Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

 
Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Christiane Northrup Christiane Northrup body whisperer. wellness watcher. menstruation embracer.

Christiane Northrup, MD, is a board-certified ob/gyn and a visionary pioneer in the field of women's health and wellness. She is a bestselling author and the host of seven successful public television specials. [www.drnorthrup.com]

I’ve been involved my whole life with births, health, nature, growing things, and nurturing things to grow. I’m delighted that we can consciously co-create with nature, that we’re part of nature, and that God comes through us in delightful ways. The more conscious we become of this power, the more fun life gets.

If we want to find out where our true power lies, we have to go to the areas we’ve been told to be afraid of. For women, that includes the menstrual cycle, labor, and menopause. It includes all the times the stillness and darkness of what’s within us comes to the forefront.

Women have been brainwashed about labor. Instead of knowing that a mother is born when she goes through the process of labor, she’s terrified because of the images she’s been given since she was a little girl. We regard childbirth as the worst thing instead of the natural completion of making love. The energy that got the baby in there is the same energy that gets the baby out.

We need to peel off the layers of our conditioning and listen to our inner wisdom. We know when something’s right or wrong for us, but we get derailed by the stories told by so-called experts or even by our mates. We may really want to do something, but someone’s against it, so we fold. We buy someone else’s story. This is a big problem for women, because we end up not owning the power of our inner wisdom.

Our bodies are a source of wisdom. When we’re premenstrual, our connection with spirit and soul opens. Our bodies reveal what’s not working in our lives so we can clean it up. The distance between how we actually live and how we really want to live becomes more acute. If this contrast is ignored, it becomes PMS. Every time we ignore it or medicate it or say it’s-just-my-hormones, it becomes worse, until we get to perimenopause, the mother of all wake-up calls, and blame menopause as an isolated event, as if it wasn’t related to our life.

It’s all related. Life, like biology, amps up signals to get our attention. Our task is to listen to those signals, to bypass our conditioning and heal our lives. Women who heal their own wounds don’t become problems for their daughters, they don’t perpetuate the mother-daughter chain of pain.

A healed life is the biggest gift we can give to the planet. It’s exciting to me that we can partner with our bodies, partner with our souls, and bring heaven to Earth. I’m most interested in living heaven on Earth. How can we each do that?

– Christiane Northrup

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