Schools can be chaotic, frantic places, but when the gong sounds for students and teachers at schools taking part in the Quiet Time programme, a silence descends.
Started by Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive Director David Lynch, The programme has gone from strength to strength seeing incredible results in behavior, stress and conflicts.
Cecilia is a 7th grader who has found meditation a great help, “Since I started TM, life has gotten a lot easier. I think more clearly and I don’t rush into things. Plus, my grades have gone up.”
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace website states that the programme has shown a 40% reduction in stress and anxiety, a 65% decrease in violent conflict and an 86% reduction in suspensions over a two year period.
Lynch said he started Transcendental Meditation in 1973 and hasn’t missed a single meditation ever since, practicing twice a day, every day.
“I had no idea how powerful and profound this technique could be until I saw firsthand how it was being practiced by young children in inner-city schools, veterans who suffer the living hell of post-traumatic stress disorder and women and girls who are victims of terrible violence.’ He said. ‘TM is, in a word, life changing for the good.”
The programme has also helped veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, prisoners, people in homeless shelters and victims of domestic abuse.