Feeling down a bit these days, what with … well, the state of everything? Why not turn to Academy Award-winner and unofficial guru Matthew McConaughey for help? McConaughey took part in a virtual wellness panel discussion earlier this month, where he was joined by neuroscientist and meditation teacher Nkechi Deanna Njaka, Lincoln Motor Company Director for North America Michael Sprague, and … ughhh … one of the goop people.
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McConaughey, the longtime
brand ambassador for Lincoln, was one of four panelists who took part in
the 40-minute-plus conversation about achieving a calmer state of being. The
discussion took place on Aug. 12 to coincide with the announcement that Lincoln
customers in North America will receive a one-year premium membership to Calm
through the Lincoln Way app.
Four panelists, one gooper
Njaka, and Sprague was Tamara Levitt, the Calm’s Head of Mindfulness (official
title). Levitt leads off the conversation with a guided meditation, so if you’re
feeling particularly stressed today about, oh, any of the millions of things
you could be stressed about in 2020, you may find this video especially
helpful. The whole thing takes about five minutes, so strap in.
The panel discussion
on wellness was inexplicably moderated by Elise Lochnen, the chief content
officer for goop. The less said about goop the better, but to get it out of the
way: goop is the predatory scam brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow that sells obscenely
overpriced garbage based on dubious-at-best wellness benefits. It’s also the subject
of its own dumb Netflix docuseries, which was beautifully
eviscerated by Ani Bundel in NBC Think
Lochnen was there to moderate, she didn’t devote any time to shilling actual
goop products like $500 firewood totes or a $75 candle that smells like someone’s
nether regions. That mercifully left most of the talking to panelists who aren’t
hucksters for some weird cult.
How Matthew McConaughey stays calm in the time of COVID-19
Asked by moderator gooperton what his reliable wellness tools are, McConaughey suggests the daily commute, among the “rituals that are resets or demarcations between all of our different events through our day.”
Though he’s not making daily drives to the set or whathaveyou, he says, “I still do take those drives to nowhere in particular. I’ll go get in the Navigator and I’ll have my relationship with music.” Gotta assume McConaughey used some of his Surfer, Dude money to get the Navigator Black Label, so you know he’s really enjoying his music (let’s say it’s Swordfishtrombones on repeat) thanks to 20 Revel Ultima speakers.
He also notes that
he’s exercising daily and making meals together with his family, which sounds
like gossip rag fodder if ever there was such a thing.
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You can dive into
the whole conversation below. Come for the meditation, stay for Matthew
McConaughey looking really comfy in a kaftan, get tf out before Elise Lochnen
tries to sell you anything made of jade.
Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as “the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio.” He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.