• Mon, Dec 12 2011

One More Reason Oprah Is Awesome: All Of Her Employees Meditate Twice A Day

And this is why Oprah is so damn awesome: She has all 400 employees at her company stop whatever they are doing in order to meditate every day.

In preparation for her next show, Oprah’s Next Chapter where she will visit a transcendental town in Iowa where one-third of its population meditates, the queen of talk–and aha moments–told Dr. Oz why meditation is so important to her:

For me at this time in my life I recognize that everything is about moving closer to that which is God. And without a full, spiritual center-and I am not talking about religion, I am talking about without understanding the fullness from which you’ve come you can’t really fulfill your supreme moment of destiny.

She went on to add:

I think that being connected to that which is greater than yourself, for me at this particular time in my life, is the most important thing and that’s what I am working on.

Apparently, this connection spurred to her connect with fellow meditators in Fairfield, Iowa, while also encouraging all of her employees to follow their lead.

There’s a traffic jam in Fairfield at 5:30 pm with mothers, and doctors, dentists and lawyers, and engineers and clerks and soccer moms all headed to the dome where this Iowa-people who look just like you and me, go there and they’re all meditating. And in order to prepare for doing that show I brought Transcendental Meditation teachers into Harpo Studios to teach me and my team how to meditate; so we started meditating.

What started with 7 employees rose to 70, then 270 and now everyone in the company meditates at 9am and 4:30pm regardless of what they are doing. It’s her way of encouraging herself and others to be still, come back to their center and realize that something is bigger than themselves and the work they are doing. The effects, she said, have been amazing:

And you can’t imagine what has happened in the company, people who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better, they are having better relationships and they are interacting with other people better. It’s been fantastic.

Wow. Imagine if every company did this. We would likely see happier people in and out of work, happier customers, better service, less stress-related health conditions and, dare I say, less road rage on the commute home. Past research has also told us that the practice of sitting still for just a few minutes a day and clearing our thoughts can help with depression, anxiety, pain, stress, insomnia and even chronic diseases.

Oprah, can I have a job?

 

Photo: oprah.com

 

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  • Richard

    Everybody can visit Fairfield IA and feel the Bliss! Maharishi University of Management (MUM.edu) has visitors weekends regularly. Visit the school (K-12), and university where Transcendental Mediation is part of the curriculum. These kids score in the 99th percentile on standard tests after just a year in this school and their is an open admissions policy. Great School of Sustainable Living at MUM too.

  • Deborah Dunham

    Hi Richard — is there someone I can talk to about meditation in the schools there? I’d love to do a story about that!

    • Lawson English

      Deborah, contact the David Lynch Foundation, http://www.davidlynchfoundationorg They are in charge of bringing TM to schools world wide and can put you in touch the proper people at the Maharishi School. John Hagelin, President of the DLF, just let slip at the most recent Change Begins Within benefit, that about 1/2 million kids are now practicing TM in schools around the world. The story is much bigger than you realize, even after hearing “1/2 million kids.”

    • Ken Chawkin

      I’d be happy to help you with your story.

  • Lawson English
  • Ken Chawkin

    Deborah, email me if you’d like to do more. I handle media relations for the University, School, and Foundation.