Behind The Scenes

Category: Celebrity Meditators

I have a confession: I could watch English comedian, actor, and author Russell Brand speak all day long… He’s witty, honest, brilliant and a very genuine person.

Over the past 20 months, Russell has shown his deep support for the David Lynch Foundation and our programs. Even as his fame has sky-rocketed in the last two years, he has managed to stay personable, down-to-earth, and available to help with some of our biggest initiatives.

Last month, Russell took part in our press conference launching Operation Warrior Wellness—an initiative to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn to meditate. He described how the Transcendental Meditation program helped him change his lifestyle and experience a “deeper state of happiness which is very profound and absolute.”

Below is a video of Russell’s talk at our press conference. I thought I was a fan of Russell’s before, but his continued support with our programs has made me grow to love him so much more!

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“Peace is tapping into something that exists in all of us and makes us unique, and that helps us to be pure.”

It was an absolute pleasure having the inimitable Sheryl Crow at the Change Begins Within concert last year at Radio City Music Hall. Her nine Grammy Awards speak for what a remarkable musician, singer/songwriter she is. But more than that, she is someone who takes giving very seriously, and promotes peace in so many amazing ways. I’ve looked up to this strong woman for a long time, as she is a shining role model of grace, compassion, and talent.

When we interviewed Sheryl Crow, I saw yet another reason for admiration: her deep desire to change the world. Sheryl described the event as one of the “most important events to happen at this moment in history.” She sees that children are growing up with an immense amount of chaos and stress, which they must deal with every day, and which they often externalize in destructive ways. Practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique gives them the tools to process and release these negative influences.

I like the way Sheryl Crow describes peace, not so much as a lack of strife, but as something deeper within all of us: “Peace is tapping into something that exists in all of us and makes us unique, and that helps us to be pure.”

View our interview with Sheryl Crow by clicking the video below:

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DLF.TV launched our exclusive and personal interview with supermodel Ali Stephens today. Possessing a welcoming beauty and radiating presence, Ali has taken the fashion industry by storm appearing in campaigns for Prada, CK Calvin Klein, Chloe, Gap, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen and Neiman Marcus, just to name a few. Ali is a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation and has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique for over 10 years.

In this interview, Ali talks to DLF.TV about how she was discovered, how meditation is a part of her life, and what it’s like to see herself on the cover of a magazine. Read more about Ali and join the discussion on DLF.TV. If you would like to receive updates when DLF.TV released new videos, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!

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The words serene, gentle, and graceful come to mind when I think of Gwyneth Paltrow. Despite her collected appearance, the actress/singer/mother claims she needs more calm in her life (who doesn’t). On her trendy website “Goop“, where the tagline reads “nourish the inner aspect”, she made a New Years resolution to start meditating. Here’s what she had to say to her hundreds of thousands of followers:

This must have resonated with a good portion of her readers, because this newsletter created quite a buzz. Meditation seems to be the “it” thing for 2010. Specifically, Transcendental Meditation seems to be catching on. As someone who has been a TM practitioner since I was 4 years old, it is great to see such enthusiasm among the Hollywood elite.

Why am I telling you this? Well, Gwyneth asked David Lynch to write about his experience with TM. He invited people to personally contact him with questions. David has received a FLOOD of emails asking where and how they can learn. Like I said, 2010 seems to be the year that people are craving that inner peace and happiness.  See the full newsletter and what David said about his experience here.