NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – The David Lynch Foundation announced that they are staging Change Begins Within, a benefit concert presented by Citi on November 4, 2015, at Carnegie Hall.
The concert will feature performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin with musical direction from Rob Mathes. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber will serve on the benefit committee.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s Meditate New York initiative to provide Transcendental Meditation (TM) training at no cost to 10,000 at-risk New Yorkers, including youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress and women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily-learned technique, practiced by more than 2 million people in the United States and some research has indicated that meditation can reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress among veterans; decreases hypertension, anxiety and depression; helps individuals overcome drug and alcohol addictions; and improves brain functioning, creativity and memory.
In addition, the DLF recently received a $125,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project to help teach the technique to veterans nationwide; a $225,000 grant from the Peter Dodge Foundation to study the effects of TM on preventing relapse among alcoholics; and a $300,000 grant managed by the University of Chicago Crime Lab in partnership with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation to study the effects of TM on reducing youth violence in Chicago. – Staff Writers