In hopes to inspire you on your meditation journey, we at BookMeditationRetreats.com has gathered a list of highly successful and well known public figures who have embraced meditation and attest to its importance!
Possibly the most influential person in media, Oprah Winfrey has been regularly meditating since 2011. She has also extended the practice to her employees, with teachers coming in to teach them how cultivate the habit within their own lives. Winfrey acknowledges that the results of meditation have been positive, with her employees gaining better sleep and greater productivity.
When it comes to her own practice, Winfrey meditates at least once a day for 20 minutes. She is also spreading the awareness on meditation through meditation apps with her latest collaboration with Deepak Chopra on a 21-Day Meditation Experience app.
While the practice of meditation has recently gained much popularity, Sir Paul McCartney has been at it for over 40 years! His first encounter with transcendental meditation was in the 1960s when he met the Indian sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. McCartney has referred to meditation as a “lifelong gift” and calls it a stabilizing factor to the “crazy sixties”. Together with the Beatles, McCartney visited Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh where the group wrote 48 songs, with a significant number going in their 1968 album, The White Album.
Can meditation change the world? According to Joachim Chissano, it certainly can! Chissano is the former President of Mozambique who began practicing meditation in 1992. Shortly after that, his country’s 16-year guerilla war came to an end.
He later introduced meditation to his family, cabinet ministers, government officers and military, claiming that this resulted in political peace and balance in nature in Mozambique. Under his leadership, Chissano and his generals ordered all police and military to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each time. For his achievements of peace, Chissano was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007, alongside the highly influential Nelson Mandela.
In 1974, a young Steve Jobs traveled to India in search of Hinduism and Buddhism. That fateful trip changed Jobs in significant ways. He began practicing Zen Buddhism and incorporated it into his daily life.
Jobs talks of the mind as restless in nature, but once calmed, there’s room to hear more subtle things. For this accomplished co-founder of Apple, a calm mind allows for the intuition to blossom and to see things more clearly. His practice of Zen Buddhism also poured into his work at Apple. The design of the Apple mouse for example, reflects the industrial design equivalent of the enso – which is the most fundamental form of Zen visual art.
Media mogul Arianna Huffington started meditating at the age of 13 and believes that it plays a big role in her success today. In her book Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, had an ‘ephiphany’ on the importance of sleep when she fell due to exhaustion and woke up in a pool of her own blood.
She stresses that we are in a sleep crisis and that there is an inevitable need to undo sleep deprivation. Huffington lists meditation as a step in her 12 tips for better sleep, believing that it is critical for stress relief and helps the practitioner tap into wisdom, wonder, mindfulness and addictions.
If you are in the hunt for an app to help you start your meditation practice, Huffington lists Headspace as her favorite meditation app.
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