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Oprah & More Stars Who Do Transcendental Meditation (PHOTOS)

Transcendental Meditation has made its rounds with celebrities as far back as when the Beatles were a unit, but it’s once again creeping up as the latest trend among celebrities. Rupert Murdoch recently tweeted on his indoctrination into the mantra meditation movement, Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to it, and David Lynch even launched a nonprofit foundation for the practice.
The technique was established in India by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s and has spread worldwide since, used as a means to relieve stress and build personal development. The practice involves twice-a-day, 15- to 20-minute meditations, and courses are taught by certified instructors for a fee. See which other stars are endorsing the practice and taking time for some inner peace!

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Transcendental Meditation has made its rounds with celebrities as far back as when the Beatles were a unit, but is once again creeping up as the latest trend among celebrities. Rupert Murdoch recently tweeted on his indoctrination into the mantra meditation movement, Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to it, and David Lynch even launched a nonprofit foundation for the practice.

The technique was established in India by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s and has spread worldwide since, used as a means to relieve stress and build personal development. The practice involves twice-a-day, 15- to 20-minute meditations, and courses are taught by certified instructors for a fee. See which other stars are endorsing the practice and taking time for some inner peace!

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Rupert Murdoch

“Trying to learn transcendental meditation. Everyone recommends, not that easy to get started, but said to improve everything!” tweeted Rupert Murdoch. The 82-year-old media mogul is the latest celebrity to jump on the meditation train, showing us it’s never too late to do some inner reflection. Murdoch might need a stress reliever from being embroiled in some heavy-duty News Corp. scandals—from phone tapping to bribery.

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David Lynch

Earlier this month, David Lynch sat down with actor Russell Brand on stage for a Q&A session at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to discuss his documentary on Transcendental Meditation, Meditation, Creativity, Peace. In the film, Lynch says the meditation “gives the experience of the sweetest nectar of life, pure bliss consciousness.”

 

The Mulholland Drive director is not a new recruit in the practice, as he began his ascent into spiritual mantras 40 years ago. In 2005, he started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace, a nonprofit organization that funds the practice for at-risk youth, veterans, the homeless, the incarcerated, and more.

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Russell Brand

Russell Brand has had a past riddled with troubles, but has since moved toward the light and found solace within the movement. “Transcendental Meditation has been incredibly valuable to me both in my recovery as a drug addict and in my personal life, my marriage, my professional life,” Brand said during a benefit event for the David Lynch Foundation, as reported by The New York Times.

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Shirley MacLaine

Actress Shirley MacLaine is one of the Transcendental Meditation movement’s leading celebrity followers. Also interested in spirituality, reincarnation, and UFOs, MacLaine has written about these topics in many of her books, including her latest I’m All Over That: And Other Confessions.

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Sheryl Crow

According to Sheryl Crow, “peace is tapping into something that exists in all of us and makes us unique and helps us to be pure. But we get away from that because our brains are so overactive, constantly being dictated by chaos.” In order to find her inner peace, Crow practices Transcendental Meditation every day.

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Paul McCartney

One of the earliest adopters of Transcendental Meditation was Paul McCartney, who first learned about meditation by watching an interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a child in Liverpool, England. McCartney credits his Beatles bandmate George Harrison’s then-wife Pattie Boyd for introducing the concept to him as an adult. In an interview with fellow practitioner David Lynch, McCartney said that Transcendental Meditation has helped ground and calm him.

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Oprah Winfrey

If Oprah’s endorsing it, then it must be the new “it” thing! The talk-show giant devoted an entire show on the OWN network in March 2012 to the meditation practice, and even has everyone in her company taking 15 to 20 minutes a day to meditate, as reported by The Christian Post. The show followed her visit to a sleepy farm town in Fairfield, Iowa, where the townsfolk gather in two golden dome-shaped buildings to meditate daily.

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Moby

Moby used to be skeptical of Transcendental Meditation, saying that he thought the method was for “weird old hippies.” However, he became one of those hippies himself when he learned of David Lynch’s involvement, saying, “Transcendental Meditation has given me a perspective on agitation.” Moby also credits meditation for helping him quit drinking.

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Katy Perry

Transcendental Meditation has also been life changing for Katy Perry. The pop singer said that the meditation technique has been the best thing she’s done to “help bring more creativity, positivity energy, and peace” to her life. Perry even took to Twitter to ask her fans to donate to the David Lynch Foundation in lieu of birthday presents so more can learn the technique.

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Howard Stern

Radio host Howard Stern has practiced Transcendental Meditation for several years to help him balance a successful yet relaxing life. Stern who calls Transcendental Meditation the “easiest thing I ever did” was introduced to the practice as a young adult by his mother, who used the technique to help treat depression.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has been devoted to Transcendental Meditation for more than 15 years, telling fellow practitioner Howard Stern that the technique has been life changing by helping him manage his obsessive-compulsiveness.

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George Lucas

“Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.” A number of the spiritual truths from Yoda in the Star Wars movies sound like wisdom coming from a yogi. It has been rumored that George Lucas was inspired by Transcendental Meditation when he developed the Yoda character. The director backed David Lynch’s Operation Warrior Wellness initiative in November 2010 to help war veterans use TM to overcome PTSD, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood epitomizes success. He’s had a positive run as an actor and director (and even as mayor!) in his 82 years, and Transcendental Meditation might just have something to do with his accomplishments. In a video supporting David Lynch’s Operation Warrior Wellness program, Eastwood mentions he’s a “great supporter” of TM and has been using it for almost 40 years. He came out publicly about his meditation practices in 1975 on The Merv Griffin Show, during an interview with TM leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Candy Crowley

Election stress led CNN’s chief political correspondent to meditation. In addition to de-stressing, Candy Crowley told Prevention magazine that meditation has even made her a better journalist because it “has made my thought process more ordered. When your stress level is lower, you make better decisions and you have a better thought process.” Transcendental Meditation surely came in handy after moderating a controversial presidential debate.