It turns out that Oscar-nominated director David Lynch, known for his dark, twisting films and TV shows (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive), has a lighter side.
Lynch, a longtime practitioner and advocate of Transcendental Meditation, is giving one million dollars worth of grants to teach veterans the relaxation technique, which can help them overcome post-traumatic stress and more easily reintegrate into civilian life.
The funds come from the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes conscious-based education and world peace by teaching at-risk groups meditative techniques. The foundation works with students, veterans, inmates, Native Americans, the homeless and more to teach meditation, which helps create a silence within and ease stress and stress-related conditions.
“I have been ‘diving within’ through the Transcendental Meditation technique for over 30 years. It has changed my life, my world. I am not alone. Millions of other people of all ages, religions, and walks of life practice the technique and enjoy incredible benefits,” Lynch writes on the website.
The grants are part of the launch of a new arm of the Foundation, called Operation Warrior Wellness, and will go to 10,000 veterans and their families. Per CBS News, the funds will benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project and UCLA’s Operation Mend.
Operation Warrior Wellness is headed by two veterans who practice TM, and who hope to reach not only former military, but active-duty service people and their families as well.
“It’s so good that we have Operation Warrior Wellness. For sure, TM is a stress buster — a traumatic-stress buster. And when these soldiers get this simple, effortless technique, they’re going to get their lives back again. It’s not hocus-pocus,” says Lynch.
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