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Transcendental Meditation: Iconic filmmaker David Lynch has a viable solution to a pressing problem
by Norman Zierold

Embody Magazine    Translate This Article
1 October 2010

On 1 October 2010 Embody Magazine reported: Through the generosity of renowned filmmaker David Lynch and the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace--established to help at-risk students---more than 100,000 children around the world have learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme and are experiencing wide-ranging benefits, from better health and less stress to improved academic achievement. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

The article reports on Mr Lynch's 'journey which led to the formation of the David Lynch Foundation'.

'Not long ago', Mr Lynch says in the article, 'when I heard about the crippling levels of stress and violence in the lives of children today, about the need for armed guards to patrol school corridors, and about widespread use of prescription drugs with deleterious side effects, I became concerned about what this was doing to the health of these children and their ability to learn.

'Discussing the matter with a friend, the thought came that in today's turbulent world all school kids should have a class period to begin and end the school day where they can dive within and experience the field of silence, the transcendental level of life, which is an enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence within all of us.'

This voluntary Quiet Time programme, 'after less than five years, already has a stunning record of achievement,' the article reports.

Among the many hundreds of scientific research studies conducted on the Transcendental Meditation Programme, the article highlights several recent examples including benefits for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for studies on benefits for heart health, benefits for diabetes, and 'reducing acute stress and behavioral problems' in students.

'Dr. Sanford Nidich, professor of education and physiology at Maharishi University of Management, has been working with at-risk adolescents in U.S. schools and reports on a study recently conducted at the University of Connecticut involving 106 secondary school students from three public schools, primarily from lower income, minority populations,' the article states.

'Meditating students,' Dr Nidich says in the article, 'showed significant reductions in anxiety, emotional problems, and hyperactivity, and improved overall mental health after an average of four months compared to controls.'

Study co-author and University of Connecticut professor Dr Robert Colbert adds that 'something must be done to help today's youth deal with the enormous amount of stress in their lives. This study shows that something can help immediately and it is easy to implement in any school setting.'

'I have had the pleasure of meeting many students who are ''diving within'' and experiencing Consciousness-Based Education,' Mr Lynch is quoted as saying in the article.

'These students are all unique individuals, very much themselves. They are amazing, self sufficient, wide-awake, energetic, blissful, creative, powerfully intelligent and peaceful human beings. Meeting these students, for me, was the proof that Consciousness-Based Education is a profoundly good thing for our schools and for our world.'

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