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#TeamIvanka (Trump) Learned How to Meditate   Leave a comment

Katie Evans, Team Ivanka Art Director, was totally into it.

Katie Evans, Team Ivanka Art Director, was totally into it.

Fun fact: Ivanka meditates twice daily—she even has her recurring twenty-minute sessions blocked off in her calendar. When she finds something she’s excited about, she has to share it (we’ve received emails from her at 11 p.m. with details on the latest thing she’s found and wants to try)—which is why our team found ourselves taking meditations this spring. Ivanka gave us the incredible opportunity to participate in a full transcendental meditation (TM) course, led by her friend, Bob Roth, of the David Lynch Foundation.

#TeamIvanka Learned How to Meditate

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In our one-on-one sessions, our instructors started us off with three very short meditations. “After the first short meditation, I almost laughed when my instructor asked me how it was,” Katie said. “I felt the same as I had when I walked in. I wasn’t sure what I should be feeling. We did a couple more short meditations together before she left me alone to do a longer one on my own. I was able to let my thoughts flow and concentrate on my mantra slowly and softly. Somewhere in that last 20-minute meditation I lost myself and I felt very peaceful.”

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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

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

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

Ray Dalio and Mario Batali Meditate on the Secret of Their Success   Leave a comment

Institutional Investor February 28, 2014

Ray Dalio and Mario BataliThe billionaire founder of hedge fund firm Bridgewater and the frenetic Iron Chef share a strong taste for meditation (specifically Transcendental Meditation).

What do hedge fund billionaire and restaurateur Mario Batali have in common?

Quite a bit, it turns out, as they explained to some 300 people during a town meeting on meditation in New York earlier this month. Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates — the world’s largest hedge fund firm, with $87 billion in assets — and Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group co-owner Batali, who runs more than 20 restaurants, are both big devotees of Transcendental Meditation, which was introduced to the West by India’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi a half-century ago.

The event, held in a subterranean auditorium at the AXA Equitable Center on Manhattan’s West Side, was hosted by the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Lynch, the director of Blue Velvet and co-creator of TV series Twin Peaks, started the foundation nine years ago to give children everywhere the opportunity to learn how to meditate. (The music from Twin Peaks was playing as attendees filed into the room.) Lynch has been practicing TM since 1973.

Dalio, for his part, has been meditating for 42 years. TM is the single most important reason for his success, he told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin of New York Times Dealbook and CNBC Squawk Box fame, the moderator for the evening. Dalio, who started Bridgewater in 1975 out of his two-bedroom Upper East Side apartment, says that meditation enables him to stay calm, clear and creative in the face of market craziness. “I feel like a ninja in a fight,” he explained. “What comes at you feels like it is moving in slow motion.”

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Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools   Leave a comment

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schoolsAt first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I’ve spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.

This practice – meditation rebranded – deserves serious attention from parents and policymakers. An impressive array of studies shows that integrating meditation into a school’s daily routine can markedly improve the lives of students. If San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza has his way, Quiet Time could well spread citywide. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 18, 2014 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Education