In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers the revealed the secret to becoming the best in the world at something. Practice. Do something 10,000 times and you’ll be better at it than your competition. It’s gets you to Carnegie Hall, it gets you to gold medals and gold records.
But another perspective suggests Transcendental Meditation can get you to a place that can be called perfection.
Russell Hebert is a practitioner of TM, as it is called, who lives in Houston, works as a researcher at the Michael W. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, and is the local director of the Maharishi Foundation.
“It’s a mental technique that allows a mind to settle from its ordinary active state systematically through quieter and quieter levels until a point is reached in which the mind it totally settled and there is no activity of thinking. The inner awareness is intact and we call that experience of inner being, or you Self,” Hebert tells KTRH News.
Hebert says it can be learned in four days of instruction, two hours a day for four hours a day. Practitioners generally meditate for 20 minutes twice daily.
“The world is pretty much revolving around the outer aspects of life, but TM develops the inner aspect, but it turns out that the inner strengthens the experience of the outer. We’re interested in improving efficiency in action and effectiveness in action, but we strengthen the inner in order to strengthen the thinking, and strengthening the thinking to strengthen the action, so it works like that. Go to a deeper level so you are exploring the basis of thought and action,” Hebert tells KTRH news.
While it might be easy to dismiss that as just so much mumbo-jumbo, among the very serious and devoted people who practice transcendental meditation regularly are Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorcese, Clint Eastwood, Tom Petty, George Lucas, Chef Mario Batali, and Howard Stern. This year’s commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa was comic Jim Carrey, who has been meditating religiously for years.
Dr. Fred Travis, a neuroscientist and dean of the graduate school at the university, suggest anyone ambitious in any field should consider transcendental meditation.