Transcendental Meditation Benefit — Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Clint Eastwood, David Lynch, Dr. Oz and more

An amazing, inspiring evening at New York's Metropolitan Museum, where David Lynch recently hosted celebrities, research scientists and philanthropists for the annual "Change Begins Within" benefit — to teach 10,000 veterans with PTSD how to meditate.

Comedian Russell Brand is brilliant and funny talking about his experience with twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz lays it on the line describing the importance of TM practice for reducing stress and saving lives. But the more deeply moving parts of the evening were speakers from established organizations that help at-risk groups such as child prostitutes and the homeless, who tell the stories of how TM practice has profoundly transformed the lives of these people like nothing else ever has.

One of the last surviving, decorated World War II fighter pilots,
Jerry Yellin, along with veterans from subsequent wars, tell their story of how battle affected them, and how the Transcendental Meditation program turned their lives around and reversed the symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

And you've got to hear Russell Brand — of all people — interview quantum physicist John Hagelin

View highlights of the gala event by clicking here or watch the press conference portion below.
Huffington Post Interview: You might also enjoy Jeanne Ball's new interview with David Lynch, recently posted on the Huffington Post.
Lead-in to Huffington Post interview with David Lynch:

"'Change Begins Within,' a benefit event featuring David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Candy Crowley, [took place on Dec. 13] at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. We know David Lynch for his award-winning films -- "Mulholland Drive" was recently voted movie of the decade by the LA Film Critics Association. Seems like every night there's a "Twin Peaks" party going on somewhere. Lynch is also known as an artist, musician, philanthropist and proponent of meditation. He has been meditating twice a day for 37 years. His interests in meditation have led him to India and the Far East, as well as university EEG labs where brain researchers are exploring meditation's effects on the brain."

here to read the whole Huff Po article. 

VIDEO: "Change Begins Within" News Conference — Russell Brand, Donna Karan, David Lynch, Dr. Norman Rosenthal, Dr. John Hagelin, Jerry Yellin and others