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David Lynch talks about the benefits of meditation
by Jeanne Ball
Writer, David Lynch Foundation
Meditation Teacher for 25 years
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13 December 2010
On 13 December 2010 Huffington Post reported:
In a recent interview, award-winning filmmaker David Lynch spoke about why he began Transcendental Meditation 37 years ago, how it relieves stress and increases creativity, and how it can benefit military personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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Mr Lynch said he had been looking into various kinds of meditation as a means to find inner happiness. When his sister called him after learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme, 'I heard a change in her voice. I heard more happiness and more self-assuredness,' Mr Lynch remembered. 'I said, ''This seems like the real thing,'' and I started on Jul. 1, 1973 and have been meditating twice a day ever since.'
'Transcendental Meditation is like a key that opens the door to the big treasury within every human being,' Mr Lynch continued. This programme allows people to grow in 'intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy and peace,' he said. 'And the side effect is that negativity starts to lift away. Things like stress, tension, anxieties, sorrow, depression . . . all start to lift away.'
Mr Lynch also commented on the value of Transcendental Meditation for creative work. 'Growing in energy, happiness and creativity feeds the work. Ideas flow more freely. You get a happiness in the doing and you get more and more energy to do the work.'
In addition, the experience of Transcendental Consciousness during Transcendental Meditation enlivens 'total brain coherence,' he said. 'Any other things we do only utilize a small part of the brain. Singing, one small part, physics another small part, painting another small part. But transcending utilizes the full brain,' Mr Lynch explained.
On 13 December Mr Lynch—along with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas—held a benefit in New York City, USA to help offer the Transcendental Meditation Programme to 10,000 veterans.
When asked about the new initiative, Mr Lynch explained that 'Transcendental Meditation is a super stress-buster. Stress is hitting people now at a younger and younger age, and traumatic stress is certainly hitting the soldiers. Eighteen soldiers commit suicide every day, and they say over 30 percent of the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.'
'Transcendental Meditation will dissolve that traumatic stress . . . . I really believe it will save them, their families and their friendships,' Mr Lynch concluded.
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