Our Donation to Spread Transcendental Meditation
In our latest philanthropic ventures, we decided to make a significant donation to the David Lynch Foundation (DLF). Usually #HMPYG donates 10-15% of monthly site commissions to various nonprofits (WWF, GoFundMe campaigns, Kiva, to name a few). This month, 100% of commissions are going straight to DLF.
To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to support this at first. At times, Transcendental Meditation comes off as a gimmicky profiting scheme. Classes are hundreds of dollars (depending on your income). It’s a registered trademark, and there have been legal actions against people using the name.
The Beatles song, “Sexy Sadie,” is rumored to be about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation “technique.” In one of the verses, Lennon purportedly speaks out against some of what was going on:
We gave her everything we owned just to sit at her table
Just a smile would lighten everything
Sexy Sadie she’s the latest and the greatest of them all
According to journalist Bill Harry, “Sexy Sadie” was originally going to be titled “Maharishi.”
Why We Are Getting Behind This
So why are we donating funds to the David Lynch Foundation? It actually has to do with the points above. We feel that meditation should be a technique available to all, without cost. The David Lynch Foundation is working to provide no-cost meditation training to schools, prisons, people who have endured trauma, hospitals, clinics. Meditation is a powerful tool that rewires the brain, and is effective for a variety of conditions.
I use music therapy with youth that have been abused/neglected/separated from their families. I use meditation techniques often because it is one of the proven ways to activate the prefrontal cortex (structure near the front of the brain). This leads to less impulsivity, more regulated emotions, regulated physiological functions, and less stress. This is because there is a neural pathway that goes from the prefrontal cortex back to the basic parts of the brain, managing various emotional and addictive behaviors.
So in conclusion, the funds will be put to good use. In simple terms, it will make meditation training available to those who need it.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has made a purchase through our site.
Continue Your Support!
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Stay shady, and stay harmonized!