by Paul Schrodt: Over the past several years, David Lynch has become known less as a filmmaker and more as a pusher of Transcendental Meditation.
As a regular person who doesn’t repeat mantras, you might ask yourself, what is the difference between standard meditation and “TM”? The short answer is money. TM is a registered trademark of a company founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Initiations cost on average $1,000. Lynch has made a number of public appearances praising the effects of TM and is part of a plan to create world peace by radiating positivity.
Sound like a crock? Yes and no. As we’ve pointed out before, meditation is good for you, and you can do it for free in your home. You won’t create world peace, but you will be happier. (Research has found the health effects of TM to be comparable with other relaxation techniques.) On Esquire Network’s How I Rock It, Lynch explained how meditation helped rid him of anxiety and anger. (“It was as if I was in an elevator and they snipped the cables,” he says in an aptly morbid analogy.) And it can simply clear your head: Lynch came up with the plan for Mulholland Drive after a spell of meditation. So what do you need to know to meditate like David Lynch?
It’s about stillness. Try to let your mind go blank. “Meditation breaks the chain of everyday thinking,” according to Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School.
Repeat something. Whether it’s a word or a mantra or a prayer or simply focusing on your breathing (in and out, in and out), repetition allows you to access certain brain waves and even reduce heart rate and blood pressure. For which you will be grateful