import from India, once marginalized as a trifle for tempeh enthusiasts—into the mainstream, where it can safely be sampled by even self-conscious, risk-averse people like me.

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Posted September 10, 2013 by tm4moscow in Leadership Performance, Living in Harmony

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