Director David Lynch, who has made some of the most creative and surreal films to come out of Hollywood, including Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, releases his anger and boosts his creativity through meditation. Our sib site The Cardio Blog has a piece up about how Lynch has practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) for some 30 years. The Cardio Blog notes that releasing anger has been documented as reducing heart disease later in life. I've been practicing TM myself since I was 14, and I was interested to learn that Lynch has set up The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
The Foundation has the goal of promoting Transcendental Meditation in schools. Lynch says on the site, "Someday, hopefully very soon, 'diving within' as a preparation for learning and as a tool for developing the creative potential of the mind will be a standard part of every school's curriculum." The Foundation provides scholarships for students to learn the TM technique and for students to attend schools based on Consciousness-Based Education. The site talks a lot about the effects of stress on children, how the state of consciousness achieved by TM protects the brain and enhances creativity and learning potential, and increases academic achievement.
The site doesn't talk about the effects of TM on one's ability to come up with movies like the ones Lynch makes -- films with winding, complex plots and intense characters (I think my favorite Lynch character in terms of sheer craziness is Dennis Hopper's Frank Booth in Blue Velvet; he was way beyond disturbing). Lynch has long been one of my favorite directors, but I had no idea that he practices TM as a way of enhancing his creativity. I'd hate to see what some of his films would look like if he didn't release anger through meditation, though.