Gisele Bündchen is more than just a gorgeous supermodel who is married to Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. The 36-year-old mother of two is also well-known for her philanthropy efforts and environmental activism.
Gisele was honored on Tuesday at the David Lynch Foundation's Women of Vision Awards for her work as a "global difference-maker, promoting health, prosperity and happiness for the world family."
The David Lynch Foundation is dedicated to addressing the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through Transcendental Meditation, a practice Gisele has sworn by for years.
In her awards speech, Gisele spoke on the powerful impact meditation can have in all of our lives and about finding our life's purpose.
During the Q&A portion of the program, Gisele revealed the most unusual place she's ever meditated is probably the back of a taxi, and she highly recommends it.
Somewhat kidding, but also somewhat asking the question on all our minds, emcee of the luncheon Rosanna Scotto, co-host of "Good Day New York," prompted Gisele to talk about her meditation during the Super Bowl this year, which she mentioned on her recent appearance on "Jimmy Fallon."
Laughing, Gisele replied,
It's highly unlikely any of us will find ourselves in a stressful second-half Super Bowl situation with our husband as quarterback, but we can all relate to feeling the stress of a traffic jam.
And while there were a few light-hearted moments of the afternoon, the life-changing impact of meditation on the lives of those who have suffered trauma was the reason everyone was in the room.
The awards luncheon raised funds to provide the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique, at no cost, to 1,000 women and children in the New York City area who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Fellow Women of Vision Humanitarian Award winners Robin Roberts, co-anchor of "Good Morning America;" Carolyn Rafaelian, founder and CEO of ALEX and ANI; and Joni Kimberlin, philanthropist, filmmaker and activist also spoke on the importance of meditation and the very real way it can transform lives.
The most powerful portion of the event, though, was the presentation of the Courage Award to Latoya Mack, a veteran, artist and sexual abuse survivor. Her speech hit at the heart of the importance of Transcendental Meditation for survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. She said,
For more information on Transcendental Meditation and the David Lynch Foundation, check out the website.