“My life is so crazy,” says singer/songwriter Katy Perry, talking about her practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. “Zigzagging all over the world, I’m on a plane more than I am on ground. And this tool helps me find moments of peace, because I don’t have a whole lot of time. That extends my day so I can live to my fullest capacity. It gives me two days in one day. It just gives me this power, you know?”
The pop star was taking time out of her touring schedule to talk with Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch FoundationSM. Perry is a great supporter of the nonprofit organization, which brings the TM technique to schoolchildren and at-risk groups, such as veterans with PTSD and abused women. She was in New York to perform at Carnegie Hall for DLF’s 2015 star-studded benefit concert, “Change Begins Within.”
“This tool helps me find moments of peace, because I don’t have a whole lot of time. That extends my day so I can live to my fullest capacity. It gives me two days in one day. It just gives me this power.” —Katy Perry
“I think it would be a shame to keep such a great cure-all to yourself—like the cure for the common cold—and not to share it with people that are suffering,” Perry says of the TM technique. “So it’s the cure for the common stress. Stress is a killer these days, and I have a lot of it in my life, and I have a great tool that helps subside it. And I want to share that, because I don’t want people to suffer. I like to lift people up.”
About DLF’s “Quiet Time” programs for kids, she has this to say: “I think it’s fantastic to be able to give that kind of tool in schools… It’s like PE for your mind—without all the smelly locker rooms and things like that.”
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