They're best-selling authors, celebrities and the heads of huge companies. They’re busy. Yet each of them makes time to get quiet and turn within.
Could mindfulness help make you more successful?
Here are three millionaires and two billionaires that inspire us to park our butts, breathe deeply and clear our minds everyday.
1. Arianna Huffington
She's probably one of the busiest women in the world right now, so it's amazing to see the President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media promoting mindfulness based practices.
Along with her main gig she's also a syndicated columnist and has authored 14 books. She's spoken out big time about the cost of stress to businesses ($300 billion) and the healthcare system as well as the science that backs the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to combat this.
No surprise as she learned how to meditate from her mother at 13 years old. To this day, she keeps up the habit each morning, sitting for 20 – 30 minutes.
2. Tim Ferris
You know him as the author of The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Body, and he's also an entrepreneur, podcast host and public speaker. You might not know one of his secrets is meditation.
Tim's 5-minute meditation strategy is to put on an inspiring piece of music and sit with your back against a wall. As you inhale he suggests to focus on all of the things you are grateful for in your life (health, career, home, family). This gratitude meditation can be life changing.
3. Russell Simmons
Most of us might not relate rap music to meditation, but Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records is a huge cheerleader for the practice and has even authored a book titled, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.
With his hands in film, tv, fashion, video games and more, Simmons says that before meditation, he was anxious and in a state of constant worry. Simmons practices and teaches mantra-based meditations, where an individual sits and repeats a mantra or word (“Ram”) for 20 minutes. His own practice, he claims, promotes happiness in his life as he is able to get control of the noise.
4. Steve Jobs
Just looking at the design of Apple products is not hard to imagine that Steve Jobs was heavily influence by the simplicity of Zen meditation and practiced for many years.
He claimed that this 'mind technology' helped to reduce stress, gain clarity, and enhance creativity. In fact, Jobs even attributed much of his success to his meditation practice as he saw his job was to give people what they didn't know they needed.
He relied heavily on mindfulness to inspire him to intuitively create products that satisfied the desires of his customers. He credited meditation as helping him hone both intuition and empathy.
5. Oprah Winfrey
She's the queen of daytime TV, she has her OWN network, she's an author, producer and philanthropist and that's right, she meditates.
After being introduced to Transcendental Meditation while shooting an episode, this billionaire brought teachers to her studio to introduce her staff to meditation. They meditate at 9:00am, and 4:30pm no matter what the day holds.
O herself says she makes 20 minutes in her day to “center herself” at least once, if not twice. She claims that with her busy schedule, her meditation time makes her “one thousand percent better” when she can get quiet.
If Oprah has time to meditate – YOU have time.
NO more excuses.
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