With countless articles and apps claiming the innumerable benefits of meditation, let’s take a deeper look into this age-old practice to uncover if it truly lives up to all its hype. Could meditation be the answer? Absolutely! One study conducted by Consciousness and Cognition discovered that short periods of meditative practice improved cognitive functioning. Another research revealed that it also aided in improving sleep quality. If you still doubt, considering some high-profile individuals who make a habit out of daily meditation might change your mind.
To set himself up for success, self-made millionaire Tony Robbins has a morning routine that includes 9 to 10 minutes of meditation. In his book Tools of Titans, author Tim Ferriss interviewed Robbins about the importance and power of this practice in his life. “To him, however, the objective [of medtiation] is very different: It’s about cuing and prompting enabling emotions for the rest of the day.”
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The entrepreneur prioritizes sleep and makes a habit of meditating for 20-30 minutes each morning. These practices have helped her become more attuned to herself, allowing her to reach peak success in the workplace.
To improve his leadership skills and maintain a sense of compassion, Jeff Weiner – CEO of LinkedIn and former Yahoo executive – has prioritized carving out blocks in his daily schedule for meditation and reflection. His commitment to this practice shows the immense value he places on self-care and holistic growth as an individual leader.
For the past 15 years, Def Jam’s co-founder and CEO has been utilizing Transcendental Meditation as part of his daily routine. His dedication to this practice was so profound that 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.”
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, the renowned singer, entrepreneur, and activist divulged her thoughts. “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 renowned actor and film director reported to 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.”
In an interview with Shape Magazine, the star of A Good Place revealed her secrets. “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 is a firm believer in the practice and encourages his employees to do the same.
In his captivating biography, the tech visionary illuminated how meditation can be life-changing. “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 at the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
Sir Paul McCartney
With his usual finesse, Paul McCartney poetically illuminates the importance of meditation in this song. “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,’ For nine years, I was the star and executive producer of a 24-episode network television series. In addition to that role, I also served as head writer, casting director, and editor. It is an experience like no other! 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.”
On her talk show, the host touted the benefits of daily meditation and revealed that she meditates every day. “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 is a firm advocate for meditation and encourages his team to practice it too.
The writer and director say, “[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 a renowned meditation expert, whose articles highlight the exceptional advantages of making this practice part of one’s daily routine. She even gave Well & Good an excellent tip on how to relax in just 60 seconds with a simple yet effective 1-minute mediation technique!
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