What do Paul McCartney, Jennifer Aniston and Russell Brand all have in common? They all meditate! With its huge celebrity following, it is unsurprising that meditation has gone mainstream. These spiritually inclined A-listers are leading the way in proving that meditation is the latest tool to unlock creativity, reduce stress and live a more harmonious life. Katy Perry It is thought that Katy Perry turned to meditation to help her cope with her divorce to Russell Brand back in 2012. After taking part in group meditation, she tweeted “transcendental meditation changed my life.” The Beatles After meeting guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on a trip to India, The Beatles held a press conference to reveal their new passion for meditation, and announced that they had given up drugs. Maharishi stated: “They came backstage after one of my lectures, and they said to me: ‘Even from an early age we have been seeking a highly spiritual existence. We tried drugs and that didn’t work.’ They are such practical and intelligent young boys that it took them only two days to find that transcendental meditation is the answer.” Jennifer Aniston Jennifer recently revealed that daily meditation is the secret to her youthful looks and beautiful skin. “It just centres you, and your stress levels are just down. And you find yourself interacting in the world much easier and better, in a calmer way.” Hugh Jackman The actor is another devotee of meditation. He originally began meditating in the 90’s to help him overcome his OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and claims “meditation changed my life.” Oprah The US talk show host revealed the profound effect transcendental meditation has had on her life, and that her entire company now participates in the practice. “The one thing I want to continue to do is to centre myself every day and make that a practice for myself, because I am one thousand percent better when I do.” Russell Brand The actor and comedian has been quoted as saying “I’m quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalised person. But after meditation, I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection.” Meditation does not involve religion or a certain belief system, and with the right amount of commitment, it can be easily learnt by anyone. There are many different techniques, and many different reasons why people meditate, however when it comes to your day-to-day happiness, meditation is a healthy way to cope.