We always love talking with Beth Sanderson Hooper about health and wellness. Her experience and expertise are vast and her personality is infectious. After trying to manage body image issues by controlling and restricting her physical body, Beth learned that true healing only comes when we take an intentionally holistic approach as opposed to hyper-focusing on fitness and nutrition. As Beth says, “I understand now that working on ourselves only from the outside will never bring the peace we're all truly after.”
As I stand in front of my class each day I fancy myself the expert. I know more French than my students do, so I assume that I am the wisest one in the room. What is becoming more and more obvious to me as I interact with today’s youth is that as we lean into in our daily experiences, we are all equally the expert of our lives.
This morning I felt the presence of a spirit. They lightly touched my head. I was in the middle of doing something and did not ask any questions, thinking perhaps it was one of my guides just saying hello. A few minutes later, the same sensation swept across the back of my head again and this time I heard, “I need your help.”
The mind, body and soul connection can become the trifecta in our existence if we understand how to blend the information these three powerhouses offer. Most of us honor one or two, but using all three together can vastly change our everyday experience.
I was a bit naive in High School. I am one of four girls, number three to be exact. Threes do not need to be street smart; ones take care of that. Twos navigate the world by creating balance in a family that was used to devoting all of their time and energy to the first born. Twos introduce sharing and feedback to the eldest child. Twos soften our edges and help us blend with the world.
Critically acclaimed author Dr. Imani Perry will serve as the keynote speaker for East Tennessee State University’s fifth annual Equity and Inclusion Conference. The conference, open to the public, will take place Sept. 28-30.