Welcome to the year 2012. Some might see it as 1969 revisited, considering protests of all sorts happening in major cities, marijuana as medicine (legally this time), and a refreshed interest in meditation. If the Beatles could make something so popular 40 years ago, Oprah Winfrey is the lady who can set the tone for our country’s trends and obsessions today.
The latest news of Winfrey’s attraction to Transcendental Meditation (TM) is not just about her craving to reduce stress, feel happy and content in life; it is born out of a deep desire to connect with “that which is God.” In other words, her motivation for practicing is to find the divine in herself, through her thoughts, her mind, and her body.
Transcendental Meditation is a type of practice that does not require a set standard, method, or deprivation of anything to achieve; it is just a simple way to stream thoughts so that you can connect with the source of thought that is believed to come from a higher power. Call it God, the Goddess, the Universe, or Your True Self; this higher thought can also come in handy when success and triumph are on the line.
Take the late, great, Steve Jobs for example. In his biography, Jobs was said to have loved taking walks amongst the trees to think and discuss his ideas. He said walking and talking was a way for him to let his thoughts flow like a river, much like the goal of TM. This was a way for him to organize, discard, or act upon those thoughts that inspired him the most.
After its die-out in the Regan Era, TM had been put on a shelf. Thanks to the media, the end of the world scare, and the popularity of yoga and meditation, TM is once again rearing its mystical head in our society of spiritual seekers and business icons alike.
If it worked for David Lynch, the Dalai Lama, and the Doors, it will work for Oprah. If it works for Oprah, you can be sure it will be something that will spark the interest of millions of Americans across the country. We may not be practicing to inspire peace signs in protest of the Vietnam War, but history does have a way of repeating itself.
Ask anyone who is privy to the Mayan Calendar or the dawning of the Aquarian Age, and they will tell you that a huge awakening is taking place. Perhaps it is time to trade in our stale thoughts for a new way of thinking. Can you imagine all the people living a life in peace? You might think you’re a dreamer, but I guarantee you are not the only one.