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Onward, upward, inward
by Linda Egenes
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10 August 2013
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In an essay sparked by Arianna Huffington's address to the May, 2013 commencement at Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, writer Linda Egenes draws parallels with her own experience.
In Huffington's speech, titled ''Redefining Success: The Third Metric,'' she spoke frankly about the need for women to recharge and rejuvenate. ''At the moment, our society's notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power,'' she said. ''But it's time for a third metric, beyond money and power—one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back.''
As Huffington points out, the current focus on money and power is not sustainable for anyone—men nor women. Stress is mounting, and . . . . Huffington went on to note that women pay a higher price for stress than men—women in stressful jobs have a nearly 40 percent increased risk of heart disease, and a 60 percent greater risk for diabetes.
Later on she said, ''What I'm saying is: learn to regularly disconnect from technology in order to connect with yourself. Learn to unplug in order to recharge. I'm convinced that we all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and strength.''
Huffington encouraged the Smith graduates to find that place of well-being within. She said, ''When we're in that centered place of wisdom, harmony and strength, life is transformed from struggle to grace, and we are suddenly filled with trust, no matter the obstacles, challenges and disappointments.''
Egenes describes how in her own life, she ''decided early on to focus on personal development as the cornerstone of both fulfilling relationships and a successful career. At age 19 I learned the Transcendental Meditation technique and have spent time meditating twice daily every day to release stress and recharge creatively.''
For herself, the key to the ''centered place of wisdom, harmony, and strength'' Huffington describes ''has been my daily practice of TM. Like drawing an arrow back on the bow to its stillpoint in order to send it the farthest distance, the more I go inward in my daily meditations, the easier it becomes to accomplish my goals in life. To me, the key to going upward is going inward first. So it resonated with me when Huffingington ended her talk, ''And now, Smith College class of 2013, onward, upward and inward!'' And surely the modern woman, with multiple responsibilities in the home and in the workplace, needs this ability to dive within, to harness the support of nature to help her to effortlessly do less but accomplish more every day—a secret weapon to help live a full life at home and in the workplace too.''
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