The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,founded in 2005, that addresses the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress amongat-risk populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF has helped more than 1,000,000 children and adults worldwide, with a focus on underserved middle school and high school students, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, and women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. DLF also works with those in recovery, the homeless, prison populations, people living with HIV/AIDS, and others.
For millions of at-risk students in under-resourced communities, traumatic stress is a daily reality. This stress impedes learning and undermines physical and mental health.
DLF’s Quiet Time program serves students in these communities, fostering and sustaining positive learning environments. Built into each school’s curriculum and taught to the entire school community – students, teachers, and administrators – Quiet Time has been shown to increase learning readiness, positively impact grades and graduation rates, and decrease student truancy and teacher burnout. Quiet Time is currently in schools nationwide.
A sample of Quiet Time results include:
“Quiet Time is the most powerful and effective program I’ve come across in my 40 years as a public school educator for addressing the problem of stress in education, particularly in our inner city schools.” — James Dierke, Retired Educator and School Administration Union Leader
Post-traumatic stress among veterans has reached epidemic proportions, with serious consequences. U.S. veterans take their own lives at the rate of 21 per day. Many returning veterans are unable to hold jobs, support their families, or maintain positive relationships. TM has proven to be an effective tool for addressing these issues. DLF’s partners include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Gordon Eisenhower Army Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, Veterans Lifeline, and other Veteran Administration Medical Centers nationwide. In a clinical trial at the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, 83.7% of those instructed in Transcendental Meditation stabilized, reduced, or stopped using psychotropic medication within one month of regular TM practice.
Other research highlights on meditating veterans include:
“After starting TM, my mind and emotions were calmed. I had my first full night of sleep in 21 years. I have new goals in my life, and I haven’t stopped smiling ever since my first meditation.” — Carlos, Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Liberation of Kuwait