Watch David Lynch discusses meditation in conversation with Paul McCartney
David Lynch, the iconic filmmaker for mindbending creations such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and more, has been an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for decades.
Lynch’s commitment to meditation has only grown stronger over the years and, in 2005, he created the charitable organisation of ‘The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace’, a foundation that looks to teach aspects of Transcendental Meditation in schools and other at-risk populations such as the homeless, veterans and refugees.
Like many creatives, Transcendental Meditation has grown into a way of life. Paul McCartney, a founding member of The Beatles and meditation advocate, has been an avid meditator for the better part of 50 years. “In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney says.
During the Beatles’ famed spell in India, McCartney revealed that he had been first introduced to meditation by Indian sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in 1968. “It was actually George Harrison’s wife, Patti, who had heard Maharishi was coming to town,” Paul McCartney said. “And she said we should all go… [I was] just overdoing it in the ‘60s. I was just not very centred and I was looking for something. I think we all were.
In a meeting of exceptional minds on both a creative and spiritual level, Lynch sat down to interview McCartney on all things meditation: “It was very interesting,” he recalled about his first introduction to skill. “It was very calming and it seemed like something that was worth trying. [Maharishi] put it very well.
McCartney added: “He made it seem simple; he made it seem very attractive. It was a great gift that Maharishi has given us. It came during a period at the end of the ’60s when we were looking for something that could bring us more stability, and it was a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time.”
When discussing Lynch’s foundation, the former Beatle added: “The kids love it, kids in Brazil love it, kids in the West Bank love it… I think this is what people need, they don’t need high minded talk, as much as results.”