David Lynch explains how he uses meditation to “catch the big fish” creatively

David Lynch has written a book on Catching the Big Fish, and what he has to say on meditation for creativity is fascinating.

During the creation of his breakthrough 1977 masterpiece Eraserhead, David Lynch – like most artists – encountered a creativity block. It was this block that lead the esteemed director to try meditation, which was the start of a new way of life for him.

Hailed as one of the most important directors of his era, David Lynch attributes much of his creativity to meditation, and explains how you can use meditation to boost your creativity too.

Lynch has shared that he is only able to dive deep enough catch the “big fish” by meditating, with the big fish being the unique ideas he uses as inspiration for his works. In fact, Lynch dives so deep into such extraordinary depths of creativity that his style has been incorporated into the Oxford Dictionary.

His passion of meditation has spurred him to found the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace, and publish Catching the Big Fish – a pro-meditation book.

Whether or not you feel meditation is able to boost your creativity, there is never anything to be lost from time spent on mindfulness activities. Regardless, Lynch has brought us some pretty weird ideas on screen – clearly they came from somewhere, right?

Via Open Culture.