“Nothing has ever opened my eyes like meditation,” says Hugh Jackman
January 26, 2015
Since learning the Transcendental Meditation technique in 2012, Hugh Jackman has come to rely on the reduced stress, improved clarity and focus, and self-possession afforded by his meditation.
“Transcendental Meditation gives you what you need, when you need it. It has literally changed my life,” the celebrated Australian born actor says.
“Some of the clearest ideas or epiphanies I’ve had in life happened during or after meditating.
Everything becomes clear and the truth starts coming out,” he told in an interview with Bob Roth from the David Lynch Foundation.
Overcoming stress and anxiety
For Jackman, one of the most practical and tangible benefits of practicing meditation has been a relief from nervous restlessness bordering on compulsive-obsessive disorder.
In an audio interview to Howard Stern – himself a TM practitioner – Jackman described how his mind had previously been on a constant look-out for something to do, and how this had led to bizarre habits.
Jackman revealed how in his youth he had to tap his knee for five times… or how, while driving, he would raise his left foot every time a telegraph pole went past the window: “There was no fear of something bad happening, just the need to ceaselessly occupy the mind.”
With meditation, however, Jackman has mastered the art of leaning back and letting go.
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.
Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Transcendental Meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!” says Jackman.
“For me, the best way to [handle stress] is with meditation. That is why I meditated before I hosted the Oscars, why I meditate before I go onstage, why I meditate in the morning and during lunch when I’m on a film set.”
Becoming an (even) better actor
Jackman has found that as this routine of meditation brings down the level of stress, he is also able to make better, more authentic decisions on the set.
“For each new role, there’s some element about it that’s risky, frightening, and potentially very stressful.
With Transcendental Meditation, the decisions you make are more authentic. You’re better able to listen to other people — and as an actor, it’s all you’ve got. It’s helped me immeasurably in every way. I’m a completely different person now that I am meditating.”
Every day during meditation, I’m reconnecting with my true self.
I parlay that into any situation: When I step out of a car onto a red carpet and there’s 3,000 people cheering, then deep down, I’m actually connecting with their calm inner-self. Meditation makes me see what’s true and real. It’s not an inborn talent, it’s a technique that anyone can learn.”
And for Jackman, the fact that TM requires no adherence to any type of faith is a big draw.
“Anyone can do it. You can be an atheist who meditates, a Christian who meditates, a Muslim who meditates. It’s like saying. ‘Is walking a religious thing?’ No. It’s available to anyone, and the quality of your life is changed forever.”