The acclaimed remarkable filmmaker David Lynch is already known as a keen practitioner of transcendental meditation, as we have also had him listed in our list of 33 celebrities you didn’t know that practice meditation.
Lately however, he has been more loud on the matter of transcendental meditation. He has claimed that children also need to practice meditation in school. This sort of claim may come as a surprise from somebody whose mind would be rather associated with the surreal, dark, surprising and occult imaginary, than a mindful practice like meditation.
Lynch become much acknowledge as a filmmaker after the release of several mind-boggling movies spanning over a couple of decades. His 1999 release of Mulholland Drive explores the borders between the conscious and subconscious (80% of the motion picture denoting dream-images), whilst portraying a dark side of Hollywood and what are some of the challenges women face in order to get a role. Is also praised for Blue Velvet, a baffling erotic thriller and Twin Peaks, a cult hit of the early 1990’s.
In other words, David Lynch may be the last person you could expect endorsing mindfulness practice and the embrace of transcendental meditation. Apparently there is another side of Lynch we know less about. In past 10 years, the filmmaker has devoted much of his time and finances into helping families or homeless people, but also have supported dozens of high-risk societal groups to learn Transcendental meditation as a mean to overcome stress and embrace a better and more mindful life.
Lynch claims that he has meditated on a daily basis ever since 2005, when he also launched the David Lynch Foundation. So far, his foundation has sponsored many meditation programs and has impacted the life of thousands of children around the world (US, Africa, Asia…).
Under his foundation sponsorship, in 2015, the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab has also began a major multi-year study of so-called Quiet Time. This program has emerged as one of the largest studies ever conducted on meditation for children. So far, so good Mr. Lynch!
Last but not least, it seems that Lynch dedicated to transcendental meditation because of his work as an artist. He describes his first struggles with anger and depression as “a suffocating rubber clown suit of negativity”. The filmmaker and artist has been overwhelmed by such negative sensation after he had his first movie released during his mid 20’s. It was his sister who has suggested that he try out transcendental meditation and see if that will do the trick for him.
More about his experiences in his documentary, The Art Life
video source: Consequence of Sound