I love being in London and I have been meaning to go along to Alain de Botton’stheschooloflife.com events for a while. So when Arianna Huffington was speaking about the reasons for publishing her new book Thrive, I jumped at the chance to go along.
I had a brief look through the book described by the school of life as clever self-help. Being helpless to the self-help genre I could see that she says a lot of the things already said by many other authors, spiritual leaders and philosophers. We all need to treat ourselves with respect and others with respect also. We need to think about what is important to us, what we value. We are living in a paradigm of hierarchical society where power and money are supposed indicator of our success and our worth. Arianna spoke about her own reassessment of her values, having had a wakeup call (i.e. health scare). She always knew what she valued but the way is practiced her life wasn’t always aligned with her values. Her main advice – Play the Game of Life according to what you value. Few people value money and power but get lost in the chase for more wealth, and it’s never enough. She advises time out to find out what we value.
Then 3 main pieces guidance were Get more sleep, detach from your devices and meditate (take time to listen to within, dream more!)
I enjoyed the her talk overall as I liked hearing about how she practices what she preaches, she often says No to events that would eat into her ‘me’ time, but then she says that she benefits from saying No by having more energy to fulfil priority activities. The book seems like a pleasant read, I didn’t buy a signed copy last night mainly because there is a lot of other self-help stuff out there like this, However her story about her wakeup call is interesting and something I and maybe other can relate to. But the main thing is regardless of hearing Arianna or reading lots of books like here, is to start living life according to our inner compass, what we value about it
For a more in depth review look here http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/05/05/4-life-changing-concepts-arianna-huffington-taught-me/