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Barbara Walters On Meditation: 'I Feel Very Centered'

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2012 file photo shows Barbara Walters, host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View," arriving at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala honoring fashion designer Valentino Garavani at Lincoln Center in New York. Walters says the paparazzi were lying in wait, but she's not saying anything about her future employment. Walters returned to "The View" on Monday, after reports circulated widely the previous Friday that she would be retiring from television in May 2014. The television news legend is 83 years old. She said photographers were waiting for her as she went to work on Monday, expecting she would discuss her future plans on the air. Instead, Walters had nothing to say about whether or not the stories were true, saying "I have no announcement to make." Walters created "The View" in 1997.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
FILE - This Sept. 20, 2012 file photo shows Barbara Walters, host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View," arriving at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala honoring fashion designer Valentino Garavani at Lincoln Center in New York. Walters says the paparazzi were lying in wait, but she's not saying anything about her future employment. Walters returned to "The View" on Monday, after reports circulated widely the previous Friday that she would be retiring from television in May 2014. The television news legend is 83 years old. She said photographers were waiting for her as she went to work on Monday, expecting she would discuss her future plans on the air. Instead, Walters had nothing to say about whether or not the stories were true, saying "I have no announcement to make." Walters created "The View" in 1997. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

Finding zen in the media spotlight might not be easy, but this summer Barbara Walters set out to achieve it through meditation. Walters explained her decision to take up the practice -- including adopting a mantra -- to co-hosts Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg and Jenny McCarthy on Monday's season premiere of The View.

"I tried to learn to meditate," Walters said. "They said that it makes you centered. I feel very centered -- I love you all, I'm very happy."

The View co-host isn't the first celebrity to discover the benefits of meditation. Oprah Winfrey, Russell Brand and David Lynch all have praised the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation, a type of meditation known for reducing stress and improving overall well-being. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch also spoke out about taking up TM recently after multiple recommendations.

Research has linked TM with a number of physical and mental health benefits, including increased focus and creativity. The practice has also been linked to improved academic performance, reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure.

Check out the full video of Barbara Walters talking meditation on The View here.

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