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Women's conference preview features Jerry Seinfeld interview on Transcendental Meditation
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8 July 2013
Announcing the recent women's conference in Washington, DC, USA—'The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power'—Huffington Post president Arianna Huffington gave an extensive preview of the program and speakers, including prominent women professionals and thought leaders representing many areas of society.
A number of men were also participating—including George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief political correspondent and host of the Good Morning America show, in two panel discussions, one titled ''Managing a Frenetic Life.''
Explaining that the conference was called to address the need for ''a more humane and sustainable definition of success,'' Ms. Huffington noted the use of meditation in stress management programs and its value in developing ''conscious businesses.'' She went on to say:
''George Stephanopoulos, who is speaking on our Managing a Frenetic Life panel, is himself a convert to the benefits of meditation, which he does for 20 minutes after he wakes up (which takes place around 2:30 a.m.).
''He recently interviewed another meditation practitioner, Jerry Seinfeld, along with Bob Roth, head of the David Lynch Foundation,'' Ms. Huffington wrote.
She went on to quote at length from the interview:
''Stephanopoulos: We're all here because we have something in common. We all practice Transcendental Meditation.
''Seinfeld: I've been doing it for 40 years. . . . You know how I was describing it? You know how your phone has a charger? It's like if you had a charger for your whole body and mind. That's what TM is.
''Stephanopoulos: You [Roth] said something very important to me when we first started. It was one of the questions I had. You said, 'This is not a religion, it's a technique.' It's compatible with all kinds of religions. What it really does is try to get the stress out of our life, and now scientists are finding real health benefits.
''Roth: The whole idea is that we have very active, noisy levels of the mind. . . . but every human being has, deep within, a settled, calm, silent level of their mind. And this Transcendental Meditation is just an effortless way to have the active, excited mind settle down, experience that inner calm. At the same time the body gains a very deep state of rest. That rest eliminates stress, you have more energy, [it] wakes up the brain, and you guys can do your jobs.''
Click here to view the four-minute interview, which aired on Good Morning America in December 2012. Mr Stephanopoulos said that he had been practicing Transcendental Meditation for two years.
During the interview the three also discussed scientific research on Transcendental Meditation documenting its benefits in reducing stress and cardiovascular risk factors and improving health and resiliency, for example in combat veterans and military cadets.
See related article—George Stephanopoulos talks benefits of meditation at The Third Metric women's conference—reporting on his discussion with Arianna Huffington during the ''Managing a Frenetic Life'' panel, about how meditation has been ''a lifesaver for me.''
Watch a 2-minute video of that exchange between Mr. Stephanopoulos and Ms. Huffington.
For information about the Transcendental Meditation programme for women:
∙ Transcendental Meditation for Women
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