Yesterday I ran a story from US Magazine with profiles of celebrities who love celery juice. This is a new trend since some quack who calls himself the Medical Medium has been touting its health benefits. As I mentioned yesterday, at least it’s cheap, harmless and no one is selling anything. Plus if it gets people to drink vegetable juice why not? Today US has a similar story compiling celebrity quotes about meditating. In this case they’re not touting any one practice or guru, which is appreciated. I’ve been meditating for about two years, after I suffered a concussion and needed to recover. I try to do it about 3-4 times a week. Props to US for putting this together. I especially like the recommendations for apps and shorter meditations.
Danai Gurira: “I aim to do something in the realm of meditation and prayer every day. That’s crucial,” [Danai] told Shape magazine in April 2019. “It’s about having a spiritual relationship and total well-being and really being a person who cares about things far beyond herself.”
Connie Britton: “Meditation has been a big part of my adult life — meditation, breathing, and connecting to whatever is my own version of my center. It can be 10 minutes; it can be in the car while I’m driving or just taking a deep breath before I’m about to shoot a scene,” she told Health magazine in December 2018
Jenna Dewan: “I have learned the hard way about burning the candle at both ends.” Now, before she gets that feeling, she added, “I try and… go and have a spa day or even a hike with friends. Or meditate, I know that sounds so boring, but that’s literally what I do.”
Mayim Bialik: ” I have a free app that I use on my phone, and usually before bed I’ll do a sleep meditation. Which is usually like a guided meditation, to kind of help my brain to wind down.””
One thing the celebrities mention is that you don’t have to dedicate an entire hour to this. I was intimidated by meditating and thought it would require a lot of discipline until I found quick guided meditations. There are 10 minute meditations on YouTube which can make you feel amazing, depending on how suggestible you are. (I’ve heard good things about the Calm app and other free apps, but have never gotten into them.) As I mentioned in one of the Amazon posts, my favorite YouTube meditation channel is The Honest Guys. If I can’t sleep or if I just want a quick meditation theirs are some of the most creative and relaxing. Here’s a 15 minute meditation where a bird on a boat (spoiler) takes away your anxiety. It’s so wacky in theory but the imagery works for me. This is my favorite 10 minute meditation from another channel. I sometimes do this 15 minute abundance meditation. I’ve also recently found Rasa, who has healing meditations and a very calming voice. (I don’t buy into everything she says about energy creating reality, but it’s relaxing and I think it does help somewhat.) So this is just a little reminder to myself to meditate more and also a recommendation to try it. You might be surprised how easy and relaxing it is.
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