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What Celebrities Say on Meditations*

December 14, 2018
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*(excerpt from my book “Design Your Cloudless Life” translated from Russian into English)

If you think you are very busy and have no time to meditate, think again. If Oprah can find time in her busy schedule, so can you. If Madonna and David Lynch are practicing, and they are not the kind of people to waste time on unnecessary things, so can you. My research in the subject brought me to the next conclusion: pretty much every successful person came across meditation practice making it a daily habit in their lives.

Billionaire and co-founder of the Salesforce.com Corporation Marc Benioff admitted in one of his interviews that meditation became a daily part of his life since 2005 after his work in the Oracle became too stressful.

The founder of the famous delivery service “Panda Express” Andrew Cherng once said that he interrupted a business meeting in order to make one shop manager meditate. He says he’d like to fix his workers from the inside. Cherng himself has been meditating regularly for a long time.

The former CEO of Monsanto Bob Shapiro turned all his office cabinets into meditation spaces. He turned to meditation thanks to his friend way back during his study at Harvard.

The founder of the coffee company Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Robert Stiller invited a meditation instructor for his employees starting from 2008. He says meditation helps a better concentration and task completion with much higher effectiveness.

Since I’ve mentioned Oprah in the beginning, whose regalia you all know, she’s been practicing meditation for many years, and on top of that she’s the host of my favorite TV program which I hope will be able to stream in Russia soon – Super Soul Sunday. Oprah admitted that this program was the ultimate goal she was striving towards in her work –this is what she wanted to do in the beginning, and finally it has happened –to talk to spiritual world leaders about soul, awareness, happiness. Do you think that she has nothing better to do than do “useless meditation” on a daily basis? Think again. Oprah doesn’t only meditate, she brought this practice to her employees saying that only out of meditative state you can do your best work and create the best life for yourself. I believe her because that’s what I’ve done with my life, and that’s what I’ll never stop doing.

Meditation has been a huge part of Ray Dalio’s life. He is a billionaire-founder of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge-fund in the world. He said that meditation more than other things is the biggest ingredient of every success he’s ever had. It provided him with mental clarity while opening his mind, made him centered, creative, peaceful and healthy. 

Ariana Huffington, the founder,the president and the editor-in-chief at Huffington Post Media Group wrote in her Vogue article that yoga and meditation are her triggers for happiness. She is also using meditation in her company providing weekly classes for her employees stating that there is already proof that meditation is an advantage to every business that wants to be successful.

Even Rupert Murdoch, the famous media magnate decided to follow the meditation trend and started practicing Transcendental meditation which he wrote about in his twitter.

Bill Ford from Ford Moto Company is also a huge enthusiast when it comes to meditation in the business world. In the interview to Jack Cornfield, Ford said that when his company went through really tough times, he was practicing Metta meditation in order to live each day with compassion towards everyone and everything.

Larry Brilliant, the CEO of Skoll Global Threats Fund and former Google.org director lived for two years in Himalayan ashram practicing meditation.

Former president of Mozambik Joaquim Chissano is considered to be the most enlightened government official in Africa. He’s been practicing Transcendental meditation twice a day for many years and he gives credit to it when it comes to ending the partisan war that lasted for 16 years.

Now, if you are still not convinced, I’d like to share with you some quotes from famous people – celebrities, billionaires, politicians who don’t think that daily meditation is such a crazy useless idea – quite the opposite!

Benjamin Franklin:  

“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a profound man.”

Eva Mendez:

“I’m actually big into meditation, transcendental meditation, and that really helps create not only a sense of balance, but all the other stuff this is gonna sound cliché …serenity and kind of a calm state of mind, “And not that I’m like that all the time, but it helps me deal with life’s ups and downs, coming from more of a centered place.“ Meditation helps with creativity, and I never thought about it in that way until I read, and listened to, the audiobook of one of my favorite directors David LynchCatching the Big Fish.”

Ellen Degeneres:

“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.”

Russel Brand:

“Meditation is your negotiation with your feelings that you want to think and you want to do stuff. There are lots of techniques.You follow your breath. You sit in a position that’s comfortable,” he says. “I carry tension in my jaw and around my eyes. Scan your body for where you carry the tension. Is it in your shoulders? Is it in your face? I bring my attention to my hands.”

Dr. Oz:

“It’s like, imagine the ripples on top of an ocean. And I’m in a rowboat, reactively dealing with the waves and water coming into my boat. What I need to do is dive into the deeper solace, the calmness beneath the surface.”

Paul McCartney:

“Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. I think it’s a great thing.”


Orlando Bloom:

“The philosophies behind meditation are very current today and are a way of finding some sort of peace.”

Sting:

“Yoga introduced me to a style of meditation. The only meditation I would have done before would be in the writing of songs.”


Hugh Jackman:

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”

Ringo Starr:

“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.”

Susan Sarandon:

“It helps me chill out and focus.”

Jillian Andersen:

“I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way.”

Dick Van Dyke:

“When you’re a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don’t have a thought in your mind. It’s purely meditation, and we lose that.”

Chuck Norris:

“A walk in nature is a perfect backdrop to combine exercise, prayer, and meditation while enhancing the benefit of these activities.”

Voltaire:

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging infinitude in infinity.”

David Lynch:

“Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.” 

Harrison Ford:

“The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.”

Alice Walker:

“Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.”

Justin Theroux:

My grandfather used to write one sentence every day in his journal: ‘I love Anne more than ever today.’ I think that was his meditation – keeping him in his marriage, and also his appreciation for it. It was very touching.”

Celine Dion:

“Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It’s about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.” 

Richard Gere:

“Mindfulness is a quality that is always there.”

Salma Hayek:

“After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.”

Shirley Maclaine:

“Well, when you’re relaxed, your mind takes you to the whole reality. There’s no such thing as time when you’re really relaxed. That’s why meditation works.”

Miranda Kerr:

“Meditation is a great way to stay centered and I think inversions are great for aging. Specifically, I think the Kundalini yoga is really a life changer.”

Laura Dern:

“I learned Transcendental Meditation at 18. I was not as dedicated back then, but I am now!” Dern revealed. “I feel incredibly blessed to have it in my life, just as a practical application.”

Clint Eastwood:

“I’m a great supporter of transcendental meditation. I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now – and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress. Stress, of course, comes with almost every business. I think there are enough studies out there that show that TM is something that could benefit anybody. It’s a great system to use. Otherwise, why would I’ve been doing it for all these years, for almost half of my life?”

Goldie Hawn:

“What I’ve learned through my meditation is a sense of equanimity, a sense of all things being equal.”

Donna Karan:

“With all the yoga and meditation that I do, when the chaos happens it happens. But I’m not as affected as a lot of people – I don’t react as much. I just let things drip off my back a little bit.”