The actress Evan Rachel Wood has been meditating since she was 12 years old. Now at 25, she is expecting her first child with husband Jamie Bell and told Britain’s ELLE Magazine meditation is a central part of her life to keep her calm and keep anxiety at bay.
‘I began meditating when I was 12. In my industry it’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety of it all, so I take time to sit and breathe by the ocean – there’s something so calming about that, it puts everything into perspective,” she said. “I started doing yoga too. I totally get why everyone’s in love with it now. It’s pretty great.”
She also said dancing is a great way to clear her head. ”Dancing is the most fun workout. It’s another way for me to clear my head. I’m not thinking about anything else, just getting out some energy. If you’ve seen me dance, I flip my head around, jump and stomp a lot,” she said.
Actress and model, Stacy Keibler believes in the importance of meditation as part of a healthy life. She recently told E Online: “I’m a big believer in maintaining a balance between body, mind and spirit. Take some time to meditate and restore your mind, even if it’s just five minutes a day. It’s so good for your overall being.”
Keibler also takes care of her body through nutrition and exercise. “You are what you eat. This is a major rule I live by and it’s true. I’ve learned a lot experimenting with food and different cleanses,” she noted.
She does Barry’s Bootcamp, spin classes, hiking and Pilates. “I try to mix it up so I never get bored. Even if it’s just doing jumping jacks for 10 minutes at home, it’s important to keep your body moving,” she said.
On December 13, 2012, the David Lynch Foundation held a fundraiser at Lincoln Center to raise money for its transcendental mediation program – teaching the practice to children and teachers in schools, as well as war veterans suffering from PTSD – and celebrity supporters showed up, including Dr. Oz, his wife Lisa, and Liv Tyler.
Tyler told YourTango meditation has had an amazing influence on her life. “Meditation and being close to yourself helps everything in your life,” Tyler said in the report. “It helps myself make better decisions and be a better mother, and just deal with the daily stress of the modern world that we live in. It helps with everything.”
She also told the New York Daily News that she suffers from ADD, and transcendental mediation helps her with that as well.
Actress Goldie Hawn recently spoke to Prevention magazine about her healthy diet, regular exercise and daily meditation routine.
“I do try to do some form of exercise four days a week,” Hawn told the magazine. “At home in California, I’ll bike up the mountain, or I’ll do Pilates or spin. And I do eat a lot of greens. I eat healthy, but I’m not a vegetarian.”
She also credits her health in mind and body to her daily meditation routine – one she has been practicing since the ‘70s.
“You’ll see the benefits of meditation aren’t just in your head,” she said. “They’re as physiological as the benefits of exercise on your muscles.”
Hawn is also the founder of The Hawn Foundation, which develops programs to help children thrive and find happiness. One of the programs is called MindUp, which teaches children mindfulness meditation.
“It’s not the idea of a particular religion that’s important; it’s the development of a spiritual life,” she said in the article. “Because spirituality creates well-being, health, and happiness.”
In a recent Star Magazine article, Paula Abdul shared her exercise routine, which varies to include cardio, dance fitness and hiking. But no matter what the physical fitness is, she incorporates meditation into the mix.
“I incorporate meditation before or after I work out,” she told the magazine. “Even if it’s just sitting quietly with my eyes closed and listening to the beat of my own heart, it reenergizes me.”
Interviewed for Self Magazine, singer and X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, who has battled anxiety, an eating disorder and self-harming, explained she has learned how to take care of herself and live a healthier lifestyle.
“I make time for myself and meditate. I’ve spent the past two years getting over an eating disorder and issues like self-harming and bipolar disorder. I have to work on this stuff every day. I’m reminded of that whenever I eat or feel down,” she told the magazine.
Additionally, she admits she hasn’t used her cell phone in three months. “Subconsciously, it was a crutch. When a room gets quiet, what do you do? Grab your phone! Now I can sit and have conversations with people,” she said.