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On Aug. 20, 2022, T.U. was awarded Le Non Moi Prize, a new annual award given by Thor and Christian Stadil and their Danish conglomerate Thornico Holding.

From Thornico's website about the prize:

"THORNICO's LE NON MOI prize is presented annually to an individual or team who, through their art, research or communication, enables more people to experience le non-moi.

Le non-moi is the important state of mind in which we forget the certainty of the self and allow ourselves to be absorbed, so that it feels as if time stops, disappears and everything is flowing. It is in that state of mind that we as humans are at our best and feel best.

It can be the work of art in which we forget ourselves, the music that makes us forget about time and place, the book that lifts us away. But it can also be research into the mind, for example, consciousness or psychedelics or dissemination of or teaching in meditation, breathwork, yoga or biohacking."

The prize certificate reads:

Torben Ulrich is the natural first choice as recipient of the LE NON MOI Prize. Besides, as one of very few people, being a true polymath working across sports, art, music and literature, he has also communicated and embedded the notion of No-Mind and Le non-moi concretely into his oeuvre as well as having actively experimented with different states and the science of mind and consciousness via yoga and meditation.

The 2022 prize included a custom artwork by Rose Eken and 250,000 Danish krone. T.U. asked that the funds be given onwards to José Andrés' World Central Kitchen, in recognition of their work all over the world, recently most notably in Ukraine.

T.U.'s dear friend Lars Movin accepted the award on his behalf at a weekend gathering in Holte, Denmark. T.U. and Christian Stadil had a talk about the award and le non moi in a recorded Zoom call beforehand. Videos of both and more information are on Thornico's site and on Christian Stadil's site.