Ray Dalio is the Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates, which manages $150 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients.
“I notice a difference from the moment I start to meditate. I can be stressed or tired and I will meditate and immediately I will get very rested and relaxed and the stress will flow off me. I’ll finish meditation feeling refreshed and centred, and that feeling will carry throughout the day. It’s a heck of return on an investment of twenty minutes! I want to emphasize: TM is practical. Some people may think it’s exotic – that you light candles and burn incense. It’s not that – and it’s not some religion or dogma. It’s a practical tool that makes life go better. I started meditating over 35 years ago, and I would say TM is the single most important reason for whatever success I’ve had.”
Oprah Winfrey, along with her entire company practise Transcendental Meditation twice a day.
“I brought the Transcendental Meditation teachers into Harper Studios to teach me and my team how to meditate. So we started meditating. Seven of us lead to 70, lead to 270, lead to now everybody in the company meditates- 9 o’clock in the morning and 4:30 in the afternoon no matter what’s going on we stop and meditate.
“And that way of being ‘still’ with ourselves - coming back to the centre - and recognising that something’s more important. It’s more important than you, more important than the work you are doing brings a kind of energy, an intensity of energy, an intention that we’ve never had before.
“And you can’t imagine what’s happened in the company. People who used to have migraines don’t. People are sleeping better. People are having better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic!
“So the one thing I want to continue to do is to centre myself everyday and make that a practise for myself because I am one thousand percent better when I do that. One thousand percent better when I take myself back to something bigger than myself.”
Marnie Abramson, who owns Tower Companies real estate firm, says offering TM courses for employees is the best way to increase productivity
After many of her co-workers reported positive results from practicing Transcendental Meditation, Abramson decided to begin practicing as a means of coping with her hectic work environment, according to TMwomenProfessionals.org.
"I would say that arranging a TM course for your employees is probably the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way of getting more out of your workers than you could ever imagine," says Abramson.
Russel Simmons is the co-founder of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. According to USA Today, he is one of the “Top 25 most influential people of the past 25 years” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.
“I have been a meditator for about 12 years. It has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss.
It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe. About two years ago, I visited a school in South Africa where all the students practiced one particular form of meditation Transcendental Meditation (TM). They were bright, alert, energized with life.”
Nancy Slomowitz, Executive Management Associates CEO reduced her company's health care insurance costs by offering TM classes to her employees
Slomowitz, who recently wrote "Work Zone Madness: Surviving and Rising Above Workplace Dysfunction," has been practicing TM since she was a teenager, according to Transcendental Meditation blog.
After experiencing positive effects in her own life, she decided to introduce the practice to her employees.
"TM produced tangible, practical benefits in both their professional and personal lives," says Slomowitz. The workplace environment soon grew from toxic to harmonious among other positive changes. And surprisingly, the company’s cost of healthcare insurance actually went down due to a reduction in sick claims.”
Dr. Oz describes the benefits of TM for mind and body, how the technique has impacted his own life, and why he offers it to his creative team.
''Literally the day after people learned to meditate, I started getting some remarkable emails and having some amazing conversations that really surprised me.
''The first thing I noticed was a change in the tone and the texture of the dialogue—away from dwelling on problems towards a much more thoughtful, insightful, clever way of solving problems. Instead of highlighting the issues that were separating us, my team was deriving bliss and joy from finding solutions.
''Why did Transcendental Meditation have such a dramatic effect?
''The creative folks on our team can get pushed so hard from the pressures of their job that they find it difficult to create. Sound familiar? This is probably true for most everyone. It's frustrating to know you can create and yet not be able to do so because of stress.
''Transcendental Meditation allows you to relax deeply, to let down your guard so that you're free to see reality in a much clearer way. You're able to connect pieces of information that otherwise were not obvious to you. This is what the calmness and deep serenity that you experience during Transcendental Meditation does.
''Speaking as a scientist, the amazing thing about Transcendental Meditation is the very well established research showing that the technique impacts things that we didn't think were changeable. You can actually reduce your blood pressure significantly with just using Transcendental Meditation. You can also reduce cholesterol, atherosclerosis, obesity, risk of stroke—even reduce death rates due to cardiovascular disease.
''But this is the tip of the iceberg. We all have within us a deep well of creativity, which we can access if we can settle down into those deep, calm places, those serene moments that Transcendental Meditation offers. As a result, we feel better about ourselves, we make better health choices, we communicate better with our loved ones, our colleagues, our friends.
''It's both a smart management tool and one of the best gifts you can give to any employee because it's a gift that keeps giving—whether it is to the people who work in your business, on a military base, in a hospital, or a school.''
Steve Rubin, former CEO and chairman of United Fuels International, says practicing TM gives him a "laser-like focus"
Rubin serves on the Board of Trustees at Maharishi University of Management, the Fairfield, Iowa-based school that was founded by Transcendental Meditation teachers.
He has said that TM gives him a "competitive advantage" in the business world.
"I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension," he said.
Ramani Ayer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Hartford, which is one of Americas largest financial services and insurance companies.
“A leader has to be capable of seeing the future- of embracing bold, positive ideas and setting very ambitious goals. A leader has to have the capacity to understand, in very harsh, real terms, what is going on at the ground level of his business – what are its strengths, its weaknesses, its opportunities and challenges. I have been practising the Transcendental Meditation technique for over 30 years. It has certainly helped me to consistently raise my performance levels. It has helped me cope with the stresses and strains of life. And I believe very strongly that the practise of TM has helped me to maintain a steady state of mind – it has given me equanimity no matter what happens.”