…and got her entire staff involved.
Appearing on her “Next Chapter” show, a program she airs on her OWN network, Oprah Winfrey offers a candid insight into Transcendental Meditation. During the interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oprah she discussed her life after the “Oprah Show,” as well as her hopes for the future. She also reveals how devoted she has become to practicing Transcendental Meditation and the very positive impact it has had in her life and the lives of her 400 “now meditating” employees:
“For me at this time in my life I recognize that everything is about moving closer to that which is God. And without a full, spiritual center—and I am not talking about religion, I am talking about without understanding the fullness from which you’ve come you can’t really fulfill your supreme moment of destiny….
“I think that being connected to that which is greater than yourself, for me at this particular time in my life, is the most important thing and that’s what I am working on.
Oprah goes on to describe her visit a town called ‘TM town’ in Fairfield, Iowa, a town with a population of about 9500, where a third of the town meditates! There’s a traffic jam in Fairfield, Iowa at 5:30 pm with mothers, and doctors, dentists and lawyers, and engineers and clerks and soccer moms all head to the Fairfield dome where they all doing Transcendental Meditation together. “People who look just like you and me,” Oprah quipped.
“And that way of being ‘still’ with ourselves—coming back to the center—and recognizing that something is more important than you, it’s more important than the work you are doing, brings a kind of energy and an intensity of energy, an intention that we have never had before.
“And you can’t imagine what has happened in the company. People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic.
“So the one thing I want to continue to do is to center myself everyday, and make that a practice for myself because I am one thousand percent better when I do that, one thousand percent better when I take myself back to something bigger than myself.”
Other proponents of Transcendental Meditation say it also has numerous health benefits. They claim it can cure many mental diseases. Transcendental Meditation has been effective in fighting anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Research also shows it helps students focus and thus increases school performance.
NVO News, an online news source from India, states:
There are reports that suggest that it also successfully cures blood pressure and diabetes. And many people suggest that the claims are true. A reader says, “My husband and I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) everyday, twice a day for nearly 34 years of our nearly 40 years of marriage. The benefits cannot even be described in words. It’s a long term commitment to your mental and physical health by using a completely non-chemical, non-invasive stress reduction therapy. TM is non-religious. TM adapts to any lifestyle or life circumstance. Twice a day – a quiet moment to re-center yourself and unclutter your mind.”