The Town of Palm Beach is getting a Transcendental Meditation center.
And not a moment too soon.
Transcendental Meditation — often known as TM — is a relaxation technique designed to allow people to find a state of inner peace. It’s usually practiced by those who sit still with their eyes closed while thinking about a short string of sounds, called mantras. These sessions last 20 minutes and are done twice a day.
Practitioners feel better about themselves and the world.
At least that’s the theory. And I say it’s worth a try.
Not for me. But for a very special part-time resident of Palm Beach, who can use a bit of help.
I’m not sure when President Donald Trump will be returning to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, but I’m hoping the new Transcend, Palm Beach, can extend a complimentary starter set of sessions with the president, who appears to be in dire need of some emergency mellowing.
The golf’s not working. He needs something stronger.
In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the deceased Indian guru who founded this discipline:
“The goal of the Transcendental Meditation technique is the state of enlightenment. This means we experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when we are dynamically busy.”
President Trump would be a perfect candidate. While he appears to be dynamically busy, his constant state of excitation and lack of inner calmness produces little more than comically aggressive handshakes, unconstitutional executive orders, and uninformed utterances that create chaos among his bewildered advisers and dismayed foreign allies.
His problem is that he’s been practicing the wrong kind of TM. He’s been doing Twitter Madness.
Instead of incorporating silent meditation in his morning routine, he wakes up with a mantra of “Attack!” in his head as he reaches for his smart phone and dashes out another batch of ALL CAPS, multiple exclamation point, misspelled threats. These tweets often complicate his governing objectives and frustrate his political enablers who have to keep pretending this is normal and healthy behavior.
Trump’s Twitter Madness is his worse enemy. It puts him in the wrong kind of hypnotic state, one that makes him believe in non-existent wiretaps, imaginary truths, and fantasies of his own popularity steeped in insecurity.
The real TM has much to offer him. As Maharishi said:
“Nine rules of life: Don’t analyze. Don’t complain. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t expect things to be done for you. Don’t expect perfection in the relative. Look to the knowledge aspect daily. Own the movement. Problems are all in your head. Hold yourself together.”
Sure, it won’t be easy swapping his form of TM with the silent, thoughtful kind that you can’t do while watching for favorable mentions on Fox & Friends.
And some may worry that it could be dangerous to encourage the president to hypnotize himself every day. But considering that he has already allowed himself to be under the constant spell of the recklessly destructive Steve Bannon and the Russian oligarchs who loaned him money, it can’t be more dangerous than his current situation.
As for a good presidential mantra, well, “America is already great” might be a little long, but it could be worth repeating as part of the self-healing process.