Last week, when E! News asked Gwen Stefani how she’d been staying in shape post-divorce, the rocker and The Voice coach came back with an answer that had nothing to do with shedding pounds or sculpting flat abs.
“I haven’t really been working on my physical appearance. I’ve been working on my spiritual exercising,” Stefani told E! She went on to add, “And really trying to connect and be grateful, considerate, being present and living in the moment, and so that’s where I’ve put a lot of my exercise right now.”
The response was yet another example of how meditation and a focus on inner life are taking over more and more of the wellness limelight. In the same week, for example, Cate Blanchett told The Cut she rarely finds time to exercise but that she’s about to start putting in hours on a meditation pillow.
So, is straight-up soul-searching becoming the new SoulCycle? And if it is, are we ready to start calling it “spiritual exercise”? —Lisa Elaine Held
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