In an interview with New York Magazine, Eva Longoria shared how she starts her day running for exercise, and the next stop after that is usually meditation.
“Everything is about balance,” she told the magazine. “I think people waste more time than they think. They think ‘I don’t have time to meditate, or I don’t have time to work out,’ and yet they have time to be on Instagram for 30 minutes — like, that could have been their meditation session. You have to prioritize your time and efforts toward wellness.”
She also admits she struggles to find time to meditate herself, and if she can do it three or four times per week she feels successful. Longoria told the magazine meditation is also a form of prayer, and that prayer itself is also a form of meditation.
“It’s focusing your mind on a higher power,” she said in the interview. “Some people think that meditating is chanting a mantra, but there are so many other things. You can meditate on a problem, you can meditate on love, there are so many different meanings. Sometimes people try to define meditation so strictly that it scares people away from it.”
Longoria also shared she has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, “which is the study of the body, the study of how things affect you — like lack of sleep, stress, and so on, so I’ve been pretty cognizant of wellness my entire life.”
In a recent interview with the Huffington Post on the release of his Showtime documentary “I am Giant: Victor Cruz,” the New York Giant talked about an injury from last October, how he deals with stress, insecurity and more.
And one of the tools he relies on is meditation.
“I’ve really gotten into this form of meditation a friend of mine put me on to. It’s really been beneficial. It’s called mantra meditation,” said Cruz. “You’re given a mantra and you repeat that mantra in your head with your eyes closed for a duration of time. It allows you to clear your mind and answer those questions internally about how you’re feeling about different things you may be facing.
He continued: “It’ll surprise you, the things you think about in this state. I’ve thought about things from when I was 6, 7 years old. It helps me keep a level head and stay honest with myself and understand where I want to go in my life.”
He also shared how life’s ups and downs have taught him to “stay diligent” and “focused on the prize.”
“No matter what things you go through, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel,” Cruz told The Huffington Post. “You just have to continue to inspire yourself to reach that end. Of all the ups and downs I went though, I never lost faith in what I wanted to accomplish and achieve at every level. Every level, I had a set parameter of what I wanted to accomplish. I accomplished those things, but obviously the path wasn’t the easiest. The biggest thing is that I finished.”
Ellen DeGeneres appeared on Oprah’s Master Class, and shared how she almost didn’t come out as a gay women back in 1997. In fact, she had no plans to do it at all. But after attending a meditation retreat at Esalen in Big Sur, Calif., she gained the clarity and courage she needed.
“Someone gave me a gift, a course at a place called Esalen,” she said “It’s kind of a hippie place, and you go in, and [there’s] no TV and no music and no anything, and it’s just meditation and different things and different courses — and there was a course called Changing the Inner Dialogue of Your Subconscious Mind, and I thought, ‘That would be an interesting course to take because I wanted to know what the inner dialogue of my subconscious mind was.’”
Once she started to calm her mind, her biggest fears came to the surface about coming out, including “Would I still be famous? Would they still love me if they knew I was gay?” she said. “My fear was that no, no they wouldn’t, and then it made me feel ashamed that I was hiding something. It made me feel ashamed that I couldn’t feel honest and really be who I am, and I just didn’t want to pretend to be somebody else anymore so that people would like me.”
Actress Jennifer Aniston has been known for her beautiful hair since her famous haircut on friends, and is also known for her radiant skin. But when asked what helps her stay young, she credited Transcendental Meditation, a technique using a mantra pioneered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950’s, Female First reported.
“I’d say a little over a year ago I started doing TM [transcendental meditation] and that’s really changed everything. Starting your day off with that and ending with that is pretty powerful. Twenty minutes, you just notice the difference. When I get lazy and don’t get it in, I can feel a difference. I do it first thing when I wake up.”
Appearing on the cover of Men’s Health August 2013 issue, Hugh Jackman spoke about how he handled the shooting of latest X-Men installment movie “The Wolverine,” which included daily meditation, Handbag.com reported.
“I practice different strains of meditation and it’s really changed my life. It is not a religious thing,” he said.
In the past, Jackman has spoken of mind clearing exercises, telling Oprah:
“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.”
Actress Heather Graham told Britain’s OK! magazine: ”I do a lot of yoga. I sleep a lot. I meditate, and I just try to be happy. And I get massages. I try to pamper myself because I just think life is too short.”
She learned meditation from director David Lynch while filming the ‘90s TV Series, ‘Twin Peaks’ and believes it has provided a number of unexpected health benefits. ”I’ve been doing it ever since. When I go to doctors, they say, ‘Your blood pressure is so low.’ I think that has to do with meditation. It helps you realize you have a peaceful part inside that you can connect to at any time.”