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“Can meditation change the world? The amazing story of the ‘meditating president Joaquim Chissano’”   Leave a comment

Steve Taylor, Psychology Today

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Excerpt: In 1992, he (Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique) learned Transcendental Meditation. Quickly becoming aware of the benefits of the practice himself, he taught it to his family, then his cabinet ministers and his wider government. In 1994, it became a requirement for all military and police recruits to meditate twice a day, for 20 minutes.

Chissano himself is in no doubt that this collective meditation was responsible for the peace and increasing prosperity of the country. As he said, ‘The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country…The culture of war has to be replaced by the culture of peace. For that purpose, something deeper has to be changed in our mind and in our consciousness to prevent the recurrence of war.’

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Posted December 28, 2016 by Charles in Leadership Performance, Living in Harmony, People

Why filmmaker David Lynch says Transcendental Meditation is the secret to success   Leave a comment

LA Times June 2016
David Lynch in the LA TimesDavid Lynch says he hasn’t missed a day of Transcendental Meditation since he started practicing it 43 years ago.
The director and writer behind the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” and movies including “Mulholland Drive” was in Los Angeles recently to lend support to Georgetown University School of Medicine clinical psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal who was speaking on a panel about his new book, “Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation.” Lynch, 70, told us in a one-on-one after the panel why he believes TM is the secret to … well, everything:

Why do you believe TM can make us healthier?
So many illnesses are called stress-related illness and stress can kill you. Look at what post-traumatic stress does to people – look at vets… Stress can shut down so much in a human being. If you want to get rid of it, you transcend every day.

What was happening in your life that made you more open to TM when you were first exposed to it?
I think there’s a thing in life or something clicks, either you’re fed up with suffering or you become a kind of seeker, you sense there’s something more to life… There is a line, ‘know thyself’… It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to experience that… True happiness is not “out there”; true happiness lies within.
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Posted December 20, 2016 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Leadership Performance, People

A Day in the Life of Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman   Leave a comment

20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation a day. Many of Adelman’s employees learned the technique through the David Lynch Foundation.

Lindsey Adelman, Lighting DesignerWall Street Journal Magazine, November 30, 2015AS A CREATOR of sculptural lighting for prestigious clients such as Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and film director Nancy Meyers (who included her Bubble chandelier in this fall’s The Intern), New York–based designer Lindsey Adelman, 47, has set a standard for success that many American designers dream of reaching. There’s a page-long waitlist for her twice-yearly limited-edition collections; and even the more rarefied projects she does for Nilufar Gallery in Milan—which has promoted her work globally since 2012, including at this month’s Design Miami—are in high demand. So it’s a little tough to take Adelman seriously when she says, “We’re not very grown-up in the studio.” By this, she means that her team isn’t laser-focused on lighting alone. Other things intervene, such as a line of jewelry, or mirrors, or a music video (composed, choreographed and art-directed by friends and family “just because,” she says). Which is how she likes it. Redefining “what a design company could be,” she says, has been a major motivation in her working life.

A Day in the Life of Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman

Posted January 12, 2016 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Leadership Performance

Pro Soccer Coach Uses Transcendental Meditation To Stay Focused During High Stress Situations   Leave a comment

Spanish Soccer Coach Alejandro Altamirano Sandroni

There came a time when I was too stressed out to enjoy doing what I actually love the most in this world – my job.” Alejandro Altamirano Sandroni is a young coach in football [or soccer, as we would say in the US]. Currently at the helm of Olímpic de Xàtiva, a 2nd division “B” team in the football-crazy country of Spain, he knows what it means when you are obliged to win.

To always keep on winning, in fact.

With most football coaches axed less than a year after their appointment to the dugout, you would be hard-pressed to find a more stressful job.

Alejandro, what are the most challenging aspects of your job as a coach?

ALEJANDRO: It is a fascinating profession. To manage, and try to convince a group of diverse players to work together is what I like most about my job. Keep in mind that I have to deal with such different players! From 19-year-olds who are just entering the world of professional sports to players who are 34-35, with a lot of experience under their belts.

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Posted December 19, 2014 by Charles in Leadership Performance, People

Ray Dalio and Mario Batali Meditate on the Secret of Their Success   Leave a comment

Institutional Investor February 28, 2014

Ray Dalio and Mario BataliThe billionaire founder of hedge fund firm Bridgewater and the frenetic Iron Chef share a strong taste for meditation (specifically Transcendental Meditation).

What do hedge fund billionaire and restaurateur Mario Batali have in common?

Quite a bit, it turns out, as they explained to some 300 people during a town meeting on meditation in New York earlier this month. Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates — the world’s largest hedge fund firm, with $87 billion in assets — and Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group co-owner Batali, who runs more than 20 restaurants, are both big devotees of Transcendental Meditation, which was introduced to the West by India’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi a half-century ago.

The event, held in a subterranean auditorium at the AXA Equitable Center on Manhattan’s West Side, was hosted by the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Lynch, the director of Blue Velvet and co-creator of TV series Twin Peaks, started the foundation nine years ago to give children everywhere the opportunity to learn how to meditate. (The music from Twin Peaks was playing as attendees filed into the room.) Lynch has been practicing TM since 1973.

Dalio, for his part, has been meditating for 42 years. TM is the single most important reason for his success, he told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin of New York Times Dealbook and CNBC Squawk Box fame, the moderator for the evening. Dalio, who started Bridgewater in 1975 out of his two-bedroom Upper East Side apartment, says that meditation enables him to stay calm, clear and creative in the face of market craziness. “I feel like a ninja in a fight,” he explained. “What comes at you feels like it is moving in slow motion.”

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Ray Dalio, Hedge Fund Genius, Says Meditation Is Secret to His Success

Ray DalioDaily Finance November 12. 2013
One of the most successful hedge fund managers in the world attributes his success to a daily meditation regimen.

“I’ve been doing it for 44 years, twice a day for 20 minutes,” says Ray Dalio, the guru behind Bridgewater Associates, speaking at Tuesday’s NYTimes Dealbook Conference. “It’s such a great investment … more than any other factor in my success. It opens up the two sides of the brain, brings a creativity and open-mindedness.” He adds, “It allows you to clear your head and bring an equanimity to everything.”

His meditation regimen has inspired other Wall Street celebrities, including Daniel Loeb and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who said he meditated the night before Tuesday’s conference to calm his nerves.
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Posted November 16, 2013 by tm4moscow in Leadership Performance, People

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