Celebrities who meditate are proof of the vast benefits
What do Jerry Seinfeld and Jennifer Lopez have in common? For starters, an insanely busy lifestyle and a transcendental meditation practice.
Transcendental meditation (TM) has been embraced by Hollywood’s elite ever since the Beatles brought it to the scene in the 60’s. TM is a simple, mental technique that allows the thinking mind to transcend to a state of restful alertness; it’s practiced twenty minutes twice each day while sitting with your eyes closed.
Meditation is perhaps the secret to how outrageously famous people stay sane
Lebron James practices mindfulness meditation. Lady Gaga has shared guided meditations with her fans. Meditation means something a little different to everyone. Angelina Jolie’s idea of meditation is spending time with her kids. Read below to learn more about the celebrities who meditate, specifically utilizing transcendental meditation.
Let’s be real, who doesn’t love J.Lo? She’s been on the top of her game for years — a successful singer, actress, dancer, and producer. Lopez shared her feelings about TM in People Magazine, “It was necessary. It was almost like my brain, for the first time in my life, felt like ‘Okay, you bit off more than you can chew.” Sometimes, even if you’re J.Lo, you have to slow down and tune in.
And what about that unreal Lopez glow? A study found that long-term meditators had a biological age some 12 years younger than their chronological age. Meditation makes you look and feel more youthful. No wonder J Lo has such a captivating and mesmerizing presence.
Tom Brady, perhaps the greatest quarterback in NFL history, loves transcendental meditation. His wife, Gisele Bündchen (one of the world’s highest paid supermodels) also practices TM. It was Brady’s trainer that suggested he learn meditation to improve his performance on the field. “Our method relates to being physically fit, emotionally stable, and spiritually nourished.” his trainer, Alex Guerrero, told Sports Illustrated.
Meditation is more common in the sports world than you may think. Phil Jackson, a respected former NBA coach, incorporated mindfulness meditation in his coaching for years. With 11 NBA titles under his belt, it’s clear meditation paid off. Some of the most famous athletes in the world meditate regularly. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Jeter, and Kobe Bryant are all into meditation.
The words grounded, genuine, and glowing come to mind when we think of Kate Hudson. The actress practices TM and Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini is a school of yoga that blends asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting. Many celebrities, including Hudson and Alicia Keys, practice Kundalini with California-based Guru Jagat.
When you think of celebrities who meditate, Clint Eastwood probably wouldn’t be the first celeb who comes to mind. Eastwood is an iconic filmmaker and actor (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Pale Rider, Unforgiven). He’s been vocal about his TM practice since the 70’s. When asked about meditation in a GQ interview, he responded, “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 for almost forty years.” Of course, he has a way of talking about meditation in his rustic Clint Eastwood-style. All the better to encourage those who wouldn’t normally consider it.
Jerry Seinfeld, one of the greatest comedians of all time, has been practicing TM practice for over 40 years too. He credits meditation for keeping him sane throughout filming the popular sitcom, Seinfeld. The comedian is a vocal supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, an organization that teaches at-risk children and adults the technique of TM.
At the DLF gala, the comedian explained transcendental meditation with an analogy, “You know how three days a year you get a good night’s sleep? And you wake up thinking, this is how I should feel all the time. With transcendental meditation, you can have that every day.”
Katy Perry starts her day by sitting up in bed and meditating for twenty minutes. The megastar is so passionate about the technique that she offered her entire team the opportunity to learn TM. Katy Perry’s favorite benefit is the creative enhancement meditation gives her. She has most of her “ah-ha” moments while meditating, and uses the technique to get into her creative flow.
- Meghan Markle
It’s true, the beautiful actress, activist, and now Duchess of Sussex practices TM. The world practically came to a halt when she became the first American (since 1936) to marry into the royal family. You can imagine the media frenzy that comes along with her relationship with Prince Harry. The duchess meditates and does yoga (her mom is a yoga teacher) to remain calm and collected.
Russell Brand found transcendental meditation at rock bottom. He was addicted to drugs, sex, money, and fame. He openly shares how TM has been and remains essential for his recovery, “It’s really good if you’ve had addiction issues. Meditation is highly psychological, and very beautiful, and overwhelming, and real, and trippy.” The British comedian is one of the most prominent advocates for TM. He regularly donates to the David Lynch Foundation to help others learn the technique.
Kendall Jenner is a successful high fashion model, most known for being a sister in the Kardashian clan. No matter where you stand with the Kardashians, you can’t deny the level of stress that comes with the spotlight. Jenner has become one of the growing numbers of celebrities who meditate because her mental health began to suffer from the pressure of fame.
In a Vogue interview, she opened up about her struggle with anxiety, “I was having multiple freak-outs — I was like, okay, I’m going to try this. So I found this lady, she’s awesome, she taught me TM, and I love it.” Taking time to meditate, or take a few deep breaths, is one of the best things you can do for anxiety.
Gwyneth Paltrow practices TM and yoga regularly. She created a lifestyle brand and e-shop, Goop, that shares wellness content, advice, products, and inspiration. (Totally worth checking out). The coolest part? The company has donated earnings to the David Lynch Foundation to fund efforts for TM in schools.
Celebrities who meditate are growing in number because it works. This universal practice benefits everyone from singers, writers, politicians, moms, kids, athletes, students, baby boomers, millennials, CEOs, and musicians. So whether you’re on a world tour or hustling at the office, TM (or your own version of meditation) can benefit you in a very real and relatable way.