Mariel Hemingway is an Academy Award nominated actress, author, entrepreneur, and one of the most recognizable faces in America. She's also the granddaughter of illustrious author Ernest Hemingway. But this isn't why I had an amazing conversation with her the other week...
Mariel Hemingway simply "gets" mind/body wellness better than anyone -- whether it's her work through her incredible book, Healthy Living from the Inside Out, her company Mariel's Kitchen and their commitment to real, wholesome food, or her everyday commitment to promoting wellness and helping others become better connected and present, Mariel "gets" the connection between mind, body, and green, and the importance of remaining true to our inner guide.
MindBodyGreen: How do you start your day?
Mariel Hemingway: I try to get up at sunrise but that doesn't always happen. I love silence in the morning and I love watching the sunrise. I meditate anywhere from five to thirty minutes and will maybe get some yoga in. I think the taking "time" in the morning is very powerful. My grandfather (Ernest Hemingway) always wrote in the morning. There’s always so much hope in the beginning of the day -- which is the subject of the next book I’m writing.
MBG: What type of yoga do you practice?
MH: I’ve practiced everything throughout the years -- from Vinyasa flow to even Bikram. Now, I do a little bit of whatever I want -- and if I’m able to get 20 minutes in I’m happy. It’s also important to be more conscious in exercise -- and if I’m very conscious and aware of my body and my mind then in that twenty minutes, less becomes more.
MBG: Favorite place to meditate?
MH: I love to go out on my porch and sit out there and meditate in the morning. I kind of gave up the formal meditation space a while back. I believe you can find a meditation space wherever – just as long as it’s quiet.
MBG: I really liked how in your book, Healthy Living from the Inside Out, you broke life down into 4 segments: Food, Exercise, Silence, Home. You really seem to get what our website is about – the wellness connection between mind/body/green. When did mind/body/green come into focus for you? Did it happen overnight or was it a slow process?