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From Twin Peaks to inner peace
by Simon Houpt
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10 October 2005
On 10 October 2005 Globe and Mail reported:
American filmmaker David Lynch is on a university tour in the United States to promote the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. As part of the tour, Lynch is publicizing a planned $20-million study of the effects on students of Transcendental Meditation (TM), supported by a his recently created David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
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The article noted that during his recent stop in New York City, Lynch gave two sessions of lectures at New York University and spoke at a luncheon conference designed to promote the workplace benefits of TM. Lynch told audiences that his own experience of meditation resulted in feeling more relaxed, energetic, and open to the creative process.
Reporter Simon Houpt explained that during the process of practising TM, 'practitioners focus on a simple mantra, repeated silently in the mind, that slips slowly out of awareness until one is left in a state of thought-free consciousness, resulting in the release of stress from the body and a reduction in mental activity'.
Lynch related a conversation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the meditation practice, in which someone asked the question, 'Don't you have to suffer to create?' He reported that 'Maharishi just laughed because it's so absurd, it's absolutely backwards. When you're depressed, filled with fears, anxiety, anger, hate, it's a crippling thing and you can't go out and do your thing.' Lynch continued, 'When those things start lifting, it opens the door to way more ideas, way more energy, and way more of this intuition, and you can really roll.'
Speaking at the conference entitled 'Is the Workplace Bad for Your Brain?' Lynch urged employers to encourage their workers to start TM, saying, 'If you introduce this in the workplace, people will work harder, there'll be fewer days off, they'll get there with enthusiasm, they'll be with you and not against you, it's common sense,'
Lynch said that after the East Coast part of his tour which stopped at seven universities last week, including Yale and Brown, he plans to speak at schools in the western United States.
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