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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.
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!
She noticed that her choice to reinvent her life made younger women around her question theirs. What is my purpose? What does it all mean?
These philosophical musings inspired Manning to compile a list--60 Things Older Women Want Younger Women to Know-- and post it on Third Metric of The Huffington Post.
We, at PRACTICE, are inspired by this list because although it had a specific intention, most of its many pearls can apply to anyone at any stage of life.
Some bits are cliches like "life is not a dress rehearsal," (but, hey cliches start somewhere), and others are as unique as "be a warrior." Much of the list involves mindlfully living in the present moment Body, Mind and Soul, without anxiety or fear- being true to yourself and embracing the many changes and challenges life throws at you with an open, welcoming attitude.
We encourage you to visit this list. What is your favorite pearl of wisdom from the lovely ladies at Sixty and Me??
I am deeply inspired by the practice of Pilates “Body, Mind & Soul”, or said another way within a yogic, healing context. Reading Joseph Pilates’ manifesto “Return to Life: Through Contrology” and studying his life, it is clear he understood yoga, gymnastics, Zen, ancient Greek & Roman physical fitness models, and naturopathic healing methods. He fully intended a whole-Self experience every session of Pilates and expected people to undertake a lifelong practice or pursuit of development – mind, body and spirit.
To give you an idea, here are some of his famous sayings:
• “The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors”
• “Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”
• “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”
• “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.”
• “As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream.”
• “To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.”
And, here’s a picture of him practicing a handstand (from yoga!).
The complication is that traditional Pilates Teacher Training programs and Pilates Classicists emphasize exact replication of the exercise and continuous correction throughout the lesson. While this method is thought to help achieve maximum quality for clients time after time, it also tends to create a left-brain, analytical, “am I doing it right?”, “is that it yet?” striving for perfection type of focus. This is antithetical, and even undermining to a more yogic pursuit of process, which I, and I think Mr. Pilates would, ascribe to: letting go, working with awareness, focus on breath, cultivating a practice, and being in the moment exactly where you are – right now. Ahh, doesn't that sound nice?
When I work from a yogic frame in my own practice and in teaching clients, I find the possibility of utter joy, the affects of tension/stress and release, inspiration for deliberate practice, a personal window inward and the true union of mind, body and soul. People feel good about themselves and their practice, and they are left in charge of their own experience of the Pilates Method with the classic information available to guide them. They open up for what may never had been imagined, like knowing themselves as strong, capable, peaceful, flexible, grounded and, my personal favorite, courageous in the face of fear. There is a spirit of accomplishment and radiant clearing for health, healing and unimaginable happiness.