You’re probably used to notable figures espousing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Business gurus, tech overlords, and famous athletes all consider it a secret to their success.
But here are four celebrities who recently shared the power of practicing calm - do any of them surprise you?
Here’s something you might relate to that keeps popping up. Tennis star Naomi Osaka said that trying to meditate made her well-documented struggle with anxiety even worse - at first.
Like many professional athletes, Osaka is tenacious and stuck with meditation until she found techniques that really worked for her. She also finds that practicing at the right time matters.
“For me, meditating just allows me to start my day with purpose and from a balanced point rather than starting from an anxiety-ridden point. So much can happen in a day so when you start off balanced it helps you handle what may come next,” she told Mashable.
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette is most famous for her breakout album Jagged Little Pill. The anger and melancholy expressed on the cathartic classic seems to be water under the bridge, however. In the decades since, Morissette has spoken (and sung) on gratitude, wellbeing, and spirituality in general.
Soon, she’ll take this to entirely new heights, as the singer plans to release an entire album of meditation music.
We can’t wait to hear it, but in the meantime, make some beautiful music of your own with the Golden Love Pattern singing bowl.
Singer Ariana Grande might be best known for her expansive vocal range. But as it turns out, it’s the quiet moments that get her through life’s challenges.
Grande recently credited meditation as her favorite way to relax. She’s also shared her favorite guided meditations with her 300 million-plus followers on Instagram.
“I think wellness is an important investment. We should be taking care of our minds. They are the center of our whole human experience. I feel so fortunate to be able to have amazing therapy, and to have meditation that works for me,” Ariana told Vogue UK.
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Legendary supermodel Paulina Porizkova has been struggling to meditate for decades. “Ever since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in my late teens, I’ve been told to meditate, “ she posted to her Instagram. “And I tried. But I wasn’t getting a hang of it.”
Like Naomi Osaka (and probably some of you reading this right now), focusing and breathing seemed to increase Porizkova’s anxiety. Paulina tried to persevere as life got hard, but her emotions and anxiety kept getting in her way.
And then she found the missing piece to her meditation practice - true acceptance. “I decided to consciously make my way through the crying. Meditate and cry. Just let it happen. Accept that it would happen and allow it,” Porizkova wrote.
At age 57, it’s finally clicked for the famous beauty. “To those of you who don’t meditate - this sounds like a load of woo woo crap, I know. I was one of you. But I am starting to feel the difference. Even a five-minute session helps.”
It’s a true testament to the struggles and rewards of having a meditation practice. But with patience and trust, that path always leads to peace.
Does someone you look up to meditate? Let us know in the comments. And if you’ve had trouble meditating, this is your sign to try again, every day.