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Third annual 'Change Begins Within' gala in Los Angeles to help veterans
by Global Good News staff writer
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15 November 2011
For the third year in a row, the 'Change Begins Within' national benefit gala is shaping up to be a big success. The gala aims to raise funds to teach the Transcendental Meditation Technique to thousands of veterans, soldiers, and their families who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
The gala will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on 3 December in Los Angeles, California. It will be kicked off a few days earlier in San Francisco with a benefit comedy performance by Russell Brand.
The featured speakers at the 'Change Begins Within' gala include Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Brand, Russell Simmons, David Lynch, and some surprise guests. The speakers will talk about how Transcendental Meditation benefits their daily lives.
Next, Dr Norman Rosenthal, renowned psychiatrist and author of the bestselling book, Transcendence, will explain the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation in battling stress and stress-related problems like post-traumatic stress disorder.
The 'Change Begins Within' website explains more about post-traumatic stress. 'Soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq and their families, as well as underserved youth living in violence and poverty, often suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS), called the ''black death of the 21st century''.' The website goes on to explain that 'more soldiers commit suicide each day than die in combat.'
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace provides scholarships for those suffering from PTS to learn the health-promoting and stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique. To date, the foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of scholarships.
According to the 'Change Begins Within' website, 'The effectiveness of the TM technique has been documented at top medical schools, including UCLA, Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.' It has also been endorsed and utilized by leading businesses, organizations, and government agencies.
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