Meditation has been around for centuries, but some of today’s brightest and most successful minds are tapping into the ancient practice to maximize their success. There are many different forms, but at its most basic level, meditation only requires a place to sit and 20-40 minutes of free time per day. With just this much time each day, you can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. If it sounds like the dreamy fantasy of a New Age hippy lifestyle to you, then you haven’t heard about how some of the most successful people in the world are using meditation to achieve much more. It’s not about religion, philosophy or any belief system at all. It’s just a type of exercise.

Benefits to Body and Mind

Meditation is scientifically proven to reduce your blood pressure, improve circulation throughout the body, reduce chronic pains, and reduce the likelihood of contracting many forms of cancer. Besides these physical changes, your mind will start to function at higher levels. Meditation reduces stress, reduces instances of insomnia, improves creativity, and lowers overall anxiety levels. It is an incredibly simple practice that will make you feel better about yourself and more inspired to achieve your goals, no matter how challenging your obstacles may be.

Massively-Successful Meditators

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is arguably the biggest media mogul in the world. He owns the worldwide News Corp and 21st Century Fox, with a massive net worth of $13.4 billion. He’s ranked as the 33rd richest person in the United States and in the top 100 worldwide. He’s been quoted as saying that his daily ritual of meditation provides “effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity, and happiness deep within.” Strong words from man in his mid-80s. Murdoch practices Transcendental Meditation, one of the most recognized schools of meditation in the United States and the world.

Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio is another man who has used his hobby of meditation to propel himself into a massive fortune. Having practiced mindfulness meditation for over 40 years, Dalio has created a business empire that has no equal. He created Bridgewater Associates in 1975 and grew it into the world’s largest hedge fund by 2011. Dalio also uses Transcendental Meditation for his daily rituals, saying that it “has been the single biggest reason for whatever success I’ve had.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a groundbreaking businesswoman who has become an icon in her own right. With a massive media empire under her own name, Oprah is the richest woman in America. She’s worth about $3 billion dollars as of 2012 and shows no signs of slowing down. Oprah also practices Transcendental Meditation and is such a huge supporter that she has become a leading advocate of the practice, creating her own self-help program called “The Secret.”   On the results of twice-daily meditation, Oprah sums it up in saying: “The results have been awesome. Better sleep. Improved relationships with spouses, children, and coworkers. Some people who suffered migraines don’t anymore. Greater productivity and creativity all around.”

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