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HEALTH: Transcendental Meditation As Prescribed By The Stars

Friday, 24 November 2017

One of today's popular health conscious practices is Transcendental Meditation (TM). This form of meditation is said to be very easy to adapt to and integrate into daily life. So much so that celebrities have begun using it to provide them with the balance they need in their hectic lives.


GQ Magazine provided a beginner's guide to further understand its principles and methodologies. But before starting the practice, you have to determine first if you are able to let your mind wander when sitting absolutely still. Consequently, the magazine argues that this form of meditation requires less commitment compared to other forms. In essence, it consists mainly of twenty silent minutes of using a single mantra to liberate and let your mind go free.


TM has actually been around for over 5,000 years. It was introduced to the western world back in the 1960s. However, its popularity was predominantly with bohemian groups and failed to spread to the mainstream. Although, recently many influential public figures have started to share their experiences and love for the practice, and as a result many more people are trying it out. Here are a few high-profile personalities who are long-time TM practitioners.


Paul McCartney

The Beatles were very instrumental in bringing TM to the western world. Their trip to India back in 1968 to attend a TM training session gained worldwide attention.


In an interview shared by TM Blog, McCartney recalled that they were taught by a lecturer named Maharishi. "He made it very simple. He made it very attractive," said McCartney. He also stressed that from then on, Maharishi and Transcendental Meditation have had a deep influence on his and his bandmates' lives.


To this day, the legendary musician shares the value of the practice to anyone who'll listen. He credits it as a key contributor to his boundless creativity as well. He says that TM helps clear his thoughts and expand his imagination afterwards – an important process for any artist.


Lorraine Pascale

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Lorraine Pascale

"I love to meditate. It stills my mind and just takes me away from the outside world. I've been doing it for 3 years and for me, meditating is a way to focus the mind and is often the time I'm most likely to work through what's been going on in my mind, just on a different level," confessed Lorraine Pascale when she talked to The Huffington Post about the art of meditation.


Arguably one of the most beautiful chefs today, this former supermodel has become a famous TV culinary expert. She has since released numerous bestselling cookbooks and hosted three cooking shows on the BBC, including How to be a Better Cook. She is now also an ambassador for multiple charities, such as Rays of Sunshine and The Prince's Trust.


Heather Graham


The A-list film star Heather Graham also engages in Transcendental Meditation, and she has been practicing it for over 20 years. In TM Home's article on how Graham empties her mind, they shared what the thespian told NBC's Today show.


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She mentioned that the meditation calms her down. She's known for her cheery, loud persona both on and off screen, most recently noticeable in her Foxy Television video segments, however, TM helps restore balance by providing serenity. "It helps you find that peaceful place inside yourself – so whenever your life is going a bit crazy, it reminds you how to be really centered," the actress explained.


Many of the world's famous personalities have used transcendental meditation to ease their minds and gain better control over their lives. From business professionals to artists, many have confessed the effective nature of the exercise. TM is not just some hippie practice anymore. It's an easily accessible and peaceful way of improving your mental health and emotional stability.


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