David Lynch offers to reduce violence in French schools

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(Lille, France) Award-winning filmmaker David Lynch outlined a comprehensive plan to counter rising stress and violence in 10 French schools in high-crime neighborhoods through the introduction of the stress-reducing, nonreligious Transcendental Meditation technique.

Mr. Lynch presented his plan during a news conference in Lille on Sunday, April 18.

The David Lynch Foundation is a US-based charity that has provided scholarships for over 100,000 at-risk students to learn to Transcendental Meditation in hundreds of public and private schools throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. (See www.DavidLynchFoundation.org and www.DLFProjects.org.)

Research on the Lynch Foundation-sponsored schools shows the meditation eliminates underlying causes of violent behavior by promoting coherent brain functioning while reducing acute stress, anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse. At the same time, research shows the technique improves test scores and graduation rates, and reduces suspensions, expulsions, and dropouts.

“I have met many students who are diving within through Transcendental Meditation,” Mr. Lynch said. “These students are unique individuals. They are self-sufficient, wide-awake, energetic, creative, powerfully intelligent and peaceful human beings. Meeting these students, for me, was the proof that this meditation is a profoundly good thing for our schools and for our world.”


Mr. Lynch offered the support of his Foundation to teach Transcendental Meditation, on a voluntary basis, to 5,000 students, faculty, administration and parents in the 10 schools. The cost for the program will be covered by a grant from the Lynch Foundation in partnership with local philanthropists and educational agencies.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 10 to 15 minutes twice daily, at the beginning and end of each school day. The meditation produces a unique state of restful alertness, in which the body is profoundly rested while the mind, according to brain research, is deeply settled yet wide awake inside.

More than 350 scientific studies have been conducted on the wide ranging benefits of the TM technique in 250 independent universities and research institutes over the past 40 years, including in the United States, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and UCLA medical schools. The research has been published in leading peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, including the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association’s “Stroke” and “Hypertension.”

The US Government’s National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $24 million to study the beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on hypertension, atherosclerosis, cholesterol, stroke, and heart failure.

“Please remember Transcendental Meditation is not a luxury,” Mr. Lynch said. “For our children who are growing up in a violent, often frightening, crisis-ridden world, it is a necessity.”

  • Toni

    I have heard many very touching stories of transformations of inner-city schools in the US after the Transcendental Meditation technique has been introduced and taught to students. They practice the technique during designated quiet times, where students are allowed to engage in quiet activities that they choose themselves. Everyone is amazed at how the atmosphere in the school changes from noisy and dangerous to peaceful and productive.

    I have also heard of students in South America practicing the technique with wondrous results. I agree with Mr. Lynch. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a necessity.

  • Tore Mjøs

    I was present at a project in Washington D.C in June and July 1993 were there was held a press conference up front in order to inform the press, the White house and the population of the US that 4000 people practicing the Transcendental Meditation and the advanced TM-Sidhi program could reduce crime dramatically. There was a team of 27 independent scientists following the two month project controlling the huge content of research in all levels of society. The Police department with the chief Police inspector was also involved in giving statistics of criminal activity during the project period. During the project crime decreased by 23% and the 5 years before the project, the crime-rate increased by 11% every year during the same period.
    This study is only 1 of 40 studies showing an increased level of harmony in society and the collective consiousness.

    All Governments around the world should create a group of students in their country practicing the Transcendental Meditation program and the advanced TM-Sidhi Program and they will experience an immediate harmonizing effect in society. The result will be less violence, less crime, less hospital admissions, increased creativity, increased productivity and a healthy society
    The Government itself should be the first to take the TM-program into practice

  • http://Seventheve.com Devora Geday

    Thank you ,T.M. ! I owe all to my first awakenings…

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