At 6:00 am on February 18th 2010, I walked out of my home in the mid-west. It was dark and frigid, three degrees to be exact. I nestled a few last belongings into every spare inch of my little green Corolla, blasted the heater and the mix CD I made for the road trip, and drove west into the icy tundra watching the sun rise in my rear view mirror. Three days later I arrived in sunny Los Angeles to begin the next chapter of the adventure we call life, as a Transcendental Meditation teacher with the David Lynch Foundation. This whole adventure actually started about a month before I was to graduate from college in 2010. I was in an airport in Texas when I received a phone call from David Lynch who said, “Puki, I want you to become a TM teacher and move to Los Angeles.” I responded, “Okay, David, I’ll think about it…” Meanwhile, I was thinking to myself, “Who on earth would ever want to live in LA!?!” However, David’s response did not leave me much choice in the matter, “No Puki, you’ll do more than think about it,” he stated in a very matter-of-fact manner. So there I was, less than a year later, living in Los Angeles, teaching Transcendental Meditation at the most recent addition to the ever-growing list of amazing projects that the David Lynch Foundation is doing. David started the foundation in 2005 to make this stress-reducing meditation technique available to at-risk populations, mainly school kids in high-stress environments. I am now teaching meditation to girls at a shelter and school dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who have been forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. When I met with the first group of girls, I honestly had no clue how they were going to take to the meditation. All of them wanted to learn, except for one girl, lets call her Rachel, who told me that she didn’t want to meditate because when her mind got quiet it was flooded with thoughts she didn’t want to think about. However, after seeing her friends complete their meditation instruction feeling calm and relaxed, she came running up to me asking if she could still learn that day. I met with her right then and instructed her in the simple, yet profound, meditation technique. The next day when we met to check in with all of the girls, Rachel was very bright, positive and engaged in the discussion. She shared with the group that she had slept better that night than she had in a long time. Over the next week, Rachel continued to tell me that she was sleeping better and feeling more rested and able to focus better in school. I think we all know from experience how crucial sleep is to living a functional, healthy, happy existence. If TM can help dissolve the stress and trauma that keeps these girls awake at night, what an amazing gift they have received…and it has only been three weeks since they learned.   Puki Freeberg Transcendental Meditation Instructor Los Angeles, California

Puki Freeberg is one of the most recent Certified Transcendental Meditation Teachers in the United States. After graduating with a bachelors degree in communications and media from Maharishi University of Management in June 2009, she ventured to the far-off land of Bulgaria to participate in a Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course. It was an incredible and life-transforming experience, especially since Puki loves travel, adventures and experiencing all the diversity that this world has to offer. She is currently working with the David Lynch Foundation in the Los Angeles area teaching Transcendental Meditation to students and staff at inner city schools and a shelter for children who have been victims of prostitution. When not engaged with her incredibly fulfilling work, Puki is out exploring the endless adventures that LA has to offer: hiking, biking, discovering new farmers markets, practicing yoga, trying new restaurants, or cooking delicious healthy meals and hosting her friends.*