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What Gisele Bundchen, Ellen DeGeneres & Other Celebrities Say About Meditation

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Singer Sir Paul McCartney, TV and movie stars Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lena Dunham, Hugh Jackman and Eva Mendes, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, basketball player Kobe Bryant, and comedian-activist Russell Brand are just a few of many celebrities reported to meditate. From staying grounded to reducing anxiety to boosting emotional resiliency, here’s what they have to say about meditation, in their own words.

“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s OK again. That’s what meditation is for me.” Ellen DeGeneres

“I meditate every day. I do it in the mornings for about 10 to 15 minutes. I think it’s important because it sets me up for the rest of the day.” Kobe Bryant

“My life is better when I get still regularly. Call it meditation or call it quiet time — doesn’t matter. The benefits are the same. If you stay with the practice, it’s like developing spiritual muscle. I promise you will become less stressed, more focused.” Oprah Winfrey

“The mind is more powerful than anything. So, during [my son’s] birth I wasn’t thinking about the pain. I was in a meditation state. I was concentrating the whole time, thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’s time. I am going to meet my baby’.” Gisele Bundchen

“In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity — and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world.” Sir Paul McCartney

“Meditation really helps create not only a sense of balance… but serenity and kind of a calm state of mind.” Eva Mendes

“[Meditation] has made it possible for me to weather certain challenges and storms and public moments that I didn’t ever imagine would be in my life. It gathers me up for the day and makes me feel organized and happy and capable of facing the challenges of the world, both internal and external.” Lena Dunham

“I practise different strains of meditation and it’s really changed my life. It is not a religious thing.” Hugh Jackman

I’m quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection.Russell Brand

Interested in improving your meditation practice? Read about the latest meditation research and how to find time to meditate.

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