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The meditation-based rehabilitation program offered by the David Lynch Foundation has been utilized in dozens of prisons throughout the US and worldwide during the past 30 years. Research on meditating inmates at San Quentin and Folsom prisons in California and Walpole Prison in Massachusetts has found TM practice markedly reduces rule infractions and dramatically reduces recidivism rates by as much as 50 percent.

Bob Roth and several members of the DLF.TV crew documented the early stages of the research program inside a prison in the pacific northwest. This five-minute documentary shows how the effects of Transcendental Meditation are transforming the lives of inmates, guards, and staff of a medium-security prison in Oregon.

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Here are the facts, according to the Report of the Reentry Policy Council: Charting the Safe and Successful Return of Prisoners to the Community:

• Two million Americans are serving time in prison

• 50% of the inmates are in for violent crimes

• About 67% of the inmates released from prison are re-arrested within three years of their release

• This recidivism rate has not improved over the past 30 years.

• Prisoners return to society more hardened and more willing to commit crimes than before.

The words serene, gentle, and graceful come to mind when I think of Gwyneth Paltrow. Despite her collected appearance, the actress/singer/mother claims she needs more calm in her life (who doesn’t). On her trendy website “Goop“, where the tagline reads “nourish the inner aspect”, she made a New Years resolution to start meditating. Here’s what she had to say to her hundreds of thousands of followers:

This must have resonated with a good portion of her readers, because this newsletter created quite a buzz. Meditation seems to be the “it” thing for 2010. Specifically, Transcendental Meditation seems to be catching on. As someone who has been a TM practitioner since I was 4 years old, it is great to see such enthusiasm among the Hollywood elite.

Why am I telling you this? Well, Gwyneth asked David Lynch to write about his experience with TM. He invited people to personally contact him with questions. David has received a FLOOD of emails asking where and how they can learn. Like I said, 2010 seems to be the year that people are craving that inner peace and happiness.  See the full newsletter and what David said about his experience here.