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Director touts meditation's benefits in US tour
by Michael Brindley
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8 October 2005
On 8 October 2005 Nashua Telegraph reported:
Reporter Michael Brindley shared his thoughts after attending a Boston lecture by filmmaker David Lynch, who spent most of the evening talking about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) and an organization he has founded called the David Lynch Foundation. 'After Lynch's presentation... I am more open to the possibility of trying meditation and looking into whether it is something that would benefit my life,' Brindley said.
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Brindley said he was drawn to the lecture because of his appreciation for Lynch's work. And Lynch's enthusiasm for the value and importance of the meditative practice impressed him.
'There is an ocean of pure vibrant consciousness inside each one of us,' he quoted Lynch as saying. 'Anger, depression, sorrow . . . these are beautiful things in a story, but they are like poison to the filmmaker. They're poison to the painter. They're like a vice grip. It's like money in the bank to get that beautiful consciousness growing.'
Lynch said that the goal of his new foundation is to ensure that any student in America who wants to learn and practise the Transcendental Meditation Programme can do so. Lynch told the audience that TM can increase creativity, improve health, reduce stress, and improve academic success. He said that he hopes to raise $7 billion for his foundation which is currently developing a centre in Washington, DC.
Brindley said the talk made him 'open to the idea of trying something that could allow me to relax and ease my anxieties about life and work'.
Lynch's claims were supported by quantum physicist John Hagelin, the president of the David Lynch Foundation, and Fred Travis, the director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.
Travis directed an on-stage demonstration wherein a meditator was connected to an EEG machine and his brain waves were projected onto a big screen for everyone to see.
Brindley also talked to Sherry Levesque, director of the local Maharishi Enlightenment Center who teaches the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the Manchester and Nashua area. She told him that she believes the David Lynch Foundation's goal is one of the greatest philanthropic events of our time.
Levesque is currently focusing on building more Maharishi Enlightenment Centers. 'When people learn in this particular environment, it's a wonderful thing for them,' she said. 'We're working to create more centres in New England.'
Brindley said that while Lynch talked mostly about how the meditation process can help with creativity, Levesque also stressed its beneficial impact on health.
She also told him that there is a major difference between meditation in general, and the Transcendental Meditation Programme. She explained that meditation requires imagining something and losing yourself in that. TM, she said, is an effortless practice which automatically produces a deep, restful state of transcendental consciousness.
Levesque said she supports the undertaking to make TM available to students of all ages, from young children to students in college. She believes many of the problems that come with ADHD can be reduced more effectively through meditation than by potent drugs.
'There is a school in Iowa where all of the students and the teachers take part in Transcendental Meditation, and the students excel. It has a tremendous impact on the brain,' she said.
During his talk, Lynch spoke about a school in Detroit, where the results have been similar. 'It turned the thing around. The school is a blissful school. It's a thing that works,' he said.
'Anyone who wants to meditate can. If you're interested in finding that peace within, it's there. This foundation is trying to make it available to you. I want to help make it happen,' Lynch said.
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