Posted by: bobroth | January 13, 2010

Why They Meditate


I have been very fortunate to work with a lot of very creative people over the past 40 years who meditate: musicians, painters, poets, directors, as well as business people, doctors, architects, mothers taking care of their kids full-time at home, retired folk— basically everyone you could think of. Here are two quite exceptional people: David Lynch, an iconic filmmaker, and Russell Simmons, entrepreneur and philanthropist … Both love their meditation and are not shy about talking about it—and both are actively involved in bringing meditation to at-risk populations—with very satisfying (to mind and body) results…

David Lynch: “I have never missed a meditation in 36 years. I meditate once in the morning and once in the afternoon for about 20 minutes each time. Then I go about the business of my day. I find the joy of the ‘doing’ increases. Creativity increases. Intuition increases. The pleasure of life grows. And negativity recedes.”

Russell Simmons: “Transcendental Meditation promotes stillness—and when you are still is the only time you can think, the only time you can focus. When you have distractions and noise in your mind, you can’t comprehend properly and you can’t do your job. Comprehension comes from stillness, focus comes from stillness, and TM is the practice of touching that stillness for a few minutes twice a day.”

See a video of Russell speaking about happiness.


  1. Hello,

    Could you give me some names to learn TM in Brussels (Belgium)?
    Thank you very much!

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