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  • Danni Lee

    Wow, I love the analogy of ideas and fish. I also had no idea of the different types of meditation methods out there. I was first encouraged to take up meditation after reading the book, Mindful Manifesto (themindfulmanifesto.com). I know there are great brands out there i.e. Google hosting Mindfulness classes for their employees. But like others here, I struggle to make it a daily habit. However, as I'm currently trying to find some answers to my career change, and with David Lynch's post - I'm feel more compelled to make it happen. Thanks!

  • Julenne Esquinca

    I can say buddhism and meditation have changed my life I am happy that more people are into meditation and the art of stilling the minf

  • Creative Deja Vu

    The fact that you haven't missed a meditation is 40 years is a little daunting for the rest of us to live up to. I try to do take time out for quiet time or meditation, but am inconsistent. I find that a good goal is just 5 minutes each day to start. Also, you can actually meditate in super short bursts throughout the day with the use of a short mantra or word. However, you manage it, being quiet is an art that grows creativity.

  • Jessica Pellegrino

    I appreciate reading about meditation and creativity. The trademark, the hefty tuition cost and the "I now bestow thou with thine mantra" thing have always made TM seem culty to me. I'm also skeptical of quick-fix, shazam! techniques of any sort. I personally have found vipassana (insight, mindfulness) meditation to be a transformational, freely shared, accessible practice -- no props, mantras or gurus -- one breath at time.

  • Aviva Jaye

    I can't WAIT to make this a priority for myself in my life. I've been working meditation into my life but inconsistently. I know without doubt that in many ways it is the missing link to my untapped creativity, healing and improvement in productivity. Here I go!

  • Joanne Hughes Emanuele

    Meditation is a wonderful practice, once I established a routine I found I looked forward to the time each day. Great article, thanks!

  • Tom Ball

    Beautiful article. I think it's important to understand the distinctions between the various forms of meditation. Research has now shown that the various approaches to meditation do not all produce the same results as one another — concentration, contemplation, mindfulness, TM, etc. — the different techniques engage the mind in different ways and produce different results. This is all covered here: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/p/how-tm-compares.html

  • David Lynch

    David Lynch heads up the nonprofit David Lynch Foundation which has raised the funds to provide Transcendental Meditation instruction to over 250,000 at-risk students in underserved schools, veterans with PTSD, and women and girls who are victims of violence. David makes no money from his foundation--in fact he has donated large sums to ensure that others can learn.

  • mel.eden87

    I attended a Vipassana centres 10 day introductory course and it changed my life. I can't imagine living without meditation in my life now. I strongly recommend people giving it a go. They are free and all over the world. It provides you with the foundations of meditation without being forceful. You can just go ride the experience and take what you need.

  • Iris van den Berg

    A great meditation teacher is Susan Piver. With her online Open Heart project she meditates with thousands of people globally. If you subscribe (for free) you'll receive two email newsletters per week to introduce you to meditation practice: each newsletter will contain a 10-minute

  • Charmaine Pang

    This article couldn't have come at a better time! I just completed a Vedic Meditation course last week and can vouch for its benefits as mentioned in the article. I feel more grounded, more aware, more connected and more creative (I work in the design industry). I'm more responsive and less reactive, and am finding more opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals on a deeper level. Whether it's TM, Vedic Meditation, Vipassana, or simple meditation techniques using the breath or visualisation, it's definitely a practice that can change your world for the better... just remember though it's only with consistency that you get the goodies!

    • Sarah Wise

      Well put and I whole heartedly agree! I've been practicing vedic meditation for about over a year. While it doesn't take away life's obstacles, it gives me a better way to look and (not) react to them :)

  • Katja Bak

    Great piece of writing here. Very concise, as Casey Caplowe mentions, but says everything it needs to in a neat little handfull.

    Definitely something I needed to read at this time.

  • Casey Caplowe

    This is a beautiful, and powerfully concise essay. Having just finished reading another book on Zen practice, this is a good motivation to commit to mediation on a regular basis.

  • Arthur Grau

    Training retreats or weekly meditations with others help to get the practice established. There is also a global peace meditation being called for Dec 21 at 5PM IST (3:30 AM PST) :-) http://www.wpsconnect.org/meditate.php

  • Hillary Newman

    I would really like to get in the habit of meditating. It's something I've tried to incorporate into my daily routine but have never succeeded at. Any tips?

    • Loulop1

      Do it when you get up in the morning, as one of your first morning routines.

    • Frankle

      I reckon this article is a puff piece promoting his business - but to answer your question - I did my own nearly 40 years ago after reading Alan Watts books - simple, choose a time you won't be disturbed (I locked the door to my room in a share house, and chose 20 minutes in the evening), a darkened room, place a lit candle about 4 feet away from you slightly above eye level, sit (lotus position if your knees can stand it - otherwise upright and attentive), and focus/concentrate all your attention on the flickering flame while listening to your breathing.

      Thoughts arise - observe and let them drop. At first this is impossible, but with persistence, you will notice usual thoughts like celluloid film - each thought pulls the next association into view - you are not observing reality, just a movie of your own imagination - eventually there will be gaps between the thoughts - they will get larger - until - eventually - silence.

      I did about 2 months of mostly daily mediation for 10-20 minutes of sitting still and concentrating - visual hallucinations are a side-effect of locking your vision, but past that - eventually - a zen moment of nirvana - an exploding vision of world consciousness - how everything is connected like spider webs of consciousness - everything is one - I just burst out laughing with uncontrollable blissful joy.

      I went downstairs - sharemates thought I was crazy laughing at everything and unable to talk - standing around the kitchen I found I was 'hearing' people's thoughts - while one person was speaking, another sentence would come into my head, then seconds later after the first speaker finished, the next person would open their mouth and speak the exact sentence I just heard in my head (and to those who think 'predictable' - no, I tested it, these were not predictable sentences and they were exact word-for-word matches). The mind-reading fell away after a week or so, but ever after I have a crystal clarity view of the world around me which gives me joy every day - as I listen to people's latest moan about something, I think of the Zen monk in his hut, robbed of his few meager possessions by a thief in the night, looking at the reflection of the moon in the lake, saying 'I wish I could give him this beautiful moon ... !'

      • Gozo Rabat

        Frankle writes, “...you will notice usual thoughts like celluloid film—each thought pulls the next association into view—you are not observing reality, just a movie of your own imagination.”
        ____________________

        This image-concept, of “thoughts like celluloid film [as] just a movie of your own imagination,” offers a great way of relating to one’s “monkey mind” thoughts.

        Thanks for offering up the beautiful moon, here on the eve of destruction. $; -)

        Regards,
        (($; -)
        Gozo!

      • Yasha Wallin

        I've done a couple 10 day Vipassana courses (which are offered everywhere in the world) and it changed my life. Highly recommended, though it was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done voluntarily!

        • Krishanu Ghosh

          Yup it is really gruelling, unlike the new age MoJo about Meditation doing rounds!

      • Loulop1

        You don't need to go to India to do this...

        • Krishanu Ghosh

          Yes you don't technically, but I guess the experience is very different in India.

    • victor.vulovic

      Do it right BEFORE something that is already part of your daily routine. For instance, I started doing it right before I brush my teeth in the morning/evening and don't let myself brush my teeth until I'm done meditating. This works better than trying to fit it in after the end of your normal routine. Hope this helps!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I've been trying out some meditation apps and I'm sure they're not the same as what David Lynch is talking about- but I do definitely experience that sense of pure consciousness when I try them out.

  • Jeff Nelder

    Wow. Meditation is truly the spark that David Lynch describes here. I had never previously heard of an individual dropping all attachment and immediately hitting the level for bliss in TM before practicing for some time- but it makes sense that an artists who has as much focus as Lynch might be able to immediately access that spark. When all barriers drop away, and we realize that there are none between us and everything else- that is akin to the feeling David Lynch describes here. Wonderful!