What do Ray Dalio and Gisele Bündchen have in common? Apart from the fact that they are both incredibly successful, they share a common habit that has helped launch them into success without losing their minds. This simple habit: meditation. Why do they practice the art of mindfulness? I'll let these eight celebs explain it themselves..
1. Russell Brand
“I’m quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection.”
- Russell Brand, comedian/actor/radio host/activist
2. Julie Weiss
“Running a marathon every week, your emotions are up and down. You get so tired—it was exhausting. I really try hard to surround myself with positive people and positive things: flowers, quotes, whatever I can to keep my spirits up. I do Transcendental Meditation twice a day to keep me balanced, and it’s been working very well. I couldn’t let any distractions take me out of where I was headed.”
- Julie Weiss, marathon runner (52 marathons in 52 weeks)
3. Ray Dalio
“Meditation, more than anything in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”
- Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates
4. Gisele Bündchen
“Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. I think it’s a great thing.”
- Paul McCartney, singer-songwriter/composer
6. Eva Mendes
“I’m actually big into meditation, transcendental meditation, and that really helps create not only a sense of balance, but all the other stuff this is gonna sound cliché … serenity and kind of a calm state of mind,”
- Eva Mendes, actress/model
7. Hugh Jackman
“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”
- Hugh Jackman, actor/producer
8. Katy Perry
“I start the day with Transcendental Meditation. It puts me in the best mood. I wake up and just prop myself up in bed for 20 minutes. It’s the only time my mind gets absolute rest."
- Katy Perry, musician/singer-songwriter
Everyone meditates for a different reason. Some meditate to find a sense of peace in their life. Some use it to connect with their higher self. Others may even meditate solely to mimic their successful role models. Whatever your reason might be, the best thing to do is to get started.
Take five minutes today to sit quietly by yourself and observe your thoughts. Let us know how you feel in the comments!