The concept of mindfulness in relation to David Lynch may seem incongruous in the context of his work, but he is an outspoken proponent of Transcendental Meditation (TM). He discovered TM while making the film Eraserhead and says the practice has shaped everything he has touched since. Below are ten mindfulness quotes from David Lynch.
- “Keep your eye on the doughnut, not on the hole.”
- “I would love to be in that state [of a waking dream] all day long, but you have to have some quiet. The world is getting louder every year, but to sit and dream is a beautiful thing.”
- “When you’re down, when you’ve been kicked down in the street and then kicked a few more times until you’re bleeding and your teeth are out, then you only have up to go. You get reborn again, and expectations aren’t so great because they’ve taken you away. It’s beautiful to be down there. It’s so beautiful!”
- “I always say human beings are like detectives. We like to look for clues everywhere even if the looking takes us into the darkest places. We’re always drawn to the unknown so that we can finally know everything. Sometimes there is fear in the unknown, but we are good detectives and we have to know everything.”
- “Transcendental meditation for me brings more and more happiness. And this happiness comes from within, but then, as a result of the inner happiness growing, the outside seems to be happier also. Thinking of the United States of America and the many absurdities that this country produces could make one sad because so many of these absurdities cause much suffering. If these absurdities didn’t cause so much suffering, they could really be seen as being funny. And politicians would be known as some of the greatest comedians.”
- “Expression, for me, comes out of joy.”
- “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.”
- “It’s maybe impossible to escape [your own head], but I guess the secret is the prison cell just gets bigger and bigger and bigger and prettier and prettier and prettier.”
- “Being in darkness and confusion is interesting to me. But behind it you can rise out of that and see things the way they really are. That there is some sort of truth to the whole thing, if you could just get to that point where you could see it, and live it, and feel it … I think it is a long, long, way off. In the meantime there’s suffering and darkness and confusion and absurdities, and it’s people kind of going in circles. It’s fantastic. It’s like a strange carnival: it’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of pain.”
- “Don’t fight the darkness. Don’t even worry about the darkness. Turn on the light and the darkness goes. Turn up that light of pure consciousness: Negativity goes.”
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