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Veterans Today: Filmmaker David Lynch Introduces Veterans to Meditation

November 26, 2010

Filmmaker David Lynch Introduces Veterans to Meditation

November 26, 2010 posted by Chaplain Kathie

When you tell a Marine they need to do yoga or meditate, they think you’re the one with the problem. Yet when they understand they had to train their mind and body to respond to combat situations, they must now train their mind and body to relax again, they get it. Stress and anxiety is a big part of PTSD. Learning how to relax plays a big role in healing. They need to take care of their minds, bodies and spirit. Each one connected to the other just as each part of them was exposed to the traumas of combat, all of the person needs to be taken care of.


Filmmaker David Lynch Introduces Veterans to Meditation
David Lynch is looking to make the world a little quieter.

The filmmaker behind the movies “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” is giving $100,000 to launch Operations Warrior Wellness, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses through transcendental meditation, which he says creates “professional peacemakers.”

Backed by the likes of actors Clint Eastwood, directors George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, Mr. Lynch will announce the new program next month at a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2005, Mr. Lynch started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace and since then has donated half a million dollars to help finance scholarships for 150,000 students who are interested in learning transcendental meditation. The foundation has also funded research at institutions such as the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan on the health benefits of the meditation technique.
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The human body is born with the ability to respond to the world they live in. The warrior has been taught since the beginning of time to push on past fear, climate conditions, hunger, thirst and lack of rest. They must then train their body to be able to relax just as they must work to recover the human beneath the warrior.

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Filmmaker David Lynch Introduces Veterans to Meditation

November 26, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Greater New York
Filmmaker Introduces Veterans to Meditation

David Lynch is looking to make the world a little quieter.

The filmmaker behind the movies “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” is giving $100,000 to launch Operations Warrior Wellness, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses through transcendental meditation, which he says creates “professional peacemakers.”

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Backed by the likes of actors Clint Eastwood, directors George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, Mr. Lynch will announce the new program next month at a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2005, Mr. Lynch started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace and since then has donated half a million dollars to help finance scholarships for 150,000 students who are interested in learning transcendental meditation. The foundation has also funded research at institutions such as the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan on the health benefits of the meditation technique.

Called “Quiet Time in Schools,” students and teachers meditate for 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each day. The funds pay to train educators and parents on how to administer and teach the method.

“Soon grades and attendance go up 20% to 30% and suspensions and expulsions go down,” Mr. Lynch says. “Instead of giving the kids drugs like Ritalin that just numb them, we give them a technique to reduce stress and focus better.”

Mr. Lynch, who is 64 years old, began meditating about 40 years ago using this method, which was introduced to the West nearly half a century ago by Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The technique is typically practiced twice a day for 20 minutes and used to eliminate stress, promote good health and gain deep relaxation.

Adapting the technique for college campuses, elementary schools, after-school clubs and hospital-wellness programs, Mr. Lynch says he has been able to improve academic performance and creativity in students. It has also been taught to men and women in homeless shelters and in prisons.

Now, Mr. Lynch wants to bring this approach to help the thousands of war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“These men and women have a lot of honor for what they have been through and don’t want to appear weak or admit suffering,” he says, pointing to high suicide rates and incidence of PTSD among veterans.

To that end, he says he wants to work through veteran associations and support groups to bring them this meditation technique.

“Clint Eastwood is about as macho as they get and he’s been meditating longer than I have,” he says. “We’re behind this technique and we think it can help veterans reclaim their lives and save themselves, their families and their friendships.”

Jeanne Ball: Could Meditation Have Something to Do with Plummeting Crime Rates? Huffington Post

November 26, 2010

Jeanne Ball: Could Meditation Have Something to Do with Plummeting Crime Rates? Huffington Post

The Iowa Source: MUM Sustainable Living Center

November 21, 2010

The Iowa Source cover story on MUM’s SLC written by Linda Egenes

Building the Future: MUM’s Sustainable Living Center
New Zero-carbon Classroom Showcases Green Living
http://www.iowasource.com/fairfield/2010_11_slc.html

Sustainable Living Center: It Takes a Team to Go Green
http://www.iowasource.com/fairfield/2010_11_slc_team.html

For more information and videos of the phases of construction plus a TV news report visit Sustainable Living Center. Also see YouTube videos at mumslc from Earth Day 2010, a Sustainable Living Center Tour Dec 2010, and Building Progress Reports 1, 2, 3, & 4. To find out more about a degree program in Sustainable Living, visit: http://sustainableliving.mum.edu.

BUILDINGS Magazine Sept/Oct 2011: A Zero Utility Bill Building

The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language

November 3, 2010

THE FLOW OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language, 1971 to 1976, edited by Rhoda F. Orme-Johnson, Ph.D. and Susan K. Anderson, Ph.D.

For the first time, a selection of talks by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Maharishi University of Management, has been transcribed and published, with this volume on literature and language projected to be the first in a series publishing talks in many different disciplines. In response to MUM faculty talks on art, literature, government, education, and many other disciplines, Maharishi would give his profound insights into that discipline, a direction for research scholars, and a vision of how the study of consciousness would enrich and develop each area of academic inquiry and personal experience. A number of the talks were in response to presentations given at international symposia by leading scholars in their field, Nobel laureates, and such eminent professionals as R. Buckminster Fuller.

Over the years, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recorded brilliant and inspiring lectures on the literary process, as well as critical theory and technique, emphasizing the relevance of the state of consciousness of both writer and reader. He explained how only from an expanded basis can the writer spontaneously experience and express refined emotions and ideas and only from such a basis can the reader hope to understand and enjoy such writings. Literature itself can be a means to evolve one’s consciousness through sounds, rhythms, and meanings, swinging the reader’s attention from concrete to abstract, purifying consciousness and producing bliss. A fully developed consciousness can express the ocean in a drop, and from that drop flows a river of meaning, power, and enjoyment.

Immersing oneself in the transcripts of Maharishi’s lectures allows readers to feel his presence, to hear his voice, his rhythms of speech, his humor, and to appreciate his skill as a teacher. His exposition of the power of poetry, particularly the poetry of the Veda, gives the reader a taste of his intellect and his profound understanding of language and literature. It is a journey through a great mind and an exploration of a topic familiar and beloved by all.

This volume is a valuable resource to teachers, students, and all readers of literature, to all those interested in higher human development and the literary process.

The 350-page book includes 14 talks given in the years 1971–76, and can be purchased at Maharishi University of Management Press (M.U.M. Press). Read the more detailed article in the MUM Review: First-Ever Book of Maharishi’s Lectures Explores Literature and Language.

Here’s a comprehensive book review of The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language, Edited by Dr Rhoda F Orme-Johnson and Dr Susan K Anderson.

Listen to Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson interviewed by Dean of Faculty Cathy Gorini.

This is the first in a new interview series on KHOE titled “A Chat With The Dean.” This interview focuses on Dr. Orme-Johnson’s new book “The Flow Of Consciousness,” transcripts of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s lectures. Drs. Gorini and Orme-Johnson settle into a warm and intuitive discourse on the significance of Maharishi’s lectures and in particular for the field of literature. Recorded October 26, 2010. (mp3 47 mins, 16 MB)

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