I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Iskra Lawrence is one of my favorite body positive beacons of light that exist today. I had the pleasure of speaking with her recently, and she was just as engaging, warm, and real as you can imagine her to be from her Instagram posts.
Iskra has a lot going on at the moment. Not only is she a supermodel and self-care advocate, but she's also the mastermind behind the health and lifestyle platform EveryBODY With Iskra. After chatting about her favorite workouts ("high-energy" HIIT sessions) and meals ("yummy pizza with pita bread and feta cheese and tomato paste"), I asked her what she thought about meditation.
She admitted that, at first, it was hard to get into meditation and see the real benefits of it. But that all changed when she found the right meditation teacher. Now that she found the kind of meditation and the teacher she connects most with (she loves Erin Ward), she's loving what the practice brings her.
"I feel like I'm nourishing my soul," she told me. That's why her best advice for anyone trying to take care of themselves and meditate for the first time is, "I really do think you've got to find the right meditation for you and it has to fit into your life as well."
Just like with yoga or any other kind of wellness practice, there are all kinds of different meditation practices and teachers out there. Iskra encourages people to find the one you like best, regardless of what other people may prefer.
"It really only has to be five minutes sometimes," she continued. "What I've found is, the busier I am, the more needed that five minutes is, and it actually slows your whole day down. It has more value."
As someone who loves to meditate, this was extremely useful. If I don't have a solid 15-20 minutes to meditate, I have a bad habit of convincing myself that it's not worth it. But Iskra is right — just five minutes makes all the difference in the world! That is why I'm stepping away from my desk this afternoon for a few moments to gather my thoughts and nourish my mind.