Keeping up on the rich and famous seems to be an American pastime. More often than not, celebrities provide entertainment on screen as well as in the follies of their personal lives. It’s not rare to see a celebrity advertising a product or using his/her influence to sway your dollar, and in turn, their own. And let’s be honest, they can sway you by what they wear, what they buy and what they try. Only a limited few use this power to be role models and promote positive messages. From Hollywood to New York, many celebrities are opening up about their personal meditation practices and how it helps them.
The goddess of persuasion and influence opened up about her devotion to meditation in a conversation with Dr. Oz. The practice has helped Oprah connect with her spiritual center and understand her supreme moment of destiny. It enlightened her so much that she introduced meditation to her staff at Harpo Studios. At 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. everyday, no matter what is going on, everyone in the company stops to meditate. It has had a snowball of positive effects on all the employees. Watch the video.
The director is no stranger to meditation. With more than 35 years of practice under his belt, Lynch has written a book about it and also launched the David Lynch Foundation, which provides at-risk populations with the opportunity to learn mediation.
The comedian and actor fell into drug, sex and alcohol addictions after his stardom. He found meditation as a tool to keep him sober and find a deeper state of happiness. See him share his experience with mediation during a press conference with the David Lynch Foundation.
The legendary pop singer has credited her mediation practice for giving her the strength to leave her abusive marriage with Ike Turner. Her famous song, What’s Love Got to Do With It, alludes to this struggle. Turner still practices meditation today and has released albums dedicated to chants and prayers based on her meditation practice.
The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star said that meditation and Buddhist philosophies have helped him stay away from the destructive paths Hollywood can ensue. He meditates daily to find strength and peace.
The actor began meditation at age 17 while living in Japan. Seagal says he has meditated in his own way for about 27 years, and continues to do so in combination with Buddhist studies.
Even the radio shock jock meditates. He has been doing so since age 18 and says he does it after every show. In addition, he said he quit smoking almost immediately after beginning a mediation practice. See his interview with David Letterman.
The actor, director and producer has been using meditation to handle stress for nearly 40 years. He meditates twice a day and said that it helps keep him centered when he is working, adding, “It works great. Because it just gives you a chance to gather your thoughts. I’m religious about it when I am working.”
The comedian has practiced meditation for most of his life. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I think that does something to your nervous system. It has given me a calmness I don’t think I had at 19.”
The Brazilian supermodel said that meditation kept her healthy while pregnant and gave her a very tranquil delivery.
Other notable celebrities who meditate include Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Daisy Fuentes, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Demi Moore, Gwenyth Paltrow, Richard Gere, Will Smith, Shania Twain, Paul McCartney, Jessica Simpson, Ringo Starr, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzennegar, Burt Reynolds, Jet Li , Al Gore and Tiger Woods.
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