What Saved My Sanity – A Dior Government Permits Herself Peace And Calm
After working in the beauty industry for more than 15 years, one day 6 years ago I realized that I was literally and figuratively on a constant treadmill. I was up at 5:30 a.m., went to the gym to mindlessly run 5 miles before sunrise, and then on a constant loop of work drama and social activity – all the normal chaos of the pre-Covid world. I never stopped wondering if I was happy or at peace. I have just fulfilled all of the “shoulds” in my life.
Then Howard Stern changed everything so as not to be dramatic. He’s not the man I thought would change my life, that’s for sure, but we need to pay attention to the signs when we see (or hear in this case) them. When I heard his radio show one morning, I was moved by the story of his mother’s transcendental meditation practice to fight depression and his own journey to the TM technique.
It hit a chord. Was I depressed, restless, or just in one place in my life where I needed to change? I wasn’t sure, but I knew there was something for me. I had no idea what, but I signed up for an introductory TM lecture four blocks from my office very soon after.
Room to breathe
If I could think of a way to describe my initial encounter with the TM technique, it would be a peace and “slowdown” that I never thought I could afford. Who has time to add another task to an already chaotic life?
We all do that. And we have to. When I started TM, I took the liberty and gave myself room to breathe. To calm oneself down. I could feel a change immediately. My TM practice didn’t take anything away. It didn’t interfere with my “free time” as I feared. It added to my life in ways that I couldn’t fully explain.
After just a week of TM practicing, my own mother said she noticed a change. She found me “less annoying”. I took this as a compliment, although I’m not sure if it was meant entirely. A week later, she took the TM course in Florida herself and is just as committed to the practice as I am. She’s also “less annoying” now – which seems to be the biggest compliment my family can give.
A tool for true peace
The TM technique is a tool that saved my sanity, and that’s not an exaggeration. The stress increases as we get older and want to control our appearance so much and shape our lives the way we are told. The practice of TM reminds us to look within, where the source of our peace really lies.
I’m not going to say that I stopped yelling at other drivers or that I stopped sighing dramatically behind slow strollers on the street – I’m still a New Yorker, after all. But my TM practice has given me a focus and clarity that improves all areas of my life – work, health, relationships, the entire nine meters.
When people ask me what TM is, I tell them it’s the greatest gift I’ve ever given myself.
Donna Hauser, Executive Director Sales Development at Christian Dior, lives in New York City.