10 outrageously successful people who practice meditation

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r-BUSINESS-LEADERS-WHO-MEDITATE-large570…for years, business leaders have been taking note of the benefits of meditation, which include lower stress levels, improved cognitive functioning, creative thinking and productivity, and even improved physical health.

Here is a list of 10 outrageously successful people who practice meditation.

1. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corp

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch weeted that he was trying out Transcendental Meditation, a popular technique developed in the 1960s and followed today by famous practitioners like Oprah, David Lynch and Candy Crowley.

The media tycoon said on Twitter in April, “Everyone recommends, not that easy to get started, but said to improve everything!”

2. Padmasree Warrior, CTO, Cisco Systems o-PADMASREE-570

Warrior, the chief technology and strategy officer of Cisco Systems, meditates every night and spends her Saturdays doing a “digital detox.” In her previous role as Cisco’s head of engineering, Warrior oversaw 22,000 employees, and she told the New York Times in 2012 that taking time to meditate and unplug helped her to manage it all.

“It’s almost like a reboot for your brain and your soul,” she said. “It makes me so much calmer when I’m responding to e-mails later.”

3. Tony Schwartz, Founder & CEO, The Energy Project

The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz has been meditating for over 20 years. He originally started the practice to quiet his busy mind, according to his book What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America. Schwartz says that meditating has freed him from migraines and helped him develop patience, and he also advocates mindfulness as a way to improve work performance.

“Maintaining a steady reservoir of energy — physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually — requires refueling it intermittently,” Schwartz wrote in a Harvard Business Review blog.

4. Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company chairman is a big proponent of meditation in the business world, according to Inc. Magazine. At this year’s Wisdom 2.0 conference, Ford was interviewed by leading American Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Ford told Kornfield that during difficult times at the company, he set an intention every morning to go through his day with compassion. And to lead with compassion, Ford said he first learned to develop compassion for himself through a loving-kindness (metta) meditation practice.

5. Oprah Winfrey, Chairwoman & CEO, Harpo Productions, Inc.

An outspoken advocate of Transcendental Meditation, Oprah — recently named the most powerful celebrity of 2013 by Forbes — has said she sits in stillness for 20 minutes, twice a day. She’s also brought in TM teachers for employees at Harpo Productions, Inc. who want to learn how to meditate.

After a meditation in Iowa last year, Oprah said, “I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is — still — the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.”

6. Larry Brilliant, CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund Unknown-1

Larry Brilliant, CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund and former director of Google.org, spent two years during his 20s living in a Himalayan ashram and meditating, until his guru instructed him to join a World Health Organization team working to fight smallpox in New Delhi.

In his 2013 commencement address at the Harvard School of Public Health, Brilliant emphasized the importance of peace of mind, wishing the graduates lives full of equanimity — a state of mental calm and composure.

7. Ray Dalio, Founder & Co-CIO, Bridgewater Associates USA

In a 2012 conversation at the John Main Centre for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, Dalio said that meditation has opened his mind and boosted his mental clarity.

“Meditation has given me centeredness and creativity,” said Dalio. “It’s also given me peace and health.”

8. Russell Simmons, Co-Founder, Def Jam Records; Founder of Unknown-2GlobalGrind.com

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has long practiced Transcendental Meditation, speaking out about the benefits of the practice and sitting on the board of the advisors for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

“You don’t have to believe in meditation for it to work,” Simmons wrote in a Huffington Post blog. “You just have to take the time to do it. The old truth is still true today, ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ My advice? Meditate.”

9. Robert Stiller, CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.

There is a dedicated meditation room at the Vermont headquarters of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., and CEO Robert Stiller himself is a devoted practitioner.

“If you have a meditation practice, you can be much more effective in a meeting,” he told Bloomberg in 2008. “Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks.”

10. Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

And last but not least, Arianna Huffington described early-morning yoga and meditation as two of her “joy triggers” in a 2011 Vogue feature. Now, Huffington has brought meditation into her company, offering weekly classes for AOL and Huffington Post employees.

Huffington has spoken out on the benefits of mindfulness not just for individual health, but also for corporate bottom lines. “Stress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier, they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one,” she wrote in a recent blog.

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Money & Spirituality : a myth of separation

UnknownMoney and Spirituality both touch upon the human experience deeply; and the closer you look, the more you see that there are many similar concepts between the two.

However, the love-hate relationship we have with money leads to a seemingly insurmountable dichotomy in which thoughts of money may produce feelings of angst and anxiety vs transcendence and peace.

Because of our potentially mixed feelings surrounding money, we may have the tendency to separate our thoughts about it from the rest of our lives and especially from our views, philosophy and approach to spirituality. When this happens, we compartmentalize our life and divide different aspects of ourselves.

Why is it so natural to create boundaries separating our secular (that which is worldly and temporal) from our spiritual and religious beliefs? James Hillman, the psychologist and author, observes that human history is a series of images, dreams, tales, geographies, stories, figures, and lessons learned, not historical fact but imaginative thinking. He concludes that we live with a world view consisting of myths. We have created a whole series of myths that surround our financial lives. These social conventions limit our view of ourselves and our relationship with money. This division we create between our secular and religious lives creates a potential battle line. How can we deal with this internal conflict?

Our financial and spiritual lives are intertwined and separating them is an illusion. The distinctions we draw between our tangible earthly desires and our intangible spiritual needs are really stories; myths that we have accepted. If we look closely, we will see many fundamental connections between the two. Our destiny is to accumulate the lessons learned, to retell these stories and then make our own changes and twists.

In this way, our illusions and myths separating financial and spiritual thought will disintegrate because the divisions never really existed in the first place. If we fail to connect the two, we compartmentalize ourselves and our lives. We become two separate identities instead of one unified being.

The interconnectedness of our outward actions and our inward evolution must be realized before we truly can live a powerfully balanced, whole life.

If we are to be truly successful at living, we must be genuine and consistent in our beliefs about finances, money and spirituality.

—Edited from review of James Hillman on Spiritual Finance

Two questions to consider:

  • Do you have beliefs of your own that create a conflict between money and spirituality?
  • If there is conflict, is it real or imagined, and if real, is it resolvable?

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Keep the financial fire blazing

imagesBlazing passion is real power. It is the ying (feminine) and the yang (masculine) coming together. Passion can create anything you want and inspire you to accomplish the impossible.

Passion will move mountains and bring business success.

Passion is the energy blend of containment (ying) and force (yang) that results in a fire-building cosmic dance of creation.

Passion is the on-going implementation of your business (the container for your desire) from a space of still mind, penetrated with the force of conscious action.

Un-stilled mind will always think in terms of purpose, profit, and utility. Mind acting without pause will be aggressive and full of activity.

When mind is stilled thru meditation, activity will disappear and action will appear –and there is a great difference between the two. Activity has utility; conscious action becomes pure joy, pure beauty. You act not because something has to be achieved; you act because action is a joy, a dance. You act because you are so full of energy.

And all your joyful dancing cannot but result in a blazing fire of fulfilling abundance.

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Meditation = Happier Wealth

Incorporating a meditation into your business strategy enables you to freely turn your conscious focus inward, stop the reactive, egoic-mind from running the show, and tap into resources that help you feel present and connected to your higher vision.

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By improving your inner landscape, meditation helps you to respond to external events with more awareness and clarity, and hence, change the business results that you deliver over time.

Recently, I asked a successful finance director, who has been incorporating meditation into his business life for several years now, his own experience of the benefits of committing to a meditative practice.

Along with some expected benefits:

-Being un-rattled by issues arising when things seem to be going wrong.

-Ability to be present, to observe, not to engage in negative emotion, not because I am suppressing it – but genuinely because I do not need to go there anymore.

He also offered up the most yummy, juicy benefit:

I am happier! … AND what is a surprise – now becoming wealthier! …. Meditation energy is the type of energy that lets the stuff you no longer want go and allows in the new good stuff ….

I had to drop my old ways of doing business which worked financially, but were not based around happiness. So I had to drop some old ways of thinking – including with it ways that made money – without knowing how I was going to make a new way work financially. When you realize you want to do that, that’s a ‘Gulp’ moment! 

But when you have your own heart on your side, well that’s alignment, and things you cannot foretell start to engage, to happen and you get there.

How perfect is that –well said Richard!

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