Like most of us, Bündchen doesn’t always have a lot of spare time, but she always makes time for her meditation. After years of embracing the practice, she believes meditation has improved her own awareness, her state of mind, her morning routine, and even her motherhood.
“People have been practicing meditation for thousands of years and the reason is because it’s really a wonderful tool to grant you a different access to yourself,” Bündchen explained. “It’s not physical; it’s something much deeper than that. The more you practice and the more you reach it, the more amazing it becomes.”
With her jam-packed schedule, Bündchen says she manages to get in her twenty minutes literally anywhere. “[I’ll meditate] on planes, the back of a taxi, sitting in hair and makeup… in my bed in the morning, in nature, anywhere,” she says. Bündchen also swears that all you need is a few quiet minutes: “For me, I love to do it early in the morning before the kids are up. The energy is very calm.”
The mother of two even believes her meditation practice has improved her parenting skills, by allowing a few moments for herself in the morning. “As a mother, you’re always giving,” she explained. “It’s important to give something to yourself, so you can give from a place of being full, instead of giving from a place of being depleted, which isn’t healthy for you or for the family.”
As we witness the increasing evidence behind the power of taking time to slow down and embrace mindfulness, Gisele’s daily ritual serves as a reminder that no matter how busy we are, slowing down can be key for the sake of our creativity, productivity, and mental health. In our culture, it can often feel like we’re living our lives on autopilot, without addressing the root question. According to Gisele, when she makes the time to meditate, “almost always– I can find the answer.”
— Published on June 14, 2018
byRebecca Muller, Content Fellow at Thrive Global