Success and meditation are more intertwined than you think. It’s not a surprising revelation, when you think about it: meditation focuses on bringing restful awareness, bringing peace of mind that will allow you to push yourself forward and attain success in life. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and highly successful people who are avid meditation practitioners.
Back in 2011, Oprah invited meditation teachers to her studio for the entire staff to practice at the beginning and end of every work day. The results were incredible, though unsurprising. Her co-workers had better relationships and were able to sleep better. Her enthusiasm for meditation was such that she partnered with Deepak Chopra to start the 21-Day Meditation Challenge.
Angelina Jolie sure is a force to be reckoned with, being an actress, director, philanthropist, humanitarian, and, as of 2002, a meditation practitioner. Meditation for her takes different forms, even when she’s playing with her children. What Angelina Jolie affirms is the truth that meditation can take on different forms, and doesn’t have to be limited to repeatedly chanting a mantra.
Richard Gere is a long-term follower of meditation, dating back to the 1970’s. He even became a close friend of the Dalai Lama and an ardent student of Zen Buddhism. He says that he depends on Buddhism to cope with deadlines and deal with financial pressures. With meditation to start his day, he is motivated to start his day right.
The Oscar-winning actress turned to meditation to cope with the death of her abusive forever. She goes to a gazebo, a place that allows her to reflect, contemplate, and make peace with her father. True enough, although she wasn’t able to forgive her father for what she did to her, her mom, and her sister, she was able to find forgiveness in meditation.
David Lynch, for all his dark and shadowy films, has been a fan of Transcendental Meditation since 1973. In a recent interview, he said that transcendental meditation has allowed him to cope with anxiety, tension, and traumatic stress. Meditation, according to him, has allowed him to release bitterness, selfishness, and fear away. He even likened meditation to gold flowing in, as the garbage is thrown out.
Only one of the lead singers of the most dominating British band has been practicing meditation since 1967. He even met the founder of Transcendental Meditation himself, Marishi Mahesh Yogi. After learning how rewarding and relaxing meditation is, Paul McCartney has consistently been a practitioner and has not looked back since.