A Note From Kate: The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation

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Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism, but it is more commonly referenced as a way of being or a state of mind.  It’s truly a philosophy that can be applied to anything, and regardless of what your personal Zen is, to find it requires a level of mindfulness that can be challenging but extremely rewarding.

As a society today, we are very overstimulated and constantly bombarded by technology, social media, television and the workplace.  In stark contrast, the whole point of Zen meditation is pretty simple, and the emptiness is what’s most rewarding and allows you to be undistracted.  When you begin to quiet your mind, you in turn can simplify your life, which is one of the most beautiful things.

Zen meditation also serves as a gateway to larger goals. Being mindful and really taking time to connect with one’s self requires an element of self-love.  In order to be the best version of you, one needs to self-nurturing and self-accepting. When you realize this, you have started the steps to achieve attainable goals in your life, whether they are to lose weight or find a new job.  Quieting the mind requires focus and stillness that are helpful tools in gaining greater self-awareness, higher levels of happiness and empathy, and for reducing stress and anxiety.

I find that when I meditate consistently, my mind and body are at their best. These are some of my favorite meditation tools:

  • Simply Being – Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence app
  • Relax App
  • The Essence of Happiness: A Guide to Living, by his Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom, by his Holiness the Dalai Lama
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14 Responses
  • Bridgette That's All
    August 19, 2014

    Can’t wait to try my outfits when they come in the mail this week!

  • Angela Bell
    August 19, 2014

    So true! I love my am & pm workouts in my own living room!

  • Brian Williams
    August 20, 2014

    wish i had a woman to get these gorgeous outfit for …hope someday i will for my teenage daughter..

  • Janet Chambers
    August 20, 2014

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    August 21, 2014

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  • Marguerite Smith
    August 21, 2014

    If I had her shape. I’d ware the same outfit too

  • DeborahPlatnickWaas
    August 27, 2014

    Congratulations Kate !

    Your talent and willingness to inspire others to be the best they can be is inspiration. I am a mindfulness practitioner and I hope we can inspire the world to become a more peaceful, compassionate and less judgmental place to live in.
    Kudos to you and everything you are doing to be the change you wish to see.
    Peace,
    Deborah

  • Sunny
    August 27, 2014

    I have a different belief, don’t want to pay for new agism. I pay for exercise wear, not the spread of eastern. You have your beliefs and that is fine, but I don’t have to pay for them. I will stop patronizing this company as of today. Have a good day.

  • AnjaliYogini
    August 28, 2014

    I would like to share with Kate and her followers about the Isha Kriya as I have found as a yoga teacher for over 20 years it offers the most amazing benefits which continue to build.  The practice is easy to follow and learn with a guided free video and written description of the practice.  I list both the video and directions on my website: http://www.omlinkyoga.net
    It is free, not difficult sitting posture is required one may sit in a chair, no special attire and it offers a gateway of continual benefits…the only thing one needs to invest is 15-21 minutes daily.  Here’s to your Personal Best- Namaste from Anjali Yogini

  • Tpreer
    August 28, 2014

    Amen! My sentiments exactly.

  • shebear997
    August 30, 2014

    I agree … I don’t believe anyone should force their beliefs on others … Then Again we can all be Christians or what we want and Still Practice Stress Relief , Yoga , Meditation ( I have never tried but heard from a few it works as she is saying ) whatever it takes to make us happy and be the people we feel deep down we should be . I personally Love my outfits and am trying different exercises to look my best in them . It is all about feeling good About and With ourselves as women .
    It’s a Mans World , They say , But we women know better , lol !! Step up ladies .

    Regards ,
    Shebear

    P.S.  I quit smoking 6 1/2 years ago and weigh more now than I did in Labor/childbirth …. I am trying to
           Love Myself  more as we ladies take care of ourselves LAST  !!!  🙂

  • beautynhealthblogger
    September 3, 2014

    It never ceases to amaze me the comments I read online. I use Yoga and meditation all the time just to get through this crazy life and I believe it makes me a better person and a happier healthier person in so many ways and it might surprise some people to know that Jesus Christ meditated or so the stories go and I believe prayer is like meditation, but whatever gets you through life, the tough times, and helps you learn to live and be your best and do your best. Life is a wonderful gift, but you have to learn to deal with it.

  • BonobosMarcos
    January 6, 2015

    My life has significantly improved after I took up the practice of daily meditation. I find that I am more calm and able to focus on the day without a bitter feeling. I think that meditation is something everyone should try and the world would be a better place.

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  • KentClark1
    April 1, 2015

    I feel like someone as busy as Kate Hudson really understands how hectic life can get. When we are busy and stressed, that is when we need meditation the most. It clears your mind and, as Kate said, really helps your mind and your body feel at their best. http://thenewagesource.com