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Kidstock with Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Donovan and... David Lynch?
by Mike Ragogna

The Huffington Post    Translate This Article
15 February 2009

On 15 February 2009 The Huffington Post reported: Under the auspices of the David Lynch Foundation, the 'Change Begins Within' concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on 4 April -- starring Sir Paul McCartney and a host of friends including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Paul Horn, Mike Love, and other special guests -- is intended to raise funds to teach one million children Transcendental Meditation, including 10,000 at-risk students around the New York City area. 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 world peace.

Funds from the 'Change Begins Within' concert will provide students with the chance to ' ''dive within'' . . . to help overcome the stress and violence that is destroying their lives, and to unfold their full potential to become healthy, happy, creative individuals,' the world renowned filmmaker said.

The Huffington Post article explained that David Lynch—who has practised Transcendental Meditation for over 30 years—wants the world's children to help 'change the world overnight'—the result, he says, of having one million children practising the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The Huffington Post quoted Mr Lynch as saying, 'In today's world of fear and uncertainty every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence —''bliss''—the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us.'

Transcendental Meditation (TM) was first introduced to the West in the late 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is practised by millions of people worldwide on a twice-daily basis.

Over the years, scientists have researched Transcendental Meditation and found that this particular form of meditation has been effective in lowering stress. The National Institutes of Health have funded a number of studies which found the technique especially helpful in lowering high blood pressure. TM also helps combat addictions.

The article stated, 'Last year, in Parade Magazine, Dr. Mark Liponis wrote an article titled ''Alternative Therapies That Really Work,'' within which he stated TM was the ''most popular meditation practice'' with ''scientific backing'' behind it that ''passed the litmus test of rigorous medical inquiry''.'

The Huffington Post reported, 'Educators have found that it improves focus, reduces violent tendencies, reduces incidents of drug abuse, and improves the social interaction and overall behavior of students. Additionally, studies have found that practicing the technique (in what has been dubbed 'quiet time') has improved academic performance while lowering stress, anxiety, and depression in students.'

Dr John Hagelin, PhD, a quantum physicist, told The Huffington Post, 'Extensive research on the benefits of the TM technique on student health and performance . . . contribute(s) to the wide acceptance of the program.'

Last year Mr Lynch held a one-day seminar on Transcendental Meditation for educators. The response was so overwhelming that scores of people were turned away.

Dr Hagelin noted that (in New York City, where this concert will be performed), 'Over one hundred schools . . . expressed interest in incorporating the Transcendental Meditation technique into their systems.'

The article quoted Dr William Stixrud, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist in Silver Spring, Maryland, as saying, 'I have been a big fan of using TM in schools for many years due in part to the program's unparalleled ability to create the experience of relaxed alertness in students, and to create learning environments in which students feel safe to tackle very difficult material and assignments.'

Dr Stixrud specializes in working with children, and has researched Transcendental Meditation and its effect on the young mind, the article noted.

The David Lynch Foundation has already awarded scholarships to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique to over 60,000 students in the United States, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

David Lynch, music mogul Russell Simmons, and actress Laura Dern will host the Radio City Music Hall event.

The article concluded, 'For most, this April 4th, Radio City Music Hall concert will be about the music, but its statement of solidarity and support for upliftment in education could be the beginning of yet another American wave of consciousness-raising. In our new Obama era of openness to all things that make us a more functional, successful society, this TM thing just might be a useful tool among many to get us there.'

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