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Louis C.K. Stands Up For T.M.

Saturday, the David Lynch Foundation held a comedy event headlining Louis C.K. for Operation Warrior Wellness; a program teaching TM to veterans with PTSD.



David Lynch Foundation event featuring Louis C.K. for Operation Warrior Wellness, teaching TM to veterans with PTSD
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New York City, NY – On Saturday evening April 30th, The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) hosted “An Amazing Night of Comedy” at New York City Center in Manhattan; headlining Louis C.K., Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Gaffigan and Vanessa Bayer. The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a major non-profit organization that promotes the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM). Proceeds raised supports Operation Warrior Wellness, a program teaching TM to U.S. military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Through DLF’s Operation Warrior Wellness, numerous veterans have found very helpful ally in TM to combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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.

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TM is traditionally exercised assuming a sitting position while closing one’s eyes. TM sessions are roughly 15-20 minutes, twice daily.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the late leader of T.M.WikiCommons

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

What is known today as TM is largely a product of a movement popularized by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi’s and TM’s popularity ultimately increased exponentially following his association with The Beatles during their time spent in India under Maharishi’s personal tutelage.

Ultimately, the Beatles are not the last pop-culture icons to share their experiences practicing TM.

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Celebrities ranging from Jerry Seinfeld, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Patricia Harrison, to Howard Stern actively advocate and endorse the practice.

The David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation was founded by famous filmmaker and longtime practitioner of TM, David Lynch. The DLF is a non-profit organization with multifaceted initiatives regarding TM. It is DLF’s core belief that TM provides exceptional benefits to people in a variety of difficult situations.

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The David Lynch Foundation asserts candidates most likely to benefit from TM are numerous. For example, candidates includes prison inmates, students seeking better focus, managing psychological or physical conditions, and those to coping with trauma relating to domestic abuse.

The David Lynch Foundation’s Stated Organizational Initiatives:

  • Educate societal policy makers about the benefits of TM, and how it may benefit the life of citizens exposed to it. Additionally the DLF does so with the prominent leaders of the private sector, demonstrating for instance how TM improves employee productivity, quality of their work, and ultimately fostering more congenial working environments.
  • The DLF fund raising efforts include doing so for the purpose of commissioning objective and clinically sound research, therefore bettering the understanding of TM’s physiological implications by those who consistently practice TM.
  • DLF earmarks part of their funds for expanding and establishing TM programs on an international 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 are considered those who could not otherwise afford tuition to learn TM; however are believed 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.

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TM & It’s Impact

Many performers volunteer their talents for the organization, however seldom choose to elucidate about their personal revelations practicing Transcendental Meditation. Above all they allow their personal example speak to the impact TM has upon their life, furthermore communicating their self-evident conviction regarding the importance of the practice.

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Paul K. DiCostanzo is the Managing Editor for TGNR. He is a noted public speaker, an emerging historian of the Second World War, a vocal advocate for Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis, and highly regarded interviewer. Paul K. DiCostanzo is Co-Host for the A.D. History Podcast. The A.D. History Podcast explores world history of the last 2000 years in an unprecedented fashion; with each episode covering a 10 year period beginning in 1AD, until reaching the present day. Ultimately finding the forgotten, as well as overlooked threads of history, and weaving a tapestry of true world history. Paul is author of the reader submitted Q&A column: WW2 Brain Bucket. The Brain Bucket answers readers submitted questions on all things regarding the Second World War. Paul has served as Managing Editor for TGNR since March 2015. Prior to TGNR, Paul has a background in American National Security and American Foreign Policy.