Seinfeld on comedy, life and transcendental meditation

Jerry Seinfeld: 'I think of myself more as a sportsman than as an artist.' Photograph: Christopher Lane for the Guardian

Jerry Seinfeld: ‘I think of myself more as a sportsman than as an artist.’ Photograph: Christopher Lane for the Guardian

Because his material’s never edgy or obscene, because his delivery is so laid back, and because he’s so stupendously wealthy, it’s easy to dismiss the Seinfeld of 2014 as altogether too slick, smug and mainstream. But in his best lines, buffed to a perfect shine, extreme professionalism crosses over into a kind of absurdist Zen –…Seinfeld has learnt how to identify laughs, different types depending on what has caused them: “The timbre of it, the shape of it, the length of it – there’s so much information in a laugh. A lot of times, you could play me just the laughs from my set and I could tell you, from the laugh, what the joke was. Because they match.”

Seinfeld spends “20 minutes a day doingTranscendental Meditation…”I could do the whole interview about TM, to be honest, but we’d just lose everybody. I’ll describe it very simply: it’s like you have a phone, and somebody gives you a charger for it. And so now you can recover from this exhausting experience of being a human, twice a day. It’s deep rest.”… Article by The Guardian, Sunday 5 January 2014 18.00 GMT. To read full article please click here.

 Read this article to find out about “Seinfeld’s productivity secret” and how himself feels about it. Also about his thoughts on relationships and marriage. Although mostly taken from a comedy perspective, Mr. Seinfeld’s subjective opinion on these matters is amusing and interesting. We do not have to agree with him necessarily but he certainly may makes us think.

Transcendental meditation (TM) can be viewed as a sort of hypnotic state, a modified stete of awareness. In hypnotherapy we propose a type of work very similar to that of TM with the difference that hypnotherapy adresses in most cases issues in particular, thus becoming a goal oriented therapy instead of a “free floating” mental exercise.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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2 Responses to Seinfeld on comedy, life and transcendental meditation

  1. saijanai says:

    I think you misunderstand TM quite a bit.

    The physical changes that take place during TM range along a continuum from relaxed normal waking to a state called “pure consciousness,” where the thalamus has apparently stopped passing data from teh outside world into the rest of teh brain (which is how we perceive the light hitting our eyes, the sound-waves hitting our ears, etc), AND has stopped taking processed data from the brain and inserting it into the raw data stream (which is how we think, and dream).

    The result is that this pure consciousness state (called “samadhi” in Sanskrit) is a state where teh brain is still in an alert mode of functioning, but is not thinking, feeling, intuiting or engaged in any other process we normally associate with the mind.

    This process of bouncing between normal waking towards pure conscioiusness and back, allows the nervous system to normalize the physical damage and distorted connectivity in the brain that arises from stressful experiences.

    It has NOTHING to do with any state attained during hypnosis, and, as I just did a pubmed search 2 days ago, I can assure you that there is no existing EEG research on hypnosis that shows anything remotely like the EEG found during during the pure consciousness state during TM and by extension, since the EEG of TM practice slides between the EEG of normal waking and the EEG of pure consciousness, hypnosis isn’t at all like TM during any other stage of the process, either.

    The long-term outcome of regularly practicing TM is that the EEG signature of pure consciousness starts to become more and more a trait outside of meditation, giving rise to people who are very resilient when faced with life-stresses. So, in the short-term, TM practice helps repair damage form stress, and in the long-term, regular TM practice helps prevent new damage from stress from arising in the first place.

    This simple fact explains why TM is the only form of meditation that the American Heart Association says has sufficiently consistent effects on high blood pressure that the AHA says that doctors may recommend it to patients as a secondary treatment for hypertension.

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