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1 November 2007
On 1 November 2007 CBNNews.com reported:
It took only 40 years for the relaxation and personal growth technique known as Transcendental Meditation (TM) to become part of mainstream culture. Now '60s pop star Donovan and director David Lynch plan to use the technique to help students decrease stress, crime, and violence on school campuses.
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, first introduced Donovan to the technique in the late 1960s. The singer currently plans to open the Invincible Donovan University in his native Scotland where TM will be part of the curriculum.
CBNNews quoted Donovan as saying, 'The Maharishi told me during that 1968 visit that I should build a university in Edinburgh. I didn't know what to do because I couldn't do this on my own, but then I met David Lynch, who told me about the positive effects of TM in education.'
Lynch, famous for such movies as 'Mullholland Drive' and 'Blue Velvet', promotes the use of Transcendental Meditation in US schools through his David Lynch Foundation, and has toured the US with Donovan to encourage the use of the technique in schools.
The article stated, 'By next year, it is estimated that the number of public, private and charter schools using TM will reach 100, as 25 reported implementing the practice in 2006.'
CBNNews also noted that there are detractors to the claim that TM is 'a method of relaxation and personal growth without harmful side effects'.
However, the article also stated, 'IDEAL Academy principal, Dr. George Rutherford, argues that the meditation helps students deal with outside stress so they can focus on their schoolwork.'
The IDEAL Academy is an elementary school, located in Washington D.C., where TM is part of its everyday course plan.
CBNNews quoted principal Rutherford as saying, 'And if a child comes in and they're stressed out, how do we expect them to learn?'
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