03/13/2014 11:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marianne Williamson Hopes To Bring Wisdom To Washington With Run For Congress

Marianne Williamson is best known for the new age spiritual guidance she offers in books like the bestseller "A Return To Love," but these days she's hoping for a new job.

Williamson is running for Congress in California in an effort to make mindfulness a part of politics. She joined HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to explain why a spiritual point of view is necessary for legislators as they guide the county's direction.

"Spirituality is not in a separate category. It underlies everything. It has to do with the path of the heart. We all know that when you follow a path of your heart in your personal life, things go better, and when you do not, things are chaotic," Williamson said. "If you look at what's happening in our country today, there's no path of heart. There is less and less of a path of even ethics or justice, and therefore things are chaotic."

Williamson added that politics is a tricky game in the age of ubiquitous cameras and social media, but she's taking the experience in stride.

"Running for office is a real spiritual challenge and spiritual growth opportunity, I assure you," she said.

See the full HuffPost Live conversation with Marianne Williamson in the video below.



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