David Lynch, Italia. Transcendental Meditation as a tool to reduce stress and insomnia healthcare workers are being confronted with during the Covid-19 pandemic
New York City. The Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, has dedicated a mental health care program ‘Heal the Healers now’ to its healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors, who have been jeopardized to anxiety and Stress during the pandemic.
The program is supported by the David Lynch Foundation and personalities such as Ringo Star or Duran Duran.
Based on Transcendental Meditation, a technique shifting an individual into a neurophysical state that combines metabolic rest with increased mental alertness and considered an antidote to anxiety and stress, the program bears fruits. A pilot study of hospital emergency room doctors uncovered that the program reduced burnout, insomnia, or post-traumatic stress symptoms in several cases after one month of participation.
It has been adopted in hospitals and clinics, veteran care centers, military academies, substance abuse centers, prisons, schools, and universities. It has furthermore been deployed to entrepreneurs, managers, artists, or individuals. «A practical method in a difficult moment. Change begins within».
Vivified by the program’s success, the David Lynch Foundation Italia decided to commence offering doctors and health personnel this method to strengthen the ability to recover and teach them how to cope with stress.«Starting the practice of MTB was an important step in my life. It made me discover the energy reserves we have inside us and that we do not fully utilize them. […] Stress can be defined as a state of imbalance in our Neurovegetative Nervous System. TM practice restores balance […] by strengthening our psychological resources. The result is lasting well-being of psycho-physical health as a whole», evaluates Dr. Maria Morelli, a specialist in Child Neuropsychiatry, who attended the program.
Over 400 Transcendental Meditation studies published in peer-reviewed journals have documented improvements in the number of stress-related disorders and improvements in cognitive function, health, and general well-being.
Beginning in Lucca — the city has hosted its headquarters and activities for several years — the program has room for expansion. «I want to offer my support and encouragement to these efforts to help children and veterans, and anyone who needs help in overcoming stress through meditation», explains Martin Scorsese.