What’s the idea?
All meditation is good but Jim particularly uses Transcendental Meditation. I meditate intuitively, so I want to try it Jim’s way – join us!
What’s the story?
You may have noticed that myself (Leigh Brownlee) and the team at Stuff To Do, are trying to get the attention of Jim Carrey.
It’s because I’ve got a message for him.
(Jim, you can email me at [email protected]).
So we’re running a ‘Jim Carrey Takeover’ and producing lots of creative content in celebration of the great man himself.
It’s fairly well know that Jim follows a mediation practice.
He uses Transcendental Meditation (also known as TM).
I myself meditate regularly but I haven’t explicitly tried TM.
(I kind of make it up as I go along, but I seem to get good results!)
But I’m going to try it Jim’s way for 30 days.
People should do this because…?
You should try Transcendental Meditation like Jim Carrey because…
All meditation is good, but scientific studies indicate that TM is the most consistently effective and powerful.
It’s probably because it works a bit differently to many other forms of meditation.
That’s because many meditation practices require you to try to ‘train’ or ‘control’ your mind.
TM is more about letting your mind be at rest and receptive.
Leading you ultimately to a state of conscious awareness.
(Such as I believe Jim has achieved.)
Find out more here.
How do you do it?
Transcendental involves repeating a mantra in your mind – a word, or a sound.
Personally I like the sacred sound ‘Om’, although interestingly it’s not the mantra I use to meditate.
Technically you should have your mantra handed to you by a TM practitioner.
But if you don’t have easy access to a practitioner and you still want to give it a go, you have other options available:
- You could make up your own mantra;
- You could use one you already have (that is what I do);
- Or you could select a TM mantra according to your age and sex from this list.
This guide from Wikihow tells you how to do Mantra meditation:
Here are some things to bear in mind:
There is no right or wrong way to meditate
Just sitting peacefully with your thoughts can bring about great insight and change
The path to conscious awareness is a journey, and not necessarily a linear one
Some days it will be easier to meditate than others – that’s ok
You may want to experiment until you find a way to meditate that works for you – that is also ok
You do not have to do things ‘by the book’
In fact I would heartily encourage you to think outside of ‘the book’!
(You will know your meditation practice is working if you are generally feeling calmer, kinder, more creative, and more receptive to big ideas.)
I myself am going to try TM daily at 5pm UK time
(Which is the morning in the US, so who knows, Jim could be meditating along with me too!)
And I’m going to try it for 30 days, as consistency is key if you want to see real impact from a practice such as this.
Stuff you may need
- A mantra
- A meditation cushion for support if you feel you need one
- Candles and / or prayer beads can be a nice thing to have, but are not essential
(Go for sandalwood prayer beads if you can.)
Just make sure the atmosphere is nice and calm.
And most importantly that you can’t be physically disturbed (athough a bit of external noise is fine)