Ariah Rastegar became a firm believer in transcendental meditation soon after he started his successful career. He has worked a number of high-pressure, high-stress jobs throughout his career, including a music promoter and real estate investor. Ariah Rastegar currently runs Rastegar Equity Partners, a real estate investment firm based in Dallas, Texas.
Keeping everything in perspective and keeping away the anxiety and pressure of his various jobs over his career has become extremely important over the years. He recommends transcendental meditation for anyone dealing with stress.
Transcendental meditation is a mental technique used to avoid distracting thoughts and to promote a state of what meditation experts call ‘relaxed awareness’. This form of meditation was made popular in the United States in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who borrowed the practice largely from the ancient Vedic traditions of India.
Every day, usually in the morning, Ariah Rastegar practices transcendental meditation by sitting in a comfortable position, closing his eyes, and repeating a mantra in his head. A mantra is a meaningless sound, usually assigned by a dedicated instructor in the practice, that allows the meditator to clear his or her head and achieve what adherents call a ‘perfect stillness’. While research into the concrete health benefits of this practice is still spotty and anecdotal in most places, some studies have found that practitioners have reduced chronic pain, anxiety, hypertension, cholesterol, and the use of health care services overall.
Ariah Rastegar swears by his morning transcendental meditation routines, which he says keep him focused on difficult problems and their solutions for his long days at the office.