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Did Group Meditation Cause the Plummeting Crime Rate? 

From The Huffington Post: "Every morning and evening in Fairfield, Iowa — seven days a week — 2000 volunteers from 50 countries and all races and religions come together for group Transcendental Meditation practice. 

"Their endeavor, called the 'Invincible America Assembly,' is based on the ancient tradition of maintaining large group meditations to neutralize negative societal trends." More

The Huffington Post: Collective Consciousness and Meditation: Are We All Interconnected By An Underlying Field?  

Physicist John Hagelin: The Power of the Collective

Is It Possible To Create Lasting World Peace? 

If 50 demonstration projects and 23 published scientific studies can be believed, the answer is Yes

If this large body of evidence — accepted and published by mainstream scientific journals — is accurate, groups of peace-creating experts practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced programs can dramatically reduce violent crime, terrorism, and war.  More


Peace For At-Risk Populations: Transforming Lives

The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations, including underserved inner-city students; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates; soldiers with PTSD; homeless men participating in reentry programs striving to overcome addictions; and incarcerated juveniles and adults. More

Creating Peace for Veterans: Prevention and Treatment of PTSD

According to the Veterans Administration, up to 35 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The crisis is so bad that 23 veterans now commit suicide every day. The David Lynch Foundation's program for veterans and the military is working with several veterans groups involved in PTSD outreaches to provide affected soldiers with highly effective tools to overcome stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, insomnia, family problems, and suicide—and begin to live healthy, productive lives. Military schools such as Norwich University are also implementing the program in officer training.

from The Huffington Post: "Can Meditation Help Veterans With PTSD?"


Women's Initiative: Healing and empowering women and girls 

To help combat the epidemic of violence and assault against women and children, the David Lynch Foundation launched a Women's Initiative in 2012 that offers Transcendental Meditation, an evidence-based, alternative therapy shown to heal and empower victims of abuse. The Initiative partners with leaders in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking across the U.S. and around the world to provide this therapy to women and children who need it most.


Reentry Programs For Homeless Men

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons
The National Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimates that as many as 3.5 million people experience homelessness in America. The David Lynch Foundation is working closely with philanthropist Russell Simmons and the Doe Fund of New York City to bring meditation to homeless men participating in its one-year, vocational, in-residence reentry program. The men meditate twice a day to help them overcome the addictions, acute stresses, and other problems that drove them to a life of homelessness—and help prepare them for a healthy, productive life. More

from The Atlantic: "Harlem Renaissance — Russell Simmons Pushing Transcendental Meditation for the Homeless"

Native Americans: Creating a healthier Indian country 

The David Lynch Foundation's Project for Native Americans offers the Transcendental Meditation program through both local and national American Indian organizations. The innate appreciation for meditation among American Indian cultures makes the TM program a natural fit for promoting health and well-being on reservations.
Scientific research studies show the TM technique to be effective for preventing and reducing chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and dependence on alcohol and drugs.  


Freedom Behind Bars: Rehabilitation of Prison Inmates

According to the Report of the Reentry Policy Council: Charting the Safe and Successful Return of Prisoners to the Community, two million Americans are serving time in prison. About two out of every three people released from prison are re-arrested within three years of their release. This recidivism rate has not improved over the past 30 years. The David Lynch Foundation’s rehabilitation program has been utilized in dozens of prisons throughout the US and worldwide during the past 30 years. The Foundation is now funding prison projects in partnership with the state governments of Oregon and Ohio. More

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