The David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education and World Peace was founded in 2005 by David Lynch. In 1973, Lynch began practicing transcendental meditation twice a day for 20 minutes and found it gave him “access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity and happiness deep within.” The Lynch Foundation actively teaches transcendental meditation to children and adults around the country to help prevent and put an end to trauma and toxic stress in at risk populations.
In order to achieve these goals, the David Lynch Foundation works to raise awareness on the beneficial effects of transcendental meditation among the government, health agencies, educational facilities, the media, business leaders, and the public. The Foundation raises funds for pilot programs in places that service at risk populations, such as prisons and inner city schools. They fund independent research on transcendental meditation to better understand how it affects health, behavior, and the brain. Finally, they strive to implement an institutional program of transcendental meditation on a national and international scale.
So far, the David Lynch Foundation has introduced the practice of transcendental meditation to over 500,000 children and adults with a focus on under served inner city students, women and children who have survived abuse, and veterans with PTSD and their families. They have also funded research on transcendental meditation and academic performance as well as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and more.
Transcendental meditation works by allowing the active mind to settle inward. Practitioners experience a calm, peaceful level of awareness which results in rejuvenating rest for the body and improved brain function. Twenty minutes of meditation twice a day leads to fewer feelings of anxiety and stress, better memory and brain function, lower blood pressure, improved sleep habits, and a sense of calmness, clarity, and improved productivity.
In schools, the David Lynch Foundation promotes the Quiet Time program. This gives students two 15 minute periods of transcendental meditation each day. Schools who implement the Quiet Time program experience rising test scores, increased creativity, and an overall improvement in happiness in both teachers and students. They also enjoy fewer suspensions, less violence among students, reduced symptoms of ADHD and other behavioral disorders, and a steep decline in stress, anxiety, and depression. All of these benefits are seen within two years of adopting a Quiet Time program.
Veterans receive help from the David Lynch Foundation through Operation Warrior Wellness. This easy to practice approach to transcendental meditation allows veterans with PTSD to learn a simple method for controlling and easing their symptoms. PTSD often leads to substance abuse, depression, suicide, and estrangement from family and friends. Veterans who participate in Operation Warrior Wellness experience an improved quality of life and much lower rates of depression, insomnia, blood pressure, and overall symptoms of PTSD.
Prisons in the US experience unacceptably high recidivism rates. The cost of housing our large (and growing) number of inmates has increased dramatically over the past 20 years and little is being done to rehabilitate and reform inmates. This broken system takes a heavy financial and personal toll on not only the inmates, but their families and future generations. Transcendental meditation is an effective, low cost tool for improving mental health and behavior in our prisons. Even in our country’s most notorious prisons, when the inmates and guards practice transcendental meditation, the results are dramatic. Recidivism rates drop by as much as 30%, depression, fatigue, anxiety, and anger decrease, trauma symptoms lessen, and inmates are less likely to break prison rules.
- by Russell Simmons
- September 26, 2018