New York City, NY – On Saturday evening April 30th, The David Lynch Foundation hosted “An Amazing Night of Comedy” at New York City Center. The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a large, non-profit organization that promotes the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM). Headlined by Louis C.K and featuring comedians including Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Gaffigan, Vanessa Bayer, all proceeds generated by the fundraiser were donated to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through the Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness, numerous veterans have found very helpful ally in TM to combat PTSD. So, what is Transcendental Meditation?
What Is Transcendental Meditation (TM)?
Transcendental Meditation is a mantra based form of meditation with roots in the Vedic texts of Hinduism. TM is traditionally exercised in a sitting position with one’s eyes closed. Each TM session is practiced for roughly 15-20 minutes, twice daily.
What is known today as TM is largely a product of a movement popularized by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. “The Maharishi,” as he was known by his followers, found his popularity increase exponentially following his association with The Beatles and the time the group spent in India under Maharishi’s tutelage. However, the Beatles were not the last pop-culture icons to share their experiences with TM techniques. Celebrities ranging from Jerry Seinfeld, Lena Dunham, Patricia Harrison, to Howard Stern strongly advocate the technique.
The David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation was founded by famous filmmaker and longtime practitioner of TM, David Lynch. The DLF in a non-profit social enterprise with multifaceted initiatives regarding TM. It is their core belief that TM provides exceptional benefits to people in a variety of difficult situations. The DLF asserts that the candidates most likely to benefit from TM include, but are not limited to: prison inmates, students aiming to improve focus, managing psychological conditions (e.g. PTSD), those looking to overcome physical injury, or even helping to cope with the trauma related to domestic abuse.
According to The David Lynch Foundation, these are their stated organizational initiatives:
- Educate societal policy makers about the benefits of TM, and how it may benefit the life of citizens exposed to it. The DLF additionally does so with the prominent leaders of the private sector, demonstrating how it may improve employee productivity, quality of their work, and foster a more congenial working environment.
- The DLF fund raising efforts include doing so for the purpose of commissioning objective and clinically sound research to better understand the physiological implications of those who consistently practice TM.
- Some of the money generated by the DLF is earmarked to expand and establish TM programs on a global basis. Ultimately taking the meditation practice to peoples the world over with differing needs.
- One of the greatest priorities of the DLF is to create TM centers and programs that predominantly serve “at-risk” individuals. “At-risk” individuals usually denote those who could not otherwise afford the tuition to learn TM, but are believed to be people who could improve their lives incalculably if given the opportunity.
The professional efforts of such celebrities volunteering their talents such as Louis C.K. guarantee a healthy future for the goals and aims of The David Lynch Foundation. Though despite the growing popularity of the technique, most people are still unaware of Transcendental Meditation in general. Many performers volunteer their talents for the organization, and seldom choose to go into detail about their personal revelations practicing TM. Instead allowing their volunteered talents speak to the impact TM has had in their life, and their belief in the importance of the organizations mission.
If you wish to learn more about TM or The David Lynch Foundation, you can visit their website: https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/
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Never Before Seen John Lennon Doodles – And An Afternoon on Central Park West
Today TGNR shares an incredible story about John Lennon, an exclusive TGNR release of never-before-seen work of his famous autobiographical doodling, and the determined young musician who inspired the drawings. It is a warm story on this very bitter anniversary.
TGNR was approached by a perennial follower of the site, a musician, who had a remarkable story about a singular inspiring exchange with his musical icon John Lennon. Through his story we take a peak into one of the greats of rock and roll, the man behind the legend, and some pieces of his famous doodles never before shown to the public.
On a gentle Sunday fall afternoon in 1976, James (name changed for privacy) was on the corner of 72nd and Central Park West in Manhattan. It is the address of the legendary residence known as the Dakota. This young gentleman had but one goal that afternoon: to meet John Lennon. The former Beatles star called the Dakota his New York City home during the final years of his life.
When this high spirited and ambitious young man approached the Dakota gates, he encountered the doorman. When asked if he could meet John Lennon, the doorman very politely responded that Mr. Lennon wasn’t home, but that he could deliver him a message. At that point this Good News Reviewer picked up a piece of paper, and left John Lennon a set of song lyrics and a return address. The lyrics read as follows:
“In Central Park headed west, on a Sunday afternoon.
I did all I could to get my message through.
Through all the years I had to wait, now I couldn’t get past your gate.
But it’s alright I guess, I’m just one to reminisce.
Back in 64′, life was such a bore, until I bought your records at the local store,
And we didn’t have a care, but now you’re a millionaire.
And we’re waiting outside at Central Park West.
And we traveled 50 miles just hoping to see you
Pass the time and just say hello
But there are so many people who do the same,
Play the game, it’s so insane, all in vain,
I hope you get to read this by your birthday,
Before the cards and letters wash this all away,
And though it’s so remote, let’s try to cross the moat,
At the Dakota, on 72nd Street…”
A little over one month later, James received an unexpected letter with a return address of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Enclosed were doodles that John had constructed as his response to this young man’s very thoughtful lyrical “message.” For a young musician reaching out to one his great musical idols, and a figure who revolutionized music itself, it was a watershed moment.
For any one person who aspires to greatness in their field, none could have been as touching and meaningful than a music maker creating a personal connection with the legendary Beatle. One can only imagine the effect that would have in their own life and ambitions. James was kind enough to invite us to share his incredible story, and take photos of the doodles he received.
During the period between 1975 and 1980, John Lennon had entered a period of retirement. He and his wife Yoko Ono had dedicated this time to focus on raising John’s second son, Sean. Lennon did little song writing during this time, though it was a period that generated many of his autobiographical doodles. It was also during this time that John was able to communicate with his fans unlike any previous time in his career.
Though the story does not originate in this period, Al Pacino’s “Danny Collins” (2015) focuses on another instance of Lennon’s personal encouragement of fans. The film was based on the story of Steve Tilston, an aging British folk musician who in 2005 found an unread letter written to him by Lennon some four decades previous. The contents of the letter encouraged Tilston to resume his songwriting. Moreover, Lennon’s letter motivates Tilston to reassemble his life and further pursue his career in music.
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John Lennon is a legend for many reasons. Like any great legend, he means something a little different to every person. Like any larger than life figure, it is never easy to parse the legend from the realistic personal aspects of their manner.
As such, John Lennon’s immense legacy can sometimes obscure the nature of the man to the outside world. This example of his thoughtful reply to an ambitious and creative young artist does speak to the man behind the figure, and one must “draw” their own conclusions. Mr. Lennon certainly did.
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Melody, Molly, Manhood: A Chris Webby Interview (Part III)
[Exclusive] Hip-hop star Chris Webby and TGNR’s Paul K. DiCostanzo sat down for an in-depth, three hour interview; Webby opens up about some of the most rewarding aspects of his celebrated music career.
Following much technological ado, TGNR is pleased to present part three of the exclusive interview with hip-hop star Chris Webby. In part three, Webby discusses everything from the deep connection he enjoys with his fans, to his thoughts on the most recent Star Wars film, and more… If you have not yet read part one, or part two, please click the provided links before proceeding.
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Melody, Molly, Manhood: A Chris Webby Interview (Part II)
[Exclusive] Hip-hop star Chris Webby and TGNR’s Paul K. DiCostanzo sat down for an extended, in-depth, three part interview; where in part 2 Webby shares major change.
In the second installment of TGNR’s interview with Hip-Hop artist Chris Webby: he discusses the personal changes and strides he has made in his lifestyle and career to better focus on his music, and aspirations. Webby’s newest mixtape, Webster’s Laboratory II, is available for download.
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