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Naomi Campbell is notorious for her anger issues, but it seems that she hasn't thrown a punch (or a cell phone) at anybody since March. Has the tantrum-prone supermodel changed her ways? Campbell says that she's working on it -- with a little help from the spiritual practice of Kabbalah.
"What you can change is yourself and the type of energy you put into yourself," says Campbell, 40. "I study Kabbalah because it takes me to a positive, calm place."
Kabbalah is a spiritual discipline based on ancient Jewish mysticism, which has become popular with celebrities of all faiths through the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre. Campbell doesn't seem big on the 'discipline' part of 'spiritual discipline,' saying she's been "in and out of Kabbalah since around 2000." But now she says she's practicing -- although she doesn't know if she's "been pronouncing everything right." (Maybe she needs a personal rabbi, like hardcore Kabbalah practitioner Madonna?)
Madonna may be the most devoted celeb, but plenty of other big names have sought enlightenment through Kabbalah -- especially in times of personal crisis. Britney Spears started reading the spiritual texts when her marriage to Kevin Federline went down the tubes (although she later gave it up, allegedly ending her friendship with Madonna). Rosie O'Donnell took up the practice after leaving The View. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have been adherents since before they were married, but they're rumored to be turning to Kabbalah to weather the recent cheating allegations. And back in 2004, Paris Hilton started going to the Kabbalah Centre to cope with her break-up from Nick Carter.
Most of the celebs who dabble in Kabbalah never become devotees; some even have second thoughts, like Britney Spears, who had the Kabbalah-related tattoo removed from her neck. But Naomi Campbell obviously needs to learn some compassion, and if all that community service didn't do it, then maybe some ancient Jewish mystical texts will. If nothing else, she may bring those little red bracelets back into fashion.
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