Here you'll find monthly reading suggestions to deepen your practice in body, mind and soul.
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.
Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students is a beautiful treatise on the tradition of yoga as it is passed from teacher to student. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the Father of the Ashtanga Yoga System, has passed this tradition onto many, including NYC-based Ashtangis and authors of this book Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern. Donahaye and Stern compiled accounts of many of Jois's students, showing how Ashtanga made its way to the West all the way from Mysore, India, and in turn has created a global community.
David Williams, one of Guruji's first Western students, met Jois back in 1973. When recalling his first impression of Jois, Williams gleamed:
"He had a really nice smile. He was very intense with his focus and concentration, but I liked his smile.He was a very healthy-looking guy. At the time he was 59 years old. He had great skin. He was areally radiant person and I knew whatever he was doing I wanted to do it!"
Love this book? Please join us when Eddie Stern and the Urban Yogis visit PRACTICE on Saturday, March 1 with for a very special event!
No doubt, "Mindfulness" is everywhere today... but does it still elude you?
If so, we suggest you begin by reading Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners, our first ever Book of the Month featured on Imagine Reads.
A summary of the book reads:
"We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and so awaken to and embody more completely who you really are."
The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on.
Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.
We love this book because we can begin to use these tools right here and right now in our daily lives!
For your convenience, Mindfulness for Beginners is available at SHOP PRACTICE.
To get a taste of Kabat-Zinn’s mind on mindfulness, check out this video!