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Marc Benioff

He started salesforce.com in 1999, growing it into a billion dollar company and revolutionizing the cloud-based computing industry in the process. He started practicing meditation even before that, while serving as VP of Oracle.

In a Utah tech conference last year, Benioff spoke on the importance of meditation to CEOs and business leaders. He advised the assembled entrepreneurs to “clear your mind, make room for some new ideas, and get back to a beginner’s mind.”

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Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy officer of Cisco Systems, and former CTO of Motorola

Forbes has named her one the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. One of the keys to her success is her nightly meditation practice.

Every evening she sits and empties her mind for 20 minutes, letting go of all the stress and activity of the day. She also unplugs every Saturday for a “digital detox,” and enjoys painting, poetry, cooking and community involvement…

We could all learn a lot from her about success and self-care.

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Billionaire Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates

the largest hedge fund management firm in the U.S. He has been practicing Transcendental Meditation for more than 40 years, and says he was inspired by the Beatles.

He credits meditation with helping him to stay calm, be creative, and deal with stress “like a ninja.” He also said, “Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for what success I’ve had.”

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CEO of LinkedIn, and former Yahoo executive, Jeff Weiner

clears out blocks of his schedule every day to meditate and “just think.” He credits this practice with helping to develop compassion and empathy, as well as improving his productivity and leadership in the workplace.

He is a regular guest at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, where he talks about conscious business and leadership, and the importance of meditation in the business world.

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Co-founder and CEO of Def Jam

Russell Simmons has been practicing Transcendental Meditation every day for 15 years. He credits his practice with helping him to focus, think clearly, be creative, be successful as an entrepreneur, and find harmony and happiness in life.

He even launched an app recently called Meditation Made Simple, as part of his mission to spread meditation to as many people as possible.

Like he told Observer magazine: “As many people as I can teach to meditate, the better. It’s very important, and if everyone did it, it’d be a happier, healthier, less violent world.”

 
 

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.