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Arianna Huffington – What it means to truly thrive as human beings

Arianna Huffington talks about what it means to truly thrive as human beings

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, chair, president and editor-in- chief of the Huffington Post, a nationally- syndicated columnist and author of 14 books. Arianna’s latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, debuted at No. 1 at the New York Times Bestseller List. She is a sought after speaker on how mindfulness can be incorporated in different aspects of our lives.

Today, we feature two videos of Arianna’s engaging talks on mindfulness in the modern world and redefining success. Arianna espouses that mindfulness is at the core of everything we do do and that we need it in order to thrive.

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    1. patty

      I noticed several people wanted to know how long the presentation is before starting it. When you first click on the video, the length of it is shown in the bottom left corner. You can then stop/start at will. Sometimes if I stop the presentation, I’ll note where I was just in case the computer shuts down before I get back to it. Then I can drag the cursor to the point I’m looking for.

  1. Aida I+Rivie-Angley

    I am so blissed out with this summit! Am 75 years old; practicing yogi ’75, teaching ’85. Was not 100% committed. Hovered on the surface of my awakening. Perhaps a little afraid of how the path would change me). The last two years have been interesting, hubby and I are retired; living on SS can be challenging. Sold our 8 room house, moved into a 55+ community to a 2 bedroom apt., while in the selling process, I had a spinal fusion! However, life does not give what can not be handled! Started teaching yoga again,, giving massages. (LMT – Swedish Institute, NYC ’91) have come full circle. This summit has and is inspiring me..started practicing meditation again seriously first day of summit…
    Have borrowed Sam Harris’s “label”. ‘ I am a spiritual atheist! Thanks to the powers that be for creating such a wonderful thing! Om Shanti Om

  2. Sophie Pal

    Hi Mellie…i am really enjoying the summit so thank you for that. Suggestion….it would be helpful if you could write the length of time of each interview beside the the speakers name in the Schedule so we know how much time we need to put aside to listen. Especially the long ones. I would like to be able to plan around it. Sometimes 1-2 hrs is too long in one run to spare. thanks for listening.

  3. sandy engelman

    If only I had role models like these 2 women when I was a young woman. Very inspirational. Thank you so much. Though I am almost 60, I still have the power to change myself from the inside out AND am doing so. My life has changed since I began meditating 6 months ago.

  4. Tobias Schreiber

    Thank you for the exciting presentation by Arianna about self care and reaching that peaceful center. Self care is not about destroying ourselves it is about coming from a center of awareness. Thank you Melli for co-ordinating and sharing these moments to rediscover ourselves.

      1. Cerys

        I agree. Tolle actually was a stumbling block for me. I’m so glad Mellie included new and known here, a real variety of thought and career disciplines. I find so much opportunity to explore in this Summit’s offerings and organization. If a speaker doesn’t fully click with me I’m finding Melli’s choice of placement brings out new ideas on how to connect with their material. For me just the exercise of listening (with curiosity and openness) is an opportunity to practice mindfulness.

  5. Cath Jaschinski




    1. Betsy Campbell

      I agree. I am retired and have a fixed income. This summit has changed my life and it would be great to be able to go back to the videos in the future. However I cannot afford to pay for the all access pass.
      Thank you for the great speakers. I have learned a lot

      1. Oriel

        I agree 100%. I am retired and live in Argentina, land of inflation so on and so forth. My retirement pension comes to scarcely $350 dollars!!! I have to keep working to make ends meet or starve. Maybe this is the way: cut out food, learn to live without food. Not a bad idea after all. Anyway, it might be a good idea to have all of the talks once again for two or three days. I have been following these talks every single day, usually late in the evening, but I have missed two or three so far. Would love to listen to those talks I missed.

        Not to end on a sour note, thank you Melli for the tremendous amount of work you have put organizing this summit, and thanks to all of the speakers. I know all of you mean well. OM SHANTI OM.

    2. Aida I+Rivie-Angley

      It is a contribution fee of $79.99 first 2 weeks, then it goes up as time passes..the fact that is free for up to 31 days is great…could be a hardship for some, there’s so much more offered once the access pass is paid for. I would borrow the money if I really wanted it.

    3. Cerys

      The alternative view is that the fact this Summit was EVER free is amazing right?. I see conferences offered all the time that are very costly, require travel and commitment, are heavily tied to marketing…

      This Summit is real fresh air to me. Yes, I’ve been bummed to miss some speakers but 24 hr free access is still special. I can’t imagine the time, effort, investment it took/takes to pull this thing off. Thanks Melli & Matt for footing the bill upfront. The full access pass is only about $3 per offering. That’s so reasonable. Even though I can’t afford the $99 it still seems reasonable and they’re running it as nonprofit with proceeds to charity.

      So while I understand the frustration and have a really limited budget too, I’m kinda wondering about the sense of entitlement inherent in comments like these? I hope Melli & Matt will consider opportunities for more price points in the future (from full access all sessions or sets of sessions, to partial access viewing (re-watch) for a limited time subscription, etc). But it’s really up to them. I’m sure they need to at least break even! And who knows what the speakers/interviewees asked for in exchange.

      To put it in context, there’s a lot of scientific research over on PubMed very valuable to public health but accessing it requires special professional memberships or a fee upwards of $20 each study. Just bc something is helpful doesn’t mean it can be (or in this case remain) free.

      If I were wealthy, I’d give them a grant to keep this available longer. But I’m not and whatever the timeframe there’s bound to be people complaining later on that access ends or that comments grow old or whatever.

      Lets choose to cherish the gift we’ve been given not complain about what we didn’t get. Not meaning to offend. I just see these kind of comments every day. It seems a bit ungrateful even if intention wasn’t. Kindness to all…

  6. ewa w

    The files do not appear to be available. This has not happened with the previous speakers. I tried loading and reloading the page and still a blank? Has anyone else experienced this? How did you solve the issue?

  7. Aswini Raveendran

    This is so inspiring! Onward, upward and inward, that’s the way to go! Thank you so much Melli for organising this wonderful summit, learned tons about mindfulness and its benefits!

    1. Jim Bright

      Excluding half the population of the human race and focusing totally on women while at the same time taking optional jabs at men appears to me to be the complete opposite of what mindfulness teaches. Especially in this day and age where gender identity is even coming in to question as to what people wish themselves to be, the segregation of anyone seems a very backwards approach. I admit I turned off the talk halfway through as I was beginning to take it personally (which I know I shouldn’t) so maybe I missed something, but I was disappointed with this speaker. We are all interconnected and at the same time completely unique and to stereotype and categorise people, in gender in this case but indeed any area, seems to be completely mindless not mindful. This has left me with a bad taste for the summit now. A shame.

      1. Jim Bright

        By the way, I didn’t mean it had given a bad taste for the whole summit, which has been excellent, just this talk. Just thought I’d better say that as I don’t want to criticise the excellent work done by the mindfulness summit team. It was a criticism of the speaker, but perhaps there are other ways of looking at the talk I missed.

  8. Brigitte tawa

    I have enjoyed from day one your summit. I have to thanks a dear friend in Canada who shared it on Facebook. Thank you Magda!
    I am very happy to say that I am already feeling the benefit of 20 minutes of daily meditation. And I hope to keep it as a routine habit once the summit is done.
    But today speaker, Arianna Huffington, IS PURE GOLD! What a gift to the world this woman is!

    Thank you so much for sharing her wisdom with us.
    You are also pure gold by doing this wonderful online summit.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. liz Caruso

    I just finished the first video and was listening to it running on a treadmill as its my only chance to hear this today and boy I’m glad I did. I stopped many times to make notes in my phone. Thank you for this amazing talk so inspiring and motivational. We really do need a female in power x

  10. Robin Williams

    Not sure that I can find the right words to express how fabulous this summit is!! Such great information coming in from all directions and view points, yet all seeming to lead to the same point!

  11. Eugene McCreary

    Very impressive person, inspirational especially to women. However, it is easy to idealize the religious traditions she refers to. Yes, there are offshoots which are contemplative, but the mystics have always been viewed with suspicion by the mainstream adherents, in all the religions of the book–Christianity, Judaism, Islam. The vast majority of these adherents believe that one’s self-worth does not come from within, but from without, from God. Not to mention the whole notion of sin that is also so central to these, a concept that’s not very conducive to being kind and loving to oneself that nearly all the speakers have stressed.

  12. armele philpotts

    Great talks again Melli, well chosen, am feeling very inspired .. one of the recurring things that is being mentioned is the commonality of mindfulness across different spiritual traditions which I find a good reminder .. have also been listening to jono Fisher’s podcast so many thanks for the intro too.

    An important day today for mindfulness in the UK, with the publication of a parliamentary committee report on mindfulness.

    With love and gratitude.

    1. Laura Stell

      Armele, I am impressed that the UK is publishing “a parliamentary committee report on mindfulness.”! The US legislature could be soooo transformed by having a nonpartisan committee on mindfulness! I can just imagine how that might stop the demonizing that plagues US politics.

  13. carly dunn

    Thank you for the wonderful summit. I have been motivated to share some of the talks with friends and have been unable to do so due to the inability to access the talks again. Is it possible to compromise with the daily access pass and allow each user to be able to at least watch the speakers once? That way I can share with others and they will be able to watch on their own? THank you so much!

  14. Bonnie

    Even as they work towards woman’s rights, they both still wore debilitating high heels. No wonder the men rule the world, their feet do not hurt. When I was 30 I got rid of all high heel shoes, and also stopped wearing a bra, thus releasing many lymph nodes from unnecessary pressure and gave them back the ability to give health to my body.

  15. Shantelle Bates

    Thank you for an inspirational session. I love the way each speaker has been able to share their experiences and knowledge in such an understandable format, the personal experiences have helped me to put it into a workable format in order to see how I am or whether I fall into the same area. It’s made it easier to see myself and see what I need to do to be gentler on myself, and others as well as what I can do to be a more improved me. Thanks again, looking forward to what tomorrow brings

  16. Darren

    “It is very telling what we don’t hear in eulogies. We almost never hear things like: “The crowning achievement of his life was when he made senior vice president.” Or: “He increased market share for his company multiple times during his tenure.” Or: “She never stopped working. She ate lunch at her desk. Every day.” Or: “He never made it to his kid’s Little League games because he always had to go over those figures one more time.” Or: “While she didn’t have any real friends, she had six hundred Facebook friends, and she dealt with every email in her in-box every night.” Or: “His PowerPoint slides were always meticulously prepared.” Our eulogies are always about the other stuff: what we gave, how we connected, how much we meant to our family and friends, small kindnesses, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.”

    ― Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder (Goodreads)

    Once again, a blessing today. It was great fun trying to keep up with the Q&A with Ms. Huffington via Twitter. The take-away from the videos today and the Q&A was simple. Though not stated likely out loud, today’s offering reinforced what I’m hearing from all directions right now:

    “Keep Growing. Keep, slowly, moving forward. Keep Learning how to best relax into yourself, your authenticity, and do so fearlessly.”

    Thank you Melli & Ms. Huffington for today. Be Well. And, KEEP GROWING. The role-modeling you both share is impeccable. Cheers.

  17. Diane

    Thanks for putting together this focussed series of talks on mindfulness. Even though I haven’t watched every talk and won’t necessarily be able to buy the full pass to access these talks again, I know that I will be able to search for the speakers on the web and find many other talks and resources that will help me explore further. Thanks for starting me on the journey, looking forward to the rest of the talks.

  18. Barbara O'Donnell

    As I have gotten older & wiser ~ she is saying exactly how I feel & have known I could have helped edit the book also~ take care of your body ~ don’t miss the moments(family)) ! Silence is golden~ so grateful for mindfulness summit ~

  19. trish Stewart

    Absolutely enthralled and inspired by this summit – perfect timing for me as I prepare for retirement. Yoga and its related practices have nurtured me through the past 20 years, and these talks and incredible speakers are just the icing on the cake! So many interesting and motivating leads to share with family and friends, but also to follow up! Thanks a million Melli O’Brien! Hope to meet you at the Stayananda Yoga Ashram at Rocklyn one day! Trish

  20. Helena Saray

    Wow Day 20 already! continuous thank you Melli and Team. On today’s video/s, I just love Arianna Huffington so thank you for displaying 2 of her video talks; such a wonderful opportunity. Also today’s live Twitter Q&A was also a special treat. And with the thought of mindfulness…I love the phrase, “…life is shaped from the inside out”…

  21. Megan Spencer

    I had NO idea Arianna Huffington was such an inspiring articulate, knowledgeable speaker! Thank you for showing these talks – loved the shorter one in particular.

  22. Rachel Clare

    Ariana Huffington and Melli-you’re both amazing people! The talks and interviews have mostly been truly inspiring, I am very happy as an ancient wisdom has been validated/accepted as necessary, by 21st century Western society! Now I’m taking some of Arianas advice and sleeping. Lots of mindful hugs,Rachel.

  23. Laura Stell

    I am so grateful for this series of daily talks…and free! Retired, living on a fixed income, I have relished each one, taking profuse notes highlighting key points that resonate.
    Arianna’s are particularly inspirational, I, too, lived out many of the common pitfalls inherent with being a working mother. Learning to forgive myself is opening so many new doors, empowering me to really become myself and give so much more. Shedding the guilt is paramount for allowing myself the joy of life I denied myself, living in “survival mode” throughout those earlier years.

  24. Stacia

    “75% of our healthcare costs in the states are because of chronic, preventable, stress related diseases.” — Arianna Huffington

    I spent the first 5 years of my marriage working as an RN and being married to a medical student and resident. After 5 years, I burned out. I stopped working in healthcare and started searching for ways that would help me deal with the stress in my life . . . I stumbled upon Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work, and began my own mindfulness journey. I decided that until I learned how to take care of myself, I had no business taking care of other people. It’s been four years now, and I now feel that I am at least steering myself in the right direction. The journey continues and new realizations come all the time, but I will say that without mindfulness, I would still be spinning in circles.

    Thanks so much for allowing this journey to continue and grow as I learn of new resources and listen to new voices here at this summit. Not only do we need mindfulness to heal the causes of stress related diseases in the general population, but healthcare workers need it to bring healing to ourselves and then to others.

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