Sam's Town Point
"...Starting a new community is not like starting your own band. Plans for the big move were crafted over a period of many months at a collective on Nueces Street at 28th, near the University of Texas campus, where students, recent graduates, and young professionals would gather for potluck dinners and group meditations...."
"...David Lynch keeps himself occupied. The world's leading avant-garde filmmaker also paints, runs his own subscription Web site, sells his own brand of David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee, and writes about Transcendental Meditation in his new book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity..."
"...A Baptist church, a Transcendental Meditation colony, and a Hindu temple are all landmarks within a few miles of one another along a stretch of roadway that cuts across the rolling countryside of northern Hays County. It's peaceful here, but not as peaceful, certainly, as it was when Rae Smith was growing up in the Thirties..."
"...Behind the Natural Law movement is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, pioneer of transcendental meditation, but probably some of the 700 national NLP candidates and a good many of the 1 million petition-signers don't know that. In 1992 the Maharishi inspired the party's birth in Great Britain and, like the international Green Party movement, the Natural Law idea has spread all over the globe..."
"..."I like to celebrate the Earth and not necessarily a creator or a commercial holiday," says Coté, who comes from generations of Italian Catholics but grew up with a mother who started studying Transcendental MeditationTM in the Seventies. "Instead of the traditional Christmas, we would celebrate many holidays on campus at the Maharishi International University ......"
"...The video clip for Shmu’s “Sheila,” an anthemic single equally inspired by Eighties glam metal and Canadian power pop heroes Sloan, was directed by Iowa oddball Dom Rabalais. Chown says he’s fascinated with Rabalais primarily because he hails from Fairfield, a small town at the epicenter of the Transcendental Meditation movement, which Chown likens to a non-evil hippie version of Scientology..."
"...Cut in 1968, days before flying to India for a retreat with Transcendental Meditation guru/capitalist Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, John Lennon's British bulldog mirrors its namesake – stout, pug-faced, aggro. A sinister piano riff doubled by guitar spikes paranoia, reassurance, and ultimately nonsense ("Sheepdog, standing in the rain/ Bullfrog, doing it again")..."
"...Not every band needs to be Steel Panther, but would a bit of show in ‘rock show’ be somehow antithetical to founder/guitarist Tosin Abasi’s dedication to Transcendental Meditation? That’s the great unspoken influence on Animals as Leaders; he’s credited it with allowing him to unlock the unnerving blur that his fingers become onstage as much as for inspiring the complex yet jubilant instrumentals...."
"...The bonus features help right the film's frustrating abstractions; indeed, they make a good case for the potential of a longer-form series. What fan of these directors wouldn't want to leisurely revel in Lynch, all fluttery fingers, reflecting on Transcendental Meditation and film stock, that "beautiful dinosaur," or Haynes – in the most fascinating interview of the bunch – ranging about on anorexia, glam rock, Oscar Wilde, and the formative female iconography of his youth, Lucille Ball, Diana Ross, and Joni Mitchell? That's where the great – or at least really good – stuff can be found...."
"...The acoustic set overflows with humorless philosophical musings like a recital of Chicken Soup for the Soul set to guitar. "Life Is Fleeting" and "This Is the Day" prove the Philly native earnest to a fault, and reading what sounds like a list of new year's resolutions on "True to Me" he declares, "I resolve to be patient yet persistent, knowing that you get more from life when you flow with it than against it." Accompanied solely by his own plucking on all but two tracks, Van Loan offers sounds remarkably similar to the last, the mold only broken on "The More I Learn," a clichéd coffee-shop recitation on transcendental meditation..."
"...21]? As a 17-year property owner in Goldenwood West, I've had lots of personal experience with the legal and financial mess left by the business naiveté and unfulfilled promises of the oh-so-gentle-and-laid-back TM-ers who headed long-defunct DevCo. And, as far as "Not all the residents practice Transcendental Meditation ...," I'd be surprised if even one-third of today's residents of what used to be the Christal Ranch indulge in this moribund, "dream-on" Sixties movement ....."
"...Some communities impacted by the growth include the 145-year-old Friendship Baptist Church and the much younger Barsana Dham, a Hindu temple. Radiance is a Transcendental Meditation colony, built in the early Eighties, which includes many fellow meditators in the neighboring Goldenwood community...."
"...Buy expensive running shoes and cute tights and moisture-wicking socks and high-tech support undergarments. This is like in Transcendental Meditation when they used to make you pay $1,000 for your mantra so you would be in too deep to quit -- also like in those Discover Your Inner Artist seminars where they empower you to go out and buy fancy pens and purple ink and perfect notebooks from Florence..."
"...This special issue is devoted to the Heaven's Gate suicides. One graphic reads: "39 Dead, 10 Million Lost." Here you can find information about Dianetics, the Moonies, Transcendental Meditation, and other emerging religions...."
"...Well-versed in governmental affairs, Fasanella would like to bring more attention to alternative fuel sources like wind power, to reduce the country's addiction to fossil fuels, to see an increase in sustainable agricultural programs, and eliminate genetically engineered foods. The party also seeks to get the nation hooked on transcendental meditation, and more practically, reform campaign finance laws..."
"..."There's a lot more drone. It's kind of like a transcendental blues meditation sort of thing." Random Play..."