At 79, Clint Eastwood is an inspiration for the baby-boomer generation. Not only has kept his youthful strength, energy and good-looks, he has also continued to be incredibly prolific in his work, making sixteen movies in the last 18 years, one of which, Unforgiven, won him his first Oscar in 1993.
How does he do it? In a recent interview with GQ magazine, he let on to one of his secrets: Transcendental Meditation. (See “Do you still meditate?” on page 2.) He revealed that far from being a passing fad of his youth, he’d been practising it twice a day for almost 40 years. Eastwood went public about his Transcendental Meditation routine when he famously appeared on an American TV chat show with the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in the early 70s. He delighted the audience by giving a flower to Maharishi.
He told GQ, a British magazine, of the practical value it has had in his life: “It works great. I’m religious about it when I’m working … Meditation with me was just a self-reliant thing. I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself.”