We’re always looking for the next big thing when it comes to following what ‘A listers’ and people in power are doing.
While there are health and wellness fads that come and go, there’s one habit that seems to never die and in fact is only growing in popularity.
You guessed it, it’s meditation and mindfulness.
And it comes as no surprise to us, with an ever growing list of scientifically proven benefits, implementing this daily practice seems like a no-brainer. Probably why a growing number of Fortune 500 companies such a Facebook, Google, Apple, AOL have all introduced meditation and mindfulness classes for their employees into their workplaces.
If you’re still sitting on the fence as to wether you should learn and practice meditation, we’ve done some homework for you and rounded up what some people have to say about their daily ‘Ohm’ moments! (u might recognise a few)
Katy learnt meditation after being influenced to it by her now ex-husband Russel Brand, who is an advocate and supporter of Transcendental Meditation. Katy once told Marie Claire magazine:
“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.“
We couldn’t agree more.
An unlikely meditator is all round funny man Jerry Seinfeld, who told Good Morning American that meditation was what enabled him to survive nine years of being the man behind everyones favourite 90’s show “Seinfeld”
“With ‘Seinfeld’ I was doing a TV series in which I was the star of the show, the executive producer of the show, the head writer, in charge of casting and editing, for 24 episodes on network television – not cable – for nine years! And I’m just a normal guy. And that was not a normal situation to be in… So I meditated every day. And that’s how I survived the nine years.“
With a talk show that just keeps getting bigger and bigger, Ellen uses meditation to press the restart button on her brain just like you would a computer – Ellen told the “Today Show” that she meditates and she had this to say:
“Because 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 okay again. That’s what meditation is for me.“
Legendary musician and meditator John Lennon from the Beatles has been quoted by Frost Programme, saying:
“The energy that I’ve found doing meditation… I could access it only during good days when everything was going well. With meditation I find that it could well be pouring down rain, it is still the same amount.“
One of our favourite entrepreneurs of all time Steve Jobs was known for his very strong spiritual side and had a lot to say on meditation. One of our favourites quotes from the man is an excerpt from his biography saying:
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.“
It’s not just tinsel town who are on the zen train. Ray is a billionaire and founder of the world’s largest hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates and has been quoted saying:
“Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.“
Fearless entrepreneur and serial achiever Arianna Huffington is the master mind behind popular blog The Huffington Post. She told Vogue in 2011 that her early morning Yoga and Meditation practice was one of her “Joy Triggers”. She’s also written in her New York Times best selling book ‘Thrive – The Third Metric to success’ that:
“Meditation is not about stopping thoughts, but recognising that we are more than our thoughts and our feelings.“
Arianna’s passion for mindfulness and mediation has trickled into her company, as she now implements weekly yoga, meditation and breathing exercise sessions for high output workers.
This Aussie Super Model is well known for her balanced approach to life and passion for wellness and is of course also a keen meditator and yogi.
“I find the practice of yoga very spiritual and taking the time to just be and to reflect. Meditation and chanting helps me to connect to a higher energy. Meditation is a great way to stay centered.“
Hugh Jackman AKA ‘The Wolverine’
There’s few things better than a man that’s got a hold of his mind, so it comes as no surprise that Australian A-lister Hugh Jackman is a mega meditation fan.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey he said:
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”
He also discussed how it helps him deal with stage fright and the stresses of his job, such as when he hosted the Academy Awards.
“For me, the best way to handle that was meditation. So I meditated before I hosted the Oscars, I meditate before I go on stage, I meditate in the morning and lunchtime when I’m on a film set. And it’s like it resets me. I’m not saying I’m never frightened anymore or that I don’t have stress, but… I like the analogy of a glass of water… when you first pour it it’s cloudy. When you’re stressed, that’s what your mind is like, it’s kinda cloudy. And after I meditate all that sinks to the bottom and the water is clear and the energy is finer, and the decisions you make are more authentic, and I think you’re more economical with your energy, with your time, in every way. You’re more able to listen to other people. And as an actor, that’s all you got. The only tools you really have are being present, being clear, and listening. So it helped me in every way, I mean, immeasurably.“
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