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UK: DLF gala benefit in London highlights Transcendental Meditation for veterans' PTSD
by David Hughes
Transcendental Meditation News - UK Translate This Article
19 December 2012
''In 2011, I came across Transcendental Meditation; I'd seen the David Lynch Foundation gala in New York* on YouTube, and it talked a lot about how TM helped veterans, and I thought, 'I've got to do this.' All I can say is, it was the best decision I ever made.''
So said former British Army soldier Leighton Stagg, addressing an audience of businessmen, fashion designers, government officers, educators, artists and musicians at the first benefit gala dinner of the David Lynch Foundation UK.
Held at the Underglobe, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, on 24 November, the dinner was organised to raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation to at-risk groups including the homeless, prisoners, and the many thousands of war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Leighton, who served in Northern Ireland, described how he had been taking anti-depressants during the day and sleeping tablets at night; and, having learned Transcendental Meditation 14 months ago, he said, ''I've come off all my medications, and haven't had the need for counselling or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or any of the other approaches that had their place at the time; the need just isn't there anymore.
''I've regained something that, in all honesty, I haven't felt since I was about 18 years old. I'm so grateful that this has come into my life, and it has literally transformed me.''
Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News - UK
Global Good News will continue to report on the DLF UK benefit gala.
* The second annual 'Change Begins Within' benefit gala of the David Lynch Foundation in the USA, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 13 December 2010.
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