An estimated 30-35% of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). But filmmaker and long-time meditator, David Lynch, along with Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood, and Donna Karan, are hoping to change that. I was fortunate to see all of these celebrities in-person yesterday at Lynch's "Operation Warrior Wellness" press conference. However, it was a casual pre-conference given by Lynch and WWII veteran, Jerry Yellin, that was far-and-away the highlight for me.
Before the conference started, I sat a few feet away from Lynch and listened him to speak about meditation. His passion for TM (transcendental meditation) oozes through him as he delivers one enthusiastic soundbite after another -- you can feel him light up when he talks about the practice. When asked about his own personal meditation practice, he speaks enthusiastically, saying he's meditated "every day, twice a day, for 37 years." He calls meditation a "glow of consciousness," which is a "magical thing... Happiness comes and then more ideas come. Negativity is the enemy. Negativity cramps the flow of ideas."