Film director David Lynch wants to ensure that all the adults and children who want to learn Transcendental Meditation have the opportunity to do so.
by Enjoy TM News
6 July 2017
David Lynch, film director, screenwriter, producer, painter, musician, and photographer, has been called “the most important director of this era” by The Guardian. Critics widely consider his films Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive to be the greatest films of their decades. He won Best Director for Mulholland Drive at the Cannes Film Festival, and he received Best Director Academy Award nominations for both films, as he did for The Elephant Man. His Emmy-nominated TV series Twin Peaks forever changed the course of television, and will continue on Showtime in May.
For this “Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking,” TM has been a source of creative renewal for decades. Lynch evocatively describes the immense creative benefits he has derived from his practice in his book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.
But Lynch isn’t content to reap these benefits for his creative life alone; he wants to bring them to at-risk children and adults everywhere. “Stress is like a vise grip on the creativity of young people,” he says. “Give them a tool to reduce their stress and wake up their brain, and there’s no limit to what they can create.”
To achieve this goal, he founded the David Lynch Foundation, and recently received the prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for bringing TM to 500,000 under-served children. He sums up his mission at DavidLynchFoundation.org.
“I started Transcendental Meditation in 1973 and have not missed a single meditation ever since. Twice a day, every day. It has given me effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity, and happiness deep within. This level of life is sometimes called ‘pure consciousness’—it is a treasury. And this level of life is deep within us all.
“But I had no idea how powerful and profound this technique could be until I saw firsthand how it was being practiced by young children in inner-city schools, veterans who suffer the living hell of post-traumatic stress disorder, and women and girls who are victims of terrible violence.
“TM is, in a word, life-changing for the good.
“In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching TM to adults and children in countries everywhere.”
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