One of the pieces of music used at the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony was the epic tune Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.
Many in the audience recognized this famous piece from the very first notes. It was recorded in 1973 by then teenager Mike Oldfield, playing up to 20 instruments by himself. However, not everyone knows that the musical genius is also a fan of Transcendental Meditation – drawing his creative inspiration from a deep state of inner calm and silence!
Mike Oldfield on Transcendental Meditation:
“I used to theorize and read a lot. A few years ago, I learned Transcendental Meditation, or TM as it’s called. I live by the water and have a little dock here [in Nassau], a boat, and a Jet Ski as well. If it’s a nice day and the sea’s not too calm, I take the Jet Ski out all on my own and go to one of the little islands around Nassau and plop myself down there and swim into the beach. I’ll sit there for maybe an hour and do a bit of meditation. When you’re in that deep, meditative state, you don’t need answers. You’re just there. It feels like words are just blah-blah blabbering noises and a very primitive way of communicating. That’s all I can say about that, really. I don’t need to theorize anymore.”
Source of quote: Mike Oldfield’s interview with Anil Prasad