Deep Thoughts by David Lynch

The director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet on calming his twisted mind


| Utne Reader May / June 2007


The First Dive
He whose happiness is within, whose contentment is within, whose light is all within, that yogi, being one with Brahman, attains eternal freedom in divine consciousness.
-- Bhagavad-Gita

When I first heard about meditation, I had zero interest in it. I wasn't even curious. It sounded like a waste of time.

What got me interested, though, was the phrase 'true happiness lies within.' At first I thought it sounded kind of mean, because it doesn't tell you where the 'within' is, or how to get there. But still it had a ring of truth. And I began to think that maybe meditation was a way to go within.

Transcendental Meditation takes you to an ocean of pure consciousness, pure knowingness. But it's familiar; it's you. And right away a sense of happiness emerges -- not a goofball happiness, but a thick beauty.

I have never missed a meditation in 33 years. I meditate once in the morning and again in the afternoon, for about 20 minutes each time. Then I go about the business of my day. And I find that the joy of doing increases. Intuition increases. The pleasure of life grows. And negativity recedes.

Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit
It would be easier to roll up the entire sky into a small cloth than it would be
to obtain true happiness without knowing the Self.

-- Upanishads