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22 April 2009

David Lynch: Checking ideas with the air


David Lynch talks about “checking ideas with the air” and being true to ideas.

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Comment from Sharon Cobb:

Now how is THAT for a title and a visual? From the mind of David Lynch, more words of wisdom in living creatively and peacefully in harmony with the universe.

I gotta tell you, I've always liked his film work, but I'm sure liking David the person, David the creator, David the mediator, David the person who can translate transcendental meditation into a clearer form for the complete novice,(me) through his own creativity, calmness and kindness.

And I just checked that last paragraph with the air, and I got it back and it felt right.

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21 April 2009

Cleaning The Machine


David Lynch talks about how you can clean the machine and rid your body of stress.

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Sharon Cobb comments on her blog:

It seemed appropriate that at a time when I am so stressed out that I should post a video on getting unstressed from David Lynch.

Lynch has been studying transcendental meditation for 35 years. I don't think I've quieted my mind for 35 minutes. But I want to learn how, so I keep going back to Lynch to hear what he has to say.

Mind you, Lynch is not a Guru, but what he is doing with his "Change Begins Within" program is pure altruism, which makes it pure. With no alternative motives, David (yeah--I'm one a first name basis with him now--just as he would be with you)is trying to have meditation in schools all around America and other countries.

When David heard how stressed out children are, he became motivated to do something, and he did. He, and the David Lynch Foundation have already given out 70 thousand scholarships to schools and teachers.

Now, if I were only face to face with him so he could teach me to meditate and reach that state of bliss, and then explain Mulholland Drive to me, I'd be in true nirvana.

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Maharishi Vedic Pandits are Chanting to create World Peace from the center of India

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19 April 2009

Dr. Deans’ Consciousness-Based Education Tour

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Dr. Ashley Deans

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Dr. Deans with students after a lecture at a school in China

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Dr. Deans at a school in the Middle East, where the principal is implementing Consciousness-Based education

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Dr. Deans with the leading faculty and administrators of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Dr. Deans’ Consciousness-Based Education Tour is Great Success


Maharishi School Executive Director, Dr. Ashley Deans, was received with tremendous enthusiasm by education leaders all over the world on his Consciousness-BasedSM education tour.

Over the past three years, Dr. Deans has visited over 40 countries including China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Armenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, and almost every country in the European Union. Most recently, Dr. Deans spoke in Canada, Switzerland and the Balkan states.

“The response to our presentations is completely positive in every respect,” says Dr. Deans. “It is now common for ministers of education to ask after just ten minutes, ‘How can I learn this?’ ”

The Minister of Education in Serbia expressed great interest in the TM® program after meeting with Dr. Deans. The Vice Rector of the University of Novi Sad said he would like to have Consciousness-Based education at his university.

With the help of the Rajas and local Governors of the Age of Enlightenment, Dr. Deans has met with government ministers as well as leaders of schools and universities to discuss the introduction of Consciousness-Based education into existing schools and the establishment of new Maharishi Invincibility Schools.

“In almost every country I have visited, at least one school has either started or is in the process of starting Consciousness-Based education,” Dr. Deans says.

Educators and students in every country are inspired by the goals of the David Lynch Foundation to teach one million students to meditate and to have at least one school in every country train enough Yogic Flyers to produce the Maharishi Effect and create invincibility for the nation.

The unprecedented success of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of Management also motivates many schools to introduce the Transcendental Meditation® and the TM-Sidhi® programs into their curriculum.

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Zarosh - Professional Skateboarder - stays cool with TM



Zarosh Eggleston, a pro-skater from Monterey, CA for Death Skateboards. Exploring his skating and lifestyle with his friends and fans, including Birdo from Consolidated Skateboards, professional skateboarder Karma, skate photographer Tadashi Yamaoda, and his brother Rushad, a master cellist.

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17 April 2009

Nad šolske težave z meditacijo

Ameriški ravnatelj dr. Ashley Deans zatrjuje, da je mogoče s pomočjo vadbe transcendentalne meditacije izboljšati učne dosežke in zmanjšati stres, učenci postanejo bolj ustvarjalni in zbrani, manj je tudi nasilja in drugega neželenega vedenja

Ljubljana - "Običajni šestletnik bo učitelju v petih minutah zastavil deset vprašanj, običajni 16-letnik pa bo učitelju v eni uri postavil eno samo vprašanje: ali povedano pride v poštev za kontrolko? Ste se kdaj vprašali, od kod ta neznanski upad radovednosti za svet okoli sebe?" Dr. Ashley Deans, ravnatelj osnovne in srednje šole v Fairfieldu v ameriški Iowi, ki je na nedavnem predavanju v Ljubljani slovenskim učiteljem zastavil omenjeno vprašanje, zatrjuje, da pozna odgovor in rešitev.

Običajni šestnajstletnik je zaradi prevladujočega sistema izobraževanja in zahodnega stila življenja tako zasut z informacijami, da razmišlja le še o tem, kako bi jim ušel. Učitelji pa v tem sistemu preprosto nimajo prijemov, da bi lahko iz vsakega otroka, ne le tistih najboljših, izvabili tako imenovanega notranjega genija. Uspešne so zato le tiste šole, ki si lahko izbirajo učence in dijake, pravi dr. Ashley Deans. Metoda, s katero je po izkušnjah z njegove šole mogoče pri vseh učencih in dijakih zagotoviti potrebno raven zbranosti, ustvarjalnosti in inteligence, se opira na tehniko transcendentalne meditacije (TM), s katero je zahod pred 50 leti seznanil indijski modrec Mahariši Maheš Jogi. S to metodo, pravi dr. Deans, je mogoče razviti zavest učencev in dijakov ter omiliti stres in utrujenost.

V zadnjih 40 letih je več kot 600 raziskav na 250 univerzah pokazalo dobrodejne učinke TM. Nevrologi so ugotovili, da začnejo možganski valovi pod vplivom redne vadbe te meditacijske tehnike delovati veliko bolj usklajeno. Učenci zato postanejo bolj ustvarjalni in zbrani, izboljšajo se akademski dosežki, manj pa je tudi nasilja in drugega neželenega vedenja, denimo zlorabe drog. Po Ashleyjevih besedah že dvakrat na dan po 15 minut vadbe tehnike TM prinese umsko in telesno sprostitev ter uspešno razgrajuje stres.

Dr. Deans, ki je Slovenijo obiskal med turnejo po Evropi - sponzorira jo fundacija znanega režiserja Davida Lyncha - je končal študij fizike na London University in nato na kanadski univerzi York doktoriral iz fizike. Delal je na Harvardu in na uradu Združenega kraljestva za atomsko energijo. Zdaj poučuje na Royal College of Science in na Maharishi University of Management v Fairfieldu, že 15 let pa vodi tudi tamkajšnjo osnovno in srednjo šolo Maharishy School of Age of Enlightenment (MSAE), ki slovi tako po dosežkih svojih učencev in dijakov kot po harmoničnem šolskem ozračju. Čeprav učencev ne izbirajo, dosegajo nadpovprečne rezultate. Njihovi učenci so v zadnjih desetih letih dobili več kot sto nagrad na državnih in mednarodnih tekmovanjih, v programu National merit Scholarship pa imajo vsako leto nekajkrat več finalistov, kot je državno povprečje. Dijaki Maharishi High School se na testih znanja redno uvrščajo med najboljše dijake v ZDA. Učenci TM izvajajo pred poukom in ob koncu pouka, vsega skupaj za to vadbo porabijo pol ure. Dr. Deans je še povedal, da TM prakticirajo tudi na mnogih drugih ameriških šolah, uvajajo pa jo tudi šole v Veliki Britaniji (te tehnike se da tam naučiti na zdravniški recept), Kanadi, Švici, Latinski Ameriki in drugod. TM so v Sloveniji pred leti preizkusili v dveh razredih novomeške gimnazije: povprečni uspeh se je v enem semestru povečal za 0,3 točke.

Dr. Ashleyja Deansa je poleg ljubljanskega in mariborskega mestnega odbora za šolstvo sprejel tudi slovenski šolski minister Igor Lukšič. Mojca Grobelnik z MŠŠ nam je povedala, da poskusni uvedbi tehnike TM v slovenske šole minister ne bi nasprotoval. Tehniko TM se je v Sloveniji po podatkih Društva za tehniko TM naučilo že okoli 5000 ljudi.

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PREDAVANJE Obrazovanje zasnovano na svesti: Jednostavno rešenje osnovnih problema u obrazovanju



Predavanje "Obrazovanje zasnovano na svesti" sa predstavnicima David Lunch Fondacije (www.davidlynchfoundation.org) je održano u sredu 11.03.2009 u 13:30h u svečanoj sali rektorata, kula FTNa, treći sprat. Od predstavnika Fondacije su bili Dr. Ešli Dins, Dr. Feliks Kagi i Mr Marina Kutin - direktor Instituta Goša Beograd (www.institutgosa.co.yu)

Teme:
- Obrazovanje zasnovano na razvoju svesti se uspešno primenjuje na stotinama škola i univerziteta širom sveta i dalje daje izvanredne rezultate
- Rezultati su naučno utemeljeni
- Obrazovanje zasnovano na razvoju svesti omogućava kompletan razvoj mozga
- Tehnologija za smanjenje akutnog društvenog stresa
- Opširna naučna istraživanja, zajedno sa rezultatima primene u stotinama škola i koledža širom sveta, potvrđuju da studenti i učenici, u obrazovanju zasnovanom na svesti pokazuju povećanu receptivnost, kreativnost i inteligenciju, uz smanjenje stresa i anksioznosti.

Predavač: Dr. Ešli Dins

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The power of essential oils

‘Aromatics’ have been used for religious, medicinal, and cosmetic purposes for thousands of years, in the ancient culture of India—as found in Vedic Literature—in ancient China, Egypt, Babylon, and in the Greek and Roman civilizations up to the Middle Ages, and found a revival in the 20th century with the French chemist Gattefosse and the French doctor Valnet, the fathers of the modern ‘aromatherapy’.

Historic records give us detailed descriptions of how medicinal plants have been used for fumigations, pills, powders, ointments and infused oils and give us interesting recipes for their use for the cure of many diseases.

‘Aromatherapy’ today we define as ‘the skilled and controlled use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils—the volatile substances of aromatic plants—to promote holistic psychological and physical health and well-being’.

The essential oil—‘the essence’, ‘life-force’, or ‘soul’ of the plant, is present in tiny sacs or globules (in the flowers and leaves of the plant) or in the fruits, branches, needles, seeds, root or rind of the plant and is obtained by the methods of steam distillation, or by expression or solvent extraction. The method of distillation of essential oils is said to have been invented only about 1,000 years ago (by an Arabic physician named Avicenna), but vessels found in Egyptian tombs and a still in a museum in Pakistan—judged by experts to be 5,000 years old and belonging to the ancient Indus Valley culture—lead us think that it was already known in these advanced cultures, that this method was later lost and was then rediscovered.

Uplift, inspire, relax, balance

The revival of the complete knowledge of Vedic Aroma-therapy, an aspect of Maharishi Vedic Medicine, brings us the ancient wisdom of one of the most natural systems of promoting holistic psychological and physical health and well-being.

The essential oil—‘the essence,’ ‘life force,’ or ‘soul’ of the plant—is present in the flowers, fruits, leaves, branches, seeds, root or rind of the plant. The innate intelligence in the herb awakens the inner intelligence of your mind and body.

VedAroma essential oils are balancing and normalizing in their effect, they enliven the body’s own self-healing mechanism, and restore life, health, and wholeness in body, mind, and soul. They can quickly uplift us, calm and relax us, motivate and inspire us, harmonize and balance our emotions, relieve physical symptoms of imbalances, and improve many basic physical and psychological functions.

Enjoy Nature’s most precious gifts, comfortably in your home, whenever you like: healthy air—filled with oxygen and negative ions—medicinal plants and beautiful fragrant flowers; concentrated plant life and sunlight energy—captured in small bottles from VedAroma.

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David Lynch Foundation projects around the world



A video slideshow of some of the David Lynch Foundation programs around the world including programs in South Africa, Israel, Thailand, Bali, India, England, Uganda, China, Australia, Kenya and the United States.

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Bettye LaVette supports David Lynch Foundation



Singer/Songwriter Bettye LaVette talks about her part in the Change Begins Within concert.

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16 April 2009

Sheryl Crow: peace begins within



Musician Sheryl Crow speaks on what “Change Begins Within” means to her.

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Russel Simmons in support of Consciousness-based Education



Russell Simmons, hip-hop pioneer and founder of Def Jam records, talks about the message of the David Lynch Foundation.

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San Francisco School and Transcendental Meditation



This video shows David visiting a San Francisco Middle School one year after 330 students and teachers there started the Quiet Time / Transcendental Meditation Program.

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David Lynch interviews Moby



David Lynch and Singer/Songwriter Moby discuss “Wait For Me” Moby’s new album influenced by David Lynch, the song “Shot in the Back of the Head”, and their collaboration on the accompanying music video. Oh, BTW, they also both like old factories.

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DLF.TV interview with Donovan



Musician Donovan talks about his involvement in Change Begins Within and the David Lynch Foundation, and offers advice to beginning musicians.

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David Lynch interviews Paul McCartney



Paul McCartney talks about his involvement with the Change Begins Within concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.

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10 April 2009

Maharishi School provides an outstanding quality of education

"Maharishi School is a good school that nurtures pupils’ personal development, which is outstanding."


The Maharishi School is a wonderful place to be - a dynamic learning environment is combined with a harmonious atmosphere.

Creativity and intelligence are systematically developed with a few minutes of Transcendental Meditation (TM) at the beginning and end of the school day.

Extensive scientific research (more than 500 studies) has shown that the experience of restful alertness during TM brings balance to the whole physiology, making learning enjoyable and successful.

This is the profound basis for success throughout life.

The latest government inspection report on the Maharishi School in Skelmersdale, England, takes to a new level the appreciation of the quality of education available at the School.

The reports states for example: "The Maharishi School very successfully meets its aims. It provides an outstanding quality of education for all of its pupils that is well tailored to their individual needs. As a result of the outstanding curriculum and the good and often outstanding teaching pupils make outstanding progress from their individual starting points. The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, as is their behaviour. The school meets all but one of the regulations for independent schools."

The report is available at the official government website for school reports in the UK: www.ofsted.gov.uk

Visit the website of the award-winning Maharishi School: www.maharishischool.com

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Spreading of Consciousness-Based Education

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Annie Falk at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

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Annie with Chinese high school students in Beijing outside at lotus garden

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In the court yard of The Maharishi Institute with students and teacher Rena Boone of Fairfield

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Annie with Indian children at a Consciousness-Based school in Durban, South Africa (Durban has the second largest Indian population outside of India)

Annie Falk — Spreading Consciousness-Based Education


Annie Falk
grew up in Fairfield, attended Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, and received her B.A. in Digital Media from MUM in 2005. That same year, Annie completed the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Course and headed to Berkeley, California, to teach the Transcendental Meditation® technique in schools.

In 2007, Annie travelled to China to work with Dr. Yunxiang Zhu, Director of Asian Expansion, at MUM’s partner university in Beijing. Annie met with developers and schools around Beijing looking for partners to expand Consciousness-BasedSM education. Annie also recruited students, served as a teaching assistant, and taught the TM® technique, while also taking classes towards her MBA.

Annie doesn’t seem to be overwhelmed by all the responsibilities she takes on. “When you have inner stability and silence, you can do anything and be confident,” she says. “There is so much fulfillment in knowing that you are giving a gift.”

After spending one year in China, Annie headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, to work at the Maharishi Institute, a non-profit educational institution for students aged 17 to 29 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school provides a two-year foundation program as well as vocational training in fields such as accounting, information technology, conservation and sustainability, and entrepreneurship.

As project manager for director Taddy Blecher, Annie coordinates projects, speaks at educational conferences, writes proposals and creates marketing material using her degree in Digital Media. She is currently working on a new project reaching out to schools in Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, with the potential for 20,000 students to learn the TM technique.

Annie’s future projects include the establishment of sustainable schools that provide employment to students so they can cover their tuition, meals and housing, and at the same time gain work experience.

To find out more about projects in South Africa visit www.cbesa.org

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08 April 2009

Q: Does Transcendental Meditation make you passive?

Maharishi answers the question:
"Does Transcendental Meditation make you passive?"


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Merv Griffin Show, spring 1975

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07 April 2009

Maharishi on the source of thoughts

We are all thinking all the time - but where do all these thoughts come from?


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, speaking at Lake Louise, Canada (1968)

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Maharishi answers the question: what do you meditate about?

Maharishi answers the question: "In Transcendental Meditation, what do you meditate about?"


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi speaking to the Harvard Law School Forum (1970).

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the structure of knowledge

There are two sides to knowledge: the object of knowledge, and the knower. Present education provide knowledge of the object but misses knowledge of the knower.


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi speaking to the
American Association of Higher Education
in Houston, Texas. (1973)

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Transcendental Meditation: Mechanics of the technique

The Transcendental Meditation technique uses the natural tendency of the mind to go toward greater happiness, so the mind effortlessly transcends to its most silent state.


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, speaking at Lake Louise, Canada, 1968.

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06 April 2009

Meditation Replaces Medication for Stressed, Troubled Kids

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Stars' Mantra: Get 1M Kids to Meditate

In Post-Beatles Era, Meditation Replaces Medication for Stressed, Troubled Kids

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

Picture yourself on a stage with a mission with "tangerine trees and marmalade skies," or so the song goes.

For the first time since the death of George Harrison in 2002, what's left of the Beatles sang together Saturday at a Radio City Music Hall concert -- "Change Begins Within" -- to promotetranscendental meditation.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined a new generation of stars to support the David Lynch Foundation's goal of teaching 1 million at-risk children the practice developed by the Beatles' guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died in 2008.

Research studies -- including many funded by the National Institutes of Health -- show the all-natural approach to de-stressing can improve brain function and cardiovascular health.

"It was a great gift," said McCartney of transcendental meditation as he joked with his former drummer at a pre-concert news conference about not remembering the band's trek to India during the drug-infused era.

Looking to 'Stabilize Crazy '60s'

"It came at a time when we were looking for something to stabilize us at the end of the crazy '60s," McCartney said.

Then, meditation was just one more way to tune in, turn on and drop out.

But today, when 10 million children suffer from depression and 4 million are being treated with the drug Ritalin for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, transcendental meditation -- or TM for short -- is seen as a way to lower stress and boost academic performance.

The Lynch foundation now teaches 70,000 students for free in 350 schools around the world; 15 of them are in the United States.

The cost to learn TM at a center can be as high as $750 to $1,000 per individual.

The brainchild behind the benefit concert was David Lynch, the abstract and often dark filmmaker who credits his creativity with 36 years of meditation.

For the fundraiser, Lynch recruited other musicians, including '60s icon Donovan and Mike Love of the Beach Boys, who also met the Maharashi in 1968.

Younger singers Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper and Moby and Def Jam's Russell Simmons also entertained, as well as shock jock Howard Stern and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

"I feel like I'm at a meeting of meditators anonymous," Moby said jokingly during a news conference the day before the benefit.

The self-confessed son of hippies said he once associated the practice with "ritual animal sacrifice" but has now been "won over."

In four decades since the Beatles traveled to India, TM has attained more mainstream acceptance.

"Meditation allows any human being to dive within and transcend, which means to go beyond," said Lynch, whose signature salt-and-pepper coif is as wild as his famously surrealistic films including "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive" and his television series "Twin Peaks."

"When you experience it, you are infused with unbounded consciousness and an ocean of infinite intelligence, creativity, infinite love, happiness and infinite energy and dynamic peace. It's all positive and you start growing," Lynch said.

Meditation Lifts Stress

"You come out so refreshed, so blissful, you start seeing ideas flow more, negativity starts to lift away," he told ABCNews.com in an interview in New York City last week.

Lynch, whose films include images of mutant children and severed body parts, had a much tamer youth. A former Eagle Scout from Montana, he was first struck by the perils of urban stress as an art student in a violent neighborhood of Philadelphia.

In his book on art and meditation, "Catching the Big Fish," Lynch says the experience was like descending into a "hell hole."

Lynch discovered TM in 1973, as he was making his first feature film, "Eraserhead." Despite a lush existence in Beverly Hills, Calif., and being on the cusp of success, he said, "I looked inside and felt hollow."

"I always heard the same thing, a phrase, 'true happiness is not out there, true happiness is within,'" he said. "But they don't tell you where the 'within' is or how to get there."

His sister introduced him to his practice.

"The most important thing I heard was the change in her voice, a self-assuredness," Lynch said. "And I said, 'That's it,' and went down to the center."

That twice-daily practice continued and in 2005, he established the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace -- a lofty mission that he hopes to expand with $50 million in fundraising this year.

In the United States, those programs largely serve disadvantaged or special needs children in public and private schools.

Meditation Helps ADHD

About 4,600 elementary-age children in 19 schools in Oakland, Calif., learn "mindfulness" in a stress-relieving meditation class.

School officials say it helps children regulate their behavior, control impulses and focus better.

At Ideal Academy in Washington, D.C., where daily shootings and poverty stressed out students and teachers, TM was introduced as a pilot program. But when test scores went up, it became part of the curriculum in grades 5 to 10.

In other schools from Massachusetts to Wisconsin, principals are using TM as a tool to calm students down and be better learners.

"People are desperate," said John Hagelin, chairman for leadership performance at the David Lynch Foundation. "The age we live in is increasingly stress producing. People need some way of handling and releasing that stress."

"But there is also a need to be more creative, not just more relaxed -- to use our potential better," he told ABCNews.com.

Despite meditation's associations with flower power, "it's not hard to convince a principal or a parent of the medical efficacy of TM," Hagelin said.

New studies also show that TM is a drug-free way to help children with ADHD.

Hippies once hailed TM for "expanding consciousness," but today experts like Hagelin say it increases the "orderliness of brain functioning" and helps students realize their "peak performance."

How the practice works is still unknown, but its key is the use of a mantra, a "smoothly harmonizing sound that you say quietly in your head," according to Hagelin.

Through TM, the brain is drawn into a deep state of rest and awareness, Hagelin said.

At Project MORE High School in Tucson, Ariz., about 25 of the 180 students have signed up for twice-daily TM sessions at no cost to the school.

Meditation for At-Risk Kids

The school takes at-risk students who have been thrown out of other schools for disciplinary issues.

Principal John Mackay was skeptical when he first learned about TM at a teachers' conference.

Now, he is a believer. Through TM, Mackay's blood pressure dropped 10 points.

"You hear of hundreds of millions of dollars being spent in schools, but this project could have a massive impact on public education," Mackay told ABCNews.com.

After TM was introduced to the students, Mackay said anxiety levels were reduced, arguments at home and school quelled and even drug use -- especially marijuana -- dropped.

"It just lowers the tension level," he said. "You can notice it."

John Izere, one of his students, arrived two years ago after attending a large school where he routinely got into fights.

The 19-year-old, who arrived in the United States in 1994, is a refugee from Rwanda where he witnessed genocide.

"Every time I heard anything loud like firecrackers, my heart used to drop and I found myself running, even if I was safe," Izere told ABCNews.com.

Since he started practicing TM, Izere's flashbacks have diminished and his school work has improved.

"It helps me with a lot of things I have in my head," Izere said. "It helps me relieve stress and concentrate and focus. It also helps me with my schoolwork and puts me in a good mood and gives me a good day."

When Izere graduates in May with plans to be an engineer, he said he will continue meditating.

"It's not a choice," he said. "It's a must for me."

Stressful Personal Lives

At-risk students have complicated and stressful personal lives, according to Denise Gerace, program director for the Tucson Transcendental Meditation Center, which is funded by the Lynch foundation.

"But with transcendental meditation, they find more personal clarity and strength to deal with these issues," she told ABCNews.com. "They work out their problems by talking, rather than hitting."

"If a person has limited academic ability and a bad temper, they won't go very far," Gerace said. "But if their temper is under control and they work life out, there is more potential for accomplishment. Their path of life is organized."

But some misperceptions stand in the way of more public schools embracing TM -- not only its association with the '60s, but its religious origins in eastern religion.

In 1979 a federal court in New Jersey outlawed the practice because of First Amendment concerns. And as recently as 2006, parents at Terra Linda High School in California protested a meditation program claiming it was religious in nature, and funding was withdrawn.

But meditation advocates say those attitudes are changing as schools look for better ways to teach their students.

"It's a mechanical technique," Gerace said. "The idea that it's religious is left over from 50 years ago, when it was possible to disregard contributions from somewhere else by simply saying it must be a religious practice."

And Lynch who has three children of his own -- including a 16-year-old -- understands the importance of TM in today's stressful and violent school culture.

"You can kiss stress away," Lynch said. "You see these dogs who come out of the water and they shake all the water off. The stress just flies off."

ABC's information specialist Gerard Middleton contributed to this report.

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by Michael Hogan

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During the encore, it was Paul McCartney and John Lennon on the big screen, Bettye LaVette and Sir Paul on the small one.

If meditating hippies had megachurches, the services might be something like Saturday night’s star-studded Change Begins Within benefit at Radio City Music Hall, hosted by resolutely weird film director David Lynch. In a world-class feat of celebrity wrangling, Lynch brought ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together to the same stage for the first time in seven years, but that wasn’t all. The concert/revival meeting also featured Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Vedder, Howard Stern, Moby, Laura Dern and Ben Harper, Bettye LaVette, Mike Love, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

I know what you’re thinking: What the … ?

Well, it turns out that all these people meditate. And they all seem to like David Lynch. Some of them, maybe all, are also admirers of the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder (and trademarker) of Trancendental Meditation (TM). So they lent their talents to the David Lynch Foundation, which funds meditation training for kids in troubled schools. This year, the foundation claims, it will teach TM to 1 million kids in 100 countries.

Long-time Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti kicked things off with a solo piano rendition of his Twin Peaks theme. Then Lynch arrived, and immediately made us all feel that we were inhabiting one of his films’ famously disorienting dream sequences.

“Now, we’d like to hear a wind,” he said. And a wind sound filled the room. “Now, we’d like to see ocean.” And a computerized ocean filled a screen. Lynch compared the collective unconscious to “an ocean of infinite intelligence, creativity, happiness, infinite universal love,” and so on. When it was finally time to introduce an act, he said, “I’d like to call for a snare drummer.” Naturally, one would hate to make an introduction without a live drum roll.

I’ll try to move quickly through the non-Beatles acts. Moby and Bettye LaVette collaborated on a few songs. The highlight was “Natural Blues,” which ended with LaVette wailing at the rafters and crying. Sheryl Crow sang a cover of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” with Ben Harper on lap guitar. Jerry Seinfeld made a surprise appearance. “Don’t meditate on me—I gotta do some jokes here,” he said, before informing the audience that he has been meditating for 37 years. Eddie Vedder was surprisingly good: soulful, humble, in great voice. He sounded like Cat Stevens in flannel. He and Harper teamed up for a cover of “Under Pressure” and managed to pull off a note-perfect rendition without slipping into Freddie Mercury/David Bowie impersonations.

Donovan looked like Willy Wonka’s kooky uncle, dressed in a purple shiny smock, his hair long but suspiciously high on his forehead. Jim James of My Morning Jacket, wearing a black three-piece suit for some reason, sang backup on “The Hurdy Gurdy Man,” but Donovan’s mic was screwy and the song never took off. They gave him a new one in time for a kick-ass version of “The Season of the Witch” that somehow required Donovan to do a hippie dance with Sheryl Crow. George Harrison came up again when Donovan grandly declared that he had commissioned a new guitar in the late Beatle’s honor. Then he performed a quiet duet with jazz flautist Paul Horn, who was apparently there in the Maharishi’s ashram with Donovan and George back in the day.

Then Howard Stern told the story of how seeing the Maharishi on Carson inspired his mother to cure her depression through meditation. “I’m here to tell you that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi saved my mother’s life,” Stern said, quite seriously.

So that was weird.

Then, at last, came Ringo. He led with his 1971 tune “Don’t Come Easy.” His voice sounded about as bad as you’d expect, but no one cared. He, too, had a story about George Harrison, who helped him write the song.

“I’m good for two verses and a chorus,” Ringo confessed, “so I’d go over to George because I could never finish the damn song.” Trouble is, George wanted Ringo to make the next verse about God. “But George, I don’t sing about God.” So George suggested singing about Krishna. “But George, I don’t sing about Krishna.” I guess they found common ground, because the third verse now advises that “peace is how we make it.”

Ringo then moved behind the drums, to play “Boys,” a perfectly meaningless Beatles tune that would sound great even if Eli Manning sang it, and “Yellow Submarine,” with a little help from his friends Eddie Vedder and Sheryl Crow. The best part was the bridge, when Ringo started schticking with the pre-recorded crew chatter. “Full steam ahead, Eddie! Sheryl, are you O.K.?”

After a few more mind-numbing TM lectures, we were treated to an introductory video montage showing the Beatles’ 1968 visit to the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. No mention was made of Mia Farrow’s creepy run-in with the guru in a dark cave, or the fact that Paul and Ringo left two months before scheduled, for “personal reasons,” or the fact that the Beatles reportedly accused the Maharishi of being “addicted to cash” after their departure. Water under the bridge, I guess.

To his credit, McCartney resisted the temptation to play a mini-set and gave the crowd a real concert, backed by his talented if personality-free band. It started with “Drive My Car,” from the Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. Paul looked fit and trim in a black suit with an open-collar white shirt, and his voice sounded very nearly as good as it did 40-some years ago. After barreling through the Wings tune “Jet” and “Got to Get You Into My Life,” from 1966’s Revolver, McCartney took off his jacket and sat down at the piano to play “Let It Be,” one of the last tracks he released as a Beatle. Here, for the first time, we could hear the subtle effect time has had on his voice: it sounds a bit thicker, almost as if he’s slurring. I’m not even sure it’s an age thing, though: it could be a natural evolution or even a choice. The man has always been a vocal chameleon.

After a rollicking rendition of “Lady Madonna,” McCartney returned to center stage to play “Blackbird,” which he introduced with a humble and heartfelt nod to civil rights, adding, “I’d like to play it in light of the fact that we’ve moved forward and now you have President Obama.” He accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, and the occasional missed note only made you realize that the performance you were watching was truly unique.

After so many invocations of George Harrison, it was nice to see McCartney take a moment for John Lennon. “I love New York, and John loved New York,” he said. “Let’s hear it for John.” He then played “Here Today,” which he described as a “one-sided conversation” of things he never had the courage to say to Lennon when he was alive. (Later, we realized that Yoko Ono was sitting up front; I wonder how she reacts to this type of thing, given her well-publicized tensions with McCartney.)

“Band on the Run” sounded amazing—maybe because Wings anthems were built for arenas, unlike the later Beatles songs, which were rarely if ever performed live. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was accompanied by an unabashedly nostalgic video showing the Fab Four in their heyday. Then Paul introduced “Billy Shears,” and Ringo came trotting out to sing “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The guy next to me couldn’t stop laughing at Ringo’s croaky voice, but it didn’t matter. We were watching one-half of the Beatles!

For the encore, McCartney brought everybody out. First they played a harmless tune McCartney had written during his stay with the Maharishi. The lyrics were things the giggling guru would say: “Come and be cosmically conscious. It’s such a joy.” That’s the whole song. It was fun.

Then came the finale: a big group singalong to “I Saw Her Standing There.” Donovan gamboled, Sheryl Crow swayed, Eddie Vedder shook his maracas, Jim James shook his tambourine, Ringo played his Mersey Beat, Moby banged a drum hanging from his shoulders, and Paul McCartney and Bettye LaVette sang into the same microphone, smiling from ear to ear. I had to laugh. I’d never seen anything like it.

We weren’t exactly levitating, but it’s as close as I’m likely to come in this lifetime.

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Ohmmm! Even Lazy Moby Turns Out For Star-Studded Transcendental Meditation Benefit

By Joe Pompeo

Paul McCartney, David Lynch and Ringo Starr

David Lynch likes to swim in “an ocean of consciousness,” which he was describing to a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall on the evening of Saturday, April 4.

“It is an ocean of infinite intelligence. Creativity. Happiness known as bliss. Infinite universal love. Energy. Dynamic peace,” mused the 63-year-old filmmaker, dressed in a black suit and a yellow tie that was brighter than his signature silver pompadour, at the beginning of a star-studded concert he had organized at the famed venue. “When a human being, any human being, dives within and experiences this ocean, swims in this ocean, life gets better and better and better.”

Ohmmm!

He was referring to Transcendental Meditation, also known as TM, the trademarked meditation technique developed in the 1960s by Indian spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and which Mr. Lynch, himself a meditator of 35 years, plans to teach to 1 million "at-risk youth" via his namesake foundation. The concert was a benefit for this initiative.

His co-host for the evening was Laura Dern, one of Mr. Lynch’s favorite actresses, whose head-to-toe black ensemble accentuated her shiny blonde locks and bright red lipstick.

“It’s pure bliss to be on a film with you because it’s boundary-less,” said Ms. Dern (we’re noticing a “bliss” theme here!), standing next to Mr. Lynch at stage right, “and I’m just curious if the boundary-less-ness that you bring to all of us comes from your connection to meditation.”

“You better believe it!” he replied.

If Tom Cruise is the celebrity face of Scientology, and Madonna is the celebrity face of Kabbalah, Mr. Lynch has become that for TM, which has a less cultish, although not entirely uncontroversial, reputation. And as was evidenced by Saturday’s concert--the highlight of which was a rare performance by surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr--he is but one on a long list of bold-faced names that use or endorse the practice. Jennifer Aniston, Yoko Ono, John McEnroe, Martin Scorsese, Kyle MacLachlin, Michael J. Fox, Matthew Broderick and Jason Bateman, though not necessarily all meditators themselves, were among the attendees.

“I’ve been meditating for 37 years,” said Jerry Seinfeld, who made a surprise appearance midway through the concert, before launching into a series of jokes about bathroom stalls and taxis.

Soon afterward, fellow comedian and 38-year TM practitioner Howard Stern took the stage.

Mike Love of the legendary Beach Boys saw me backstage and he said to me, ‘Howard, you prove that you do not have to be a pussy to meditate!’” he said.

Other TM-ers to perform included Angelo Badalamente (to The Daily Transom’s utter excitement, he opened the concert with a flawless recital of the Twin Peaks theme song), Ben Harper (did you know he was married to Ms. Dern?), Donovan, Moby, Betty Lavette, Sheryl Crow and Eddie Vedder, who was looking very 1992 with his unbuttoned flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up, blue jeans, wavy shoulder-length hair and scruffy goatee. Hip Hop mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons addressed the audience via a taped video message, but he had appeared in person the previous afternoon at a pre-concert press conference in Radio City’s lobby.

“I operate most days from my meditation,” he said. “It gives me the ability to function in a world that is full of stress.”

The concept of TM as a celebrity cause isn’t entirely new. In fact, The Beatles were largely responsible for importing TM to the West after studying under the Maharishi in 1968 at his ashram in Rishikesh, India. The technique involves repeating a mantra with one’s eyes closed twice a day for 20 minutes.

“It was a great gift the Maharishi gave to us,” said Mr. McCartney, standing next to Mr. Starr at the press conference, and looking quite hip for his age. “It came at a time when we were looking for something to stabilize us toward the end of the crazy ‘60s. And it is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time.”

Of course, to describe TM as a “gift” in 2009 is somewhat misleading; it costs $2,000 for an adult, or $1,000 for a full-time student, to learn the technique—not exactly the most recession-friendly investment—hence the need to raise so much money so the kids can learn it for free. (The pricey Radio City benefit generated an estimated $3 million, according to The David Lynch Foundation.)

Perhaps that's why critics have accused the TM crowd of being a bit cultish. Even Moby, a more recent TM convert, couldn’t resist making a wisecrack about it.

“Growing up, anything associated with TM and hippies scared the shit out of me,” he joked. “I thought it involved ritual animal sacrifice and moving to some country and renouncing wealth and materialism and eating bugs.”

But in the end, TM’s “simplicity” won him over.

“One of the things that makes TM so effective is that you don’t really have to do all that much,” he said, “and as a profoundly lazy person, I appreciate that.”

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr stage Beatles reunion for meditation fundraiser

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It was a scene straight out of a rock 'n' roll dream.

Paul McCartney was singing "I Saw Her Standing There." Ringo Starr was on the drums. Actually, so was Moby. Beach Boy Mike Love was singing harmony, alongside Donovan and Bettye LaVette. Ben Harper was playing guitar. And Sheryl Crow was shaking a tambourine and dancing around -- so was Eddie Vedder, playing maracas.

It was odd and beautiful like most of the work of "Blue Velvet" director David Lynch. And, like most of his work, it was made possible only through Transcendental Meditation. Never mind what you may or may not believe about the power of meditation. If it has done nothing else -- and as speaker after speaker have explained over the past two days, that is definitely not the case -- it reunited McCartney and Starr for their most significant musical collaboration for the public in decades.

After turning down countless invitations in the years since The Beatles disbanded in 1970, McCartney and Starr played together last night at Radio City Music Hall in the name of Transcendental Meditation, at the "Change Begins Within" benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which hopes to raise funds to bring meditaion techniques to one million children around the world.

And play they did. McCartney and Starr vamped, pretending to steal the spotlight from one another, seeing who the crowd would cheer for loudest. They hugged and smiled, singing "With a Little Help From My Friends" into the same microphone.

They also called attention to The Beatles who could not be there last night, with McCartney calling for cheers for the late George Harrison and playing his tender "Here Today" for the late John Lennon.

McCartney was also in fine form during his solo set, packing together raucous versions of "Baby You Can Drive My Car" and "Jet" next to touching performances of "Let It Be" and "Blackbird." However, the anticipation was all building toward the reunion, signaled with a call of "Ladies and gentlemen, Billy Shears!"

SETLIST: Angelo Badalamenti - Theme from "Twin Peaks" / Moby with Bettye LaVette - Natural Blues / Moby with TM Kids Choir - We Are All Made of Stars / Bettye LaVette with Moby - As Close As I'll Get to Heaven / Sheryl Crow - Riverwide / Sheryl Crow with Ben Harper - My Sweet Lord / Eddie Vedder - Far Behind / Eddie Vedder - Rise / Eddie Vedder - Arc / Ben Harper with Eddie Vedder - Indifference / Ben Harper - Fly One Time / Ben Harper and Eddie Vedder - Under Pressure / INTERMISSION / Donovan with Jim James - Hurdy Gurdy Man / Donovan with Jim James - Wear Your Love Like Heaven / Donovan with Sheryl Crow and Moby - Season of the Witch / Donovan with Paul Horn - Isle of Islay / Paul Horn - Meditation / Ringo Starr with Ben Harper - Don't Come Easy / Ringo Starr - Boys / Ringo Starr with Sheryl Crow and Eddie Vedder - Yellow Submarine / Paul McCartney - Baby You Can Drive My Car/Jet/Got to Get You Into My Life/Let It Be/Lady Madonna/Blackbird/Here Today/Band on the Run/Can't Buy Me Love/ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - With a Little Help From My Friends // ENCORE: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and all performers - Cosmically Conscious/I Saw Her Standing There

PHOTO: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite for "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Radio City Music Hall. By Stephen Chernin for AP.

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When Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite at a show, it’s kind of hard to pay attention to anything else. But there were lots of other great performances at the star-studded “Change Begins Within” benefit at Radio City Music Hall last night. (The crowd -- which included Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, Michael J. Fox, Matthew Broderick, and Jason Bateman, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- was a star-studded as those on stage.) Luckily, the benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which plans to use the funds to bring Transcendental Meditation techniques to one million children around the world, was filmed for a future special.

Here’s some of the best non-Beatle moments:

10. Moby with TM Kids Choir, “We Are All Made of Stars”: Moby’s dreamy electro-pop gets punctuated with fun bits of youthful excitement to make the song feel even lighter.

9. Donovan with Sheryl Crow and Moby, “Season of the Witch”: The connection between Donovan, who heads the musical wing of the David Lynch Foundation, was already strong, but once he and Crow started grooving together, it became truly memorable.

8. Sheryl Crow with Ben Harper, “My Sweet Lord”: A touching tribute to the late George Harrison combined Crow’s uplifting vocals with Harper’s elegant guitar playing.

7. Mike Love offers hope: The Beach Boy says he was inspired by his meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi because the idea of world peace “got to me – my head and my heart.” He said David Lynch’s idea of bringing meditation to the world’s children means “The Age of Enlightenment is rapidly approaching.”

6. Bettye LaVette with Moby, “As Close As I’ll Get to Heaven”: LaVette’s bluesy take served as a counterpoint to much of the evening, showing how surviving pain makes peace feel so much better.

5. David Lynch and Laura Dern keep calm: It’s a difficult job maintaining a crowd’s composure during such an anticipated event, but Lynch and Dern, who served as the hosts and the center of the show entertained and informed in their little breaks while the crews prepared the stage for the evening’s performers.

4. Howard Stern gets personal: Stern, who credits Transcendental Meditation with saving his mother’s life and who has meditated for 38 years, revealed his personal connection to the Maharishi and explained how surprised he was when the Maharishi asked Stern to interview him. “Do you not know who I am?” he recalled, adding that he brought his mother to the interview to explain how seeing him explain meditation on “The Tonight Show” brought her peace. The touching meeting still didn’t stop Stern from asking the Maharishi, “So, what about sex?”

3. Eddie Vedder, “Arc”: The Pearl Jam frontman’s set just kept getting stronger, from “Far Behind” to “Rise” to the amazing “Arc,” which Vedder created onstage a capella, looping his vocals and then harmonizing with the loops before building it into a stormy, rocking primal scream.

2. Jerry Seinfeld talks about relaxation: After discussing how he has meditated for 37 years, Seinfeld rolled into how Americans need to relax so much they’ve built cupholders into their armrests so they don’t even have to grip any more. He kept going with the theme – right into the rest room – and the automatic urinals and no-handle sinks, though he rightly observed that the sinks aren’t quite as good at detections. “Hey toilet, aren’t you two working together?” he said. “Tell him, it’s me.”

1. Ben Harper and Eddie Vedder, “Under Pressure”: Harper and Vedder recreated the stylish tension of the Queen and David Bowie original, but added their own passion and a fire that raised it to a new level. “This is kind of an experiment,” Vedder said, introducing the song. Well, it absolutely worked.

PHOTO: Bettye LaVette sings “Natural Blues” at “Change Begins Within” benefit, from David Lynch Foundation.

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Creativity, Meditation, and Collective Experience

Interview: David Lynch on Creativity, Meditation, and Collective Experience (But Nothing on That New Sparklehorse / Danger Mouse Collaboration)

"Transcending is a natural thing; so you have this experience, you're going asleep but you're still awake. Boom! Woah, what was that? You transcend."

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David Lynch has clearly been an influencer within Hollywood over his 35-year-plus career. But more recently, he's devoted much of this power to creating the David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness Based Education and Peace, with the goal of bringing Transcendental Meditation to the masses. Lynch himself has been practicing the technique since the early '70s and in 2006, Penguin published Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, which outlines his thoughts on how he's worked these techniques into his work and day to day life. And this Saturday, "Change Begins Within" benefit show will take place at Radio City Music Hall with such marquee names as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder. I sat down with Lynch for fifteen minutes at his midtown hotel two days before his foundation's biggest event to date.

A bunch of my friends are jealous of me for getting to do this, so that's great.

That's great [laughs].

For today at least.

It won't last very long.

It won't. I revisited Catching the Big Fish; you talk a lot about the meditative process. As a writer, I wonder, through your experience is this a way to enhance someone's creativity or unleash it?

Both. Because you're diving into infinite creativity so it's going to give you more of that. In a way, creativity is problem-solving, sort of solutions. And it has to do with ideas and catching ideas and the flow of ideas. So, sometimes, in your writing, you're writing along but you stop, because you're stuck. But if the ideas are flowing, your pen doesn't even stop; it just flows. And ideas just flow like ink; they just go. This happens more and more, the more that you bring out. It's all there. When you experience the deepest level when you transcend, that flow of creativity goes.

Then there's this thing in intelligence. Intelligence is a good thing. And it comes up more. And it's an ocean of infinite energy, so energy comes up more. When you got more energy, it does help the work. And then it's an ocean of infinite bliss, of happiness. So you find you've got more happiness. This, in my mind, is money in the bank. If you don't enjoy what you're doing, or if there is some fatigue or unease, and a little bit of anxiety or some king of thing: life isn't so enjoyable and the work isn't so enjoyable. If you got more inner happiness, that disappears more and more. So you're sort of happy all during the day.

A lot of people--and it may have started in the 60's--there was a thing almost against happiness. You know, you got to suffer and you got to have a lot of angst and its an "up yours" kind of thing. Artists were angry and negative and it was super cool to be that way. But it's kind of a joke. The more suffering there is, the less flow of ideas, the less creativity. It doesn't happen so good. The more that weight lifts, the more everything flows.

Were you taught how to get to that place?

Yes.

Through a long teaching process?

Yes, you need a legitimate teacher of Maharishi Manesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation. Once you have that legitimate teacher, he or she will teach you. And when you leave the teaching you'll know how to meditate and know that you're meditating correctly. And all your questions will be answered.

In Catching the Big Fish, you were describing that "fourth state of consciousness." I've felt that way sometimes right before falling asleep, that feeling that you're falling. But usually crazy things are happening, where I'm perplexed about what's going on. I don't know about clearing my mind from distractions; I have all this clutter.

What you said are two different things. Whenever you transfer from one state of consciousness to another, from waking, for instance, to sleeping, they say you pass through a gap and you can transcend in that gap. Transcending is a natural thing; so you have this experience, you're going asleep but you're still awake. Boom! Woah, what was that? You transcend. It's usually accompanied with a bright light or a euphoric feeling, a blissful feeling. And you can transcend without this technique; this technique just guarantees you're going to transcend using this technique. And every time you transcend, you're going to get more of that deepest level, pure consciousness. And you'll get the beautiful side effects of all that--the benefits.

And when you say you don't know if you can get all those thoughts out of your mind: Transcendental Meditation is not a trying. It's called effortless transcend. When Maharishi first brought this out in India, it was a shock to the Indians. It blew their minds how easy that state their trying to get to: boom! They're there, every time. It's beautiful. Thoughts are a part of the meditation. You'll just go right through them; they can be there and you'll transcend. In the time you're transcended, there's no thought, just pure consciousness. Thoughts bring you out. It's a beautiful process.

With the launch of the TV site, your professed love for digital video, you can be an anomaly in terms of looking ahead. But the entertainment business seems so resistant to change and going forward. In a lot of ways, it seems like it's a fear of changing. Does that hurt forms of creativity in your observation?

I think it's a human-being thing. There are some things that are good to hold on to and there are some things that are good to let go of. I think that Maharishi would say traditions are good to hold on to and mother tongue languages are good to hold on to, certain ways of doing are good to hold on to. But there are other things that come along and you have a resistance to them, natural, in a weird way. But the benefits are so great, very quickly you learn to let go of them. That happened to me with celluloid. Celluloid now is like a nightmare; digital is like heaven.

So, tell me about the concert. Has that idea been brewing for a while?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I think lots of people thought that a concert was one, a good way to raise money. And two, a good way to raise awareness. But I don't think anybody dreamt that these particular people would come together in such an enthusiastic way for this. So, I think it's a huge, really important concert.

The lineup is staggering. In Catching the Big Fish, you talk about the collective experience of watching a film. Do you have those same types of feelings with live music?

I think it's the same phenomenon. I think sometimes that radio is so appealing because you know others are listening to the same station. When you listen to your own music, it might be a real groove, but it's more lonely; it's just you or the people in the room. So, a collective experience is a heightened thing. It's a special thing.

I read yesterday that you're involved with Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse in some way.

And I'm not supposed to talk about it (laughs).

Nothing?

Sorry, man.

This Saturday, David Lynch's "Change Begins Within" benefit show will take place at Radio City Music Hall with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Jim James, Betty LaVette, Paul Horn and Donovan. Pre-concert footage will stream via his new website, David Lynch Foundation Television.

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04 April 2009

Transcendental Meditation in Schools, Consciousness Based Education



The Maharishi School is a wonderful place to be.

A dynamic learning environment combined with a harmonious atmosphere created by the twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, creates a school where life is celebrated.

Creativity and intelligence are systematically developed. Integrated into the start and end of the school day is a period of Transcendental Meditation. The experience of inner silence during Transcendental Meditation brings balance to the whole physiology which is the basis of sound physical and mental health.

The successes of Consciousness-based Education are seen in many different ways.

For decades scientific research has documented the improvement in the quality of life when Transcendental Meditation is practised twice daily.

However, as a parent the most compelling evidence is the growth in happiness and intelligence of our children.

A tour of the Maharishi School shows just how fulfilling education can be when a traditional curriculum is enhanced by the systematic unfoldment of the pupils creativity and intelligence enabling greater enjoyment and success in learning.

By recognising that home is the basis of children's education, staff at the Maharishi School try to maintain the same nurturing and caring atmosphere that parent's provide at home.

In this way children grow strong by developing the basis of their life, the experience of their own Self; not from being exposed to negativity.

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Meditating With One Million Children


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Today, I had the absolute pleasure to join David Lynch, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Mike Love and many others in joining in the visionary work of the David Lynch Foundation who are hard at work chasing the dream of bringing meditation to a million students worldwide.

The daily practice of meditation is precious to me. It's in the stillness and the silence that I am able to make sense of the world and the creative possibilities that help me do better in all aspects of my life.

Young people are our most precious natural resource, and we must do all we can to give them tools that will help them stay focused and positive. Stress is everywhere, in the streets and the classroom. There's a mountain of scientific data that supports the fact that consciousness-based education and having quiet time at the beginning and end of the school day improves academic performance and spills over to happier and healthier young people at home.

I wish I could be at the concert tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall, but I will be at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, where Run DMC will inducted. However, my thoughts and meditations will be with the David Lynch Foundation as they continue their incredible work.

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Transforming Lives: The David Lynch Foundation provides funds for students to learn to meditate through TM teaching centers, hospital-sponsored wellness programs, boys and girls clubs, before- and after-school programs and in schools when invited by the administration. Instruction is voluntary and is provided to a child with the permission of a parent and at no cost to the family, organization or school. In the past year, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for thousands of students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate. The Foundation also provides funds for independent research institutions to assess the effects of the program on creativity, intelligence, brain functioning, academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

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03 April 2009

Ballad of John and Yogi

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY has backed plans for school kids to have meditation lessons.

As a huge believer in the benefits of transcendental meditation, the BEATLES legend reckons it could be the key to making nippers more intelligent.

When I was a wee boy the most important thing before school was getting a belly full of piping hot porridge so I had enough energy for sums, tree climbing, football and tig.

But Macca reckons 15 minutes of “mind gym” is just the ticket to get the grey matter ready for reading, writing and arithmetic.

The wobbly eyebrowed Scouser said: “I believe that in the future meditation could be as commonplace in schools and society as eco-awareness is now.

“It interests me that an ancient cure may be the solution to a modern problem.”

Wise words, Macca.

I’d love to see him trying to organise 30 kids who had been hammering away on their PS3s until 2am the night before.

A six-year-old who had just gulped a can of Red Bull for brekkie might struggle with Mr Miyagi-from-Karate-Kid-style wax-on, wax-off breathing exercises.

Macca and his old pal RINGO STARR are both on the bill at a fundraising gig for the David Lynch Foundation — which teaches TM to kids — at New York’s Radio City Music Hall tomorrow.

DONOVAN, EDDIE VEDDER from PEARL JAM, SHERYL CROW and MOBY are also on the bill.

I’d bet my boots Macca and Ringo will reunite for one song — the first time they will have performed together since GEORGE HARRISON’s tribute concert at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2002. They and bandmate JOHN LENNON famously learned the ancient Indian art from MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI during the Beatles’ Sixties heyday.

Apparently 20 minutes of TM can help to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and assist the learning process.

I might have to get the Bizarre team involved.

David Lynch was the man who penned and directed Twin Peaks, an oddball telly series from the Nineties.

And he is on the case for TM to become part of the curriculum in schools.

He said: “Someday, hopefully very soon, it will be a standard part of every school’s curriculum.

“In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class a day to dive within himself and experience the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us.”

Either that or you could just eat a yoga-rt.

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