Imagine a world where there is no war, no fighting and we all love and care for one another. No, I’m not creating my Ms. America speech, but talking about a worldwide vision that director David Lynch widely believes in.
So how do we achieve this seemingly impossible dream? According to David Lynch, we need to start with our children. And he believes that the best way to do this is to have each child practice Transcendental Meditation or Yogic Flying. Lynch has practiced yogic flying for the past 34 years and believes that this technique can help solve some of more challenging world problems.
His mission is to have 200,000 children in every continent practice transcendental meditation on a daily basis. He believes that if we can teach even only 1% of our children the art of yogic flying, they will work together to ensure world peace.
To accomplish his goal he has developed the Foundation: Transforming Lives: The David Lynch Foundation . This foundation is based on advocating and communicating, and ideally implementing transcendental meditation worldwide.
David Lynch is not alone in his belief, in fact he has brought together a crew of musicians to put on a fundraising event to launch his goal of teaching 200,000 children. On April 4th, 2009, Paul McCartney as well as Moby, Cheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder and Donovan will be playing in a fundraiser to teach yogic flying to children across the world.
History of Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental meditation is an adaptation of a fairly ancient art of meditation. This form of meditation began in 1957, by Maharisi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi first begin teaching his techniques in the Middle East and then slowly brought this technique to North America. His goal was to have teaching centres available for every million individuals worldwide. This meditation principle is not based on religion, but on the natural virtues of pure meditation.
Benefits of Transcendental Meditation
Since Maharisi’s launching of this form in meditation worldwide, there have been over 600 studies done on its unique benefits. This form of meditation is different than other forms as it is not based on a particular religion or philosophy, making it accepting and welcoming for all individuals to practice.
Yogic Flying or Transcendental Meditation helps:
- Decrease classroom stress
- Alleviate learning disorders
- Reach your full brain potential
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Focus on world peace
- Increase academic achievement
- Reduce clinical depression
In addition to all of these benefits, the technique looks like a lot of fun. Transcendental Meditation is about getting in tune with your mind and body and connecting with both yourself and others. In the first stage of yogic flying, the practitioner sits in a lotus style position and their body jumps up and forward, similarly to a bouncing frog.
So how does this technique help develop world peace? Well, research has shown that because yogic flying is typically done in groups it helps to increase brain waves coherence in the individual which in turn increases social coherence. This increase in social coherence leads to a reduction to war, terrorism and hostility towards others.
Sounds good to me, now my only challenge is to find a place that teaches it in Barrie. I wonder if it’s ok for pregnant women?