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It’s not just high powered meetings, networking and speeches at the World Economic Forum, some attendees are also taking part in meditation sessions.

“There’s always a quiet place in your mind,” says Rick Goings, the boss of Tupperware Brands who has been practising transcendental meditation for over 40 years – says he doesn’t have time not to do it. Despite being at the helm of a company valued at a whopping $3bn – yes plastic box sales really are worth that much – he religiously spends 20 minutes twice a day meditating.
It helps me focus and work out what matters. It’s like making some kind of thing on your computer clear out the trash,” he says.

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Although self-control is important, there is mounting evidence that stress plays a significant part in weight gain.

One of billionaire Ray Dalio’s key success principles is having a “radical open-mindedness” to new ideas.

Dalio has meditated almost every day since 1969 and says it’s had a tremendous impact on him. “It gives you an equanimity, a centeredness, a calmness — so that you can thoughtfully deal with things in a better way without being emotionally hijacked.”

While there are tons of books on meditation, he recommends this recent one by psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, which gives an overview of Transcendental Meditation and its many benefits.

Meditation is “very powerful,” he says. “It gave me an equilibrium that really helped me.”

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Meditation may help lower heart disease risk
Research we’re watching
Published: December, 2017

The ancient, mind-calming practice of meditation may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. So says a scientific statement from the American Heart Association in the Sept. 28, 2017, Journal of the American Heart Association.

Experts reviewed dozens of studies published over the past two decades. The results suggest that meditation may improve a host of factors linked to heart disease, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality, and high blood pressure. It may also help people stop smoking. An added bonus: it’s low-cost and poses no apparent risk.

You can learn meditation by taking a class (check your local community center or yoga studios) or watching an online video. The practice typically involves quiet, focused attention, during which you close your eyes while sitting comfortably. You then direct your consciousness to your breathing, an object, or a word or phrase known as a mantra. Mindfulness meditation encourages you to focus on the present moment. Transcendental meditation uses techniques that encourage the mind to “transcend” thoughts. About 8% of adults in the United States say they practice some form of meditation.

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Meditation May Help Against Heart Disease, Says American Heart Association