Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited onstage recently – the first time the two surviving Beatles have got together in almost seven years. The reason? To promote Transcendental Meditation (TM) among schoolchildren. Yes, you read right. Kids these days are way too stressed, according to director David Lynch, who founded the rather long-winded ‘David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace’ and hosted the New York benefit concert where the two performed.
Lynch says TM is the best way to develop the full creative potential of the brain and mind, improve health, reduce stress, and boost academic outcomes. His foundation provides scholarships for students to learn the technique plus follow-up instruction throughout their student years.
McCartney, who learned meditation 40 years ago from the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, believes meditation should be a standard part of the curriculum. ‘In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class a day to dive within himself and experience the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us,’ he says.
Righty ho... Although we’re struggling to imagine any child who will willingly sit down and do nothing for more than two seconds. However, we’re willing to stand corrected which is why we’re keen to hear from any mini-meditators out there.
If you’re interested, call Sara Soulahian, who runs mediation workshops for families who wish to find their inner peace, on 050 558 8093. 04 337 7403; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.madscience.ae.