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Filmmaker David Lynch to discuss meditation and the creative process
by Jenn McKee
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23 September 2005
On 23 September 2005 Ann Arbor News reported:
The Transcendental Meditation Programme and its relationship to the creative process will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at the University of Michigan. The talk is sponsored by the University's Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies in collaboration with UM Integrative Medicine, the Center for Urban Innovation, and the Program in Film and Video Studies.
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Ed Sarath who founded, and now directs, the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies (PCCS) said that he was excited because speaker David Lynch, a world-recognized film director, was also a long-time meditator. 'I think that he really wants to bring this whole area of meditation and consciousness studies into the academic world and into society at large,' said Sarath about Lynch. 'He really wants to get behind this because it's had such an impact on his creative development.'
Lynch recently formed the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. One of the aims of the foundation is to encourage and enable students to learn and practice TM. But Lynch has an even bigger goal in mind: world peace.
'World peace is really on the top of my list as a reason to go around and try to talk to students,' Lynch told reporter Jenn McKee. 'To fire them up, inspire them that world peace is a possibility, and (say) let's get going and try to make that happen.'
'I've been meditating for 32 years, and I love my meditation. I love what it does, and I want to tell people about it to see if we can start getting good news instead of bad news,' Lynch said.
McKee noted that while many people try to find balance in their hectic routine by way of exercise or other forms of 'decompressing', Lynch insists that nothing compares to the benefits of TM. McKee observed that new thinking is gaining popularity and that a national movement has arisen 'to integrate meditation practices into educational institutions at every level, for purposes including improved ability to focus and reduced stress'.
Lynch concluded, 'Education, to me, means unfolding the human being's full potential, and the full potential of all of us human beings is enlightenment. Life is supposed to be enjoyed. There's not supposed to be suffering. And it's all around us, and we just take it and take it and take it. It's time to consider another way, and I know the other way will work.'
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