Archive for June, 2014

What Meditation Means to the Successful

Monday, June 16th, 2014

What Meditation Means to the SuccessfulWe hear a lot about all the benefits of meditation. So why isn’t everyone meditating you may ask. Actually some of the most successful and accomplished people in the world are regular meditators and many attribute in part their success to the practice of meditation –the list is pretty surprising and quite long. These celebrities have realized that certain facets of meditation can help them tremendously in their personal and professional lives. However, meditation isn’t the same for everyone and different minds receive different benefits. For instance, Angelina Jolie does not “traditionally” meditate but prefers “meditation moments,” when she takes a moment out of her daily activities to contemplate peacefully. In fact, famous meditators today define meditation in widely diverse ways. Orlando Bloom said simply and poignantly, “The philosophies of meditation are very current today and are a way of finding some sort of peace.” Here are a few things other distinguished celebrities have said about meditation:

  • Ringo Starr said, “At the end of the day, I can feel totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.”

  • Russell Brand said, “I’m quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection.”

  • Gillian Anderson, famous for her role as Scully in the X-Files, said, “I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way.”

Not only are many celebrities inclined to meditate, but the business world has also taken note of the positive aspects that meditation can bring to the workplace. Many top executives and entrepreneurs are now embracing the practice in order to help themselves and their companies thrive. Here is a short list of business leaders who embrace meditation and its value in the workplace:

  • Bob Shapiro, former CEO of Monsanto, finds that meditation can improve listening skills and bolster creative thinking.

  • Oprah Winfrey said that meditation can offer a place of stillness in a world that is consistently on the move. It is in that space of stillness, she says, that her best work is accomplished.

  • Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, believes that there are personal benefits from meditation but goes further to state that meditating makes a corporation’s workforce healthier and happier as a whole. Huffington makes sure to offer classes at AOL and Huffington Post to provide employees with the opportunity to reap the same benefits from meditation that she does.

Meditation has clearly allowed some of the most prominent figures in contemporary society to find peace in both their personal and professional lives.

Well known meditators from the present and the past:

Albert Einstein (Scientist)

Alice Walker (Author)

Allen Ginsberg (Poet, Author)

Andrew Cherng (Businessman)

Andy Kaufman (Actor)

Belinda Carlisle (Singer)

Bruce Lee (Martial Artist)

Cher (Singer, Actress)

Clint Eastwood (Actor, Director)

David Lynch (Filmmaker)

Deepak Chopra (Author)

Elle MacPherson (Supermodel)

Frank Herbert (Author)

George Lucas (Producer)

Goldie Hawn (Actress)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Actress)

Harrison Ford (Actor)

Herbie Hancock (Musician)

Jennifer Lopez (Singer, Actress)

Jerry Seinfeld (Comedian)

Julia Roberts (Actress)

K.D. Lang (Singer)

Kate Bosworth (Actress)

Leonard Cohen (Singer, Songwriter, Poet)

Mark Wahlberg (Actor/Singer)

Melissa Mathison (Screenwriter)

Mick Jagger (Singer)

Nathaniel Dorsky (Filmmaker)

Oliver Stone (Movie Producer)

Oprah Winfrey (TV personality, business woman)

Orlando Bloom (Actor)

Padmasree Warrior (Chief Technology Officer)

Paramahansa Yogananda (Guru)

Phil Jackson (NBA Coach)

Richard Gere (Actor)

Rick Goings (CEO)

Rivers Cuomo (Musician)

Rob Cohen (Director)

Robert Stiller (Businessman)

Roberto Baggio (Soccer Pro)

Russell Simmons (Record Label Owner)

Sheryl Crow (Singer, Songwriter)

Steve Jobs (Businessman)

Steven Seagal (Actor)

Sting (Singer, Musician)

The Dalai Lama (Religious Leader)

Tiger Woods (Golf Pro)

Tina Turner (Singer)

various members of the Beatles (Singers/Musicians)

Warren Buffett (Investor)

Wayne Dyer (Author)

William Ford Jr. (Ford Motor Company)


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