03 April 2009

Ballad of John and Yogi

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY has backed plans for school kids to have meditation lessons.

As a huge believer in the benefits of transcendental meditation, the BEATLES legend reckons it could be the key to making nippers more intelligent.

When I was a wee boy the most important thing before school was getting a belly full of piping hot porridge so I had enough energy for sums, tree climbing, football and tig.

But Macca reckons 15 minutes of “mind gym” is just the ticket to get the grey matter ready for reading, writing and arithmetic.

The wobbly eyebrowed Scouser said: “I believe that in the future meditation could be as commonplace in schools and society as eco-awareness is now.

“It interests me that an ancient cure may be the solution to a modern problem.”

Wise words, Macca.

I’d love to see him trying to organise 30 kids who had been hammering away on their PS3s until 2am the night before.

A six-year-old who had just gulped a can of Red Bull for brekkie might struggle with Mr Miyagi-from-Karate-Kid-style wax-on, wax-off breathing exercises.

Macca and his old pal RINGO STARR are both on the bill at a fundraising gig for the David Lynch Foundation — which teaches TM to kids — at New York’s Radio City Music Hall tomorrow.

DONOVAN, EDDIE VEDDER from PEARL JAM, SHERYL CROW and MOBY are also on the bill.

I’d bet my boots Macca and Ringo will reunite for one song — the first time they will have performed together since GEORGE HARRISON’s tribute concert at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2002. They and bandmate JOHN LENNON famously learned the ancient Indian art from MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI during the Beatles’ Sixties heyday.

Apparently 20 minutes of TM can help to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and assist the learning process.

I might have to get the Bizarre team involved.

David Lynch was the man who penned and directed Twin Peaks, an oddball telly series from the Nineties.

And he is on the case for TM to become part of the curriculum in schools.

He said: “Someday, hopefully very soon, it will be a standard part of every school’s curriculum.

“In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class a day to dive within himself and experience the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us.”

Either that or you could just eat a yoga-rt.


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