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Tom Hanks and TM

Speaking to Phoebe Robinson on Sooo Many White Guys podcast, Tom Hanks recalled:

“I meet Jerry Seinfeld and he says to me, "So, what are you up to now?”

I said, “Actually, I’ve just finished a job and I’m going to take a year off.”

At the time, Hanks had been working a lot for the previous six years and felt the need to stay off the clock for a while.

Seinfeld was puzzled by Hanks’ plan for a sabbatical so one of America’s favorite movie stars felt the need to explain. “I have to tell you I’m fatigued. I’m spent, I’m tired. I need to be quiet for a while. I need to rest.”

Seinfeld responded, “So you’re tired? Well why don’t you do TM?”

“If anybody other than a guy like him had said to me, “Why don’t you try TM?” Like, if Goldie Hawn had said, “Babe, you gotta try TM!” I’d have said, “Honey, listen, you enjoy your little floral pants and times in the forest and you commune with the wood sprites all you want. I don’t know anything about it.”

But to Hanks’ luck it was Jerry Seinfeld not Goldie Hawn who brought up the topic of meditation and so in two days, the famous actor and filmmaker was learning TM.

Turned out that fatigue was not the only thing Transcendental Meditation can help ward off. According to Hanks, TM also keeps socially awkward conversations at bay.

“Now I have answers to that question: ‘What else do you do in your spare time?’

I didn’t have anything other than “wait for a dental appointment”. Now I can say “Actually, I took up that classic version of Transcendental Meditation,” Hanks quipped.


I crumbled between 3 o’clock in the afternoon and 7. I mean I was no good for anything. I couldn’t read; I couldn’t talk on the phone; I couldn’t do any work. It was really an unproductive four hours. And now, with meditation, it is the most productive hours of my day

Filmed at the David Lynch Foundation’s (DLF) annual benefit dinner and gala, which honored General (ret.) Stephen Rippe and Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat, with the DLF 2017 Resilient Warrior Awards.

The evening featured musical entertainment from Grammy-Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and a conversation with Tom Hanks and Mary-Louise Parker on the benefits and impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Proceeds from the event helped support the David Lynch Foundation’s Resilient Warrior Program which brings the TM technique to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families.



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