If you’ve been hanging out here for any amount of time, you know that I push meditation… hard.
Not only does it help connect you to your Higher Self (your soul), your Spiritual Team, and your abilities, it helps clear your head and keep you grounded.
It’s like a peanut M&M milkshake with just the right amount of whipped cream and 2 maraschino cherries — it hits the spot almost every time!
Airports have hopped on the trend by providing meditation rooms, and some schools have even replaced detention with meditation! Brilliant!
The wave of popularity didn’t take long to hit Hollywood. In fact, here are a list of celebs who are known to break out their floor pillow, prayer beads, and chant Om… BTW, what Richard Gere says (#17 on the list) is OMG sooooo AH-mazing!
17 Celebrities That Meditate
1. Jennifer Aniston
“Twenty minutes, you just notice the difference! When I get lazy and don’t get it in, I can feel a difference in the day. So I try to meditate first thing when I wake up.”
2. Katy Perry
“The stillness that I’ve found is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s way different than napping. Everybody’s just like ‘I’ll nap for two hours.’ This is totally different from napping. Napping is to brushing your teeth as flossing is to meditation. A lot of people brush their teeth but still have very interesting breath. So you gotta get the plaque out.”
3. Oprah Winfrey
“The one thing I want to continue to do is to center myself everyday, and make that a practice for myself because I am one thousand percent better when I do that, one thousand percent better when I take myself back to something bigger than myself.”
4. Ringo Starr
“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.”
5. Hugh Jackman (swoon!)
“With meditation, my anxiety levels dropped considerably. It seems to me that the mind is fuel to the fire of fear. The mind can make us worry about things beyond their measure. And the great thing about meditation is that twice a day, the monkey mind just calms down.”
6. Kristen Bell
“When you have a problem – whether it’s road rage, your guy, or work – meditation allows everything to unfold the way it’s supposed to.”
7. Nicole Kidman
“I like to meditate. I took it up in my early 20s and I learned the benefits. I try to do it every day. A typical session is 20 to 30 minutes. I even use a meditation app on my phone that has a timer and also shows you on a map all the people that have logged in that are meditating at that very moment.”
8. Jerry Seinfeld
“When I was doing the series for 22 to 24 episodes a year on network television—not cable—for nine years, that’s a lot of work, everyday. And while everybody was having lunch I would do TM. That was how I survived the nine years. Those 20 minutes in the middle of the day saved me.”
9. Howard Stern
“I started meditating at 18 years old… It’s just like brushing your teeth, it’s a technique and yet this technique changed [me], from the inside out.”
10. Russell Brand
“Meditation is extremely important. If you neglect that part of your life, you are really giving up the thing that is perhaps the most important thing there is in the world.”
11. Paul McCartney
“In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world.”
12. Ellen DeGeneres
“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.”
13. Russell Simmons
“The first, most important thing about meditation is happiness. You become a happier person when you meditate.”
14. Miranda Kerr
“I feel like meditation is a good way to start the day. At the end of the day, health is wealth. When you take care of yourself – body and mind – you’ll be able to give so much more.”
15. Angelina Jolie
“I find meditation in sitting on the floor with the kids coloring for an hour, or going on the trampoline. You do something you love, that makes you happy, and that gives you your meditation.”
Angie’s right. Duh! Meditation doesn’t necessarily have to be sitting chanting Om. Here’s a list of alternatives for people who aren’t ready for traditional meditation.
16. Cameron Diaz
“[Meditation] is helping you to tap into something that’s already inside of you… that’s you, in essence. That’s something that was super-empowering for me once I grasped that. To have that tool now, and to be able to go inside and recharge my battery, well, it’s so awesome! I feel so empowered.”
17. Richard Gere
“The only thing that will get us anywhere on the spiritual path, whether it’s concentration, loving kindness or wisdom that we want to develop, is dedicating ourselves to a daily practice. We take for granted that Olympic athletes and professional musicians train daily to achieve mastery of their sport or music. Why wouldn’t the same discipline apply to cultivating the most important qualities of our mind?”
- So, are you ready to join their ranks? :) Read my Complete Meditation Guide for Beginners!