Last year, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr launched the David Lynch Foundation’s “Change Begins Within” global outreach to teach one million at-risk adolescents and teens stress-reducing meditation at an historic concert at Radio City Music Hall. Since then, nearly 150,000 inner-city students have begun utilizing these techniques to eliminate traumatic stress that undermines academic achievement and short-circuits lives. These students have dramatically better test scores, grades, and graduation rates while drop out rates, suspensions, and expulsions have greatly decreased. The program has the full-hearted support of superintendents, principals, faculty, students, and parents.
More groups of people from all walks of life have come to embrace the program, including veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their families; homeless adults; children from the streets of Harlem and East LA; American Indians subsisting on impoverished reservations; and incarcerated men and women in maximum security penitentiaries.
On December 13, Operation Warrior Wellness, a program with the goal of bringing Transcendental Meditation to 10,000 veterans suffering with PTSD was launched at the Paley Center for Media. Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood, Donna Karan, and David Lynch spoke, as well as Dr. Norman Rosenthal (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University) and several esteemed veterans, including Jerry Yellin and Dan Burks, both of whom overcame traumatic stress with Transcendental Meditation. That same evening, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the second Change Begins Within Gala took place. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katy Perry, Martin Scorsese, Ben Folds, Candy Crowley, Susan Sarandon, Ed Norton, David Lynch, Laura Harring, Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood, myself, and other very special guests joined together for a presentation and dinner celebration in honor of the David Lynch Foundation’s programs.
WATCH THE REPLAY OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND EVENT HERE.