Meditation Isn't Just for the Stars
Keanu Reeves does it. Orlando Bloom does it. Tina Turner does it. Even Steven Seagal does it, and apparently he does it a lot. Kate Bosworth does it, and last year, Beyonce Knowles talked openly about doing it too.
What is "it" you may ask?
This week, another major entertainment star jumped on the bandwagon as Gwyneth Paltrow talked about how meditation is at the top of her 2010 to-do list.
Despite looking easy, meditation is actually a difficult practice to embrace and to do right. Recently, some meditating celebs talked about their decisions.
Last year, Beyonce talked about her virtual addiction to analyzing things.
“I analyze. It’s really easy to fall into your own world, really, really easy. Every day, it’s something that you have to be aware of,” she said.
Beyonce is right. Falling into our own worlds is something most of us do without knowing it. The world of thought has a way of blossoming a life of its own and, though much good can come of it, it can also become self defeating. Just ask any of the celebrities practicing meditation.
For example, Paltrow made a similar discovery with her latest commitment to self improvement.
Paltrow, who has reportedly been going through some marital difficulty lately, might be embracing meditation because in adverse times, people tend to experiment with meditation techniques as a route to inner renewal and self discovery.
"My friends who do it say it’s really freakin' brilliant. It’s always sounded like something I should do, but I don’t know how to," Paltrow wrote.
Meditation is like finding a new channel - a new frequency to exist on - if even for only a few minutes a day.
The greatest barrier most face is in trying to stop thinking and analyzing while meditating. But even the Dalai Lama is unlikely to avoid a thought or two when he’s been meditating for a few minutes.
A far better analogy for the process of meditation would be waves on a beach. As the water laps in and out, so will your thoughts. Sometimes we’ll be in the process of thinking, but as soon as we become conscious of it, we can return to awareness – a global, non-thinking awareness. This is a process that repeats.
We may spend much of our time watching the likes of Paltrow, Reeves and Knowles, however we can truly benefit from watching the most important person of all – ourselves.