03/29/2012 12:18 pm ET Updated May 29, 2012

Greek Wisdom For A Healthier State Of Mind

Agapi Stassinopoulos and her sister, Ariana Huffington, were raised by an extraordinary woman who encouraged them to live with open hearts, have faith in their talents, and ask for what they want in life.

Their beloved mother, Elli Stassinopoulos, passed away 12 years ago, but it is apparent her soulful wisdom translated into a healthy approach to life for both of her accomplished daughters. Each in her own way has inspired others and had great impact: Agapi as a bestselling author and inspirational speaker who spent 10 years sharing the wisdom of the Greek goddesses in her books and performances, and Arianna as a high-powered and respected media star who founded The Huffington Post and now guides AOL.

Agapi's new book, Unbinding The Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love (Hay House), offers a revealing look into their childhood and how it was shaped by a courageous mother who encouraged her girls to truly celebrate life with joy -- despite any challenges that might come their way. Agapi weaves a fascinating portrait of the seeds of empowerment planted by their mom, despite her own pain and heartache.

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