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FAMOUS MEDITATORS

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has had many careers, from radio newscaster to actress, but she is most famous for her television talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah grew up in difficult circumstances; she was raised by a teenage mother in inner city Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Despite this, she provides a wealth of wisdom about meditation and mindfulness. She believes that by finding a connection to something great

Richard Gere

Richard Gere, an American actor famous for his roles in An Officer and a Gentleman, Runaway Bride, and the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago, also practices meditation. Although Gere has been meditating for decades, he recognizes that meditation’s many forms have equal value. “Almost all forms of meditation are a form of looking at the mind,” he explains. “In the beginning you a

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a position as the leader of the Gelug school, the newest of many schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama often speaks on the positive impact of meditation. “When we feel a sort of irritation [towards someone else], during that moment, if that person concentrate[s] fully on the breathing, nothing else…your mental state will be different, [a] little

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is the most successful American investor of the twentieth century, and a proud meditator. He believes the art of being present increases success in a variety of ways. For instance, you may find yourself in a bad financial situation but not even realize it. “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging,” Buffett says, and the only way to reali

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld has being practicing meditation for forty-one years. “I don’t remember exactly how I started,” he remarks, but he has found meditation to be a grounding and energizing force in his own life. As a writer and actor, Seinfeld has had plenty of experience dealing with intense schedules, but he admits that handling them is not second nature. “I’m not one of these people who ha

Russell Brand

In our modern world, information comes at us quickly. From text messages to email notifications to world news alerts, we are constantly bombarded with images and descriptions on how we should look, act, and think. Sometimes, it can be too much for us to handle gracefully, and so we lash out in anger or sink into a state of pessimism or low self-confidence. Comedian and actor Russell Brand believe

William Ford

William Ford is the grandson of the founder of Ford Motor Company, and currently serves as CEO of Ford. Despite the economic downturn and its effects on his business, Ford uses meditation and other mindfulness practices to keep himself focused on the vision and the humanity he wants to promote. “At the end of the day, every business is about the people,” he says. Meditation is a way to break

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is the Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, a global corporation that specializes in networking equipment. Despite her expertise and knowledge of technology, Warrior also realizes that it can be detrimental to our health—and that meditation can provide relief. In a previous position managing 22,000 employees, Warrior made time to meditate and go technology-free in order

Andrew Cherng

Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng is infamous for not just meditating, but for encouraging his employees to do so as well. One now-famous account details how after listening to a nervous, rambling chain manager’s description of his restaurants, Cherng took the manager aside and told him that he meditation would help him become calmer and more eloquent. This article explains that Cherng believ

Robert Stiller

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters founder Robert Stiller may enjoy a strong cup of coffee, but he also appreciates the more subtle art of meditation. In fact, there is a special meditation room built into the Vermont headquarters of Stiller’s company! “Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks,” he explains. “If you have a meditation practice, you c