Gisele Bundchen says being a supermodel for two decades and the wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can sometimes unnerve her. When that happens she turns to meditation to help ease her “panic attacks.”
The 38-year-old model has been suffering with her mental health issues for many years. She says she started meditating in her “early 20s.” It helped her deal with anxiety.
“I started meditating in my early 20s, after having severe panic attacks. That’s one of the very important tools that helped me,” she says.
“It actually gave me a new life. When you start being loving with yourself, being loving with others, filling your mind with affirmations and loving thoughts, you create more of that in your life, and that becomes more of your reality,” she explains.
Meditation has been associated with almost all religions for thousands of years, but only gained currency in the West during the 19th century, with heightened awareness in the spiritualism and mysticism.
Meditation gained renewed interest during the ’60s counter-culture revolution. Young people began looking for alternative lifestyles. The Beatles, famously, studied transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.
In its simplest form, a technique is used to focus the mind on a particular object, thought or activity, according to references. It helps train attention and awareness, and achieve a mental clarity and emotionally calm state.
Gisele Bundchen says she makes meditation a part of her every day life, starting when she wakes. She’s up every morning at 5:30 am to light a candle, sit in silence and meditate.
“When you reach rock bottom, you have to figure out a way to get out of there. It gave me a new life, and an opportunity to become aware of a new world that I didn’t know existed, which was a world within myself. It’s really helpful if I just take a few moments to be quiet for five, 10 minutes, and take a few deep breaths, and just go into that space. And then when I come out of it, I just feel revitalized and ready to tackle so much more.”