Why Billionaires focus on Meditation

How it can help you live life to its full potential

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What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice where an individual focuses the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness. Usually, the activity to focus on is breathing. This helps to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

Billionaires and Meditation

One of the top habits of billionaires from Oprah to Jack Dorsey is meditation. Oprah Winfrey, who has a net worth of $2.6 billion, is one of several successful individuals who meditates for 20 minutes, twice a day. “Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is still the constancy of stillness,” Oprah wrote on her website. “Meditation, more than anything in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had,” Ray Dalio told The Huffington Post. Ray has a net worth of $16.9 billion and is the founder of the world’s biggest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates, which manages roughly $140 billion.

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Benefits of Meditation

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Improves emotional and mental health
  • Improves attention and concentration

How to Meditate?

  1. Prepare to sit still for a few minutes. Traditionally the full lotus position called padmasana is considered the best position. However, if you lack flexibility in joints, you can sit on a chair with your back straight.
  2. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Closing your eyes will prevent you from being distracted by the phone in front of you or the design on your wall. While there are more advanced techniques where you meditate with your eyes open, for beginners it is recommended to keep your eyes closed. Follow your breath and keep the attention on inhaling and exhaling.
  3. Follow your breath. Focusing on your breath, again, is a technique recommended for beginners as it’s the easiest way. Try to picture how the air travels from your nose to your lungs and belly and back out through your nose, while breathing.

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