“Alicia Keys is opening up about how meditation has helped her as a mom.
The “Girl on Fire” singer, 40, shared in an op-ed published by USA Today on Wednesday that she “became a better mother” after getting into meditation.
“Like so many new moms I was exhausted, but the depletion was more than physiological; my spirit was shot,” she recalled. “I needed to do something so I could continue to be a good mother to my children, partner to my husband, and friend to myself.”
The Grammy winner — who is also mom to 10-year-old son Egypt Daoud — began meditating after a friend suggested that she attend a Kundalini yoga and meditation retreat, though her foray into mindfulness admittedly had a bumpy start.
“I have to be honest: The first time I tried the meditation, I was so tired that I fell asleep,” Keys wrote. “But the second time, I felt a little spark. I really liked the mixture of chanting, singing and movement.”
“Between the chanting and the singing and the rhythm and the meaning of these ancient words, I discovered a sense of peace and comfort. “I started to notice a richer connection with myself, an ability to go deeper,” she continued. “After years of silence I could hear myself, trust my instincts, know what I wanted, know what I needed and not feel so insecure.”
“Once you make that kind of deep connection with yourself, your relationship with everything and everyone around you changes. As I’d hoped, I became a better mother because I was more confident in myself,” Keys explained.
“I could hear what I needed and what my family needed. Same with my relationships with my husband, my mother and definitely my work,” the musician wrote. “Now I could be crystal clear, powerful and strong and not back down because I had a way to access my own intuition.”…
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