Monday, April 30, 2007

Director David Lynch has Plan to End School Violence

Kooky David Lynch, of "Twin Peaks" (loved it), "Mulholland Drive" (hated it) "Blue Velvet" (never saw it) and cult classic "Eraserhead" ( comment) fame, has a foundation "for Consciousness-Based Education and World peace"! His David Lynch Foundation apparently has a plan to end violence in our schools:
Teach one million students around the world to meditate to transform schools from breeding grounds of stress and violence into centers of creativity and peace. The David Lynch Foundation has already provided nearly $5 million to support in-school Transcendental Meditation programs for thousands of students in public and private schools in the United States and around the world to learn to meditate.

Now, before you scoff at the idea, I meditate (not TM), and I credit my daily practice for many positive changes in my life. There have been numerous studies about the positive affects of meditation on both mind, body and spirit. It has been used, very successfully, with prison inmates, and children, and if people like Lynch are willing to donate millions to help meditation become more accessible to children, then that's wonderful. It certainly can't do any harm, and if it helps alleviate, somewhat, the horrors of childhood (and we've all been there, at least I have), then why not?

Congratulations, David, for giving back to the community!


Blazing Cat Fur said...

Meditation? I prefer Chocolate cake- well chocolate anything - I am addicted.

Panhandle Poet said...

If by meditation you mean silently thinking and praying and relaxing, I'm with you. Seeking to enter a state of mental "openness" by self-hynotization scares me. Buddhist Mysticism creeps in under many guises. I would urge caution and investigation into underlying motives before allowing a child to be placed in such a program. It is easier to indoctrinate a child than an adult. That is why the radical left is so entrenched in the educational system.

WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there..ah yes but how will they undo decades of PC indocrination my friend!..."OOOHHHMMM"...nice post! :)

Papa J said...

Too many children make it to adulthood without ANY kind of introspection. I'm all for it as long as no doctrines are taught with it. Just method.

Then once they're calm and peaceful we'll send 'em all out to play dodgeball.

Incognito said...

There are many different forms of meditation, and it is usually *method* that is taught to the kids etc. otherwise, we know the parents would raise a huge fuss. So many of them balk at prayer etc. in school, I doubt they would allow any form of meditation that included any kind of religious indoctrination.

And TM is noted for being a method of meditation for people of all religions.

Asolutely, PapaJ, at least this way they won't kick the daylights out of each other when they lose.. :-)

Billy T. Johnson said...

Wouldn't it be difficult to teach a method of praying without someone to actually pray to? It seems like cookies without the milk to me.

Incognito said...

The eastern form of meditation is not a form of prayer, but in many cases just emptying the mind of all the chatter and focusing on a symbol or phrase. It is a way of communing with God. There are many forms of non-religious meditation.

Even the medical field has found it helpful for healing.