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Oscar-winning actress gets leaders in Davos meditating

Published on Jan 23, 2014 7:41 PM
Goldie Hawn, actress, producer, author and founder of The Hawn Foundation speaks during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Jan 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAVOS (AFP) - If the million-dollar deals, schmoozing and champagne receptions begin to get a little stressful, the billionaire movers and shakers at Davos found a way to inner peace on Thursday with a session on meditation.

But this being the World Economic Forum in Davos, where celebs and world leaders rub shoulders in cushy conference rooms, it was no ordinary meditation panel, but one led by Oscar-winning US actress Goldie Hawn.

And despite the hotly awaited speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani taking place at the same time, the 68-year-old star had no trouble pulling in the punters, with delegates queuing round the corner to get in and many turned away disappointed.

After French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, resplendent in orange and blue robes, had led the assembled global elite in a calming moment of relaxation, Hawn spoke of her meditation for children project which she said had "caught her by the bellybutton". Ms Hawn said that after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, "realising that the world had truly changed forever and our children were going to inherit a world that I didn't think they had the tools to handle", she decided to help children harness the power of their minds.

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