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Zen Moment: Maura Tierney

The actor and cancer survivor shares the one thing she does every single day to stay centered

Words by KELLY ATTERTON

 

Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actor Maura Tierney is busier than ever. With a recent run at the Geffen Playhouse in Witch, and the final season of The Affair on Showtime, Tierney’s next project, The Report, debuts in November. “I’m proud to be part of this film, the story of Daniel Jones, who investigated the CIA’s alleged use of torture on detainees.”

Having left breast cancer in the dust, Tierney stays sane and centered with transcendental meditation, a specific form of silent mantra meditation. “When I’m practicing properly (twice a day for 20 minutes), it’s incredibly helpful, and its effects are cumulative, so you have to do it,” she explains.

Tierney’s quest to maintain balance includes losing herself in a great book, and her ideal day “involves a hike in Malibu, then a bite at Malibu Seafood.” And she’s learned the ultimate in modern self-care: “When I put my phone down, my life improves dramatically. I try to remember that.”

 

Feature image: MAURA TIERNEY. Photo by Eric Hobbs.

 

This story originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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