Where Is “Within”, And How Do You Get There?

I’m listening to this audio book called Catching the Big Fish, written and read by David Lynch. (I’m going through this period of looking for inspiration from the Art world, but more on that later.) This is what he says in the very first chapter, and I found his question totally intriguing: “Where is within? And how do you get there?

David’s conclusion is through meditation, and he reports that he’s never missed a day in 30+ years of doing Transcendental Meditation. I admit I don’t know much about this meditation method, and honestly, I’ve not looked into it, for a couple reasons. I think I’ve let all the skeptics and their criticism decide for me.

In any case, here’s the first couple sentences from the book:

The First Dive

“He whose happiness is within, whose contentment is within, whose light is all within, that Yogi, being one with Brahman, obtains eternal freedom in pure consciousness,” from the Bhagavad Gita. When I first heard about meditation I had zero interest in it, I wasn’t even curious. It sounded like a waste of time. What got me interested though was the phrase “True happiness lies within”, At first I thought it sounded kinda mean because it doesn’t tell you where the within is or how to get there. But still, it had a ring of truth, and I began to think that maybe meditation was a way to go within.