Transcendental Meditation

David Lynch, a meditating film director and artist of diving within

“I always wondered if Transcendental Meditation would make someone just so calm that they didn’t want to do anything,” says David Lynch, the celebrated movie director of Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive fame.

“They’d just become a bland person and only wanted to eat nuts and raisins. But it’s not that way.”

David Lynch Touts Transcendental Meditation on the Set of Twin Peaks

Why David Lynch loves Transcendental Meditation

“I guess people start meditation for many different reasons, but each person who starts will get the benefit they are looking for, and many other benefits as well,” says David Lynch.

He himself started doing Transcendental Meditation over 40 years ago, back in 1973, and has not missed a single session ever since.

“I became interested in meditation because I heard a phrase, ‘True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within.’ And this phrase had a ring of truth to me, but the phrase doesn’t tell you where the within is, nor how to get there.

One day it hit me that meditation would be the way to go within.

The beauty of the Transcendental Meditation technique is that it gives effortless transcending. It is not a trying form of meditation, not concentration, nor contemplation. It is a unique form of meditation, a mental technique, an ancient form of meditation brought back by Maharishi for this time.”

Watch a video: David Lynch recalls how he learned
to do Transcendental Meditation (The Esquire):

david lynch on transcendental meditation

And the list of benefits one can access through the Transcendental Meditation technique is a long one, says Lynch.

“Tied to consciousness are all-positive qualities, intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy, power and peace. With the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation, a person can transcend many times in each meditation and really see huge life-transforming benefits.

David Lynch hand-drawn poster about Transcendental MEditation

David Lynch’s hand-drawn illustration about the functioning of meditation. Click on image to enlarge

For me, I got more and more happiness in the doing of things, ideas seemed to flow more freely. I felt more energy for the work and I began to see other people as people I liked more and more. I felt healthier and more comfortable in my body. The whole world suddenly looked better.“

Sources:

“Why I Meditate” by David Lynch, The Huffington Post
“An Ocean of Solutions: Interview with David Lynch” by Chris Grosso, Origin Magazine
“Ten Lessons on Filmmaking from David Lynch” by Ariston Anderson, Filmmaker Magazine