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Bring peace to schools by meditation, say Lynch and Donovan
by Amol Rajan
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24 October 2007
On 24 October 2007 The Independent reported:
Celebrated director David Lynch and folk singer Donovan want to 'change education across the world forever' by incorporating the use of Transcendental Meditation in UK schools.
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The Independent reported, 'The unlikely coalition of David Lynch and Donovan Leitch is set to launch itself upon British schools with a tour to promulgate 'Consciousness-based education and world peace'. Their aim: to bring Transcendental Meditation (TM) to millions of pupils.'
The Independent Lynch as saying, 'It's a simple, easy, effortless technique. A 10-year-old child could do it. Dive within, transcend and . . . experience this pure bliss, pure creativity, infinite intelligence, love, energy, power . . . the engine that runs the universe.'
Donovan added, 'It has shown enormous success in schools around the world where it has been used. Had I had TM in my school days I would have excelled as a child. Once you see the results it's extraordinary.'
Director Lynch is not only in the UK promoting his book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity, but is also promoting the use of TM in schools through his David Lynch Foundation.
The Independent explained, '. . . launched two years ago to promote the teaching of TM in schools, [the David Lynch Foundation] has provided more than $5m (£2.5m) in grants to schools willing to experiment with the technique. If adopted, TM would require pupils to conduct two 20-minute sessions per day in silence . . . .'
The Independent quoted Lynch as saying, 'When children get a chance to learn this technique, it transforms their life. Children are suffering more and more with stress at a younger age and this gets rid of stress. All negativity begins to lift.'
The article also noted that '. . . the first major report into British primary school children for 40 years concluded they were stressed, anxious, and under-achieving.'
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools, and Families said that the department did not have a position on meditation in schools but did not rule it out.
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