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Amanda Rae | November 14, 2017 | Lifestyle
The 2nd Annual Lead with Love retreat steps it up with big names and a big-hearted message for all.
We all know the saying: Love makes the world go ’round.
But what does that look like, really?
“The intention is to create a world we want to see for all people,” exclaimed nonprofit Aspen City of Wellbeing founder Gina Murdock, dressed in a heart-embroidered sweater, to kickoff Lead with Love: A Mind Body Spirit Rx Retreat. The four-day conference, held at the Aspen Meadows Resort Oct. 26-29, celebrates the many ways that love fuels, quite literally, every aspect of our lives.
To understand what “leading with love” is all about, keynote speaker Deepak Chopra urged us to consider:
How am I feeling right now?
Who am I? What is my purpose in the world?
What must happen for me to lead a more loving life?
If all this sounds nebulous, you’re not alone. Yet as participants discovered through seminars, workshops, activities and conversations with leading experts in the fields of yoga, meditation, wellness, conscious entrepreneurship and creativity, love is connection. The first step, then, is toward introspection.
Love for oneself is paramount—be it shedding negative self-talk, thriving as a leader (Marianne Williamson, Stephen McGhee, Scott Neeson), practicing yoga (with teachers including Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Ashley Turner and Gina Caputo) and meditation (with His Holiness The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche and Gretchen Bleiler) or indulging in self-care. A wellness boutique with samples of healthful snacks, accessories, and beauty items, as well as complimentary chair massage, AmpCoil vibration treatments, henna tattoo artistry and tea ceremonies were popular throughout the weekend.
There is love of others, through compassionate service (Raj Sisodia and John Paul DeJoria shared insight on using business to better the world) or TLC toward a partner. Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick’s packed relationship workshops delved into the “spiritual psychology” of love as taught at the couple’s renowned University of Santa Monica.
Love for life is important, too. Tao Porchon Lynch, the “oldest yogi in the world” at a sprightly 99, shared memories as a globetrotting entertainer, speaker, teacher and author. “This is the best day of my life,” she told the audience, and we understood that she would pronounce the same thing the next day, when teaming up with the youngest yogi in the world, Tabay Atkins, 12, to lead an inspirational yoga class.
The ultimate lesson, though: Lead with Love is a gift to the community, an opportunity to foster connection through the Aspen Idea of mind, body and spirit. “What a beautiful place,” Mary Hulnick enthused, “to lead with love.”
Arms outstretched photo by Igor Prokhorko-Gevonshyr, panel and Porchon-Lynch photos by Jim Campbell; Chopra photo by Jessie Chaney