Russell Brand says yoga and meditation helped him cope with divorce

The British comedian said that transcendental meditation has helped him through his break up from Perry because it’s allowed him to “tune into a higher consciousness.”

Russell Brand. Pic/AFP

Brand, 37, split from the popstar at the beginning of the year after 14 months of marriage. They filed for divorce in February and will be finalised in July. He’s since been linked to a string of women including wannabe TV host Emily Hartridge while Perry has been stepping out with Florence + The Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd.

Brand said that he’s the happiest he’s ever been in his life in an appearance on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ last week. He said it’s all down to meditation which is his version of having “a fag or a drink.” “I try not to compartmentalise things too much into years, but generally speaking I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life,” the Sun quoted him as saying on the show.

“Of course I went through a divorce which isn’t good for anybody, but that was that bit of time - that was really lovely - this is this bit of time - this is really lovely. “I’m dedicating myself to all sorts of interesting things you know. Transcendental meditation, kundalini yoga, these things are right good for the old spirit. TM really works you know, it’s good for your health – both mental and physical.

“You know how in physics they say that everything came from a big bang? Well all these people believe that everything is from a unified field of energy and if you tune your brain into it, much the way you tune a radio in, it’s a more positive frequency than a negative frequency of human consciousness,” he said.

Brand continued to speak about his love for yoga and meditation, urging others to take up the practice. “Tune yourself into a higher consciousness, that’s what I say. Change the dial. It’s easy. You just say a word over and over again in your head, they teach you how to do it. It’s easy. It’s mantra meditation. Anyone can learn to do it and anyone should.

“You can just use it to have a relax instead of having a fag or a drink, or you can use it to connect with a different form of consciousness. “I do find it very relaxing and sometimes I doze off as a matter of fact. You’re not meant to but you can’t help it.” “Nonetheless it’s like a shower for your brain. God knows I needed one, the muck that goes on in there,” he added. 

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