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David Lynch

Episode 14, The Art Life

Without Transcendental Meditation (TM), the celebrated film The Elephant Man and the refreshingly inventive television series Twin Peaks may never have happened. Oscar-nominated filmmaker and avid proponent of TM, director David Lynch, talks about “The Art Life” and how meditation made it all possible.
Every time a human being transcends, they’re visiting the big treasury within. And within that treasury is unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy, power, and peace, professes Hollywood director David Lynch. With a roster of acclaimed films such as Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and the cult classic Eraserhead, Lynch attributes much of his creative success to Transcendental Meditation. He started meditating in 1973 and hasn’t missed a day since—twice a day, every day. It ignites the artist within him.
The art life is smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, occasionally red wine, Transcendental Meditation, and work.

Beyond its creative influences, Lynch believes in the power of TM to improve lives in a profound and positive way. He has observed firsthand how TM has helped at-risk youth, victims of violence, and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He dives into how this form of meditation differs from others, why it is so vital, what he experiences when he transcends, and how it has completely changed his life. Wanting others to experience the same benefits, The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace was born in 2005. The Foundation has a mission to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wants to learn to meditate can do so.

David’s advice—“If you don’t already meditate, start. It will be the best decision you ever make.”

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What you’ll learn

  • The story behind Lynch’s decision to become an artist (2:36)
  • How routine helps his creative process (5:19)
  • The benefits of Transcendental Meditation (10:54 )
  • What Lynch experiences when he transcends (14:01)
  • How the David Lynch Foundation provides TM to improve the quality of life of others (17:31)

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