4min readPolitics 05 August 2019
Marianne Williamson is certainly the most unique competitor to join the campaign trail with a mission of bringing love into politics. While we often hear her plans for transforming America, E! News surveyed the presidential candidate on what has helped transform her into the powerful, revolutionary woman she is today.
The 2020 presidential campaign has seen an outstanding lineup of candidates from all walks of life vying for their party's nomination. While they're usually seen hashing it out on the debate stage, offering up their political stances in effort to persuade the American people, E! News got more down to earth with the candidates to find out who they are through the lens of today's pop culture. While most shared some not too surprising details about what their motivations and interests are, one candidate certainly stuck out the most with some unique responses.
Whether or not you have familiarized yourself with her work, there is no denying that her vision for our country, and humanity, is unlike any we've seen on the political stage thus far. As an activist, entrepreneur, New York Times best seller and most recently, Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential elections, Marianne Williamson has extensive, well-rounded experience and knowledge on an array of topics ranging from wellness to politics.
In a survey conducted by E! News, Williamson revealed an interesting ritual she practices before public speaking which is to pray for the happiness of the audience. While the other candidates typically practice a ritual that calms their nerves or better prepares them for their speech, Williamson takes the selfless route in wishing others well rather than turning her focus inward. While her personal ritual is intriguing in and of itself, such a selfless act is unsurprising of Williamson, who has dedicated her life's work to spreading love and deepening our commitment to world peace. Positive thinking and prayers of happiness have been a longstanding ritual for the activist. In a 2012 interview with her friend Oprah Winfrey, Williamson shared that before a meeting, job interview, or any event in life, it is important to send love in our minds to the situations and people involved. She expressed, "the only thing going on here is, I am going to bless that person, they are going to bless me. I don't know if I'm supposed to get that job. My only agenda is that God's will be done."
There's no doubt Williamson's approach to politics and presidency is far from that of our current president. In fact, her mission for this campaign has been to bring love into politics by falling in love with what America can mean. In an interview with Carrolspaper, she stated, "Trump has turned fear into a political force. We must turn love into a political force." She strives to achieve this by bolstering the awakening in American consciousness to overcome the Trump administrations reign of fear with love, as opposed to combating hatred with hatred.
In addition to her ritual, Williamson shared that A Course In Miracles , scribed by Dr. Helen Schuman, was the book that made the most lasting impact on who she has become. The three-volume religious text serves as a "complete self-study spiritual thought system" that teaches universal love and peace. Unlike an autobiography or traditional written work that the other candidates favored, A Course in Miracles requires readers to transform into more conscious beings who knit love into the framework of their beliefs and actions. Not only has this book inspired Williamson to lead a better life, but inspired her to become an author and teach her understanding of the text to others on a global scale. The lessons learned from A Course in Miracles have laid the foundation for Williamson's current political platform and have set the tone for how she believes the country must be run and where it must be led in order to be successful in functioning for the greatest good of all.
Williamson's selfless acts and wishes for our country is certainly a refreshing break from the negative banter between the current presidential cabinet and the public. Rather than focusing solely on temporary results, Williamson's hope is to encourage spiritual growth among the American people, restore our connection to nature, and equip us with the tools needed to fulfill our life's purpose.
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.