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David Lynch, Diving Deep with Transcendental Meditation
November 17, 2016
Where does David Lynch go to find the dreamscapes that mystify and unnerve us? The director of 'Twin Peaks' pulls back the veil with writer Mitch Horowitz.
David Lynch on Meditation and 'Catching the Big Fish' November 18, 2016
Director David Lynch is famously elusive about what his movies mean, or where his ideas come from. In films like Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man, he submerges us in the dark and foreboding currents of the subconscious. So how does he come up with this stuff? Well, the way he tells it, every morning since 1973, he has gotten up...closed his eyes…slowed down his breathing…and 'gone fishing' in the ocean he calls the 'unified field,' using Transcendental Meditation. He spoke to Mitch Horowitz, on this tenth anniversary of his book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.

David Lynch, film director, screenwriter and visual artist. Founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

Produced by Laura Kwerel




Self portrait, 2006

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful."


 
Mitch Horowitz in the Argot Studios in New York.

 
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Understanding Transcendental Meditation November 18, 2016
Although its origins are in ancient India, Transcendental Meditation has only been popular in the United States since the early 1960s. That’s when a man with a twinkle in his eye named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi taught an updated version of an ancient technique that spread throughout the West coast. After its embrace by the Beatles, it faded from popular view, but then in the early 2000s, director David Lynch brought it back into the spotlight. We asked Erik Davis to put this all in context for us. He spoke to producer Laura Kwerel.
 
Erik Davis, host of the Exapnding Mind podcast and author of The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape.
Oxford
Mindfulness: From Sacred Buddhist Practice to Secular Stress-Reliever November 18, 2016
Mindfulness meditation was once practiced mostly by Buddhist monks and nuns. Now it's practiced by CEOs, teachers, politicians, and basically anyone who wants to take the edge off life. So how did mindfulness meditation transform from something passed down from Buddhist elders into a popular prescription for the ills of the middle class? He spoke to Maureen in 2014.

Jeff Wilson, author of Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture