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David Lynch on Meditation, Success and Happiness
by Bibi Tran
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20 January 2015
Filmmaker David Lynch first learned Transcendental Meditation in 1973. Today, he celebrates his 69th birthday and more than 42 years of TM practice. In honor of the occasion, we bring you his recent interview on Sirius XM's Success Without Stress with Bob Roth, in which he discusses why TM has played such a vital role in his personal and professional life.
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For David, happiness is tantamount to success. ''Success is happiness, success is bliss. Everybody has a different idea of what success means, but ultimately when they find success, it brings them happiness. We find happiness outside in the world, but we know that starts fading and tomorrow we start looking for happiness elsewhere. Happiness you get from within stays within you, and that is a very huge success to have happiness stay with you.''
In search of inner happiness, David investigated the field of meditation and its many approaches. He chose TM. ''What I liked about Transcendental Meditation was you don't have to join anything. It's your technique. Once you learn, it's yours for the rest of your life. And what happens is you become more you. You get more ideas, more energy to fulfill them. It's fuel for the artist and human being. The more consciousness you have, so it fuels the work,'' David says.
Beyond expanding consciousness and creativity, meditating for David was a matter of survival. ''If I hadn't been meditating, I don't know if I'd be alive today,'' he says. ''Stress makes a person feel bad, weak, and troubled. Enough stress can make you sick, even more can kill you. They say getting rid of stress would be so good for us. And it's true; you really start feeling better with this experience of transcending everyday. It's so beautiful. And the stress does lift away.''
''The thing about Transcendental Meditation, I always say, it's like being given a key that opens the door to that treasury (of happiness) within,' he says. 'Life will get better and better. You'll enjoy work so much more. Ideas will flow. Intuition will grow. Relationships will improve. Change begins within. Access that deepest level of life, and start to boogie.''
Happy Birthday David!
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