When the Beatles sang, "It's all too much for me to take" — shortly after they traveled to India in 1968 to study the Transcendental Meditation technique with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — the "it" they were referring to was love. These days, however, many of us say that, implying that the stresses of our daily lives are bearing down a bit too hard. And that's not just working adults. More and more young folks are showing signs of stress and anxiety. What to do? Beatles to the rescue!
At 11 a.m. Friday, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Russell Simmons (huh?) and David Lynch (double huh?), will conduct a press conference — to be broadcast live via the Web — to launch a global initiative to teach 1 million at-risk kids how to meditate. An hour before, several Chicago teachers, business professionals and others who practice TM will gather at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, to talk about the techniques and their particular value. Local medical researcher Amparo Castillo will also be there to discuss the implications of recent research along these lines — adolescent health and the effects of stress. All sponsored by the Illinois Committee for Stress-Free Schools.
Saturday night, McCartney and Starr will share the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert to raise funds for the teaching of TM to young people.