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#TeamIvanka (Trump) Learned How to Meditate   Leave a comment

Katie Evans, Team Ivanka Art Director, was totally into it.

Katie Evans, Team Ivanka Art Director, was totally into it.

Fun fact: Ivanka meditates twice daily—she even has her recurring twenty-minute sessions blocked off in her calendar. When she finds something she’s excited about, she has to share it (we’ve received emails from her at 11 p.m. with details on the latest thing she’s found and wants to try)—which is why our team found ourselves taking meditations this spring. Ivanka gave us the incredible opportunity to participate in a full transcendental meditation (TM) course, led by her friend, Bob Roth, of the David Lynch Foundation.

#TeamIvanka Learned How to Meditate

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In our one-on-one sessions, our instructors started us off with three very short meditations. “After the first short meditation, I almost laughed when my instructor asked me how it was,” Katie said. “I felt the same as I had when I walked in. I wasn’t sure what I should be feeling. We did a couple more short meditations together before she left me alone to do a longer one on my own. I was able to let my thoughts flow and concentrate on my mantra slowly and softly. Somewhere in that last 20-minute meditation I lost myself and I felt very peaceful.”

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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

Sir Paul McCartney received a ‘gift of meditation’   Leave a comment

Paul McCartneyA founding member of the Beatles, Paul McCartney has been singing about peace and love for the past half a century. In his personal life, he is practicing what he preaches.

Finding his calm in daily meditation
There are dozens of books and documentaries about him, and he has never left the spotlight after stepping from Liverpool to the global stage in 1960s.
However, few people know that sir Paul McCartney is an avid meditator.
“In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney says.
The technique he uses is called Transcendental Meditation or TM, and he picked it up from the Indian sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in 1968.
“It was a great gift that Maharishi gave us. For me it came at a time when we were looking for something to stabilize us towards the end of the crazy sixties.
It’s a lifelong gift, something you can call on at any time.”

David Lynch interviews Paul McCartney
In an interview with the famous director David Lynch, Paul McCartney recalled how he and The Beatles first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.
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Posted December 18, 2016 by Charles in People

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.

What inspired you to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique? Read the rest of this entry »

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

Spiritual quest led Paul Horn to his serene sound   Leave a comment

The Globe and Mail July 25, 2014
Paul HornA jazz musician’s search for spiritual enlightenment led him to an ashram in India, where he befriended the Beatles. When a plan to film the band fell through, Paul Horn travelled to Agra, where he played his flute within the echoing majesty of the Taj Mahal.

The resulting recording was intended originally for friends. Instead, his label released it as a long-playing record. Inside has sold one million copies, boosting a new genre of music and gaining for Mr. Horn a reputation as a founding father of New Age music.

Mr. Horn, who died on June 29 after a brief illness, moved to British Columbia in 1970, by which time the acclaimed jazz musician had begun melding his experience with Transcendental Meditation into his performances. He spoke often of the benefits of meditation, performing at countless benefit concerts for non-profit groups.

He toured both China and the Soviet Union at a time when the leaderships of both countries were suspicious of jazz as a subversive force. He followed the Taj Mahal recording with similar performances at other sacred sites.

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Posted August 16, 2014 by Charles in Living in Harmony, 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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