Comedian Dave Chappelle calls the times we are living in ‘The Age of Spin’, where we are bombarded with information from every corner. The social media era, though credited for making the world a global village, has given us twice the options, and twice the chaos. Amidst everything we’re being fed, and the data we feed ourselves, what then is supposed to keep us grounded? Meditation. Being in a quiet space allows us to become self-aware, get rid of anxiety, and manage stress.
While we normal people are bombarded with information that we can choose not to partake in by simply switching off our gadgets, most celebrities’ realities involve this ‘noise’ at a heightened scale because, sometimes, they are the subjects. To deal with the harsh realities of celebville and find some footing in between shoots, interviews, and all the shenanigans that come with being a star, some celebrities have taken to practicing meditation.
10 Ellen DeGeneres
13-time Emmy Award winner and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres knows well the importance of transcendental meditation. She learned about it through Russell Simmons, and later, Russell Brand. Speaking at a David Lynch Foundation event in 2012, Ellen said,” I was very impressed by the people that I learned that they did TM.” She further added that there had to be something to it, so her journey began. At the time of the event, she’d practiced it for a year.
9 Lady Gaga
As part of Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour, Lady Gaga revealed that besides being kept on her toes by women like Oprah, her fans, and medication, she also practices meditation. Through her social media, Gaga has gone to the extent of showing her fans how she meditates. It helps her deal with chronic pain and mental issues. She also embraces positive affirmations and reading as part of her mental health care.
Asked whether she’d found a way to juggle motherhood, her career, and still keep the hive up-to-date, Beyonce described work-life balance as ‘stressful’. In an Elle Q&A, Beyonce revealed that she takes care of herself through meditation, visualization, breathing exercises, and acupuncture. Beyonce seems to be passing the habit to her daughter, Blue, who was pictured in a meditative position.
7 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey once termed Super Soul Sunday as the show she was meant to do with her life. Through the show, she interviews spiritual and thought leaders. Oprah has sworn by transcendental meditation and even had a 21-day meditation experience in 2020 with Deepak Chopra. Oprah has said in the past, “Usually before the sun comes up, I offer myself to something greater than myself…I have a little meditation space where I just go.”
6 Hugh Jackman
In an interview with Howard Stern, Hugh Jackman revealed that meditation changed his life. At the time, he had been practicing it for 15 years. Both of them agreed that most of their creativity has emerged from transcendental meditation. On the benefits of it, Hugh Jackman has said in the past, “It’s not just finding quiet, it’s finding bliss, and that is natural. That is for everybody… What TM has done is get us back to that which we’d forgotten; our birthright to be happy.”
5 Howard Stern
While conversing with Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern revealed that he was introduced to TM through his mother, whose sister had passed away. To help cope with her loss, Stern’s father gave his mother the option of turning into an alcoholic since everything else she’d tried didn’t work. Stern went to college, and months later, received a call from his mom, who was ‘organically happy’, thanks to meditation. He, too, decided to take it up.
4 Jennifer Lopez
In a 1999 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez revealed that she practices meditation regularly. “I’ve been living in hotels for almost a year and a half now. Almost a year of being in the public eye, and people scrutinizing you. When things get really crazy, I like to take a minute alone…I think meditation helped me, very much…. Just connecting to who I am and knowing who I am… God plays a big part in my well-being, my mind, my soul. He gives me peace.”
3 Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada’s journey into meditation began when she realized she was the ‘caretaker’, who put everyone’s well-being before her own. As a result of ‘crushing under the weight of responsibilities’, she decided to ‘surrender’, and the revelation came to her when she was meditating. Speaking to Suzan Colon, she said, “ I pray and meditate every day, and when I meditated that morning, I felt that God was telling me, surrender, or explode.”
2 Jerry Seinfeld
At a David Lynch Foundation Gala in 2013, Seinfeld revealed that he had been practicing transcendental meditation for 41 years. The first time he did it, he was up the entire night because he had ‘never felt that good before.’ He’d also had terrible acne at the time, and it went away as soon as he got into TM. What he didn’t understand in the beginning, was the concept of getting out of bed in the morning, and ‘resting.’ For nine years, while he had one of the biggest sitcoms in America, he’d meditate when everyone was out for lunch.
1 Clint Eastwood
In 2011, Clint Eastwood revealed that he’d been practicing transcendental meditation for 40 years. The Academy Award-winning director said of the practice, “It’s a great tool for anyone to have. It’s a tool for stress (and stress of course comes with any business).” “ I think there are enough studies out there that show TM is something that can benefit everybody,” Eastwood added.
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