The star and author of her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy, loves the mental break

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated December 01, 2020 11:05 PM
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Kate Hudson is getting her “om” on!

The star and author of her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, says she’s incorporated meditation into her life.

“Meditation has saved my sanity,” Hudson writes in an exclusive excerpt. “Not that I was crazy, but in this world of hyperspeed, overstimulation, no escape from technology, and constant emotional stress, it’s very hard to stay centered and grounded.”

“And yet, since I’ve integrated meditation into my daily life – which doesn’t mean I do it every day – I feel so much more at ease, knowing that I can re-center myself when life feels out of control.”

Hudson, 36, says meditation calmed her stress – and even got her through tough times.

“During one particularly difficult time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed, it was meditation that brought me back to me,” she writes. “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.”

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It was her famous mom, Goldie Hawn, who suggesting trying meditation.

“My mom told me to just start simply, by calming down and bringing awareness to my breaths,” Hudson explains. “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. 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.”

For more of Hudson’s interview, including an exclusive excerpt from her new book, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

Through meditation, the mom of two has learned to trust herself more and feel more confident in her body. And now she’s prepared to tackle any difficult problems when they arise.

“There’s no better feeling than realizing I have the power to get through the muck and the hard stuff to get to all that’s good!” she writes. “This doesn’t mean some of my old patterns or bad coping mechanisms won’t crop up again – they will – but now I know I’m ready for them.”