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Young actor uses Transcendental Meditation for more energy and creativity
by Keith Deboer
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3 December 2010
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The article features Ben Foster, who is recognized as one of America's most intelligent, sensitive, and versatile young actors—and he is one of a growing number of performing artists who credit their daily Transcendental Meditation practice with helping them be creative.
From his popular role in an award-winning HBO series to the gripping drama The Messenger, Ben Foster has shown the kind of creativity and intensity that critics and audiences love. He was born in Boston but moved with his parents to Fairfield, Iowa, at the age of four, where he attended Maharishi School and learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. It was at this award-winning school, where all students and teachers practice meditation and yoga and have all organic food in their cafeteria, that Foster began his theatrical career by writing, directing, and starring in his own play at the age of twelve. Later he and his family moved to Los Angeles where he began pursuing his passion full-time.
Recent interviews with Foster suggest his meditation continues to be a regular and important part of his daily preparation for acting. It's like ''hitting a reset button. If my call time's five in the morning,'' Foster says, ''I gotta get up at four. But what it gives me during the day is just a resource of energy and the ability to hear what I'm actually thinking, rather than [just giving] back what I've been told.''
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