Meditation has enormous benefits, and is becoming a popular trend among influential people. It seems to be one of the greatest ways to stay focused and live in the present moment which is a massive benefit for actors, artists, athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, and various other professions that require one to work at peak-performance. Meditation also seems to be at the top of the many, many lists various psychologists compile when it comes to happiness, stress-reduction, anxiety-reduction, and contentment. Here is a list of famous people who meditate:
1.) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is a major advocate of meditation, she constantly preaches about its benefits and has various programs that help people both learn and get into the habit of meditating on a regular. In fact, her and Deepak Chopra have a meditation center.
“Prayer is you speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit to speak to you.” – Oprah
2.) Deepak Chopra
This one is obvious, Deepak Chopra has created countless meditation programs, and even free guided meditations for people to use as he believes it’s essential for people to heal, as well as tap into their true selves and into the power of the infinite universe. Check out his meditation center.
“Meditation takes you beyond the mind’s noisy chatter into the pure awareness that is the source of all your happiness, inspiration, and love” – Deepak Chopra
3.) Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant in an interview to promote a program made by Oprah Winfrey explains how he meditates every day. Kobe Bryant states meditation helps him clear his mind for the day. Otherwise he feels like he’s chasing the day.
Arianna Huffington has been meditating since the age of 13! She believes it’s a critical factor for her success.In the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington, she touches on the importance of meditation, and gives countless examples of famous people who meditate including herself. Arianna Huffington believes meditation is critical for stress relief, helps one tap into wisdom, wonder, mindfulness, and addictions.
5.) Steve Jobs
In the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington, she quotes Steve Jobs loving meditation. “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things- that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
6.) Jerry Seinfeld
In an interview, Jerry Seinfeld said what he likes more than money and more than anything in the world is energy, and he credits transcendental meditation for having a lot of energy. Jerry Seinfeld has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. He also credits much of his success to the practice and believes its like tapping into a reserve of energy:
“You know how about three days a year you get a good night’s sleep, and feel ‘Oh, this is how I should feel all the time,’ but you can’t get more than three good nights’ sleep a year because of life circumstances?” With Transcendental Meditation, you can have that everyday. When I was doing the series for 22 to 24 episodes a year on network television—not cable!—for nine years, that’s a lot of work, everyday. And while everybody was having lunch I would do TM. That was how I survived the nine years. Those 20 minutes in the middle of the day saved me,” – Jerry Seinfeld
7.) Jennifer Aniston
When asked Do you have any stress-reducing practices? by Yahoo Health, Jennifer Aniston stated: “Massages are amazing. I also do Transcendental Meditation morning and afternoon. It’s so helpful to me, especially in this crazy industry.”
8.) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres talks about how both Russell Brand and Russell Simmons inspired her to meditate (in specific, Transcendental Meditation) on this David Lynch Foundation speech she gave. She says its the only time that she’s able to have that “stillness.” In other words, it’s Ellen DeGeneres’ way of staying in the moment, which contributes to her amazing ability to be her authentic self in front of thousands of people.
9.) Russell Brand
In an article by The Guardian, the author states that Russell Brand begins each day with meditation. Brand states “It changes consciousness, it’s really good if you’ve had addiction issues. It’s highly psychological, and very beautiful, and overwhelming, and real, and trippy.”
10.) Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr dedicates much of her beauty secrets to meditation. This makes sense since many people explain one of the benefits to having more youthful energy.
11.) Jeff Weiner
The CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner is a regular meditator. Arriana Huffington refers to Weiner as one of the many famous people who regularly meditate in her book Thrive.
12.) Bill Ford (Ford Chairman)
Arrianna Huffington gives an example of Bill Ford (the chairman of Ford Motors, and grandson of Henry Ford) among many others who meditate on a regular in her book Thrive.
In an interview with DJ Buck, the famous RnB musician Miguel explains how meditation has helped him:
“I just started looking into Transcendental Meditation. A lot of people don’t understand that voice in your head that is consistently going, or thinking. There is a way to take a break from that, and just kind of be in the moment. That is what that whole meditation is about. It’s just brilliant… It’s good to take a breath from everything and just center yourself. That is the best way of describing it.”
14.) George Stephanopoulos
In Business Insider, George Stephanopoulos states that his morning ritual includes transcendental meditation. He says “It’s the equivalent of a couple hours more sleep, I feel more space in my life even when it’s not there.”
15.) Katy Perry
Katy Perry told Rolling Stone that she starts the day with meditation which helps her get into a positive state of mind.
“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,”
“It’s something that’s with you for your whole life. You learn your mantra, it never leaves you, and it’s the deepest rest your brain gets. For people that are so creative and have this kind of creative faucet that never turns off – it just continues and continues – it can be a little exhausting. And, you know, with the continual responsibility of having 127 people on the road, and always being the point person for everything, my subconscious is going even when I’m sleeping. I’m dreaming about whatever I’m creating next, or relationships, or blah, blah, blah. So I’m never really off. And meditation is actually the one time I get to really reset,” – Katy Perry in an interview with Rolling Stone
16.) Rick Rubin
Rolling Stone interviewed Rick Rubin on his lifetime of practicing transcendental meditation (since he was 14 years old). He says “typically, I’ll wake up, sit up in bed, and do 20 minutes. When I wake up in the morning, usually the remnants of dreams are still very present in me, and it takes me a minute to get to be me again. I’m a little lost when I wake up. TM helps me center and ground myself. When possible, I do it again before dinner. Then the evening starts as more of its own time, and not just a continuation of the busy work day. Although sometimes it’s a busy night.”
“I’m more attracted to the mystical side, but the reality is there’s all these scientific surveys that support the mysticism. It usually works that way — eventually science catches up to the magic.”
Rick Rubin’s regular meditation sessions are a huge contribution to his successes over the years, helping him become the highly creative, innovative music producer he is. Rick Rubin has dipped his mind in all of the most popular music genres including Hip Hop, Rock, and Country.
17.) Evan Williams (Twitter Co-founder)
In the book Thrive Arrianna Huffington mentions Evan Williams the co-founder of Twitter as one of the many successful people who meditate.
19.) Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons is a regular advocate of the mindful practice, he constantly preaches about its benefits. Here’s a video of Simmons talking about meditation. Russell Simmons literally says “I don’t do shit till I meditate.” Russell Simmons even influenced Ellen DeGeneres to do the same. Simmons’ regular meditation practices inspired him to write a book on the subject called “Success Through Stillness.”
Some of the quotes Russell Simmons has on meditation are as follows:
“Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing”
“Meditation will help you lift your foot up out of the emotional quicksand you thought was pulling you down and let you start walking freely again.”
19.) Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr of the Beatles, just like his band member Paul McCartney, is also a regular exerciser of stilling his mind. Variety Magazine touches on when he first learned about the practice in 1967.
20.) Ivanka Trump
According to IvankaTrump.com, Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump meditates twice daily for twenty minutes each session.
21.) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is a huge fan of mediation. He says that the zen habit has changed his life! In an interview with HuffingtonPost, Hugh Jackman states the following about meditation:
“Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Transcendental Meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!” – Hugh Jackman
“The activity of being a husband, a father—those are roles, too, but underneath them is the spiritual center that connects us all, and that’s what’s most important.”- Hugh Jackman
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”– Hugh Jackman
22.) Paul Mccartney
Paul McCartney once said “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.” In fact, the Beatles went to India in 1968 where they learned Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.which inspired The White Album. There trip was so legendary it has its own Wikipedia page.
23.) Tina Turner
Tina Turner says “Meditation and praying change your spirit into something positive. If it is already positive, it makes it better.”
24.) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie says spending time with the kids or being on the trampoline allows her to escape her thoughts. “I find meditation in sitting on the floor with the kids coloring for an hour, or going on the trampoline,”
25.) Richard Gere
Richard Gere not only meditates, but he took a full journey through buddhism. He states “I remember when I was just starting to practice meditation—24 years old, trying to come to grips with my life. I was holed up in my shitty little apartment for months at a time, just doing tai chi and doing my best to do sitting practice. I had a very clear feeling that I’d always been in meditation, that I’d never left meditation. That it was a much more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality. That was very clear to me even then, but it’s taken me this long in my life to bring it out into the world more, through more time practicing, watching my mind, trying to generate bodhicitta.”
26.) Derek Jeter
In an interview, Derek Jeter states that one hour morning meditations were a regular part of his off-day routine.
27.) 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
28.) Sheryl Crowe
In an interview with LA Times she said: “One of the things – and this comes from someone who was highly self-critical and a type-A personality – that has changed my life is meditating. The simple act of making my brain shut off for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night may not seem like much, but what ends up happening, besides creating space in your day, is your awake posture begins to replicate your meditative posture.“
Similar to that of Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld, Sting has been involved with the David Lynch Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching people meditation.
30.) Lebron James
In this short clip, it’s fairly obvious that Lebron James is no stranger to meditation as he’s seen here meditating on the bench during a basketball game.
31.) Halle Berry
Halle Berry says “I meditate and pray all the time. The faith and respect that I have in the power of God in my life is what I’ve used to keep myself grounded, and it has allowed me to move away from the storms that were in my life. I’m still a work in progress, but I know that as long as I stay close to God I’ll be all right” – Halle Berry
32.) Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen has been following Zazen (which literally means seated meditation) Buddhism for nearly three decades. He discusses his experience saying ‘it is a Zen practice to invite you to sit motionless for long hours, with an officer patrolling the meditation hall to strike you with a stick several times on each shoulder if you nod off. If you sit there long enough, you run through all the alternative ways the events in your life could have turned out. After a while, the activity of thinking, that interior chatter, begins to subside from time to time. And what rushes in, in the same way that light rushes into a room when you switch on the light, is another kind of mood that overtakes you.
Madonna has been said to practice meditation religiously, as she devotes herself to it on a daily basis.