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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.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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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]

 
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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.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

 
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.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

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Izabella Miko Izabella Miko actress. singer. sexy environmentalist.

Actress, singer and environmentalist, Izabella Miko, founded The EkoMiko Foundation, a non-profit that takes an innovative and super sexy approach in educating about caring for our environment. [www.ekomiko.com]

Consciousness is about experiencing. It’s about being present, being awake.

Everything we do matters – the actions we take, the things we buy, what we say, what we think. All we do has consequences. We live in an overwhelming world that’s so easy to get lost in. We think we don’t have any power. But we do.

As consumers, we have a huge responsibility. When I consider buying something, I’m conscious about it. I wonder where it came from, who touched it before me, what path it’s going to take, and whether I really need it.

Sometimes, when I’ve been working really hard, I become a zombie. The day goes by and I’m just not present. I catch what’s happening though and focus on whatever task I’m doing to give it all of my energy and attention. This practice of consciousness relaxes my mind and brings me back to the present moment. It centers me.

It’s one of the reasons I love circus training on the trapeze. In order to do it I have to be present in the now – otherwise I’m in danger. I can’t think about anything else, like phone calls or errands. This kind of focused consciousness creates a great mind-body connection.

Being conscious is also about learning that it’s not just about us … that we do affect other lives.

Growing up in Poland, I learned through my mom to be conscious of the world’s pain. She’d say, “You haven’t played with these toys in five days. We’re giving them away.” So we’d take them to a family of eight who had no toys. We’d take them food, clothes, or even soap. We shared what we had more than enough of.

I moved to New York to dance ballet, but I ended up doing a lot of charity work and I found myself becoming passionate about the environment. Without the planet, there’s no us. It’s all about being conscious of little things we do, like saving water by turning it off when we brush our teeth. Spending half the day on ourselves and half on others or the planet teaches us to be humble and understand that we’re here to be of service as part of something bigger.

My belief is that even if our circumstances seem horrible, as we become more conscious and aware and turn the little things around, everything else follows.

– Izabella Miko

lifebyme.com would like to congratulate Izabella on the launch of her deliciously divine eco candle line benefiting her not-for-profit environmental foundation EkoMiko.  Recycled wine bottles and rich coconut wax, so much thought and love has gone into making these beauties and you can certainly tell! www.shopekomiko.com

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