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Transcendental Meditation experience, research win over skeptics
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
At the fourth annual 'Change Begins Within' Benefit Gala, celebrities from all areas came together to show their support for the David Lynch Foundation and Transcendental Meditation (TM).
A new video about the New York event, 'An Historic Night of Jazz', captures the David Lynch Foundation's work using Transcendental Meditation to help veterans, women victims of violence, at-risk youth, prison inmates, the homeless, and anyone struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and stress-related problems.
One of the main messages of the evening was that Transcendental Meditation works regardless of one's faith or belief in it. In fact, many public figures who spoke at the event encouraged the audience to be skeptical.
Said Dr Mehmet Oz, cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and award-winning television personality, 'I do encourage anyone who's not doing TM to be a skeptic and come at it with that perspective.'
Top television journalist George Stephanopoulos said, 'I have to admit, I came to [Transcendental Meditation] as a skeptic. I mean, how could it be that sitting quietly for twenty minutes twice a day could help make you the person you were meant to be? I just couldn't believe it.'
He added, 'But I can say from my personal experience that it has made all the difference in my life. . . . It really does click for me and I think for so many people increasingly around the world. And what I'm so excited about is the work that the David Lynch Foundation is doing now to bring that to people who may need it.'
Dr Oz explained that it is natural to be skeptical, but the benefits of Transcendental Meditation are supported by a large body of research data.
'Take for example high blood pressure. . . . Well, especially if the blood pressure is related to issues that are emotional in your life, [Transcendental Meditation] is profoundly effective.'
Dr Oz noted that these effects have been measured scientifically. 'Doctors did double-blind randomized control studies—those are the gold standard studies that we look at—and demonstrated dramatic reductions. Not just in blood pressure, which can be reduced as much as medication in some cases, but also almost 50 per cent reductions in incidence of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, even death rates in some studies. So these aren't subtle little changes . . . they are dramatic shifts.'
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∙ Gala event honoured jazz greats, supports Transcendental Meditation for veterans, women, at-risk children
∙ David Lynch Foundation uses Transcendental Meditation to help all areas of society
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