Giving your brain “a shower,” transcending into higher levels of consciousness, or sitting completely silent for 20 minutes are all different ways to describe the same ritual. Meditation, or more specifically, Transcendental Meditation (TM), has recently become very popular in western culture. Celebrities like Russell Brand (coined the shower analogy), Jerry Seinfeld, and Hugh Jackman have been doing TM and swear by its benefits. Jackman, aka Wolverine, told Men’s Health that meditation ‘changed his life.’ In an interview with Oprah, he explained: “In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.” Weird, that’s the second time a celebrity has related TM to a body-cleansing ritual we already do everyday. Are celebrities the only ones doing it? Is this just some hippy trend that will die off in the next decade?
No one really bats an eye when celebrities take up new-age meditation. But what about when bankers on Wall Street start doing it? Stockbrokers and investment bankers are known to have highly stressful jobs. It isn’t uncommon for a banking analyst to work 90-100 hours a week. Besides taking Xanax or Prozac, which tends to slow down your ability to work long hours, how else are they to deal with all the work-related stress? Bob Roth, Executive Director at The David Lynch Foundation, told The Daily Ticker in an interview: “With the use of Transcendental Meditation, evidence shows that [bankers] think more clearly, that they make better decisions, plan better and solve more problems and if you do that the chances of making money are far greater… you have a leg up and a competitive edge.” What is this evidence he speaks of?
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”
So far, there has been over 340 research studies into the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. Since TM seems to be a potent fighter of stress, and psychologists nickname stress as the “Black Plague of the twenty-first century,” there are many reasons to continuously fund this research. It’s incredible to see something as ancient as meditation—thousands of years old—still being used by our technologically advanced civilization. It makes you wonder, what else from the past can be dug up and used to benefit our daily lives?
The Transcendental Mediation website: http://wwv.tm.org/