30 May 2009

TM Mantras

The Origin, Traditions and Mantras of the Transcendental Meditation Technique

These days we hear a lot of talk about the mantras used for meditation. Some people say a random word is best, others recommend the universal sound Aum or Om. But what about the mantras used in the Transcendental Meditation technique? Are they generic or special? Secular or religious? Useless or effective? And where do they come from? These are important questions so let’s find an answer for them.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is an effortless mental procedure whereby an individual experiences increasingly quieter levels of thinking, leading to the experience of total silence; the source of thought, at the deepest level the mind. The technique of Transcendental Meditation has many unique features and one of them is something called a mantra. As part of personal instruction each student receives a suitable thought/sound or mantra for their meditation practice. These mantras are meaningless sounds which serve as the delicate vehicle on which the mind glides through deeper, more silent levels of the thinking process.

For maximum effectiveness students are encouraged to refrain from speaking or writing down their mantra as this has a damaging and dulling effect on this highly delicate and refined meditation tool. Also, there is a limited pool of mantras that each Transcendental Meditation teacher draws upon to select the appropriate sound for each student. So it’s entirely possible that some students could have the same mantra.

The mantra is selected by the teacher based on the suitability and harmonious effect it creates for each student. It’s important to note that the mantras are used for the sound quality only and have no assigned meaning. These two important aspects, suitability and meaninglessness, allow the mind to be lively but undirected at the same time, so it can sink deep within, ‘transcend’ thought and experience its own silent, inner nature. This is the process called ‘transcending’ which takes place during the Transcendental Meditation technique.

To understand this principle more clearly lets examine the word ‘flower’. A word has two aspects: the sound value and the English meaning. When we say or think the word ‘flower’ we automatically consider the word’s meaning, its qualities and context. We might think of the color, the smell, the quantity, the location and so on and these thoughts about the flower engage and hold the mind on the surface, conscious thinking level and do not allow the mind to fathom its inner nature. Therefore by intention and by design, the mantra used in the Transcendental Meditation technique is a sound that has no meaning attributed to it either by the teacher or their student. At the same time it should be clear, that if a science, religion or cultural group were to assign a meaning to a mantra, in the past or future, it would still have no bearing on the use of that mantra in the instruction or practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Here is an example. For centuries “google” has been a delightful, nonsensical sound, uttered by babies. More recently however it has been attributed a meaning; the name of a worldwide, Internet search engine. However this new adult meaning has no bearing on a baby’s use of that same sound. Likewise mantras are sounds that are meaningless both to the Transcendental Meditation teacher and the student even though other people, cultures or religions may or may not have assigned a meaning to them.

To further illustrate this point let’s consider the word “flat”. In the USA this sound has a meaning associated with the shape of an object. In England however, “flat” also refers to an apartment. Therefore, each respective culture utilizes sound and assigns meanings for their own localized purpose. Other languages, cultures and people who also use that same sound or word, are completely indifferent to the meaning assigned to that sound/word by other countries or cultures. The same is true with respect to the Transcendental Meditation technique. It utilizes specific mantra/sounds completely irrespective of their intended meaning in other languages or cultural settings.

The Transcendental Meditation technique and the mantra/sounds it utilizes have their precise origin in the ancient Vedic tradition which predates all religions and cultures including the Hindu religion. The Vedic tradition is a universal body of complete and timeless knowledge encompassing the total field of natural law or underlying intelligence that governs the universe. Because the Vedas and the Vedic tradition are ancient and universal, many of its sounds, names and principals are found in many countries, cultures and religions around the world.

The ancient Vedic tradition of India is the oldest continuous tradition of knowledge on earth. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Vedic tradition (specifically recitation of the Vedic hymns) a “masterpiece of intangible heritage to humanity”.

The TM technique and its mantras are derived from this same Vedic tradition. Over thousands of years, the technique of Transcendental Meditation contained in the Vedas had been misinterpreted and therefore lost its effectiveness. It was then revived in the 1950’s, to its original and highly effective form, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was the custodian and representative of the Vedic tradition in our generation.

So we conclude therefore, that the mantras used in the Transcendental Meditation technique not only have their roots in an timeless tradition of knowledge but that they are also simple and powerful, ancient and unique, meaningful and meaningless, all at the same time!

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Meditation's what you need

Licence to chill: the primary school taking learning to another level

It may sound far-fetched but meditation is helping 11-year-olds to calm down and learn better. Hilary Wilce visits a school where pupils spend an hour a week relaxing

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Meditation's what you need: children at Latchmere School in Kingston upon Thames practise their relaxation techniques. Many of the school's pupils value getting in touch with themselves John Lawrence

Meditation's what you need: children at Latchmere School in Kingston upon Thames practise their relaxation techniques. Many of the school's pupils value getting in touch with themselves

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    18 May 2009

    „iChange“ Alters its Shape - and Automotive Thinking

    „iChange“ Alters its Shape - and Automotive Thinking

    The Swiss auto powerhouse Rinspeed presents the ‘iChange,’ the world’s first car whose body adapts to the number of passengers on board. For Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht the vehicle is more than just a clever concept car. “The „iChange“ is a symbol for the fundamental changes the auto industry undergoes worldwide. And it is clear that only those companies will survive that have innovative answers for the demands of a new automotive era.” The visionary Rinderknecht is convinced that the days of gas-guzzling behemoths are coming to an end: “The „iChange“ is a signal for the coming global changes to individual mobility. We need to be ready to meet these challenges with new ideas.”

    In seconds a streamlined one-seater sports car transforms into a comfortable car with ample room for three. The trick: At the push of a button the rear end of the teardrop-shaped car magically pops up. “We have designed and built an extremely flexible vehicle. In it we have brought the themes of versatility and continually changing energy demands to their logical conclusions.” The result is a streamlined, lightweight zero-emission car with dramatically reduced energy consumption.

    The basic idea behind the ‘iChange:’: The energy demand of a vehicle depends mostly on its weight, the type of engine it uses, and its aerodynamic properties. The engineering-services company Esoro that traditionally builds Rinspeed concept cars has built an extremely lightweight car weighing in at only 1’050 kilograms. To power the car, the Swiss specialists chose an electric motor. The idea of the pop-up rear end was conceived to account for the sizeable effect aerodynamics play in fuel consumption.

    While other cars always have to ferry around their puffed-up exteriors that can accommodate up to seven passengers even if they’re just transporting a single soul, the „iChange“ features an adaptive body. The sole driver is conveyed in a teardrop-shaped car that offers optimal aerodynamic properties and thus minimized energy consumption. If more than one person need to be transported the expanding rear provides room for two passengers. As a result of the increased weight and no longer optimal aerodynamics the energy consumption increases - but only for the time passengers are actually on board.

    The energy for the electric motor comes from lithium-ion batteries that are available in two different stack configurations for short- and long-distance driving. The electric motor of the „iChange“ produces 150kW, capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 220 km/h. The sprint from rest to 100 km/h takes just slightly over four seconds. This impressive performance is made possible with the help of a six-speed pre-selector gearbox from the Subaru WRX car. The central research department of Siemens AG (Corporate Technology, CT) supplied the integration technology for engine/generator, electronics and battery connection interface. Siemens has long been one of the world leaders for energy systems and eco technology with pioneering concepts for electric drive systems. Its products cover the entire electric value-added chain from generation to distribution to consumption. The gearbox and drivetrain are lubricated with eco-friendly lubricants from Motorex. Custom-made lightweight 17” and 18” forged wheels with aerodynamic shrouds are supplied by light-alloy wheel specialists AEZ. Pirelli P Zero tires in size 215/40-17 in front and size 245/40-18 in back provide optimal grip. The front lights derive from the Opel Insignia, the rear lamps come from the Opel Astra Twin Top.

    An initial walk-around reveals that the concept car has no doors. The entire electrically powered roof section of the car measuring just 1.03 meters in height tilts forward to allow passengers to board. Also gone are such mundane things as a key. Its role is filled by an Apple iPhone, which also controls the most important vehicle functions. The „iChange“ is drastically different than ordinary cars in every detail: At the heart of the concept car lies the groundbreaking next-generation Harman/Kardon infotainment system. The system uses an innovative Intel processor technology that guarantees minimized power consumption. The same is true for the Harman/Kardon high-efficiency audio system. This revolutionary technology meets highest demands on sound quality, weighs much less than ordinary systems and at the same time uses only a fraction of energy. This opens the door to a new dimension of energy efficiency. The route guidance of the navigation system is also especially eco-friendly: The system calculates the most energy-saving route and displays the directions in realistic 3D view. When it comes to the subject of heating systems, the "iChange" is as versatile as its car body. Because the electric motor produces too little waste heat, the concept vehicle depends on a high-performance auxiliary heater. The Esslingen-based Eberspä
    cher Group – one of the world's leading manufacturers of vehicle heating systems - designed two tailor-made ecological heating systems especially for this project: an electric heater as well as an ethanol 85 heater. This optimally accentuates the advantages of the two technologies: The entirely emission free electric PTC heater proves itself at short distances. Over long distances, the battery-independent alternative fuel-powered heater ensures a significantly longer operating range of the vehicle. As a result, even the heater of the "iChange" variably adjusts to the respective requirements.

    The pure wool used in the interior was further refined into high-tech wool by Schoeller using state-of-the-art processes. The wool is spun and died in accordance with the highest eco standards. It provides an extremely extravagant ambiance in the ‘iChange,’ looks stunning and is delicate to the touch. The competence partner Strähle + Hess transformed this natural product into a striking interior. Its surface character and materiality combine to create a symbiosis of shell, firmness and frothy air. Unconventional techniques create unusual surfaces. The seams of the seats are reversed and the removable seats cushions are adorned with the prototype’s name. Xmobil provided further customization services. While textiles can be found in the „iChange“ in their original form in other areas, they are newly interpreted on seats and cargo floor using various refinement techniques such as braiding and gathering and a combination of both. Leather strips alternate with technical textiles. The seat cushions are interchangeable, braided felt alternates with technical textiles formed into three-dimensional shapes. This transfers the adaptive concept of the „iChange“ to the interior as well. The diamond-coated anti-slip floor is supplied by abrasives specialist KGS.

    The Swiss Federal Ministry for Energy (Bundesamt für Energie) supports the „iChange“ project as a groundbreaking research and development project. Solar panels on the top and sides of the roof provide electricity to the fan to keep temperatures in the „iChange“ comfortably low on hot summer days. The large Sharp solar panels also provide additional eco-friendly charging of the batteries.

    With the „iChange“ Rinderknecht, a passionate C. F. Bucherer watch wearer, and his partners once more want to provide food for thought for the automotive industry. The Swiss car visionary: “If we want to maintain our individual mobility in the future we have to rethink the car in its entirety, without taboos. Most of all, we have to take its ecological aspects into consideration.” And in the end everyone has to personally answer the same question: Am I ready and willing to change myself, do and can ‘I change’?


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    14 May 2009

    The leading Ayurveda Clinic

    Ayurveda Privatklinik Bad Ems
    The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems has 1,000 sq. meters of pleasant treatment and recreation rooms. These include the doctors' offices, rooms for seminars, yoga and meditation, a music oasis and guest recreation areas. All rooms have been lovingly restored and decorated so that you can completely relax during your stay.

    Location of the Maharishi Ayurveda Clinic

    You will find the Health and Seminar complex in the east wing of The Häckers Kurhotel, the former residence of Kaiser Wilhelm 1. During your treatment you will be accommodated in the spacious freshly renovated rooms of Häckers Kurhotel Bad Ems (4 or 5 Star Standard), so that you can indulge yourself during your stay.

    At least once a year I treat myself to a Panchakarma course. It's a fantastic pick me up and I feel years younger. The more often I take a course in the wonderful atmosphere of Bad Ems, the longer the benefits last. The deep rest and rejuvenation of Panchakarma is something I could no longer do without."

    Having everything available within the hotel means that:

    • Within the hotel you may go to your treatment wearing your bathrobe.
    • In-between individual treatments you can rest in your room.
    • It is only a short distance between the restaurant and seminar rooms.

    You may also arrange your own accommodation privately in one of the surrounding hotels or holiday flats.

    Since 1996 the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre has been licensed by the state as a Private Clinic.

    The advantages for you are:

    • The facilities are under government medical control.
    • The therapy rooms and kitchen are regularly inspecfted to ensure they maintain the highest standards of hygiene.
    • You have the security that are doctors are always available 24 hrs every day of the year.
    Around 50 staff in the Ayurvedic Clinic are ready to serve you and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

    The experienced team of doctors, therapists and customer service staff are pleased to be able to attend to you during your treatment.

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    Prince Charles on re-evaluating our way of doing things

    Quote of the Day: Prince Charles on Architecture

    by Lloyd Alter, Toronto


    Help. Find me a modernist architectural rehab. Prince Charles gave a speech last night at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and I agree with him. Take away my licence.

    The crisis in the banking and financial sector – devastating though its consequences will be for some – has at least brought to light something of the short-termist, unsustainable, and experimental nature of the way many professionals now operate in the world; a kind of surpassing cleverness in the devising of products and systems that no-one really understands. At a time when, believe it or not, we are hearing calls for a return to old-fashioned, traditional banking virtues, might these calls not apply equally to the manner in which our built environment gives physical expression to the way we do business and live our lives, as essentially social beings?

    Two views of Chelsea Barracks: Lord Rogers vs Quinlan Terry

    Nothing argues for a re-evaluation of our way of doing things more than the state of the planet. Some twenty years ago – shortly after I made A Vision of Britain – I made another B.B.C. film called Earth in Balance in which I interviewed the then Senator Al Gore. I don’t think many people paid much attention to that film. It’s amusing watching it now! His subsequent bestseller, Earth in the Balance, played an important part in framing the debate before the Kyoto Conference on climate change. At that time, I argued that a rebalancing of priorities from short- to long-term was needed and that short-term thinking was at the root of the environmental crisis. I may have thought that then – I am convinced of it now! Sustainability matters. Durability matters even more. And perhaps more than ever, it matters now; for surely it must be true that the twin crunches of credit and climate together have highlighted the dangers of the short-term view – “consume today and let someone else pay tomorrow for the throwaway society.”

    As over 60 per cent of our carbon emissions can be attributed to the built environment, all of us who are involved with the making of place have a great responsibility. Climatologists speak, and speak urgently, of the need to flatten the curve of rising emissions – starting now.

    Read the entire speech here, responses from architects here, and Jonathan Glancey's review in the Guardian here.


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    13 May 2009

    David Lynch Foundation Concert: Change Begins Within

    On April 4th, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Paul McCartney & Friends came together for the Change Begins Within benefit concert hosted by the David Lynch Foundation. The concert raised funds to teach Transcendental Meditation to 1 million at-risk youth. Joining Paul were Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette and Jim James.

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    Mayor of All-Organic Town to Visit NZ

    The Mayor of the only city in the world where it is illegal to sell non-organic produce is starting an 11-day visit to New Zealand this weekend (Saturday May 14).

    Robert G. Wynne is Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa, USA, which has banned the sale of all non-organic food from its city in recognition of the importance of healthy food for its citizens. It has also begun construction on the first of a planned 100 acres of greenhouses in which it will grow organic produce for residents of the City and Midwest.

    Dr Wynne, accompanied by his wife Maureen, will be meeting members of the Transcendental Meditation organisation in this country and hopes to discuss the issue of state schools offering TM to staff and students under the Stress Free Schools initiative. (www.stressfreeschools.co.nz)

    Maharishi Vedic City is situated close to Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and has become famous for other reasons as a community of the future:

    Vedic Architecture: Every building is designed according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, to promote health, happiness, and good fortune. Each building faces east and has a central silent space called a Brahmasthan and a golden roof ornament called a kalash.

    Vedic Health Care: Probably the healthiest city in America, the City is the home to the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine of Maharishi University of Management, and The Raj, America’s flagship health centre and spa based on the natural, prevention-oriented Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health.

    This city, designed and carefully laid out on the town planning principles of Vedic architecture, was incorporated on July 25, 2001 by the City Development Board of Iowa and is the 950th city in the state. By such incorporation, the city obtains access to state funding, and can issue bonds and levy taxes.


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    08 May 2009

    Gross National Happiness instead of GNP

    Recalculating Happiness in a Himalayan Kingdom

    Seth Mydans/International Herald Tribune

    Under a new Constitution, government programs must be judged by the happiness they produce, not by the economic benefits.

    Published: May 6, 2009

    THIMPHU, Bhutan — If the rest of the world cannot get it right in these unhappy times, this tiny Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalayan mountains says it is working on an answer.

    “Greed, insatiable human greed,” said Prime Minister Jigme Thinley of Bhutan, describing what he sees as the cause of today’s economic catastrophe in the world beyond the snow-topped mountains. “What we need is change,” he said in the whitewashed fortress where he works. “We need to think gross national happiness.”

    The notion of gross national happiness was the inspiration of the former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s as an alternative to the gross national product. Now, the Bhutanese are refining the country’s guiding philosophy into what they see as a new political science, and it has ripened into government policy just when the world may need it, said Kinley Dorji, secretary of information and communications.

    “You see what a complete dedication to economic development ends up in,” he said, referring to the global economic crisis. “Industrialized societies have decided now that G.N.P. is a broken promise.”

    Under a new Constitution adopted last year, government programs — from agriculture to transportation to foreign trade — must be judged not by the economic benefits they may offer but by the happiness they produce.

    The goal is not happiness itself, the prime minister explained, a concept that each person must define for himself. Rather, the government aims to create the conditions for what he called, in an updated version of the American Declaration of Independence, “the pursuit of gross national happiness.”

    The Bhutanese have started with an experiment within an experiment, accepting the resignation of the popular king as an absolute monarch and holding the country’s first democratic election a year ago.

    The change is part of attaining gross national happiness, Mr. Dorji said. “They resonate well, democracy and G.N.H. Both place responsibility on the individual. Happiness is an individual pursuit and democracy is the empowerment of the individual.”

    It was a rare case of a monarch’s unilaterally stepping back from power, and an even rarer case of his doing so against the wishes of his subjects. He gave the throne to his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who was crowned in November in the new role of constitutional monarch without executive power.

    Bhutan is, perhaps, an easy place to nimbly rewrite economic rules — a country with one airport and two commercial planes, where the east can only be reached from the west after four days’ travel on mountain roads.

    No more than 700,000 people live in the kingdom, squeezed between the world’s two most populous nations, India and China, and its task now is to control and manage the inevitable changes to its way of life. It is a country where cigarettes are banned and television was introduced just 10 years ago, where traditional clothing and architecture are enforced by law and where the capital city has no stoplight and just one traffic officer on duty.

    If the world is to take gross national happiness seriously, the Bhutanese concede, they must work out a scheme of definitions and standards that can be quantified and measured by the big players of the world’s economy.

    “Once Bhutan said, ‘O.K., here we are with G.N.H.,’ the developed world and the World Bank and the I.M.F. and so on asked, ‘How do you measure it?’ ” Mr. Dorji said, characterizing the reactions of the world’s big economic players. So the Bhutanese produced an intricate model of well-being that features the four pillars, the nine domains and the 72 indicators of happiness.

    Specifically, the government has determined that the four pillars of a happy society involve the economy, culture, the environment and good governance. It breaks these into nine domains: psychological well-being, ecology, health, education, culture, living standards, time use, community vitality and good governance, each with its own weighted and unweighted G.N.H. index.

    All of this is to be analyzed using the 72 indicators. Under the domain of psychological well-being, for example, indicators include the frequencies of prayer and meditation and of feelings of selfishness, jealousy, calm, compassion, generosity and frustration as well as suicidal thoughts.

    “We are even breaking down the time of day: how much time a person spends with family, at work and so on,” Mr. Dorji said.

    Mathematical formulas have even been devised to reduce happiness to its tiniest component parts. The G.N.H. index for psychological well-being, for example, includes the following: “One sum of squared distances from cutoffs for four psychological well-being indicators. Here, instead of average the sum of squared distances from cutoffs is calculated because the weights add up to 1 in each dimension.”

    This is followed by a set of equations:

    = 1-(.25+.03125+.000625+0)
    = 1-.281875
    = .718

    Every two years, these indicators are to be reassessed through a nationwide questionnaire, said Karma Tshiteem, secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission, as he sat in his office at the end of a hard day of work that he said made him happy.

    Gross national happiness has a broader application for Bhutan as it races to preserve its identity and culture from the encroachments of the outside world.

    “How does a small country like Bhutan handle globalization?” Mr. Dorji asked. “We will survive by being distinct, by being different.”

    Bhutan is pitting its four pillars, nine domains and 72 indicators against the 48 channels of Hollywood and Bollywood that have invaded since television was permitted a decade ago.

    “Before June 1999 if you asked any young person who is your hero, the inevitable response was, ‘The king,’ ” Mr. Dorji said. “Immediately after that it was David Beckham, and now it’s 50 Cent, the rap artist. Parents are helpless.”

    So if G.N.H. may hold the secret of happiness for people suffering from the collapse of financial institutions abroad, it offers something more urgent here in this pristine culture.

    “Bhutan’s story today is, in one word, survival,” Mr. Dorji said. “Gross national happiness is survival; how to counter a threat to survival.”

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    05 May 2009

    Meditation: New Help for Stressed-Out Kids

    Watch Live!Meditation:  New Help for Stressed-Out KidsMeditation:  New Help for Stressed-Out KidsMeditation:  New Help for Stressed-Out KidsNational Webconference

    Stress undermines learning and health. The optimal mental state for a student to learn is relaxed alertness, according to extensive research. The Transcendental Meditation technique produces a unique state of “restful alertness,” which integrates brain functioning, improves academic achievement, reduces stress and anxiety, improves executive function, and reduces symptoms in students with ADHD.

    This national webconference will introduce you to this research-based, non-drug approach to improving academic achievement and reducing stress and stress-related disorders among students.

    Experts explain the benefits of
    meditation for helping stressed-out kids

    John Hagelin, Ph.D.

    John Hagelin, Ph.D. President of the David Lynch Foundation; Harvard-trained quantum physicist; educator, author, and leading researcher of the effects on the Transcendental Meditation technique on brain development and mental and physical health.

    Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D.

    Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D. George Washington University-trained specialist in cognitive learning; executive director of the Office of ADHD and Learning Differences for the David Lynch Foundation; author of a new study on ADHD and the Transcendental Meditation technique.

    William Stixrud, Ph.D.

    William Stixrud, Ph.D. Clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning, attention, and/or social/emotional difficulties; associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center; co-author of a new study on ADHD and the Transcendental Meditation technique.

    Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.

    Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. Senior researcher in psychiatry and psychobiology for 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health; clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University; author of a new study now under way on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Fred Travis, Ph.D.

    Fred Travis, Ph.D. Neuroscientist; director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition; author of a new study on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on stress and brain function among college students.

    Who should participate
    Mental health professionals, guidance counselors, educators, and parents.

    Please register at DavidLynchFoundation.org/conference. The webconference is free.


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    04 May 2009

    Great Interview of David Lynch on Iceland TV


    David Lynch og hugleiðslan

    Bandaríski kvikmyndaleikstjórinn David Lynch var nýverið staddur hér á landi til að halda námskeið í innhverfri íhugun. Hann sagði Agli Helgasyni frá reynslu sinni af hugleiðslu, kvikmyndum sínum og skoðunum á lífinu almennt í Silfrinu sunnudaginn 3. Maí.

    Excellent interview by Agli Helgasyni from the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service - Ríkisútvarpið RUV - with David Lynch during his visit to Iceland.

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    03 May 2009

    Vote for David Lynch Foundation

    Help David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-based Education and World Peace to win the $25,000 Social Media Makeover!

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    David Lynch Foundation Newsletter May 09

    David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
    Paul McCartney “To be able to say the kids in Detroit love it, the kids in the West Bank love it, the kids in Brazil love it, and you are actually getting results… that’s what I love about what we’re involved in now.” Donovan “TM naturally unfolds any student’s full potential. This really works. It’s really simple. Change begins within.” Sheryl Crow “I feel like this is the right thing to do, and it’s what should be in the school systems but also should be a part of our daily lives throughout.”

    Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Angelo Badalamenti, Bettye LaVette, and Jim James joined the two remaining Beatles to thrill the crowd as well, as did Jerry Seinfeld in a brilliant guest performance Between acts, David Lynch showed powerful film clips of meditating students in Foundation schools, and celebrity personalities Howard Stern, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, and Laura Dern spoke passionately about the benefits of TM practice. The global press responded to the event with thousands of headlines and front-page stories and hundreds of television and radio shows.

    Paul said of TM practice, “It’s a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time…. Allowing children to experience something they wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise is a great thing.” And Ringo was delighted that he and Paul were able to come together to support the David Lynch Foundation initiative, saying, “I feel the aims of this charity are wonderful!”

    In addition to their superb individual performances, the musicians at the concert sang together on many songs and created a powerful, joyful onstage camaraderie and unity, with everyone committed to bringing meditation to students everywhere and helping the youth reach their full potential.

    Why Paul McCartney was happy to perform

    In a videotaped interview with David Lynch, Paul spoke enthusiastically and knowledgeably about the work of the Foundation in bringing Transcendental Meditation to 70,000 students worldwide. “To be able to say the kids in Detroit love it, the kids in the West Bank love it, the kids in Brazil love it, and you are actually getting results…. that’s what I love about what we’re involved in now,” he said. “So that’s why I was so happy to do the concert. It’s very inspiring.”

    Donovan: “It’s really simple. Change begins within”

    “Schools are in trouble,” Donovan said at the New York press conference preceding the concert. “Teachers need help, and America’s youth are at serious risk. David Lynch saw the benefits of the TM program. Now that thousands of children are already receiving it and are raising their self-esteem, improving their well being, and turning around the most troubled schools, the proof is in. TM naturally unfolds any student’s full potential. This really works. It’s really simple. Change begins within.”

    In the past three years, the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarship funding for more than 70,000 students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate in the U.S. and Canada and throughout South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Half a million students in 60 countries are currently waiting to begin the Transcendental Meditation program, including students in over 100 schools in New York City alone. To create a less violent, more peaceful world, the David Lynch Foundation is continuing to raise the millions of dollars needed to fulfill its goal of teaching one million children to meditate.

    Sheryl Crow says “This is the right thing to do”

    In an interview on DLF.TV, Sheryl Crow said, “It’s the message that should be sent throughout the world—that all of us on this planet can talk about peace, but peace begins within all of us. And so I feel like this is the right thing to do, and it’s what should be in the school systems but also should be a part of our daily lives throughout.”

    Students comment on the Quiet Time program

    Students who participate in the TM/Quiet Time program in schools across the U.S. are testifying to its powerful and peaceful effect:

    “I used to get angry a lot, but now I’m calming down.” —A Detroit middle school student

    “Slowly everything started changing and now it’s a lot better. Nobody’s fighting in our school.” —A Hartford, Connecticut, high school student

    “Our school used to be really wild. Now it’s all mellow and calm, just how a school’s supposed to be.” —A San Francisco middle school student

    “I needed to relax. I needed to get a hold of myself again because I think I lost her somewhere. I think what draws people to want to meditate is for their personal gain, to excel and be a better person.” —A Hartford high school student

    “I looked at my transcript and in freshman and sophomore and junior years I had C’s all across and D’s and everything. Now I have A’s and B’s. The only thing I noticed that changed is that I started doing the meditation and I saw that as the reason it happened, because I’ve been able to concentrate much better.” —A Hartford high school student

    Make a donation


    “When you see it, you think, ‘How come it’s not everywhere? How come it’s not? It works!’”—David Lynch

    You can help. If you would like to contribute to changing school environments for the better—if you want to help create safe, healthy educational institutions where students want to learn, violent incidents are a thing of the past, students’ grades improve, and suspensions are almost nonexistent—please contact the David Lynch Foundation: info@davidlynchfoundation.org.

    To learn more about the Transcendental Meditation program

    call 1- 800-Learn TM or visit www.tm.org

    For more information about the “Change Begins Within” concert

    visit DLF.TV at http://dlf.tv/change-begins-within/.

    Note: These exclusive DLF.TV video interviews with Paul McCartney and friends will be included in a documentary film of the concert, to be released soon. Stay tuned!


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    01 May 2009

    Staying True to the Idea

    David about translating ideas from thought to reality and how the TM technique has fit into his film career.

    Staying True to the IdeaSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend