Shalom Life | September 01, 2014

Lena Dunham to Participate in Transcendental Meditation Panel

The ‘Girls’ creator will join 200 women at a luncheon called ‘Women. Meditation. Stress’.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 26th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

Lena Dunham to Participate in Transcendental Meditation Panel

A growing number of people are starting to pursue unconventional or “alternative” healing methods, for both physical and mental diseases and conditions.

According to a plethora of scientific studies by prestigious institutions including the Harvard School of Medicine, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, Transcendental Meditation (TM) effectively lowers stress and blood pressure, increases focus and concentration, reduces anxiety, depression and insomnia and builds overall resilience.

The David Lynch Foundation has organized an event featuring 200 female industry professionals, including ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham, entitled ‘Women. Meditation. Stress,’ with all proceeds going to support an initiative that will teach meditations to 10,000 women survivors of domestic violence in the United States.

‘Women. Meditation. Stress’ will host leaders in finance, publishing, and the arts in a panel discussion focusing on meditation as a simple, evidence-based tool for managing stress in the workplace. Women who currently practice TM will share their outcomes and experiences with one another.

"Doing TM for 40 minutes each day gives us the calm and focus we need to deal with our crazy, busy, hectic lives," says Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More magazine. "TM has changed the pace of my life and given me incredible focus and a sense of well-being."

"Meditation has empowered me in all aspects of my life from my career to personal relationships," says Guggenheim Investments CAO Rehanna Farrell. "I make more conscious decisions with a deeper perspective and more balanced approach. It has enhanced my natural strengths and improved areas of weakness."

"There is a tumultuous and ongoing storm of pain and anguish that rages in the minds of women who have suffered any kind of abuse, especially domestic violence," says internationally renowned physician and scientist Dr. Pamela Peeke. "Healing this suffering requires calm and inner enlightenment. This transcendence is found in the bliss and peace of TM's transcendence."

Dunham will be introducing the panel and offering opening remarks. She will be joined by CNN’s Candy Crowley, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU’s Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, WebMD’s Chief Lifestyle expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, and many more.

'Women. Meditation. Stress' will take place at The Paley Centre on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

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