My colleague in California, Eric Nelson, captured Arianna Huffington’s advice to women and men on how to thrive emotionally, physically and spiritually by overcoming fear and finding the “kingdom of heaven within.” His article in Digital Communities News April 7, 2014 recorded ideas from her talk in San Francisco but Wisconsinites might remember another speech Huffington gave as a guest of Wisconsin Women in Government in Madison, WI in May 2000. Below is an excerpt from Eric’s article, and you can click the link to the full article below.
Standing in line to hear Arianna Huffington speak at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall last month – one of only a small handful of men in a sea of women – was an eye-opening experience for this first-time visitor to the renowned columnist’s prodigious fan club. Who knew that this politician turned publisher would be able to fill the auditorium’s nearly 3,000 seats?
Once her presentation began, however, it was clear that the huge turnout had as much if not more to do with the message as it did the messenger: a heartfelt, experience-based exploration of what it takes for women – and men – to flourish in today’s world emotionally, physically and spiritually.
“The essence of who we are inside is greater than who we are in the world,” said Huffington, urging her audience to gauge success, not in terms of money and power – not that there is anything wrong with either, as her own life attests – but in more spiritually grounded ways.