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Executives who swear by meditation - Business Insider
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11 October 2013
Growing numbers of executives have been turning to meditation to increase alertness, eliminate stress and fatigue, and enhance their creativity.
Following are a few excerpts, recently featured in Transcendental Meditation Blog—from Jhaneel Lockhart's and Melanie Hicken's report for Business Insider about leading executives who find the daily practice of meditation to be a key to their personal health and professional success.
CEOs have stressful jobs, and some have taken to intense hobbies to find solace from the daily grind.
Some practice meditation—or even Transcendental Meditation, a mantra-based technique derived about 50 years ago from ancient Indian practices.
We've compiled a list of leaders who say that meditating gives them an edge in the competitive business world. Some have even built it into their company's culture.
Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons says Transcendental Meditation has changed his life
Simmons wrote about Transcendental Meditation in a 2010 column at The Huffington Post:
''About two years ago, I visited a school in South Africa where all the students practiced one particular form of meditation—Transcendental Meditation (TM). They were bright, alert, energized with life. A short while later I returned to New York and I met a long-time TM teacher, Bob Roth. . . .
''Even though I had been meditating in different ways for over 10 years, I asked Bob to teach me. I have now been doing TM for two years. It has changed my experiences in meditation and therefore my experiences in life.''
Ramani Ayer, former Chairman and CEO of The Hartford Financial Services Group, says TM makes him a better decision-maker
Ayer has been practicing for more than 25 years, according to Transcendental Meditation blog.
''The Transcendental Meditation technique has been ideally suited to my hectic life,'' Ayer told the TM blog. ''It has demonstrably reduced my stress and helped to maintain my good health, and has immeasurably benefited my family and business relationships. Importantly, it has helped me to make clearer, more effective decisions on the job.''
Executive Management Associates CEO Nancy Slomowitz reduced her company's health care insurance costs by offering TM classes to her employees
Slomowitz, who recently wrote Work Zone Madness: Surviving and Rising Above Workplace Dysfunction, has been practicing TM since she was a teenager, according to Transcendental Meditation blog.
After experiencing positive effects in her own life, she decided to introduce the practice to her employees.
''TM produced tangible, practical benefits in both their professional and personal lives,'' says Slomowitz. ''The workplace environment soon grew from toxic to harmonious among other positive changes. And surprisingly, the company's cost of healthcare insurance actually went down due to a reduction in sick claims.''
Marnie Abramson, who owns Tower Companies real estate firm, says offering TM courses for employees is the best way to increase productivity
After many of her co-workers reported positive results from practicing Transcendental Meditation, Abramson decided to begin practicing as a means of coping with her hectic work environment, according to TMwomenProfessionals.org.
''I would say that arranging a TM course for your employees is probably the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way of getting more out of your workers than you could ever imagine,'' says Abramson.
Others profiled in the Business Insider article who practice Transcendental Meditation include Ray Dalio, founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund; and Oprah Winfrey, renowned talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
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SOURCE: Transcendental Meditation Blog
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