It seems like every day there is a new article or app telling us that we should be meditating all the time. But is it really all it's cracked up to be? Well, it just may be. A study out of Consciousness and Cognition found that brief meditation training improved thinking and another study found that meditation improved sleep quality. And if the list below of people who practice meditation on a daily basis doesn't convince you, we aren't sure what will.
The self-made millionaire Tony Robbins starts each morning by doing 9-10 minutes of meditation or something very similar. In his new books Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss interviewed Robbins about his morning routine. "To him, however, the objective [of medtiation] is very different: It's about cuing and prompting enabling emotions for the rest of the day."
Though she is usually talking about the importance of sleep, the entrepreneur is also all about meditation. She incorporates 20 to 30 minutes of meditation into her morning routine every day.
The CEO of LinkedIn, and former Yahoo executive, Jeff Weiner cuts out blocks of his schedule every day for meditation and thinking time. He believes it helps him to be more compassionate as well as a better leader.
The co-founder and CEO of Def Jam has been practicing Transcendental Meditation every day for 15 years. He even wrote a book about it! “As many people as I can teach to meditate, the better. It’s very important, and if everyone did it, it’d be a happier, healthier, less violent world.”
The singer, entrepreneur and activist told Marie Claire magazine, “I start the day with Transcendental Meditation. It puts me in the best mood. I wake up and just prop myself up in bed for 20 minutes. It’s the only time my mind gets absolute rest."
The iconic actor and director told the David Lynch Foundation, "I’m a great supporter of Transcendental Meditation. I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now - and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress."
The Good Place actress told Shape Magazine, "Do meditative yoga for 10 minutes every morning. When you have a problem - whether it's road rage, your guy, or work - meditation allows everything to unfold the way it's supposed to."
The CEO of Panda Express practices it regularly and also encourages his staff to do it.
The tech visionary wrote about meditation in his biography: "If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it."
Sir Paul McCartney
The singer describes the importance of meditation so beautifully, as only Paul McCartney could. "In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity - and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world. It was a great gift that Maharishi gave us."
The legendary comedian told "Good Morning America," "With the 'Seinfeld,' I was doing a TV series in which I was the star of the show, the executive producer of the show, the head writer, in charge of casting and editing, for 24 episodes on network television - not cable - for nine years! And I’m just a normal guy. And that was not a normal situation to be in… So I meditated every day. And that’s how I survived the nine years."
The talk show host said she meditates daily, "Because it feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is for me."
The founder of Green Mountain Coffee encourages his staff to meditate as well.
The writer and director says, "[Meditation] has made it possible for me to weather certain challenges and storms and public moments that I didn’t ever imagine would be in my life. It gathers me up for the day and makes me feel organized and happy and capable of facing the challenges of the world, both internal and external.”
#levo100 honoree @Gabby Bernstein is truly a meditation guru and has written about the amazing benefits of making meditation a part of one's life. She shared a great tip with Well & Good on how to do a simple 1-minute meditation trick that will destress you quickly.
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