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A yoga teacher took us through a guided meditation, but I couldn't let go of my racing thoughts. How
relaxed could you get in a room filled with PR people,
journalists, and a major TV and film star?
After the session, Ted answered questions about his
history with meditation, stress, fame, and family. He is
amusing and self-effacing, even self-mocking about
his status as a cultural icon.
He absolutely beamed with happiness when he
spoke about his wife Mary Steenburgen, to whom
he's been married for almost 25 years. Mary brought
two children to the relationship (she was previously
married to British actor Malcolm McDowell), and Ted
has two daughters with his second wife, Casey Coates.
Together he and Mary have three granddaughters.
When Ted and Mary married in 1995, Ted said he
needed saving - from stress, self-doubt, anger, and
hypochondria.
When and why did you first learn the power of
meditation?
Ted: It's always a girl (laughter), in my case
Mary, who a year before had been taught TM
(Transcendental Meditation). At Carnegie Mellon
where I went to acting school, we started every morning with yoga, vocal, and meditation. But when Mary
introduced it to me in '95 or '96, having a mantra helps
you to get you out of your circular thinking. It was
familiar and something we could do together. Now
that life gets more complicated and more stressful the
older you are, I find it a lifesaver. I turn to it out of need
as opposed to the discipline of doing it every day.

18 GRAND

JAN., FEB. & MAR. 2020

With his wife, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson out and
about in New York City.
Photo credit:
Gotham/Getty Images

How do you deal with stress? Is there someone
you turn to when you're stressed?

Ted: My wife Mary. She says, "Look at all your blessings." She sees me in such a way and knows me so
completely that there's nothing I'm afraid to share
with her. She sees me for who I am - she almost
insists that I not be "small Ted," less than I am. That's
my wife Mary. I also have a psychiatrist that I see.
Her name is Dr. Weisberg - could anything be more
perfect? Wise berg! I need a whole berg! I know I'm
going to be empowered to change something I don't
like, I'm not going to sit where I am that's uncomfortable, I'm going to make an appointment and go
talk about this and get this out of my system. It's very
empowering.
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