Transcendental Meditation

Become a little bit less of a moody crankypants

Transcendental Meditation helps you see more positivity in life, says journalist Barry Egan, a columnist at the biggest Irish newspaper, The Irish Independent.

Barry Egan is a Chief Feature Writer & Columnist for over 20 years. He also has his own show “In Conversation…” on Radio Nova.

“I meditate twice a day for 20 minutes, morning and evening. It can be embarrassing sometimes when I’m on a plane, eyes closed and doing my mantra. But it helps me with a fear of flying — I used to have a large whiskey, which can be awkward at 7am when you are flying to have a breakfast interview with Prince in Paris…” — Barry Egan is a Chief Feature Writer & Columnist for over 20 years. He also has his own show “In Conversation…” on Radio Nova.

The answer lies within

“I’ve been practising Transcendental Meditation, or TM, for a good few years now. Yes, before I tried it I, like you, feared it might be a load of post-hippy gobbledegook for new age crackpots,” writes Egan,

“I don’t know if this will put you off or encourage you but Russell Brand dubbed it “a shower for your brain.” He also said TM kept him sober.

I was lucky enough to have lunch a few years ago with one of my favourite film directors, David Lynch. He told me how Transcendental Meditation gives the user “effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity, and happiness deep within.””

Less judgement, more positivity

“I was going to ask David Lynch for the winning Lotto numbers, too, but his point is essentially correct: TM, like any other mediation practised daily, will make you happier and more creative on a more real level.

Once I stuck at it I began to see — this is the key word — change.

Things became clearer. I hate to use words like clarity, epiphany or spirituality (I’ve always found that the people who used the word ‘spiritual’ about themselves can sometimes be high-class spoofers). But doing TM did awaken something in me.

I get less stressed. And once you keep meditating you tend to see the good in people and lose your capacity to judge people in any way other than a positive manner.

It certainly gives you the tools to see and feel more positivity in life. It is then up to you whether you want to use the tools.”

irish-independent-transcendental meditation barry egan“Meditation made me a little bit less of a moody crankypants” by Barry Egan, The Sunday Independent
“The answer lies within” by Barry Egan, The Irish Independent