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Aspen Brain Institute’s Expert Series

As part of the Aspen Brain Institute’s Expert Series, please join Bob Roth and our friend Dr. Norman Rosenthal as they present new research on Transcendental Meditation and the Brain. They’ll discuss TM’s effect on the brain’s ability to strengthen executive function and the creative process, heal trauma and toxic stress, and promote resilience. They’ll also address the “democratization” of meditation and its usefulness across society, from survivors of trauma, to youth in under-served communities, to healthcare workers battling COVID-19.

Register to view the interview for free at aspenbraininstitute.org, and join us Monday, June 8 at 5pm EDT / 3pm MDT.

The Aspen Brain Institute Expert Series is a free Zoom series feature experts whose ideas, research, and perspective can help you better understand how to take your brain’s health into your own hands. The purpose of this series is to increase Brain Health literacy and share access to the top minds and evidence-based research on Brain Health.

https://aspenbraininstitute.org


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Giving TODAY Starts Early at DLF!

Giving Tuesday is TODAY! Open your eyes to change with our VISIONS OF CHANGE donation campaign and prize raffle, and get an early start on your giving HERE!

Help us bring Transcendental Meditation to vulnerable adults and children with a gift of any size.

PLUS, when you give you’ll be entered in our #VISIONSOFCHANGE raffle, featuring EXCLUSIVE signed David Lynch prizes!

A $5 donation enters you to win a David Lynch Foundation Popsocket, featuring our new logo designed by David Lynch! And check out all our available prizes HERE!

Get ready to open your eyes to change on Giving Tuesday and help heal trauma and toxic stress with the David Lynch Foundation!

For more info please contact Kat Radim kat@davidlynchfoundation.org;


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Transcendental Meditation Brings University Students Rapid and Profound Recovery from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Depression

A new study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found that Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought a group of university students in South Africa with PTSD below the threshold for PTSD. This same group showed significant recovery from depression. A comparison group with PTSD who did not learn TM showed no change in PTSD or depression levels over the 105 days of testing.

This new study has been published with 8 international authors in Psychological Reports.

Bandy, C, Dillbeck, M., Sezibera, V., Taljaard, L., de Reuck, J., Wilks, M., Shapiro, D., Peycke, R. (Psychological Reports. on-line: February, 2019) Reduction of PTSD in South African University Students Using Transcendental Meditation Practice. DOI: 10.1177/0033294119828036 link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033294119828036

The summary may be found here: https://mailchi.mp/563e35b8e9fd/new-study-in-psychological-reportsreduction-of-ptsd-in-south-african-university-students-using-transcendental-meditation-practice-892273

So far, within 2 days, the following articles have been published commenting on this new study:

  1. EurekAlert!! Feb 19, 2019 Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/muom-nss021319.php
  2. Earth.com News Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help relieve PTSD symptoms. Link: https://www.earth.com/news/transcendental-meditation-ptsd-symptoms/
  3. ZME Science. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation reduces PTSD in South African students. Link: https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/meditation-ptsd-4-023432/
  4. MD India. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Technique Can Reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms. Link: https://www.medindia.net/news/transcendental-meditation-technique-can-reduce-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-185989-1.htm
  5. Flipboard. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students Link: https://flipboard.com/topic/spirituality
  6. 7thSpace. Feb 19, 2019. TitleNew study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students: Link: http://7thspace.com/headlines/741812/new_study_shows_transcendental_meditation_reduces_ptsd_in_south_african_college_students.html
  7. Brightsurf.com. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.brightsurf.com/news/article/021919476499/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students.html
  8. Counsel and Heal. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.counselheal.com/articles/39982/20190219/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-south-african-college.htm
  9. Medical News Today. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD L ink: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324501.php
  10. Medworm.com Feb 20, 2019. Title: New Study show Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African College Students. Link: https://medworm.com/671588674/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  11. Mental Daily. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation may be an effective treatment for PTSD. Link: http://www.mentaldaily.com/article/2019/02/transcendental-meditation-may-be-an-effective-treatment-for-ptsd/
  12. Healthy News: Chochiling stream group. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: https://chochilino.com/health-wellness/2019/02/20/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  13. News on Medical. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: http://newsonmedical.com/mental-health/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  14. Medical News. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://www.allmedicalnews.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  15. My Healthy XYZ. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://myhealthxyz.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  16. Health Problems News. Feb 20. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: http://healthproblemsnews.com/health-problems/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  17. UC News. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD Link: http://www.ucnews.in/news/Transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-PTSD/1663871186003638.html
  18. Norwich Newsroom. Title: An Esteemed Mind Explores Mysteries of the Brain, Trauma, and Well-being Link: http://www.norwich.edu/news/news-feed/323-prof-carole-bandy-explores-mysteries-of-the-human-brain-trauma-and-well-being\
  19. Psych Central. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Ease PTSD Symptoms in College Students Link: https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/02/21/transcendental-meditation-can-ease-ptsd-symptoms-in-college-students/143048.html
  20. Science Magazine. Feb 20. Title: New Study Shows Transcendental Meditation Reduces PTSD In South African College Students Link: https://scienmag.com/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/

The study shows that both PTSD and depression fell below the non-symptomatic level for a group of students pracaticing TM, within 105 days of practice and the group became non-symptomatic for depression within 15 days of learning TM.

For contacting the researchers to help with future studies or to work on implementing projects in schools in at-risk communities, contact David Shapiro, davidshapiro@aptsdr.org


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Top Journal Publishes New Study Showing Reduced PTSD

Media around the world reported on a study published by Lancet Psychiatry, a top journal, that found that the Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduced post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans compared to the standard treatment.

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After three months of practice, 61% of the 68 subjects in the Transcendental Meditation group had a clinically significant reduction in symptoms compared to 42% in the group that used the standard treatment. In a second control group, which received health education, 32% of the subjects showed a clinically significant reduction.

In addition, the participants in the Transcendental Meditation group were more likely to participate in the treatment sessions than those in the standard treatment group.

Standard treatment, referred to as “prolonged exposure,” entails veterans re-experiencing their trauma through remembering and engaging with situations that remind them of the trauma in order to eventually diminish their stress response. Some 30–45% of veterans typically withdraw from the treatment because it’s so unpleasant.

“New treatments, including options not involving exposure to the traumatic experience, are needed for veterans who do not respond to treatment or drop out due to discomfort,” said MUM researcher Sandy Nidich, first author of the study.

Other MUM coauthors included Maxwell Rainforth, Robert Schneider, John Salerno, and Carolyn Gaylord-King.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #6, November 28, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management

More info at “The Lancet Psychiatry”:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30384-5/fulltext

Maharishi University of Management Research Institute:
https://research.mum.edu/center-for-management-research/

French article: https://www.forbes.fr/management/le-fonds-david-lynch-sattaque-au-syndrome-de-stress-post-traumatique-en-france

Article in German: https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/99224/Meditation-unterstuetzt-Traumatherapie


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New study showing the effectiveness of TM for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress

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Bob Roth, DLF, wrote: “This new study showing the effectiveness of TM for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress among post-9/11 veterans, which was published yesterday in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry, will help to open doors for many, many thousands of veterans to learn TM. Lives will be transformed, even saved. Thank you for your kindness and support!”

See: https://apnews.com/759bf5a933db41c6bb2be1263aec6165

Source: Bob Roth, Chief Executive Officer
David Lynch Foundation

https://tinyurl.com/ybdtbecy