Entertainers, business executives, and athletes ditched boring diets. Nobody cares about Dr. Oz, or the lap band anymore. The hottest trend in Hollywood right now is meditation. Not only is meditation free, but you don’t have to have Kardashian looks, or a Jenner body, to do it. Oprah Winfrey, and Russell Simmons threw it all the way back with the ancient art of Mindfulness. Even Arianna Huffington meditates. This technique is being used to help disadvantaged children, and prison inmates. Ellen Degeneres meditates to keep from divorcing Portia De Rossi.
“The goal of mindfulness is to make you more focused and aware, so your mind and body can be in the same place at the same time,” says U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who credits mindfulness for helping him prevent burnout. “I compare it to what athletes experience when they’re totally in the zone.”
Ryan believes in mindfulness so strongly that he holds weekly meditation sessions on Capitol Hill. “Stress is bipartisan,” he says. “Mindfulness cuts through current political divides—it’s based on self-care, and preventing illness, and increasing overall well-being and can save healthcare dollars and promote individual responsibility.” Ryan’s goal is “infusing mindfulness into the different institutions in our country.”
While meditation has roots in Buddhism, many people today practice a non-religious form of mindfulness that requires nothing more than sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. When your mind wanders—and it will—just refocus on your breathing. – Parade Magazine