Transcendental Meditation

Divorce without a war — thanks to meditation

Janet Bray Attwood is the NY Times bestselling co-author of The Passion Test: Discovering the Effortless Path to Your Life Purpose. In a recent interview to Hadley Finch, she described how the practice of Transcendental Meditation helped her to positively cope with perhaps the biggest of all passion tests – a divorce.


Janet and Chris Attwood, both practitioners of Transcendental Meditation

Janet’s ex-husband, Chris Attwood, is now the co-author of her books. They are often travelling together, being both ‘best friends and business partners’. Janet is the godmother to Chris’s two daughters.

How could a divorce end up in such a harmonious re-structuring of life?

“The world is as you are,” explained Janet. “The world will reflect back to you how you are to yourself. Both Chris and I have practiced Transcendental Meditation for many years. That really helped with transition of getting a divorce. We didn’t go to war with each other. We just realized that the relationship, as we knew it, was over. We also knew that it was insane for people who’d fallen in love, who’d said, “I love you forever” and then, just because something goes awry, they decide they can’t see each other again and become mortal enemies. Chris and I found that insane. Here’s someone you loved more than anyone in the world. Just because they didn’t do things your way or you didn’t do it their way, you think you can’t be in each other’s world. We thought, “How sad is that!””

Janet Attwood meets Dalai Lama -- transcendental meditation meets tibetan buddhism

Janet Attwood meeting the Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama, 2011. Photo:

Prior to becoming a top transformational leader, Janet worked in the corporate world. She was the marketing director for the 3rd largest book buyer in the United States. As an expert on what it takes to live a passionate life, she has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Jack Canfield and Lisa Nichols.

Janet lives in Fairfield, Iowa, and has been a practitioner and teacher of Transcendental Meditation for over 40 years.