Quiet Time Meditation brings calm while decreasing conflict in schools

By Maria Kyriacou

Quiet Time Meditation brings calm while decreasing conflict in schools
Cult film director David Lynch's meditation programme has had incredible results for students

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.

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