The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan has joined a long list of successful (and notably creative) people who have started up with Transcendental Meditation TM — for example, David Lynch (and musical accomplice Angelo Badalamenti), Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern (and about 90 percent of his staff, if I understand correctly), Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Laura Dern, Russell Brand, and so on. Some people perceive TM as sort of culty but it seems to be mainstreaming itself quite easily — as the work of the David Lynch Institute, which is bringing TM to kids’ schools, and elsewhere, makes clear. Sullivan also expresses sympathies with Buddhism here.
Thanks, yet again, to Konchog Norbu for the heads-up.
Slight Heavy Metal Update: After posting this, another TM advocate of note came to light: songwriter Mike Hill, whose band Tombs released its album Path of Totality this year. That album is, hands-down, one of the best of 2011 (well, sez me) and like Yob’s Atma LP (also released this year, and perhaps THE best release of the year), is informed by meditation. In this case, the meditation is TM, inspired, as Decibel magazine writes, “by David Lynch’s book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.” Though it should be said that Hill tells Decibel that his “personal regimen includes not only meditation, but yoga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the ingestion of natural psychedelics.”
See also the Horse’s piece about Yob’s Atma: “Metal for Buddhists? Buddhism for metalheads? Who cares? It rocks.”