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 is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
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 has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
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]
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, 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]
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 is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
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 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]
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 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 is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
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]
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]
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
The tools which have helped me to live a conscious, meaningful life are:
1) Staying connected to God, Creative Source, Great Spirit, the Divine. In yoga, we call this Ishvara Pranidhana, the consciousness that is in all and beneath all. It is remembering that I am here to serve first and foremost, That the simple gesture of offering up my actions to the Divine helps me release attachment to outcome and reduces suffering.
2) Staying connected to my body as a temple. We are what we eat. It’s important to me to consciously choose to support the Earth and the farmers who work sustainably. I eat organic, fresh produce. My diet consists mainly of organic fruit, vegetables, superfoods and clean water. I also look at consumption in broader terms. We are actually everything that we consume, whether it’s food, TV, radio, or our environment at work or at home. Our senses absorb everything and that informs our thoughts and feelings, which in turn influences our way of being in this world.
3) Continuously, consciously, choosing. My husband and I have a mantra we were given: “continuously, consciously, choosing” this life, this marriage, this moment, to fully see those around us. This helps me direct my energy and attention to the beauty of each moment rather than dwelling on negative thoughts or emotions. The human brain is the most complex computer on the planet. How we program it is important. Yogis understand that we have 1000 thoughts per blink of the eye. Any one of these thoughts has the power to derail this moment, if we allow it. Therefore, it’s important to continuously monitor and consciously choosing our experience. Obviously, this doesn’t happen all the time, but the more we exercise this muscle the easier it becomes and the quicker we realize when we’re off the mark.
4) Connecting with friends, family, and community. Spending time with my husband and loved ones refreshes and nourishes my soul. We learn from and teach each other every day. The great gifts of humanity and the main reasons I believe we’re here on this Earth are to learn and to teach and to love.
5) Staying Connected to the Earth. My trick for staying focused is to ground my energy, to connect to the Earth, to be active in my body, to hike, walk, practice yoga, meditate, and chant. This is really the backbone of my life. I learned a long time ago that I can only truly give to others once I’ve nourished myself. Being in Nature does that for me, gives me time to recharge and renew. Yoga does that for me. Raw food does that for me, charges my body but also leaves me light.
– Kia Miller