Michael Fischman is a former advertising executive and former president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation. Beginning life as the son of an Orthodox Jewish Holocaust survivor in New York, as an adult, he gave up a successful career as a Madison Avenue advertising executive, and, through an unlikely turn of events, ended up as friend and helper to spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Fischman tells his story in his multi-award-winning memoir, “Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment,” now being released in India. He talks with us the joys of meditation, and the gift of writing.
1.Tell us about your personal meditation journey?
I started to meditate when I was 26 years old. It was a rough patch in my life, and many of the social activities I was involved with at that time I have completely abandoned. I was living a very different lifestyle. A friend told me about meditation and it seemed to make sense. I gravitated to it very quickly. In 1988, after practicing for about a dozen years, I came to the Art of Living. It was a quantum leap forward in my practice. As opposed to spending a lot of time with a chattering mind in the first half of my meditation, the meditations were profoundly different. I would start my meditation in silence, and that was extremely valuable.