What’s behind Goldie’s giggle? Nearly 800 mostly women came out to hear Hawn’s take on her life and work after “Laugh-In” and her movies. No surprise the actress’ upbeat outlook is real. She calls it her “tickle.”
Her MindUP teaching model now serves 6 million school children internationally. It’s based on brain research and helps kids master their emotions and focus on learning.
That’s why she was in Boca again Tuesday. Hawn kicked off the 2019 Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life wellness series held through Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She and Mindful guru and author Barbara Schmidt met when Hawn emceed the hospital gala in 2015. They found they had mindfulness in common.
Here are excerpts from Hawn’s conversation at Lynn University Tuesday with Schmidt and her daughter Michelle Maros.
On the lighter side, Hawn’s still with Kurt Russell after 30 years. They have four grown kids and six grandchildren. She looks great at 73. Even close up.
On her upbeat outlook since childhood: “When I was 11, I was asked what I wanted to be. I said ‘happy.” Grownups don’t look as happy as kids. I wanted to maintain that level of joy.”
On learning how not to react to her image and bad movie reviews: “I was an ink blot for people, an object they perceived they knew. One critic said my performance was as flat as my chest. Meditation allowed me to not personalize.”
On how meditation worked for her: “My first experience with meditation was in 1972. A profound experience. I could hear my heart beat again. It started that tickle in me, that piece that bubbles up. That feeling before you laugh.”
On advice to parents: “Learn how to manage your own emotionality. Show children you’re present for them. Get them off their machines. We are the beacon for our children. We have to pay attention to them.”
On MindUP: “I was going to make sure this program worked. We have research on how the brain works. Bullying started to diminish; 80 percent of the children said they could make themselves happier. Our kids were quicker on the uptake. It’s like a dream come true.”
By Marci Shatzman