14 April 2013
The David Lynch Foundation offered Transcendental Meditation to African refugees in November 2011 to help relieve their post-traumatic stress.
"The soldiers took me and my brother with them. They dragged us away in the bush and gang raped me in front of my brother."
"It was around 7:00pm soldiers came to my house. They started to rape me. Meanwhile in the living room, they had already killed my husband. Since we came here, we've been suffering."
Bill Duke (Actor/Director, African PTSD Relief Ambassador): Even after escaping immediate danger, many continue to suffer the consequences of these horrors through post-traumatic stress disorder.
Norman Rosenthal, MD (Psychiatrist and Author): Post-traumatic stress disorder is a cluster of symptoms that occurs in a person who has been exposed to very major trauma, which may include withdrawal from other people or flashbacks, devastating recollections of the trauma itself. In their minds they're often stuck at the time of the trauma.
Monte Harris, MD (Surgeon): Transcendental Meditation is a technique you perform with your eyes closed, it's mantra-based, where there's a sound that's in your mind, that allows you to go deep inside yourself to a place where there's quiet. It's something that gives you a sense of restful alertness. And with that restful alertness there becomes a sense of rejuvenation.
Fred Travis, PhD (Brain Researcher, Co-Author, African PTSD Research Study): In our research with refugees in Uganda what we found is after 30 days the individuals in the TM group went from severe post-traumatic stress symptoms to a-symptomatic... they were free of post-traumatic stress.
"When you start meditating it's like, somehow, something is going off you. Your mind and your body relaxes. You are just in your peaceful world."
"Before, I could not even imagine myself being capable of taking care of my children, of raising them. I used to think I should die and leave them behind. That is why I am so happy about TM. It has saved me."
To contribute to the African Refugee PTSD Relief Campaign:http://bit.ly/Donate2AfricanPTSDRelief
For more information on the African Refugee PTSD Relief Campaign: http://davidlynchfoundation.org/africa
For information on how to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique please visit http://www.tm.org
09 April 2013
“For too many people in the West, the suffering of Esperance and millions of other abused women and children in Africa is, sadly, just a statistic. But they are not numbers. Their suffering is real and they live a nightmare. My hope is that the dramatic results of this new study will ensure the necessary financial support to bring this meditation to everyone in need in Africa and around the world,” added David Lynch, filmmaker and founder and chair of the David Lynch Foundation.
07 August 2011
In June 2011 The David Lynch Foundation teamed up with Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation to launch Operation Warrior Wellness NYC - an initiative to aid veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
In this video you hear from distinguished veterans who have experienced first-hand the powerful effects of Transcendental Meditation, as well as scientific research from Dr. Norman Rosenthal and Dr. Fred Travis.
Russell Simmons, Donna Karan, and David Lynch also share the effects the TM technique had on their lives.
Operation Warrior Wellness has the goal of teaching 10,000 veterans and their families to meditate.
06 February 2011
David Letterman asks Howard Stern about his Transcendental Meditation practice.
Howard replies by saying it is a very simple technique and that he has practiced it since he was 18 years old. He explains that his mother who suffered from depression was the one who got him interested in the technique because she was completely changed from her practice.
David Letterman says that he tried a meditation technique where you listen to some music. He said that they told him that if you sleep then you are doing something wrong.
Stern says that Transcendental Meditation is not like that and sleeping is fine.
You can learn more about Transcendental Meditation at http://www.tm.org
05 January 2011
Beach Boys' Mike Love talks Transcendental Meditation with Vicki Broome of the Houghton TM Centre in Johannesburg in South Africa (www.tminjoburg.co.za) about TM and how it will lead to a better world by the process of evolution. Hear his advice about drug and alcohol for aspiring musicians.Mike Love speaks about Transcendental Meditation
02 January 2011
26 November 2010
David Lynch is looking to make the world a little quieter.
The filmmaker behind the movies "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive" is giving $100,000 to launch Operations Warrior Wellness, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses through transcendental meditation, which he says creates "professional peacemakers."
Backed by the likes of actors Clint Eastwood, directors George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, Mr. Lynch will announce the new program next month at a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2005, Mr. Lynch started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace and since then has donated half a million dollars to help finance scholarships for 150,000 students who are interested in learning transcendental meditation. The foundation has also funded research at institutions such as the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan on the health benefits of the meditation technique.
Called "Quiet Time in Schools," students and teachers meditate for 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each day. The funds pay to train educators and parents on how to administer and teach the method.
"Soon grades and attendance go up 20% to 30% and suspensions and expulsions go down," Mr. Lynch says. "Instead of giving the kids drugs like Ritalin that just numb them, we give them a technique to reduce stress and focus better."
Mr. Lynch, who is 64 years old, began meditating about 40 years ago using this method, which was introduced to the West nearly half a century ago by Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The technique is typically practiced twice a day for 20 minutes and used to eliminate stress, promote good health and gain deep relaxation.
Adapting the technique for college campuses, elementary schools, after-school clubs and hospital-wellness programs, Mr. Lynch says he has been able to improve academic performance and creativity in students. It has also been taught to men and women in homeless shelters and in prisons.
Now, Mr. Lynch wants to bring this approach to help the thousands of war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"These men and women have a lot of honor for what they have been through and don't want to appear weak or admit suffering," he says, pointing to high suicide rates and incidence of PTSD among veterans.
To that end, he says he wants to work through veteran associations and support groups to bring them this meditation technique.
"Clint Eastwood is about as macho as they get and he's been meditating longer than I have," he says. "We're behind this technique and we think it can help veterans reclaim their lives and save themselves, their families and their friendships."
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
03 November 2010
27 October 2010
Ray Dalio Is Too Modest To Admit He Returned 38% YTD Using Transcendental Meditation
It's well known that Ray Dalio enforces extreme "Principles" on the employees of his hedge fund, Bridgewater, and that recently, one of Dalio's funds kicked everyone's ass in YTD returns, by earning a whopping 38% in one of his portfolios, a ~ $50 billion fund.
But without context, Dalio's proven 300-some Bridgewater Principles are just thoughts floating groundless in a sea of nothing.
Or at least they were, until today, when we found out this: Dalio gave $1.23 million to David Lynch's Transcendental Meditation group.
Now our questions about how Dalio earned 31% through August and 38% YTD are resolved. His mind has special powers.
Of course you know Dalio's guru, David Lynch, the guy who leads a "shockingly peaceful inner life," according to a 2006 New York Times article about Lynch's life.
Lynch's crusade to encourage young people "to quiet - and exploit - their inner demons" through Transcendental Meditation is as well-known as his belief's are abnormal. Like this belief, for example, detailed in the NYTimes article:
[Lynch believes] that a mass demonstration of “yogic flying” — a so-called “advanced technique” in which meditators, seated in the lotus position, begin hopping in unison and theoretically start to hover — can radiate peaceful energy out to the world.
Here's a brief refresher. Lynch's drug of choice, Transcendental Meditation, goes back to the ’60s (of course), when adherents said it's a natural alternative to mind-expanding drugs like LSD, says the NYTimes article.
You can view a 10-minute preview of a documentary about the practice by clicking here >
Anyway, “David [is] a huge promoter of T.M.,” says another Transcendental Meditation fan (who casually calls it, "TM").
And as part of his promotion of TM, Lynch takes donations from people in order to finance scholarships for students who can't afford the $2,500 price tag on admission to his "TM University," to study what he calls, "consciousness education."
Click here to watch Lynch explain why TMU is worth ("a lot more than!") $2,500.
The university already touts Jerry Seinfeld and Russell Simons as some of its successful graduates. Eventually Lynch wants to raise $7 billion to set up "peace universities" all over the world.
Frankly, we should have known Dalio, who it turns out, is a proud graduate who offers to pay for half of Bridgewater employees' studies (all of it if they stick with it for longer than six months, which is a third of the time full behavior modification takes), had special meditation powers based on this picture of him alone:
But we didn't.
It's doubly embarrassing considering that he doesn't exactly hide his beliefs.
(Although there is one small matter of his allowing the promotion of this, a video interview of Ray Dalio talking about TM - and then taking it down. But luckily we still have his personal testimony, which we'll show you later on. Point is, he's a devout TMer.)
Anyway, as far as what quantifying what TM has done for Dalio, let's refer back to the TM guru Dalio thinks is worth $1.23 million, David Lynch.
“If you were a burglar [and you did TM], you’d become a much better burglar,” Lynch told the NYT.
Of course now you get it. Oh that's how Dalio became a billionaire hedge fund manager (because Dalio founded and runs Bridgewater, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world) - it's just like the TM website says in its profile of Dalio - he's a "self made billionaire," he founded Bridgewater in 1975, and at some point before or after that, he got married to Barbara Gabaldoni, a loaded descendant of the Vanderbilt-Whitney family, the doubly-loaded (both the Vanderbilts and the Whitneys were from extreme wealth) family that founded the Whitney Museum. (See Barbara's resemblance to socialite and heiress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney) But it wasn't the marriage that had anything do with his becoming a self-made billionaire.
It was TM that, as Dalio puts it, "is the single most important reason for whatever success I've had."
And through TM, we too, can easily ignore gaping contradictions like his wife's fortune. All we have to do is imagine that we're Ray Dalio, who'd still be a billionaire if his hedge fund went under, and meditate.
Here's some meaningless fluff to help lull you into not thinking for twenty minutes, Dalio's personal testimony of TM, found in a pamphlet, An Introduction To TM:
I notice a difference from the moment I start to meditate. I can be stressed or tired and I will meditate and immediately I will get very rested and relaxed and the stress will flow off me. I'll finish meditation feeling refreshed and centered, and that feeling will cary throughout the day. It's a heck of a return on an investment of twenty minutes!
Getting sleepy yet?
I want to emphasize: TM is practical. Some people may think it's exotic - that you light candles and burn incense. It's not that - and it's not some religion or dogma. It's a practical tool that makes life go better.
I started meditating over 35 years ago, and I would say TM is the single most important reason for whatever success I've had.
FYI, another financier who's a TM fan is Bob Jones, the CIO of Global Investment bank, who left his video testimony online.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ray-dalio-transcendental-meditation-david-lynch-2010-10#ixzz13ZSttEqn