The David Lynch Foundation runs programmes for vulnerable or disadvantaged people, including working with homeless charities, offering scholarships to those who could benefit from meditation but would not normally think it was for them.
“We have done a couple of pilot projects with a charity in Charing Cross in London,” says Deirdre Parsons, who runs the foundation in the UK. “We taught a number of staff and their clients and they found they were having success.
“Staff could supply medical advice, job advice, give someone shelter and a place to eat and do laundry, but when somebody had challenges again it might bring them back into homelessness.”
According to Parsons, the TM technique encourages inner growth and self-development.
“Fundamentally the real support comes from within yourself,” she says. “TM is a stress-reducing tool to help positive thinking. We all suffer from anxiety and depression but when you find yourself in that position you might be more prone to it or it might be chronic.”