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Meditate to sharpen your assertive edge - Financial Times
by Charles Wallace

The Financial Times    Translate This Article
4 August 2014

Many people are using tranquilizers or sleeping pills to deal with workplace stress. Charles Wallace, writer for the Financial Times, found a healthier solution, following the footsteps of the $150B hedge-fund, Bridgewater, and executives of Goldman Sachs. A lot of people worry about becoming ''too chilled out'' or ''losing their edge'' when it comes to meditation. Wallace learned that the Transcendental Meditation technique not only helps with chronic anxiety but also enhances focus and sharpens the edge required for high performance:

''I have written previously about the dangers of long-term workplace stress. So what do you do about it? Too many people in the US and UK resort to tranquilizing drugs or sleeping pills to deal with chronic anxiety. One recent study found a 12.5 per cent annual increase in prescriptions for benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium.

''My personal answer to stress has been meditation, albeit practised somewhat erratically and with mixed results over the years. I have tried several types of meditation, including mindfulness, which involves focusing your attention on your breath for certain periods of the day. But the most calming sort I have found—it's really up to the individual—is Transcendental Meditation, which involves repeating a mantra for two, 20-minute periods a day.''

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