Transcendental Meditation

Wes Carr, in the footsteps of George Harrison

 Wes Carr is one of the most popular musicians in Australia.

On his road to fame and stardom, he learned the Transcendental Meditation technique to counter the accumulation of mental and physical pressure. Five years into the practice, Wes admits that meditation has become a ‘non-negotiable’ part of his daily routine:

singer wes carr counters depression with TM

“My Transcendental Meditation practice has a great effect on me and my emotional wellbeing. When I skip practice, my world starts to crumble internally. My brain feels foggy, I’m irritable and I physically feel stress energy bubbling around my body. So I have to meditate. TM has changed my world significantly.”

Difficulties as the catalyst for change

Wes Carr says that what may seem like a slick and glittering career to an outsider has actually been quite a rough ride at times, and occasionally still is. However, the musician tends to see hardships as a teacher – forcing him out of the old mold and pushing on towards a more healthy, holistic life.

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Wes Carr (b. 1982) is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who won the sixth season of Australian Idol in 2008. After winning the competition, Wes signed a record deal with Sony Music. Several of his songs and albums have climbed to the very top of the music charts in his home country.

I have struggled with anxiety and depression in different manifestations for most of my life. I’ve been on and off medication from the time I was about 12 years old.

The more I looked for change, the more my awareness grew and the deeper I fell down the rabbit hole. It took a long time and I’m still falling.

I learn more and more everyday about the science of the soul. The quest for personal development is a very personal one, which everyone does, whether consciously or not. Some people are forced to be more aware than others.”

Leaning on George Harrison

Wes Carr’s latest tour, Here Comes The Sun, will see him share intimate tales and anecdotes from the late George Harrison, not only showcasing the depth of George’s music but looking ‘within and without’ on a spiritual journey, recounting conversations George started many years ago.

George Harrison wasn’t just the ‘quiet Beatle’ who played lead guitar for the most celebrated and influential band the world has ever seen.

George was an innovator questioning life and reality, always searching for something deeper and in doing so, introducing the culture and traditions of the east to the west. Most famously, George Harrison collaborated with Ravi Shankar and embraced the practice of Transcendental Meditation, the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Excerpts from a talk show (1967) where George Harrison and John Lennon discuss Transcendental Meditation — describing the effect the technique has on them and debunking several popular myths about meditation.

If it wasn’t for George, I wouldn’t have started Transcendental Meditation, the practice played a large part in my recovery from depression,” says Wes Carr.

“To me, George was a spiritual leader in his own way, as he was a guiding light for so many. Through his music he questioned life and challenged modern day thought. I believe he became a vessel to expose the world to ancient traditions, spiritual practices and musical sensibilities that Westerners may not have come across otherwise.”

Watch Wes’s video “Anthem”:

Sources used:
Wes Carr’s interview with Jess Ainscough
Wes Carr’s official website