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12 Things Celebs Can Teach You About Meditation

Posted: 08/21/10 09:00 AM ET

One of the many great things about meditation is that there's no one-size-fits-all formula. There are many different meditation techniques, many different benefits, and many different reasons why people meditate. Here are 13 celebrities who meditate, and 13 things we can learn about meditation from them.

  1. Angelina Jolie You can meditate anywhere and find it everywhere. "I find meditation in sitting on the floor with the kids coloring for an hour, or going on the trampoline," said Jolie.
  2. David Lynch
    Meditation can help you can do amazingly creative things. (Have you ever seen Mulholland Drive?) How is David Lynch so creative? Lynch attributes his creativity to meditation, as he's been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over 35 years.
  3. Hugh Jackman
    Meditation can help you deal with anxiety. Hugh said that meditation "changed his life" and helped him deal with being obsessive compulsive.
  4. Adrien Brody
    Meditation can help you prepare for a starring film role -- or just prepare, in general. In preparing for his upcoming role in Predator 2, Brody said he stayed in a hut in the jungle and "studied meditation techniques."

  5. Eva Mendes
    Meditation can help you deal with everyday stress. Mendes said it helps her "deal with life's ups and downs, coming from more of a centered place."
  6. Howard Stern
    Meditation may help you quit smoking. Stern said he quit smoking almost instantaneously after he began his Transcendental Meditation practice 36 years ago.
  7. Gisele Bundchen
    Can meditation give you a supermodel-like figure after giving birth? Well, Gisele was a supermodel before giving birth -- but was able to lose her baby weight miraculously fast because of "eating healthily, meditating and doing exercises such as kung fu and yoga."
  8. (Paraphrased from Vogue Magazine)

  9. Adam Yauch
    This Beastie Boy says daily meditation helps him in his struggle with cancer. Adam "pictures smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world." Namaste to that.
  10. Russell Brand
    Meditation can help you find your soul-mate. Russell Brand told fellow meditator, Howard Stern, that meditation helped him when he first met pop star, and now fiance, Katy Perry.
  11. Russell Simmons
    Meditation can do all that, and then some... The hip-hop mogul on the benefits of meditation: "It has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe."
  12. Tiger Woods
    Things can go bad once you stop meditating. Yes, Tiger has said that he'd gotten away from his meditation practice and we all know what happened there.
  13. Gwyneth Paltrow
    You can start meditating today. You know what Gwyneth Paltrow's 2010 resolution was? To learn how to meditate. So if Gwyneth just started, so can you. Here are some great meditation techniques from Deepak Chopra to get you started.

 

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