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New video gives highlights of New York Town Hall Forum: 'Meditation - Creativity, Performance and Stress'
by Global Good News staff writer

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27 May 2014

A new video produced by the David Lynch Foundation gives highlights of a special event held a few months ago in New York City—a 'Town Hall Forum' that was designed to introduce the benefits of Transcendental Meditation to business and professional New Yorkers. The speakers—all leaders at the very top of their professions in business, medicine, the arts, publishing, and culinary arts—described how Transcendental Meditation has contributed to their success, as well as research verifying improved brain function and other beneficial results of regular twice-daily practice.

The event, titled 'Meditation: Creativity, Performance and Stress', was held 11 February. It was moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin, a well-known journalist, author, and host of 'CNBC Squawk Box'. Mr Sorkin, who practises Transcendental Meditation, interviewed a host of prominent New Yorkers who also practise the technique.

Before these interviews, David Lynch Foundation Executive Director Bob Roth introduced the discussion of Transcendental Meditation saying that 'deep within each of us is a level of the mind that is already quiet, and in Transcendental Meditation we access it'. Mr Roth, who oversees programmes that have introduced Transcendental Meditation to over 300,000 at-risk students in 35 countries, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and women and girls who are survivors of domestic violence, also serves as national director of the Center for Leadership Performance, where he has helped to oversee the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation programme in business, industry, and governmental organizations.

Following are other guest speakers featured at the Town Hall Forum:

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, said Transcendental Meditation makes his day-to-day life more calm and balanced, allowing him to access deeper levels of creativity and make better business decisions. Mr Dalio attributes his success, more than anything else, to his practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Mehmet Oz, MD, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show on television, prescribes Transcendental Meditation to his patients. He commended the practice saying it lowers blood pressure, the number one cause of ageing, without a prescription and without side effects.

Norman Rosenthal, MD, author and clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University, described EEG results showing that Transcendental Meditation produces alpha rhythm brain waves that are associated with peaceful self-reflection and coherence in brain functioning. This effect extends into daily life, he said. Coherent brain waves lead to improved thinking, speech, and behaviour.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, and chief medical correspondent of Discovery Health TV, explained that activation of the brain's pre-frontal cortex during Transcendental Meditation produces a unique state of being both alert and restful, and enhances planning, organizing, and creative thinking outside of meditation.

Mario Batali, chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality finds that Transcendental Meditation makes him more effective in time management, and helps him make smart decisions and remain calm in the face of constant daily challenges.

Arianna Huffingtion, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, said in the West where we think 'life is lived from the outside in' we always seem to be sitting on 'the two-legged stool' of money and power—while missing the third leg of the stool that has to do with our well-being. The price of success should not be a mid-life heart attack, she said. We need to meditate and also take care to get proper sleep.

Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of MORE, a magazine whose focus she describes as teaching women that it is okay to take care of themselves, feels women are beginning to turn the corner now and give attention to this vitally important element, including the practice of meditation.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, described what was 'a revelation' to her—that her experience with Transcendental Meditation is not only about personally gaining deep rest and relaxation, but also about the influence one has on the environment. She described walking into a room full of people 'with that calm, and that different pace and rhythm' that develop through the practice: 'It has an impact on the people who are around you. And particularly if you're in a leadership position like everyone here,' she said, 'you set the tone . . . , you are the calm, and you set that as the pace for the workplace.'

Click here to watch the 5-minute video with highlights from last February's Town Hall Forum in New York on

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