Military Vets See Benefits Of Transcendental Meditation On PTSD

Victoria Kim, The Fix
TM has even been found to reduce the reliance on psychotropic medication for some veterans.

It’s helped Jerry Seinfeld. Martin Scorsese. And more recently, Lindsay Lohan, who said she found peace through the practice while on a Monday (Feb. 20) appearance on The View. Its star-studded roster of devotees may make Transcendental Meditation (TM) seem like a gimmick.

But among its greatest proponents are military veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, who say TM has dramatically changed their lives for the better.

The TM practice, 20 minutes twice per day, “takes users from a level of active thinking to a state of inner quietness that reduces levels of stress hormones and activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which drives the so-called fight-or-flight response by increasing heart rate and blood pressure,” according to a 2016 press release by the Medical College of Georgia.
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Smithsonian Honors David Lynch for Bringing Transcendental Meditation to 500,000 At-Risk Kids   Leave a comment

David Lynch Ingenuity Award
Film director David Lynch has received the prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for his innovative leadership in education through the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), which has been improving children’s lives in underserved schools with the TM-based “Quiet Time” program since 2005. Lynch will be honored in Washington, DC, on December 8, as one of “17 People Changing Your Universe.”
Smithsonian magazine’s current issue, “Genius Happens,” features a profile of Lynch and the impressive achievements of the “Quiet Time” program in schools in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Journalist Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, in her article titled “Peacemaker,” explores the sources of Lynch’s mission to bring inner peace to high-stress groups, from urban schools to veterans with PTSD, the homeless, and others.
She also reports that the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab recently began a three-year randomized study of the Quiet Time program—the largest of its kind—in Chicago and New York City public schools, which are among the most dangerous and stressful in the country. Half of 6,800 student participants will be randomly assigned to learn the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique, and the other half will engage in quiet activities. The schools will track data, such as grades, test scores, disciplinary incidents, and police records. Crime Lab researchers hope to get approval for measuring stress-related biomarkers such as cortisol levels as well.
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Read “Genius Happens” article in Smithsonian magazine’s current issue

Posted January 1, 2017 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Education

“Can meditation change the world? The amazing story of the ‘meditating president Joaquim Chissano’”   Leave a comment

Steve Taylor, Psychology Today

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Excerpt: In 1992, he (Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique) learned Transcendental Meditation. Quickly becoming aware of the benefits of the practice himself, he taught it to his family, then his cabinet ministers and his wider government. In 1994, it became a requirement for all military and police recruits to meditate twice a day, for 20 minutes.

Chissano himself is in no doubt that this collective meditation was responsible for the peace and increasing prosperity of the country. As he said, ‘The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country…The culture of war has to be replaced by the culture of peace. For that purpose, something deeper has to be changed in our mind and in our consciousness to prevent the recurrence of war.’

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Posted December 28, 2016 by Charles in Leadership Performance, Living in Harmony, People

Why filmmaker David Lynch says Transcendental Meditation is the secret to success   Leave a comment

LA Times June 2016
David Lynch in the LA TimesDavid Lynch says he hasn’t missed a day of Transcendental Meditation since he started practicing it 43 years ago.
The director and writer behind the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” and movies including “Mulholland Drive” was in Los Angeles recently to lend support to Georgetown University School of Medicine clinical psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal who was speaking on a panel about his new book, “Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation.” Lynch, 70, told us in a one-on-one after the panel why he believes TM is the secret to … well, everything:

Why do you believe TM can make us healthier?
So many illnesses are called stress-related illness and stress can kill you. Look at what post-traumatic stress does to people – look at vets… Stress can shut down so much in a human being. If you want to get rid of it, you transcend every day.

What was happening in your life that made you more open to TM when you were first exposed to it?
I think there’s a thing in life or something clicks, either you’re fed up with suffering or you become a kind of seeker, you sense there’s something more to life… There is a line, ‘know thyself’… It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to experience that… True happiness is not “out there”; true happiness lies within.
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Posted December 20, 2016 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Leadership Performance, People

Sir Paul McCartney received a ‘gift of meditation’   Leave a comment

Paul McCartneyA founding member of the Beatles, Paul McCartney has been singing about peace and love for the past half a century. In his personal life, he is practicing what he preaches.

Finding his calm in daily meditation
There are dozens of books and documentaries about him, and he has never left the spotlight after stepping from Liverpool to the global stage in 1960s.
However, few people know that sir Paul McCartney is an avid meditator.
“In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney says.
The technique he uses is called Transcendental Meditation or TM, and he picked it up from the Indian sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in 1968.
“It was a great gift that Maharishi gave us. For me it came at a time when we were looking for something to stabilize us towards the end of the crazy sixties.
It’s a lifelong gift, something you can call on at any time.”

David Lynch interviews Paul McCartney
In an interview with the famous director David Lynch, Paul McCartney recalled how he and The Beatles first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.
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Posted December 18, 2016 by Charles in People

Filmmaker David Lynch to Give Commencement Address at Maharishi University   Leave a comment

Dr. David LynchDr. David Lynch, known worldwide for his highly original movies and his Twin Peaks series on TV, will offer the 2016 Maharishi University of Management commencement address on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome.

As part of the commencement ceremony, MUM will present Dr. Lynch a Doctor of World Peace honoris causa degree, in recognition of the enormous role he has played in promoting Maharishi’s knowledge throughout the world, transforming people’s lives through the work of the David Lynch Foundation, and laying the foundation for a truly peaceful world.

Dr. Lynch is also well known for his David Lynch Foundation, which began in 2005 and raises funds to support bringing the Transcendental Meditation technique to those most in need: underserved inner-city students, veterans with PTSD and their families, and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse. Hundreds of thousands have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique as a result of the Foundation’s activities.

Dr. Lynch has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1973, and has spent time on campus on several occasions.

A Day in the Life of Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman   Leave a comment

20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation a day. Many of Adelman’s employees learned the technique through the David Lynch Foundation.

Lindsey Adelman, Lighting DesignerWall Street Journal Magazine, November 30, 2015AS A CREATOR of sculptural lighting for prestigious clients such as Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and film director Nancy Meyers (who included her Bubble chandelier in this fall’s The Intern), New York–based designer Lindsey Adelman, 47, has set a standard for success that many American designers dream of reaching. There’s a page-long waitlist for her twice-yearly limited-edition collections; and even the more rarefied projects she does for Nilufar Gallery in Milan—which has promoted her work globally since 2012, including at this month’s Design Miami—are in high demand. So it’s a little tough to take Adelman seriously when she says, “We’re not very grown-up in the studio.” By this, she means that her team isn’t laser-focused on lighting alone. Other things intervene, such as a line of jewelry, or mirrors, or a music video (composed, choreographed and art-directed by friends and family “just because,” she says). Which is how she likes it. Redefining “what a design company could be,” she says, has been a major motivation in her working life.

A Day in the Life of Lighting Designer Lindsey Adelman

Posted January 12, 2016 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Leadership Performance