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Whether you stumbled across her hit “Good as Hell” in 2018 or danced to”About Damn Time” as it dominated TikTok this summer, you’re likely familiar with the powerhouse pop/rock/R&B/hip-hop star that is Lizzo. Three Grammys. A Billboard Music Award. Most recently, an Emmy.
However, even the queen of multiple genres needs to take a minute to breathe. Over the past few years, Lizzo has spoken often about her consistent meditation practice and her love for the mindful connection it brings to her life.
In her interview for Vogue’s “73 Questions” series, she was quick to reference (and joke about) her mindful habit. “What’s a routine that you are adamant about keeping up?,” the Vogue interviewer asks. “Meditation,” she responds. A few seconds later, he flips the question to “Is there a habit you’re trying to give up?.” “Meditation,” she responds before breaking out into a laugh. “I’m just kidding.” (Even with half of an EGOT, Lizzo is, as always, relatable.)
She previously disclosed the meaning and purpose of her meditation practice to Vogue in April 2020. “I know a lot of people use meditation as a form of calming down and centering themselves, but recently I’ve been using meditation as a form of connectivity, to where it’s like I can mindfully and metaphysically connect with all of the people in the world,” she said.
That same year, she hosted a 30-minute meditation on her Instagram to promote “healing during this global crisis.” Titled, “Because I Love You,” the video has drawn more than 3 million views to date. She begins the practice by playing her flute in front of burning incense and her collection of crystals, soothing her followers with a different sort of sound in lieu of the cancelled Houston Rodeo she was scheduled to perform that evening. While the flute wasn’t Sasha, her beloved instrument, which even possess its own Instagram account, it was a breezy toot, a more lightweight version of the melodic device.
“Fear does not exist in my body,” Lizzo says in the video, sharing her intended mantra for the session.”Fear does not exist in my home. Love exists in my body. Love exists in my home.” A month later, she joined SZA on Instagram Live with her flute to host another healing meditation.
Her enthusiasm for meditation has even seeped into her concerts. A Tweet from The New Yorker writer Helen Rosner commented on Lizzo leading a crowd at Radio City Music Hall through a guided meditation during her 2019 performance. (Writer’s note: “Truth Hurts” with a side of a self-love practice? How did I miss this?)
Lizzo just led all of Radio City Music Hall in a guided meditation where we visualized taking all the love we put in the world and pouring it back into our own hearts and I gazed into the glossy-lashed eyes of god
— Helen Rosner (@hels) September 23, 2019
Meditation isn’t the only wellness routine that holds significance for the pop icon. On TikTok, she’s documented time spent hiking, doing a cold plunge, even working toward the Splits. (Yes, this is your sign that you, too, can come into the Splits. Just like Lizzo.)
But at the end of the day: celebrities, they’re just like us. In a recent Tweet, Lizzo expressed a sentiment that so many of us share: “I want my night routine to be: face mask, gua sha, leave-in/twists/bonnet, night tinctures/sups, toe spacers, mouth guard, guzzle 1L of water, no phone, breathwork, meditation, [and] wrist guard,” she wrote. “But my night routine is: Bathe/brush teeth/pass out w phone in hand.” #Relatable