I was listening to Oprah’s podcast – Super Soul Conversations recently and heard her interview Kathy Freston, who has a new book out called Quantum Wellness. As I listened, the 8 pillars resonated with me and I wanted to share them with you.
At the heart of meditation is stillness, Kathy says. “It’s really just getting quiet, going inside and connecting to that inner light. For some people, it’s religious and spiritual, connecting to that higher power. For other people, it’s just a matter of becoming present.”
Kathy says meditation rescued her in her darkest hour. “I was constantly beating myself up, trying to figure out what was wrong with me and how to change it,” she says. “Meditation pulled me into my center.”
Kathy is a vegan, which means she doesn’t eat meat, eggs, or dairy. “Nobody was harmed—that’s conscious eating,” she says. “If I want to be someone with spiritual integrity, I have to think about the principles that I want to adhere to—compassion, kindness, mercy and the alleviating of suffering when I see it. … I thought, ‘If I want to further myself on my spiritual path, as well as my health path, I need to have more integrity. I need to be conscious about it.'”
Don’t think you have to do something strenuous and join a gym. A simple walk each day can improve your health and wellbeing significantly.
7 – Service is Kathy’s seventh pillar of wellness. “When I was feeling depressed and like life wasn’t going my way, I started volunteering and doing service, and things had a way of just turning around,” she says. “I felt like I didn’t get fixated on my own self-centered fear, and I felt like there was an abundance in the universe that I was participating in. And that made me feel really good.”
I agree! I frequently tell clients that one of the best ways to feel better is to start helping others. The website Volunteer Match is a great place to get started.
If you only focus on work, Kathy says you lose the spirit inside. “Get back to that spirit,” she says. “That spirit actually is the thing that generates the good ideas, the inspiration.”