Curtains Up, a short film on movies and meditation featuring David Lynch

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/30/curtains-up-a-short-film-on-m.html

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I’m cool with meditation, but Transcendental Meditation® has always seemed to me rather, umm, money oriented.

Has anyone here been to Fairfield, Iowa—HQ for TM®? It’s a trip. They’ve got two Golden Domes for Yogic flying (aka hopping while in lotus position) and a Tower of Invincibility (erected to celebrate the idea that if “1% of 1%”(not .01% for some reason) of a nation’s population practices TM®, it will become invincible. The town has some TM® splinter groups too, run by believers dissatisfied with the corporation that owns Transcendental Meditation®. Of course, they can’t call what they do TM®—they’ll get sued!

Unlike other hierarchical “scientific-spiritual” organizations built upon personality cults, which sell expensive self-help courses promising more than they can deliver (e.g. Scientology™), TM® at least doesn’t force its practitioners to cease all non-proselytizing interaction with non-practitioners. So, if you’ve got the money to spare, (like David Lynch and Stella McCartney and Jerry Seinfeld), by all means, take TM® courses until you at least learn to “fly”, then please come back here and give a full report.

I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to pay thousands of dollars to learn how to do this?

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Britain turned down the opportunity to have it funded by the taxpayer.

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“So I say, peace to all of you…except for when you are watching one of my films”

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Heh, we had them too, from 1992 until 2004.

Their party political broadcasts seem to have vanished from YouTube, the only thing I found so far is a clip from a “let’s reminisce about the 1990ies” show that features them. Along with a couple of minor celebrities who aren’t young anymore, but still need the money.

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the epidemic of toxic stress

Yeah, I’m for sure hearing that bit.

I’ve tried meditation, but seriously, finding time for it became just another stressor.

I do still try during some especially tough afternoons, though. But really, it’s closer to a catnap (if I’m lucky!).

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