Many studies have attested to the power of meditation. It’s a practice that helps protect the brain from ageing, rivals antidepressants for tackling anxiety and depression, improves attention and concentration and can even help fight addiction.
Moreover, leaders turn to meditation to help them focus, keep calm and make better decisions. These nine executives are all converts to the calming art.
1. Marc Benioff – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Salesforce
In a 2005 San Francisco Chronicle article, Marc Benioff discussed his long-term relationship with meditation.
2. Arianna Huffington – President and Editor-in-Chief, the Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna offers weekly classes for AOL and Huffington Post employees. She describes her early morning yoga and meditation as two of her “joy triggers” in a 2011 Vogue article. She wrote recently on a blog:
3. Bill George – Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School
Bill George told Bloomberg News that he uses meditation to recharge during travels.
Padmasree Warrior spends her Saturdays doing a “digital detox” and meditates every night. She told the New York Times in 2012 that meditation helps her manage all aspects of her professional life: 5. Rick Goings – Chairman and CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation
In an interview, Ray Dalio talks about how meditation is crucial in his life and how it helped him reach success. 8. Nouriel Roubini – Professor of Economics and International Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
Economist Nouriel Roubini revealed on Twitter his new practice, transcendental meditation, during the Annual Meeting in Davos.
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is another executive who shared his interest on transcendental meditation on Twitter:
Want to know more about the science behind mindfulness meditation? Watch Richard J. Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as they discuss the impact of meditation on the brain, in this video filmed at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos earlier this year.
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Author: José Santiago, Digital Content Specialist, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum
Image: Captured during the session Mindfulness Meditation in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21, 2015.
7. Ray Dalio – Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates9. Rupert Murdoch – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fox Entertainment Group, US4. Padmasree Warrior – CTO and Strategy Officer, Cisco Systems