Why These 7 Successful Women Meditate...

By Daniel Schmitz, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

How meditation helps successful women to have a balanced and energised life.

Below are quotes from 7 successful women talking about how meditation helps them to deal with their challenges in life. These include addiction, dealing with stress, anxiety or coping with the pressure of becoming a parent.

They also share how meditation has helped them to become more balanced, get a better perspective on life and enjoy it more!

Cameron Diaz (Actress)

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“I learned TM, the Transcendental Meditation technique. And it was exactly what I needed! The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done – not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned. And I learn a lot of things, you know; that’s my job!”

“Let me tell you: TM can benefit relationships! I got my family and my boyfriend’s family all to learn the technique. And it was the most dynamic holiday for everybody, in the best way! Because everyone of us had, all of a sudden, this new tool for dealing with this sort of moment that could be a little stressful. Instead, we all sat and meditated every morning. It was beautiful! It really bonded everyone. It was a really special time!”

“TM is helping you to tap into something that’s already inside of you… that’s you, in essence. That’s something that was super-empowering for me once I grasped that.”

Jennifer Aniston (Actress)

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“[A while] ago I started doing TM [Transcendental Meditation] and that 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 in the day. So I try to meditate first thing when I wake up.”

"Then I’ll do a workout of some sort. I have a trainer, a wonderful woman who I do this spin-yoga class [with]. We spin for half an hour and then do yoga for 40 minutes. That's pretty intense."

“You have to think about the long run and bigger picture. We have a choice. We can be really good all the time and be around for a really long time. But it also feels good when you give yourself some breaks and self-tending.”

Gisele Bündchen (Model)

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“I noticed every time I felt overwhelmed I would hold my breath. I had to learn to stop, relax and take long deep breaths and within seconds I would feel more clear and ready to deal with the situation in a more loving way.”

“Meditation also has been a wonderful tool. I notice that when I don’t take the time to do it, I am not as centered, patient or clear.”

Lindsay Lohan (Actress)

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“It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.”

“I love spirituality and that really drives me. Meditation, transcendental meditation, that really clears my mind, just being able to switch off.”

“I made a mind map when I turned 30 of what I wanted in the next ten years spiritually: What feeds me, what keeps me humble here, who do I wanna help, what do I wanna do with that help, and how can I stay continuously doing those things.”

Jennifer Lopez (Singer & Actress)

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“I learned Transcendental Meditation this year because it’s overwhelming sometimes, doing all of the things I do at once.”

“20 minutes a day in the morning and at night. It was necessary. It was almost like my brain, for the first time in my life, felt like ‘Okay, you bit off more than you can chew,”

“It’s a whole rounded regimen that deals with your mind, your soul, your spirit and your body. It’s working out, it’s dancing, it’s meditating. And then, at the end of the day, just being happy, being with my kids and feeling the love and the joy that they give me. All of that helps balance it out, so work doesn’t feel so crazy.”

Eva Mendes (Actress)

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“I want to respect all the moms out there. They’re going to be like, ‘You know what? You’re a few months in. Just shut up’. I’m actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it’s bonding with my little girl!”

“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.”

“And not that I’m like that all the time, but it helps me deal with life’s ups and downs, coming from more of a centered place.“

Liv Tyler (Actress)

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“Meditation is an incredible way of centering myself, of calming myself, and really getting perspective on where I am. The best thing about TM meditation is that it’s such a personal thing. I felt like reaching out and searching for ways to soothe myself and to help myself.”

“After I did the first week of TM, where I did it twice a day, from that moment on I’ve never been that frazzled or that tired ever again. It was like it sort of restored my body on such a deep level. There was like a week’s worth of sleep. From that moment forward it was like I knew day and way. My whole nervous system reacted differently. I feel much less panicked and anxious and more calm about things. But I also feel deeply centered and rested.”

The Importance Of Discipline And Support

While many of these successful women advocate transcendental meditation, each person needs to find the meditation that is right for them. The examples of these legends show us how important meditation is to help us to develop healthy discipline as a foundation for other areas of our lives. Though the reality is that it can be very hard doing this by ourselves. That's why many of these legends have the support of trainers and coaches around them to help them follow through with their commitments and to increase their level of discipline. This also applies to our lives and if you'd like any support or guidance in developing a meditation routine we'd be happy to help. Just get in touch with us below.

Check out this article about a Buddhist monk to learn more about increasing your meditation skills for more.

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