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Free Benefit
Celebration
and Concert

Thursday, December 3, 2020
7 PM Eastern • Virtual

Bringing Transcendental Meditation to Healthcare Workers, Veterans,
and Families Under Trauma and Stress

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HONORING

TONY NADER, MD, PHD

HOSTS

HUGH JACKMAN
DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS
KATY PERRY
ROBIN ROBERTS
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
Jennifer Ashton, MD

PERFORMERS

STING
GRAHAM NASH
Angelique kidjo
ELVIS COSTELLO
KESHA
JIM JAMES

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Peace On Earth Award Recipient

Hugh Jackman

Dr. Tony Nader

Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., MARR, is a medical doctor trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in neuroscience) and Harvard University. Dr. Nader is head of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations worldwide.

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We are pleased to announce that this national celebration and benefit concert to launch MEDITATE AMERICA will feature as co-hosts Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, and Katy Perry as well as ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and ABC’s medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, M.D. They are long-time supporters of the David Lynch Foundation and will bring a special joy to the evening and deep insight into the purpose to bring meditation to America.

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Katy Perry

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Robin Roberts

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Ashton, MD

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Led by musical director Rob Mathes (Kennedy Center Honors), the concert will feature performances by Sting, Angelique Kidjo, Graham Nash, Elvis Costello, Kesha, Jim James, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. These artists are coming together to raise awareness and support so that people under trauma and stress, including health care workers, first responders, veterans, and families in under-resourced neighborhoods can all learn to meditate, for free.

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Angelique kidjo

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Graham Nash

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Elvis Costello

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Jim James

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Hugh Jackman

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

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meditate america

Meditate America is a national initiative that is being launched on December 3, 2020, to bring the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to everyone in the country who is at-risk and vulnerable to stress and trauma, in the same way that approved medicines are available to people. The first phase of the initiative is to conduct large-scale, randomized controlled trials on the benefits of the technique for healing trauma; reducing high blood pressure and risk of heart disease and stroke; and reducing anxiety and depression. Outcomes from the trials will be used to qualify TM as a medical intervention covered by private and public insurance companies. Once the technique has been approved for reimbursement, then anyone who suffers from stress and stress-related disorders will be able to learn TM at no cost to the individual. In this way, as many as 300 million people will be able to meditate, a development that will transform the health of the people and the entire nation. Here are three David Lynch Foundation projects already underway to support Americans in need.

NATIONAL INITIATIVES

HEAL THE HEALERS NOW

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, a Harvard report called physician burnout “a public health crisis that urgently demands action” with several surveys putting the rate of provider burnout as high as 70 percent. The American Academy of Family Physicians linked burnout to higher rates of medical errors, substance abuse and addiction, and suicide among physicians. Today, the situation is far worse, and demands well-documented, innovative approaches to address this crisis. “Heal the Healers Now” is a national initiative to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to healthcare workers in public hospitals who are battling the coronavirus pandemic.

21 TO NONE

Tragically, at least 21 vets take their own lives every day. This national horror is compounded by the fact that such acts cause lifelong harm to family members and co-workers—and directly challenge the military’s ethos that “No one is left behind.” Clearly these patriots who choose to release their pain through suicide rather than confront it have been “left behind.” 21 TO NONE® is addressing the terrible epidemic of high suicide rates among veterans by delivering Transcendental Meditation to those in need through VA healthcare systems, military bases and military universities, and veteran service organizations.

HEALTHY FAMILY/HEALTHY COMMUNITY

Early-age trauma scars the brain and fuels poor academic performance, sickness, substance use disorder, and violent behavior. At the basis of any community-wide initiative to interrupt violence and build strong neighborhoods must be an effective program for healing the traumatized brain, particularly among the young. The David Lynch Foundation’s Healthy Family/Healthy Community national initiative partners with local government and civic organizations to bring TM at no cost to under-resourced adults and children to reduce stress, improve cognitive and brain functioning, and prevent crime and violence.

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TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence.

How does TM differ from other meditation techniques? Brain research has identified three basic approaches to meditation:

  • Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)
  • Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)
  • Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought — a unique state of restful alertness)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention nor open monitoring. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm deep within. TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially-trained, certified teacher. To learn TM, please visit www.tm.org for a teaching center near you. If you are interested in bringing TM to your organization please contact the David Lynch Foundation Center for Health and Wellness.

DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION

Since 2005, the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has helped to bring the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique to more than 1 million vulnerable children and adults around the world. The Foundation works with underserved inner-city students; healthcare workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic; veterans with PTSD and their families; women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; and adults and teens battling substance use disorder. In addition, DLF funds independent research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, burnout, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.

NATIONAL TM ORGANIZATION

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization (see TM.org). One hundred percent of the TM course fees support educational and charitable initiatives through 180 TM Centers in the US. Donations play an essential role in helping to make the TM technique available to those facing financial hardship and ensuring the continuity of every TM Center. You can choose where you would like your gift to be used: national initiatives, your local TM Center or wherever the need is greatest.

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