Life SupportMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Q. What Keeps You Centered Every Day?
I began meditating about a year ago after attending a retreat at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, where we concentrated on de-escalating the aggression in ourselves and in our daily interactions with other people. At first, meditation didn't make me calm. What it did was make me realize how noisy my mind really is. Now I meditate daily if I can. I also run for about half an hour three times a week, which was something I never thought I'd be able to do again since I ruined my knees years ago skiing. This is an ongoing process that keeps me focused on how I'm really feeling every day, and that I'm so unbelievably lucky to be in this business where I have the opportunity to travel and meet so many people. My new motto? Peace and patience. —Ellen Lawlor is a Redken artist.
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