Many super-successful people talk about the benefits of meditation, patently or subtly. This is just a pattern I have been noting recently.
I am a huge fan of Yuval Noah Harari – his book Sapiens changed the way I look at the world, and Homo Deus further expanded my way of thinking. He is probably the smartest man alive. And don’t just take my word for it, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg recommend his work. From the acknowledgements in his books I found that he has been practicing Vipassana meditation. This article tells how he has been doing it daily for two hours for, wait for it, seventeen years.
I was recently browsing Principles by Ray Dalio (founder of world’s most successful hedge fund) and found that he too was a fan of meditation. Here is an article mentioning this. Similarly, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, mentions it in this autobiographical book.
I had tried it around 2 years back but until recently, had no stories to add. But something happened a few days ago. When browsing through The Power of Now, I thought lets give meditation a try again, just for a bit, to kind of have fun. And for some time after, I saw things more clearly, and listened to people more attentively. The magical part was how new information and ideas came to me, from my environment and from conversations. Ideas and realities, which, though already present, were hidden from my awareness.
Hence, my case for meditation: it gives you better ideas. Since, good ideas come from outside, it makes more sense to use meditation to dim the noise inside, and trust the environment to give you what you truly need.
And here is a hack which works – I generally find the basics for meditation cumbersome, it sounds boring. But I feel effortlessly motivated to do it when I read about it. I am not sure if this will work for everyone, but worth giving it a shot.