Years ago, the idea that meditation would be the key to success on Wall Street might have been met with surprise and skepticism. Today, there is significant and growing credibility of its effectiveness in promoting better decision-making, greater creativity, and improved emotional stability.
Since its inception in the 1960’s the Transcendental Meditation technique was originally sought by those on a spiritual path towards more inner peace and fulfillment in their personal lives.
However, the practice has been increasingly embraced by a broader population as peer-reviewed studies on the many benefits of the TM technique have been published (over 380 to date).
At present time, as in the past, people interested in learning the TM technique come from diverse backgrounds often seeking a way to simply reduce their stress levels and better their experience in daily life.
“It gives me equanimity and creativity. The ideas bubble up from the subconscious. It gives me a better way of looking at things. It’s made to order for people in the finance industry.”
Recently, powerful individuals such as media celebrities David Lynch, Clint Eastwood and Oprah have not only heralded the benefits of the TM technique in their personal lives, but incorporated it into their professional worlds.
Bob Roth, longtime practitioner and teacher of the TM technique, calls the technique of “the ancient warrior professions.”
In this recent article, Lindsay Crouse talks about the implementation of the TM technique on Wall Street by behemoths of success such as Bridgewater Associates Founder, Ray Dalio.
Dalio, who has been called the world’s most successful asset manager, has been practicing the TM technique for 40 years. He attributes much of his business success to his regular practice of TM saying it has given him “inner equanimity” and the ability to be “a business ninja.”
The TM technique is today incorporated into numerous successful businesses, subsidized by the companies themselves, as a sustainable tool to better individual and community work-ethic. Dalio subsidizes half the cost of learning the TM technique for his employees at Bridgewater Associates.
Others, inspired by Dalio, say TM has been a major asset in their careers as well.
Philanthropist, Mark Axelowitz, started TM after hearing a talk by Dalio. He says: “I was intrigued that such a successful guy was meditating, so I tried it. And it was a game changer.” Axelowitz says his TM practice has brought both his decision-making abilities and his career to the best place they’ve ever been.
Others, both on and off Wall Street, are crediting their TM practice to enhanced richness in their personal and professional lives.
Ken Akoundi, of Investor DNA says: “[Transcendental] Meditation for me was a proactive component of wondering how I could be a better person.”
Learn more about the TM technique by visiting www.tm.org.