Kate Hudson: ‘Meditation Saved My Sanity’
Actress Kate Hudson is grateful for meditation as the practice allows her to find balance when “life feels out of control.”
The 36-year-old Rock the Kasbah star is currently promoting her new lifestyle book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, and in an exclusive excerpt released to People, the blonde calls attention to how she manages stress.
Hudson, who split from former fiance Matt Bellamy, the father of her four-year-old son Bingham, in 2014, revealed she could have easily suffered a nervous breakdown without the method of relaxation.
“During one particularly difficult time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed, it was meditation that brought me back to me,” she explained, without going into specific details. “At the time, a tough decision left me feeling completely upended. I could not stop my mind from racing. I could barely sleep. And I felt trapped by my anxiety.”
Hudson, who also shares 12-year-old boy Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson, was first introduced to meditation by her mother Goldie Hawn, who has studied the practice for decades.
“My mom told me to just start simply, by calming down and bringing awareness to my breaths,” Hudson shared. “She told me to follow my breaths in and out, remembering that the thoughts would come, but to just watch them pass, and to always come back to a simple breath.”
“At first, I felt even more uncomfortable in my body and mind when I tried this,” added Hudson. “I felt like squirming away, like a toddler in time-out. But I kept at it, trusting my mom when she said it would get easier and that you got more comfortable.”