Academy Award-nominated director David Lynch has donated $1 million through The David Lynch Foundation to America’s veteran soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS).
Lynch is a long-time practitioner and supporter of mediation and is a staunch advocate of using meditation techniques to bring peace to the world. He is part of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement.
People of diverse religious backgrounds, as well as atheists and agnostics practice TM.
Lynch will be donating $1 million in grants to the Operation Warrior Wellness division of his foundation that will be going to soldiers and their families to help aid those suffering from PTS.
According to the Operation Warrior Wellness website, TM “provides the key missing component in any comprehensive, integrated program for promoting solider resiliency and well-being.”
The website also holds that research has found that veterans who practiced the TM technique “show a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) after eight weeks.”
“The idea that we now have a new approach that can, in a powerful, simple and profound way, help people, without ongoing input by mental health professionals, is very exciting, especially in this era of diminishing resources,” Dr. Norman Rosenthal has said of utilizing TM techniques for people undergoing stress disorder.
Billions of dollars are spent each year on PTS.
The David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace operates globally primarily funding meditation training for at-risk youth.
The long-term goal of the foundation is to establish “Universities of World Peace” that would train students to become peacemakers and peace-builders.
Lynch is a critically acclaimed director known for films including Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. He is famed for his surrealist approach to film, which has earned him the title of “the first popular Surrealist.”