Andreas Reinier, dancing through life with the help of meditation: Here’s what the member of the Czech National Theater Ballet company Andreas Reinier says about Transcendental Meditation.   Leave a comment

andreas-reinier-ballet-dance-meditationI think that Transcendental Meditation is the most revitalizing technique from which a dancer could benefit. It allows him to bring out his most authentic personality, which in turn enables him to let go of everything obstructing his artistic fulfillment,” Andreas Reinier says.

“I have been meditating for quite some time, and as I’ve progressed in my ballet career I’ve noticed how TM directly supports the world of dance.

“When the artist can dive deep within himself, he discovers more and more of his personality and can therefore share his purest self with his audience.  This process, which TM facilitates, improves confidence dramatically.

Andreas Reinier, dancing through life with the help of meditation

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Posted September 30, 2015 by Charles in Uncategorized

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

Difference Between Mindfulness And Transcendental Meditation In Under Two Minutes   Leave a comment

Difference Between Mindfulness And Transcendental Meditation In Under Two MinutesDifferent forms of meditation often produce very different results. In just over a minute, renowned Georgetown University psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, MD compares mindfulness meditation with the TM technique.
The Video: This short highlight features Dr. Norman Rosenthal’s participation in the February 2014 New York Town Hall Forum panel discussion Meditation: Creativity, Performance, and Stress, moderated by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Dr. Rosenthal is the psychiatrist and author whose research describing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has helped millions of people.
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Posted September 10, 2014 by Charles in Uncategorized

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

Financial Times: Meditate to sharpen your assertive edge   Leave a comment

Financial Times, July 28

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For the past month, I’ve felt at times like my hair was on fire. I made the mistake of trying to move house to a new region and change offices at the same time, while trying to complete some major work projects.

I have written previously about the dangers of long-term workplace stress. So what do you do about it? Too many people in the US and UK resort to tranquillising drugs or sleeping pills to deal with chronic anxiety. One recent study found a 12.5 per cent annual increase in prescriptions for benzodiazapenes such as Xanax and Valium.

My personal answer to stress has been meditation, albeit practised somewhat erratically and with mixed results over the years. I have tried several types of meditation, including mindfulness, which involves focusing your attention on your breath for certain periods of the day. But the most calming sort I have found – it’s really up to the individual – is transcendental meditation, which involves repeating a mantra for two, 20-minute periods a day.

It turns out, I am not alone. Bridgewater, the $150bn hedge fund based in Connecticut, has hired the foundation started by film director David Lynch, a noted meditator, to teach 400 of its employees to meditate.

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Posted August 16, 2014 by Charles in Uncategorized

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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Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools   Leave a comment

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schoolsAt first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I’ve spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.

This practice – meditation rebranded – deserves serious attention from parents and policymakers. An impressive array of studies shows that integrating meditation into a school’s daily routine can markedly improve the lives of students. If San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza has his way, Quiet Time could well spread citywide. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 18, 2014 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Education