Jerry Seinfeld on Importance of Meditation for PTSD

Comedian reveals how meditation influences his life and benefits veterans.
3:57 | 12/13/12

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Transcript for Jerry Seinfeld on Importance of Meditation for PTSD
Here with jerry seinfeld. And another special guest, bob rossi, for the david lynch foundation. We all practice transdental meditation, until I learned it from you and you taught me how to do it, after jerry introduced it. And I think people don't understand what it is and what a difference it's made in people's lives. You've been doing it -- 40 years, this year. 40 years of t.M. You just started doing it. My second year. And you have this insane job, right? Which you learned all about this morning. Yeah. You have to get up at 9:00 at night to get here. And then -- it makes all the difference. It makes a difference. But it's very hard to explain. You know how I was describing it to somebody? I was saying, how your phone has a charger. It's like if you had a charger for your whole body and mind. That's what t.M. Is. You said something important to me when we first started. It was one of the questions i had. It's not a religion. It's a technique. It's compatible with all kinds of religions. What it really does is try to get the stress out of your life. And now, scientists are finding real health benefits. The whole idea is we have active, noisy levels of the mind, that we've got to go here, go do this, do that. But every human being has deep within, a settled, calm, silent level of your mind. And this transdental meditation has that active mind slow down. The mind gains a deep state of press. You have more energy. Wakes up the brain. And you can do your jobs. And the american heart association says it works. The american heart association came out with a study a month ago, that showed that transdental meditation, highly effective for reducing high blood pressure, reducing risk of stroke. And actually, reducing mortality rates by almost 50% from people who have been meditating for five years. Well -- and they find that hosting morning television, is the opposite of all those things. Counteracts it. All of them, yes. Just keep me in balance. Yes. You will die the exact same day. You would have, yeah. That's really reassuring, jerry. Thanks very much. You're welcome. I'm going to move over right now, to some very exciting work you're doing because it's not just -- it can help anybody. But you guys are going into schools right now, helping at-risk kids. Helping soldiers coming back from iraq, afghanistan, suffering from posttraumatic stress. Also, women who have been victims of violence. For example, the department of defense just provided a $2 million grant to study the effects of transdental meditation on posttraumatic stress disorder. As "forbes" magazine says, stress is the black plague of the 21st century. It can't be prevented. It can't be cured by conventional means. This technique has shown to be highly effective in eliminating posttraumatic stress disorder. These kids in the urban centers have the same symptoms of ptsd as soldiers coming back from iraq and afghanistan. It's something that something ancient and traditional, and not a philosophy or religion, or Anyone can do it. Something that simple can have a profound impact on modern ailments. We're seeing the government get involved and really try to promote it and multiply the difference that can come from it all. There's a military college in vermont called norwidge. He feels like this could be basic training. It adds resiliency. The immune system is strengthened. Jerry, thanks for coming and talking about it. Thanks, george. Tonight, I'll be hosting a

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