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Gala raises awareness of PTSD and its treatment with Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
At a gala raising awareness for the philanthropic programmes of the David Lynch Foundation, many celebrities came to show their support. One of the most important and impactful projects the foundation works on is healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with the help of Transcendental Meditation (TM).
A new video chronicles the event, the Foundation's fourth annual 'Change Begins Within' Benefit Gala—'An Historic Night of Jazz'—held last December at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Television journalist George Stephanopoulos attended the event. He said, 'I'm a relative newbie to TM. I've only been doing it about two years, but I can say from my personal experience that it has made all the difference in my life.'
But Mr Stephanopoulos is particularly interested in what Transcendental Meditation can do for those in need. 'What I'm so excited about,' he said, 'is the work that the David Lynch Foundation is doing now to bring [Transcendental Meditation] to people who may need it.'
Hollywood actress Liv Tyler agreed. She said, 'I started meditating about a year ago and it has been really important for me in my life.' She highlighted the importance of the Foundation's work in applying Transcendental Meditation to 'issues with women and veterans and people that have had traumas happen to them, and need help in healing'.
The David Lynch Foundation's support for those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder includes not only military veterans, but also 'first responders'—police, fire, and other emergency personnel.
Said Michael Ortiz, former New York police officer, state trooper, DEA* agent, and PTSD survivor, 'Transcendental Meditation, TM, has changed my life drastically. Without TM I was headed down a path of total destruction which would have led to me losing my beautiful wife, my family, and my life.'
Mr Ortiz thanked David Lynch and his foundation 'for giving me this wonderful tool, TM, to help me fight PTSD'.
Deborah Ortiz, co-producer of the film Code Nine: Officer Needs Assistance and Mr Ortiz's wife, spoke next, advocating for widespread treatment with Transcendental Meditation.
'We would love to be able to incorporate TM into the training for all of our first responders, so that none of them ever reaches the point of no return,' Ms Ortiz said.
See related articles:
∙ Seinfeld, Stephanopoulos talk TM on ''Good Morning America''
∙ Gala event honoured jazz greats, supports Transcendental Meditation for veterans, women, at-risk children
∙ David Lynch Foundation uses Transcendental Meditation to help all areas of society
* DEA: The Drug Enforcement Administration of the US Department of Justice, which regulates interstate commerce in prescription drugs to prevent them from being used as drugs of abuse.
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