Don’t you love celebrities who use their fame for good?
Actor and comedian Russell Brand is selling a limited number of VIP ticket packages for his 2013 comedy tour to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit charity that teaches transcendental meditation to at-risk communities, including inner-city students, homeless adults and teens, abused women and veterans with post-traumatic stress, BroadwayWorld.com reported.
“I have become a better person through Transcendental Meditation, and I want to help bring this gift to others,” said Brand, who has been meditating for four years.
Currently all U.S. dates are sold out and only European packages are available. Each includes one premium reserved ticket located close to the stage; an exclusive meet and greet with Russell Brand; a personal autograph and photograph with Russell Brand; a DVD copy of David Lynch’s documentary, “Meditation, Creativity, Peace;” and copy of David Lynch’s book “Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.”
“Russell Brand is a great comedian and a great human being. I am very grateful that he is supporting the Foundation’s work to bring Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth around the world,” said David Lynch, filmmaker, founder and chair of the David Lynch Foundation.
Actress Heather Graham told Britain’s OK! magazine: ”I do a lot of yoga. I sleep a lot. I meditate, and I just try to be happy. And I get massages. I try to pamper myself because I just think life is too short.”
She learned meditation from director David Lynch while filming the ‘90s TV Series, ‘Twin Peaks’ and believes it has provided a number of unexpected health benefits. ”I’ve been doing it ever since. When I go to doctors, they say, ‘Your blood pressure is so low.’ I think that has to do with meditation. It helps you realize you have a peaceful part inside that you can connect to at any time.”
Katy Perry, who has spoken publicly about her love of transcendental mediation in the past, recently showed her support for the David Lynch Foundation, asking for donations to celebrate her birthday.
“I’ve been meditating for two years now, and it’s the best thing I have ever done to help bring more creativity, positive energy and peace to my life,” she said in a special e-mail message from the foundation. “When I’m tired, stressed, anxious or depressed, I meditate, and it clears my mind, and makes me feel relaxed and happier.”
The David Lynch Foundation teaches the practice of transcendental mediation to children at school, post-war veterans suffering from PTSD, as well as those in homeless shelters and prisons. For more information on the foundation, visit www.davidlynchfoundation.org.
Paul McCartney has been on a vegetarian diet for a long time (his youngest daughter is a vegan) and also practices Transcendental Meditation, which he learned from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960’s.
Recently interviewed by film director David Lynch, who is also the founder of The David Lynch Foundation, which teaches children the practice of Transcendental Meditation, he explained how he went to see Maharishi at the prompting of George Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd.
Watch a portion of the interview Lynch did with McCartney on his discovery of Transcendental Meditation below:
Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to his entire NY-based production team, and is already seeing changes, according to The David Lynch Foundation.
“I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation (or “TM”) for nearly three years. About six months ago, I decided to offer the technique to everyone on my team at The Dr. Oz Show,” Oz said in a recent video statement. “I had seen the extensive research documenting its benefits—and have also seen so many people who I admire and respect incorporate Transcendental Meditation into their own lives and share it with the people that they care for.”
After the first 20 people on his staff learned to meditate, he said he began getting amazing feedback via email. “The first thing I noticed was a change in the tone and the texture of the dialogue—away from dwelling on problems towards a much more thoughtful, insightful, clever way of solving problems. Instead of highlighting the issues that were separating us, my team was deriving bliss and joy from finding solutions,” he said.
He also explained the scientific research behind the meditation method, which shows the technique can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and that “is the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
“You know as well as I do: Any business is what it is because of the people who work there. Why not take people who are working at 80 percent, 60 percent, 30 percent of their potential and take them all to 99 percent of their potential. I think that’s what true success feels like,” said Dr. Oz, explaining that is what TM can do for a company.
“It’s a powerful tool to turbo-charge the people in your organization and, I believe quite strongly, you would be very wise to give it a try.”