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Free The Mind
Presented by Project Welcome Home Troops
Thursday, October 24 7:30PM - 9:40PM
in Washington, DC at AMC Loews Georgetown 14 & IMAX $11.00 General
The Event Program
- Movie presentation of Free the Mind
Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, took the Dalai Lama’s advice to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness. Dr. Davidson, who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, did just that, and the results of his studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are portrayed in this fascinating new documentary about the science behind meditation. The film poses two questions: What is consciousness and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it actually possible to change the brain physically through mental practices alone?
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The film Free the Mind asks the question: Can veterans through meditation and yoga ease their pain and nervous system, find happiness and be more peaceful and get back to a life more like the one they had before the war? Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin, Center for Healthy Minds, has found that it is possible to rewire the brain through meditation and the breath. Some of the effects of meditation are altruism, compassion and happiness. Davidson sets up his experiment and chooses the veterans for the experiment who participate in the Power Breath Workshop of Project Welcome Home Troops. The film follows Steve, the ex-interrogator, and Rich who was a very successful battalion leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. He feels responsible for not being able to save his friends that were killed during the war. The film their experience of what the breath and meditation can do for human beings. The film investigates if we, by using other methods than taking medicine to ease our pain, can become less stressful, free from depression and anxiety, happy. John Osborne, National Director of Project Welcome Home Troops will host a Q&A following the film.