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“Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch

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Portion of the table of contents (click to enlarge)

About a year ago, when my fiancé was still living in LA and me in Paris, he sent me the book “Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch. I was already very fond of David Lynch’s movies and had just discovered his foundation and his long-time transcendental meditation practice. Being myself interested in the creative processes and the practice of meditation that I, like many, try to fit in my busy life, I wondered what David Lynch, a man that seemed so cryptic and as opaque as he was fascinating, would have to say about all of this, and in what way.

First of all, I was surprised by the structure of the book itself. Chapters are one or a few pages, sometimes just a sentence even. They’re like wisdoms. I love books like that because having such short chapters makes the content even more… precious I’d say. It pushes you to read slower, just like poetry. And the meaning is more apparent. So it is a very pleasant read for sure, and a fast one as well, which doesn’t mean there’s no “meat” in it (as a vegetarian, I’m going to say “tofu”, okay?).

I also think it’s refreshing to learn how present Lynch manages to be in his life, he who creates, is in the film industry, has to collaborate with some people, lead others. It reminded me of a book by the Dalai Lama which I think was called The Transformed Mind that wasn’t about how to be wise and present when you’re the Dalai Lama but when you’re someone like you and me, who lives in a fast-paced society, who has to juggle many things but still wants to create, to be here, to slow down and be centered.

So much of what happened to me is good fortune. But I would say: Try to get a job that gives you some time; get your sleep and a little bit of food; and work as much as you can. There’s so much enjoyment in doing what you love. Maybe this will open doors, and you’ll find a way to do what you love.

The other thing that touched me in “Catching the Big Fish” is Lynch’s honesty and humility, which I value so much. His writing is simple and essential. It’s really not about who he is as much as what he has to say about his human experience as an artist, in the purest form possible. He talks about inspiration, which is common to all humans, and how to welcome and transform it. It’s powerful.

I think what makes it a must-read to me is how easily you can go back to it and re-read a passage that inspired you, and how universal and non-segmented it is (even though there are many chapters, he conveys the idea of unity in what we are and the what we do).

Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.

This book will be extremely useful and inspiring for film makers and artists but also to everybody else who’s interested in the creative process and how it’s linked to the practice of consciousness and centering oneself. It’s beautiful food for the soul and translates to many aspects of our lives even if we don’t necessarily feel like we share Lynch’s world. It brings a lot of clarity.

Get the book on Amazon (you can also get the audio book) if you’re interested and feel free to share in the comments what you think of it and if you too would recommend it.

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What Happiness Sounds Like

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New-Intl-Day-HappinessToday is the International Day Of Happiness and as part of it, they created the world’s happiest playlist!

You can share the music that makes you happy by mentioning the hashtag #happysoundslike in your tweets and Facebook posts about it.

As far as I’m concerned, being a big jazz fan, Poinciana by the Keith Jarrett trio lifts my spirit instantaneously and makes me genuinely happy. It represents what I want my life to always sound like. It’s boiling with life and intensity and serenity too.

It feels like it connects the most beautiful aspects of my life together and show them to me. It’s just gorgeous and personal.

 

What about you? Which music makes you the happiest and why?