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David Lynch taught me to chill: One woman's journey into Transcendental Meditation
by Rose Surnow
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27 July 2013
On 27 July 2013 Bullett reported: Writer Rose Surnow recently learned Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation in New York City. 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 culture.
'When I arrived at the foundation, a chic office space in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, I met with Executive Director Bob Roth. At 61-years-old, Roth is a living endorsement of TM. Sporting a deep tan, bright blue eyes, and a sharp suit, he looks twenty years younger than he is. I'm already sold.
'Roth discovered meditation in 1969, when he was attending college at the famously activist UC Berkeley. ''My first day or two of meditating, the experience was so significant, I thought, 'I'd love to teach this to inner-city kids.' ''
'Cut to 36 years later, and that's exactly what he does. The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) was founded by the filmmaker in 2005 to raise funds to send Transcendental Meditation teachers into at-risk communities. In addition to kids in inner city schools the foundation also teaches veterans with PTSD, victims of domestic abuse, the homeless, and incarcerated men and women. So far, they have taught TM to approximately 250,000 students.'
The technique is also 'popular with comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK, Howard Stern, and Russell Brand.'
What exactly does Transcendental Meditation do?
' ''This technique allows the active, agitated mind to settle down, and when that happens, you get this whole galaxy of changes in your physiology,'' Roth says. ''You rest deeper than sleep, you relieve stress, the research shows it wakes up the brain. Is it a flashy experience? Not at all. Is it a pleasant experience? Yes. Is it relaxing? Incredibly so.'' '
Ms Surnow goes on to relate her experiences during the four-day course in which she learned Transcendental Meditation.
'My experience with TM was totally positive,' she comments at the conclusion of the article, describing the technique as an 'awesome tool for relaxation. . . . [a] practice that I can do anytime, anywhere, and immediately makes me feel more at ease.'
For more information about the David Lynch Foundation visit its website.
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