Martin Scorsese & Ray Dalio Talk Creativity, Meditation & Success
“There’s a kind of peacefulness that I don’t think I’ve ever achieved before,” says Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, at a private fundraising dinner held recently for the David Lynch Foundation in New York City.
The evening featured rare personal accounts from Mr. Scorsese along with global hedge fund leader Ray Dalio on how the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique opens up new levels of their creativity and promotes health and success in their lives.
Mr. Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, learned TM in 1968. “It changed my life. I was a very ordinary or sub-ordinary student. It brought a clarity. It made me independent, free flowing. It just gave me a lot of gifts,” says Mr. Dalio, who was named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2012.” Bridgewater Associates manages over $157 billion in assets for a broad range of public and private institutions.
Mr. Scorsese, a meditator since 2008, says TM played a pivotal role in the turmoil of filming Hugo, which, he recalls, ran over budget and over time. “I would get up 45 minutes early to meditate before I was able to face that set!” he says. At that point, TM was his only option: “There’s only one thing you can do. Meditate, calm it down, and then, afterwards, deal with the realities.”
According to Mr. Dalio, the benefits from Transcendental Meditation accrue over time. “The thing to convey is how it compounds. It keeps getting better for however long you’re meditating. Next year will be better and the year after that will be better.”
Mr. Scorsese adds: “If I don’t do it, I tend to waste the time and the energy. And when things on the set get very frantic, that 20 minutes is a godsend.”
Both Mr. Scorsese and Mr. Dalio lauded the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations who can benefit most from its stress-reducing effects. In fact, proceeds from the evening are being used now to teach hundreds of school children, veterans, and women who are victims of violence in New York City to meditate.