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About the Transcendental Meditation® Technique

What Is Transcendental Meditation?

It is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle.

What Happens When You Meditate?

Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence.

How Does Transcendental Meditation Differ from Other Meditation Techniques?

Brain research has identified three basic approaches to meditation:

  • Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)

  • Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)

  • Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought — a unique state of restful alertness)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention nor open monitoring. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm deep within.

Transcendental Meditation and the David Lynch Foundation

TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially-trained, certified teacher. To learn TM in New York City, please email tm@davidlynchfoundation.org or call 212-644-9880 for more information.

David Lynch says he hasn’t missed a day of Transcendental Meditation since he started practicing it 43 years ago.


The director and writer behind the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” and movies including “Mulholland Drive” was in Los Angeles recently to lend support to Georgetown University School of Medicine clinical psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal who was speaking on a panel about his new book, “Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation.” Lynch, 70, told us in a one-on-one after the panel why he believes TM is the secret to … well, everything:


“I guess people start meditation for many different reasons, but each person who starts will get the benefit they are looking for, and many other benefits as well,” says David Lynch.

Before Lynch started meditating, he was struggling with anger and depression.

“I heard a phrase, ‘True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within.’ And this phrase had a ring of truth to me, but the phrase doesn’t tell you where the within is, nor how to get there.


One day it hit me that meditation would be the way to go within.”


A MULTI-TALENTED CREATOR: Besides being an author and celebrated movie director, David Lynch is also a musician and a visual artist. This experimental self-portrait was shot by Lynch for The New York Times in 2013. “Stress is like a vise grip on the creativity of people,” Lynch says. “Give them a tool to reduce their stress and wake up their brain, and there’s no limit to what they can create.”


So, when his younger sister suggested he learn Transcendental Meditation, Lynch plunged in.


“Down within I went. It was so beautiful, so profoundly beautiful. I said, ‘Where has this experience been?’”


There was also immediate relief to his angst.


“I felt the suffocating rubber clown suit of negativity dissolving, and it was such a feeling of bright freedom.”


Since that morning in 1973, Lynch has not missed his twice a day 20 minute meditation sessions once.


“You say goodbye to the garbage and infusing gold. The long and short of it is that you get happy and feel good being alive.”


And Lynch certainly does not hold back when describing the bliss of transcending:

“It’s a field that is so beautiful, so powerful, it’s eternal, it’s immortal, it’s immutable, it’s infinite, it’s unbounded.


“For me, I got more and more happiness in the doing of things, ideas seemed to flow more freely. I felt more energy for the work and I began to see other people as people I liked more and more. I felt healthier and more comfortable in my body. The whole world suddenly looked better.


You start really enjoy life. You look around and everything looks better. People don’t look like enemies, they look like friends. Things that used to stress you, don’t stress you so much, sometimes they make you giggle.


You feel good, you wanna buy a bunch of people coffees. You want to put your arm around people. You wanna enjoy life.”


A message from the Muscle Whisperer:

"I have myself practiced Transcendental Meditation for a year and have seen the difference in my life afterwards" Meditation is life changing, it marks a before and after in many peoples life.



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