Many of us have heard about the devout benefits that with the commitment to daily meditation. While the names of many celebrities are often tossed about in the latest scandal or the tabloid new release, one may take a second look upon learning about celebrities who practice meditation daily.
Meditation in its basic form is when a person quiets their mind by sitting, standing, or lying in a relaxed position to focus on their breathing. This promotes a healthier well-being by decreasing stress, fear, and anxiety and also enhances the flow of the immune system. Our mind races with thoughts every second of the day and most times, we feed into our fears, worries, doubts, and insecurities. Meditation is a tool that helps us decompress and give our mind the chance to “breathe”.
While we could go on and on about the plethora of benefits that come from meditation, let’s take a look at 10 celebrities who are open about their commitment to daily meditative practice.
1. Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a vocal advocate for Transcendental Meditation after learning about the practice from her ex-husband, Russell Brand.
“I start the day with Transcendental Meditation. It puts me in the best mood. I wake up and just prop myself up in bed for 20 minutes. It’s the only time my mind gets absolute rest.”
As a mega-hit pop star and musical icon, some may be surprised to find that the “Vogue” singer finds her center through meditation and mindfulness.
“Meditation showed me how much energy silence has.”
Gwyneth is quite the newbie on the block in comparison to many of her celebrity friends as she made a resolution in January 2010 to start her journey in meditation.
“My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to meditate. It’s always sounded like something I should do, but I don’t know how to. My friends who do it say it’s really freakin’ brilliant. They say you can’t know the peace/awareness/contentment until you do it.”
4. Clint Eastwood
The one we can count on to get better with age. Clint Eastwood meditates twice a day to keep himself aligned and in the best mental shape.
“I’m religious about it when I’m working.I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself….
So meditation with me was just a self-reliant thing. I’ve been doing it almost forty years.”
5. Eva Mendes
Always one to be open about her need for balance, Eva Mendes shares how she finds peace and serenity from her daily practice.
“I’m actually big into meditation, transcendental meditation, and that really helps create not only a sense of balance but all the other stuff this is gonna sound cliché … serenity and kind of a calm state of mind”
6. Ellen DeGeneres
Not only is she one of the most successful women on television, Ellen Degeneres also finds time to shut down and tune in with her inner peace through yoga, veganism, and meditation.
‘ …It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s OK again. That’s what meditation is for me.’
7. Russell Brand
Known for his impulsiveness and witty comedic humor, Russell Brand has never steered away from a good time. However, 2009 took a rough turn for Russell which led him to undertake a massive life change after learning about meditation.
“It’s really good if you’ve had addiction issues. It’s highly psychological, and very beautiful, and overwhelming, and real, and trippy!”
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