Viscountess Cowdray reveals how meditation made her a better mother

Viscountess Cowdray reveals how meditation made her a better mother – and why she started eating meat again after 20 years as a vegetarian

  • Lady Marina Cowdray claims meditation helped her to parent her five children
  • Viscountess, 59, said she had felt ‘disconnected’ from world when growing up
  • Cowdray Estate in West Sussex hosts the British Polo Championships each year

Viscountess Cowdray has revealed how discovering meditation when her children were young helped her parent them better.

Lady Marina, 59, also said she now regrets cutting meat from her diet, having started eating it again after 20 years of being a vegetarian.

The viscountess, who lives on the Cowdray Estate in West Sussex, said she had ‘always felt very disconnected from the world’ and didn’t want the same for her children. 

She admitted how, as a mother of five, she worried her youth spent as a boarder at Hanford School in Dorset from the age of eight would affect her parenting skills.

However, by making time to meditate each day and even taking a week away to be quiet sometimes, Lady Marina managed to alter her mindset, reports the Telegraph.

Viscountess Cowdray, pictured with her husband Michael in 2009, has revealed how discovering meditation when her children were young helped her to be a better mother 

Lord Michael and Lady Marina inherited Cowdray Estate in West Sussex in 1995. They are pictured with sons Peregrine and Montague and daughters Eliza, Emily and Catrina in 2006

Lady Marina explained how she was brought up with ‘tough love’ – something that she didn’t think was the best approach to take with her own children.

After changing her lifestyle, she said she realised ‘love’ was all that mattered and she was able to better parent her brood.

And the choice seems to have rubbed off on her children – Eliza, now 31, Emily, 29, Catrina, 28, Peregrine, 24, and Montague, 22 – who are also heavily involved in  meditation and yoga. 

However, Lady Marina – who married the fourth Viscount of Cowdray in 1987 – admitted her devoted practice of meditation did sometimes clash with her childrens’ school routine.

Lady Marina, pictured with Lord Michael at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016, said she had been brought up on ‘tough love’ and had ‘always felt very disconnected from the world’

She said that by taking time to meditate, she was able to be a better parent. Lady Marina is pictured with Montague, Emily,  Peregrine, Eliza and husband Lord Michael Cowdray

The Viscount and Viscountess, pictured together at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Polo Final at Cowdray Park in 2017, have been married since 1987 and have five children together

She explained how homework wasn’t what she wanted them to be doing as her children were ‘creative people’ and she wanted to help them find their ‘passion’. 

Despite their close connection to Polo by living at the venue for the British Open Championships, Lady Marina didn’t want to push her children into the sport.

She said: ‘They have to find their drive themselves and think, “I need to do this for me, not for Mummy”.’

Lady Marina, pictured with sons Peregrine and Montague, revealed meditation did sometimes clash with her childrens’ school routine and she didn’t like the strict demands of homework


The Pearson children have also got involved in meditation and the three daughters (pictured left is Emily and right is Eliza), are qualified yoga instructors

Lady Marina, pictured with Eliza, encouraged her children to find their drive ‘themselves’ and didn’t force them to get involved with polo, even though the UK’s biggest tournament was held at their family estate

Although a fan of meditation, Lady Marina said having a ‘rigid mindset’ is bad and can cause limitations. 

Lady Marina also spoke out about her concerns for young people not considering their diet when deciding to go plant-based, after her daughter Emily turned her back on meat to become a vegan.

She said: ‘Meat can be a medicine – hardcore veganism can have a detrimental effect on your health and brain.’  

Viscountess Cowdray, pictured with husband Michael in 2012, also revealed that she has started eating meat again after being a vegetarian for 20 years

The couple considered selling Cowdray Park, house pictured, in 2009 for £23million, but have instead turned it into a luxury venue for weddings and events

The estate (dining room pictured) includes 120 acres of garden, a 22-bedroom house and dozens of staff and has been in the family since 1909

Lady Marina married her husband Michael Pearson, who is the fourth Viscount of Cowdray, when she was 25 in 1987.

The couple inherited Cowdray Estate, which includes 120 acres of garden, a 22-bedroom house and dozens of staff, in 1995.

Cowdray Park House has been owned by the family since 1909 when it was purchased by the engineer and oil industrialist Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson. 

This Friday Lady Marina, pictured with Michael at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup in 2014, will hold an event at Cowdray for International Yoga Day

The impressive home also boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wine cellars, tennis courts and even a bowling alley.

Although Lady Marina and her husband considered selling the large country house in 2009 for £25million, the couple eventually decided to transform the property into a luxury venue for weddings and events. 

Lady Marina also made Cowdray into a wellness centre to help locals find the same benefits from meditation as she did. 

On Friday she is holding an International Yoga Day event at the Estate.

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