Here is an excerpt from my first blog for the Huffington Post:
I always knew I wanted to be a mother. At the age of 39, this became crystal clear. I had a new husband and we wanted a family, so we started "trying." Infertility treatments soon filled my days and left me completely off balance in body and mind. After months of attempts with "reproductive technology," I woke up one morning and said "no more."
It was a creative, expansive moment in which I listened deeply to my soul.
From that point on I chose practical action toward adopting my children. It was a choice in living body mind and soul and brought me into alignment with my true desire, body, mind and soul.
What the heck am I talking about?
Read the rest at The Huffington Post!
Today, you know Ariannna Huffington as the uber-successful founder of The Huffington Post, who is frequently featured power lists and probably has a net worth with a lot of 000000s.
But she prefers to define her success in other ways, as she outlines in her new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, and she thinks you should too.
Back in 2007, as mother of two getting by on five hours of sleep, the editor-in-chief of a two-year old Huffington Post collapsed of exhaustion, breaking her cheekbone in the process. “I had to slow down and reevaluate the choices I was making,” she told Businessweek.com.
She realized this definition of success—money and power—was really not success at all. Instead, she suggests we need to unplug and reconnect to what really matters. If we take the time to care of ourselves with meditation, sleep, and living mindfully, among other things, we can reach our fullest, truest potential.
It’s uncanny how well her message resonates with our mission here at PRACTICE Body Mind Soul. Thrive suggests a way of success that has and is BodyMindSoul living at its core! Huffington really knows what PRACTICE is all about.
Love and Your Immune System
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University showed that people who exhibit positive emotions are less likely to get sick after exposure to viruses. Those who are in stable long-term relationships and have support have fewer doctors visits, shorter average hospital stays, and wounds that heal nearly twice as fast!
Let's take some inspiration from our First Lady!
For her 50th birthday, longtime wellness advocate Michelle Obama has decided to add some yoga into her life. She wants to start enhancing her balance and flexibilty, she tells People Magazine, "so I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day."
Don't worry Michelle, we don't think that day will come anytime soon...especially now that you have welcomed in the long-term benefits and sustainability of a yoga practice!
Love and Mental Health
A study from Rutgers University found that when participants looked at photos of people they deeply love, they had an increase of dopamine brain activity. Dopamine is a chemical associated with optimism, energy, and a sense of well-being. There was also less activity in the area of the brain that produces anxiety for individuals in successful long-term relationships.
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