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.

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.

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 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

 

family

Mike Riera Mike Riera speaker. author. parental philosopher.

Mike Riera, PhD, speaks and writes on the topic of understanding teenagers and children. [www.mikeriera.com]

PostRIERA

Family is with us for a lifetime. They grow with us and we grow with them. They hold the perfect mirror up so we can see ourselves. I like to joke that there are two ways to attain enlightenment – one is to retreat for years and meditate nonstop, and the other is to be fully conscious as we raise our kids.

When we raise our kids consciously, we see how different they are from us, we see their struggles and their beauty. When we have strong relationships with our kids, they help us see the world from their perspective. Sometimes that’s tough, but sometimes it’s hilarious, joyful, and fun. They play out the human drama right in front of us on a daily basis. As in the Taoist tradition, it helps to be in the moment and take it for what it is.

What do I do when I see my own behavior reflected back to me through my kids? When it’s a something I like, I’m careful to let them cart it away as their own, to let it lead them somewhere else, even perhaps somewhere I wish I’d gone. When it’s something I dislike, I try to make sure my response is appropriate rather than an overreaction based on something else, like a tendency I don’t like in myself, or stress I’m feeling in my life. Our own stress can get in the way of being able to see our kids as they are.

One way I’ve found that helps with seeing kids as they are comes from my years of practicing martial arts. It’s the idea of looking with soft eyes, of looking into someone’s eyes and taking them in, seeing what’s going on right now. No judgment. Just being okay with who they are. The beauty of looking with soft eyes is that when I do it I always feel my shoulders relax and I spontaneously take a deep breath as I soak in the person I’m seeing.

What drives people crazy about teenagers is that they tell us what they see. Often, it’s something we don’t want to admit, something living in the shadows of our denial. When that happens, instead of simply saying, “You’re right,” it can be easier to say, “Don’t take that tone with me.” But we can learn, too. We can ask ourselves, using their reflection, “How can I do it better?”

A family is always evolving. That means I’m always evolving, too.

– Mike Riera

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Comments

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Explore More Meaning

  • Aly Scott
    Aly Scott Aly Scott stylist extraordinaire. growth seeker. light beamer.

    Aly Scott is the founder of StyleChic, a global VIP shopping and styling company catering to all body types, lifestyles and budgets. She then launched JILRO, a clothing line breaking all sizes barriers. [www.stylechicla.com]

     
  • Michael Sandler
    Michael Sandler Michael Sandler author. speaker. barefoot runner.

    Through his books, lectures, and worldwide coaching, bestselling co-author Michael Sandler helps people reconnect with the earth, their inner child, and the joy and health of being alive. [www.RunBare.com]

     
  • Renée Trudeau
    Renée Trudeau Renée Trudeau speaker. life balance coach. affection spiller.

    Renée Peterson Trudeau is the author of the book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family. Thousands of women participate in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal. [www.ReneeTrudeau.com]

     
  • George Mulling
    George Mulling George Mulling business developer. strategist. global seller.

    George Mulling is a Managing Partner at CapGenic Advisors, a senior strategy firm. He has 25 years of experience in global sales leadership and is occasionally a good listener. [www.capgenic.com]

     
  • Tara Gentile
    Tara Gentile Tara Gentile depression overcomer. potential pusher. scoutie girl.

    Tara Gentile is a business strategist for entrepreneurs making a difference through commerce. She specializes in guiding businesses towards people-focused development and service. [www.taragentile.com]

     
  • Joe Demattos
    Joe Demattos Joe Demattos bridge builder. unity advocate. what-if visionary.

    As an advocate for quality, person-centered care across all settings, Joseph DeMattos serves as president and CEO of Maryland's oldest and largest provider association of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. [www.hfam.org]

     
  • Leslie Harradine
    Leslie Harradine Leslie Harradine consultant. facilitator. life enhancer.

    For two decades, Leslie Harradine, a partner and Managing Director of Exhact GmbH, has traveled the globe to help individuals, teams, and business leaders enhance their personal and professional lives. [www.exhact.com]

     
  • Jonathan Ellerby
    Jonathan Ellerby Jonathan Ellerby outdoor explorer. diversity accepter. extension of earth.

    Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, is a spiritual teacher, healer, author, and the CEO for the Tao Center for Inspired Living in the Mayan Riviera. [www.jonathanellerby.com]

     
  • More
Shape House Spirituality and Health Tiny Buddha TED

Contributors

  • Marcello Arrambide
    Marcello Arrambide Marcello Arrambide traveler. day trader. wandering adventurer.

    Marcello Arrambide is a day trader turned traveler who's currently exploring the world. [http://wanderingtrader.com]

     
  • Bill Tai
    Bill Tai Bill Tai venture capitalist. kiteboarder. dream achiever.

    Bill Tai rides the waves of the stock market as a successful venture capitalist and the waves of the ocean as a sponsored kiteboarder. [www.about.me/BillTai]

     
  • Ethan Greenberg
    Ethan Greenberg Ethan Greenberg life savorer. grandson. routine thrower-outer.

    Ethan Greenberg is a 16-year-old who lives life with curiosity and ambition to find out how he can make his own impact on the world.

     
  • Tami Simon
    Tami Simon Tami Simon publisher. meditator. connecter.

    Tami Simon is founder and publisher of Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company whose mission is to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening. [www.soundstrue.com]

     
  • Allen and Linda Anderson
    Allen and Linda Anderson Allen and Linda Anderson animal lovers. life respecters. angels.

    In 1996, Allen and Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network ("Where Pets Are Family"), using the power of stories to increase love and respect for all life. [www.angelanimals.net]

     
  • Laura Munson
    Laura Munson Laura Munson author. new york times sensation. passion pursuer.

    Laura Munson is the author of an internationally bestselling memoir. [www.lauramunsonauthor.com]

     
  • Hayley Holmes
    Hayley Holmes Hayley Holmes character enthusiast. rollerblader. applause inducer.

    Hayley Holmes has turned her love for entertaining into a dream come true in Hollywood. She's a small-town girl who looks for new adventures every day and is enjoying the ride. [www.hayleyholmes.com]

     
  • Melvin Robert
    Melvin Robert Melvin Robert street dancer. teenager inspirer. brave decider.

    Always the consummate student, Melvin Roberts is committed to the quest for knowledge and human uplift. He's making his dreams come true with the debut of his one-man show in Hollywood. [www.plays411.com/secondact]

     
  • Shareen Mitchell
    Shareen Mitchell Shareen Mitchell innovative designer. fashion trendy. in-flight companion.

    Shareen Mitchell founded Shareen Vintage in 2004 out of a small booth at the Fairfax Flea Market. She has since launched Shareen, Inc., with vintage locations in Downtown Los Angeles and New York City. [www.shareen.com]

     
  • Mark Reinfeld
    Mark Reinfeld Mark Reinfeld chef. entrepreneur. tuning fork.

    Mark Reinfeld is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, and author specializing in vegan and raw food cuisine and recipe development. He offers vegan cuisine workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally. [www.veganfusion.com]

     
  • Jacqui Lalita
    Jacqui Lalita Jacqui Lalita belly dancer. nature lover. authenticity excavator.

    Author Jacqui Lalita travels the world teaching and performing the ancient art of belly dancing. The moon, plants, and furry creatures of our world have been her greatest teachers. [www.danceofthedivine.org]

     
  • Jason Mraz
    Jason Mraz Jason Mraz musician. songwriter. joy sharer.

    Singer and songwriter Jason Mraz uses his voice to raise our spirits and his fame to raise awareness for charities, including the Free the Slaves organization. [www.JasonMraz.com]

     
  • David Hopkins
    David Hopkins David Hopkins millennial generation changemaker. supporter. collaborator.

    Author David Hopkins is committed to supporting and inspiring millennial generation changemakers to do well and do good in their careers. [www.DavidHopkins.org]

     
  • Abigail Ivins
    Abigail Ivins Abigail Ivins change manager. coach. authenticity optimizer.

    Entrepreneur Abigail Ivins founded Present Path, a company that coaches senior executives, high potential leaders, and teams to find internal stability, peace, and authenticity. [www.present-path.com]

     
  • Desmond Tutu
    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]

     
  • Sophie Chiche
    Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mama. life by me’er. shape house’er.

    Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys… oh, you know living a life of meaning. These days you can find her at Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, pulling into the the driveway on the back of her Craigie-boo's cool motorcycle. [shapehousela.com]

     
  • Franz Harary
    Franz Harary Franz Harary magician. illusion engineer. wonder sharer.

    Franz Harary is a magic designer and producer whose groundbreaking innovation in the field of live illusions is unmatched. His clients have included David Copperfield, Madonna, the Grammys, the Academy Awards, and the Super Bowl. [www.franzhararyproductions.com]

     
  • Ronit Herzfeld
    Ronit Herzfeld Ronit Herzfeld psychotherapist. spiritual teacher. social activist.

    Ronit Herzfeld is a psychotherapist, social activist, and blogger who uses technology to create innovative tools to shift humanity's consciousness. [www.ronitherzfeld.com]

     
  • Jennifer Sherman
    Jennifer Sherman Jennifer Sherman application strategist. supply chain transformer. tedx-er.

    Jennifer Sherman is a Senior Director of Applications Strategy at Oracle Corporation, where she works with public and private sector organizations to transform their supply chains and distribution networks. [www.ted.com/tedx]

     
  • Richard Greene
    Richard Greene Richard Greene communications coach. author. master of charisma.

    Richard Greene, an author and international expert in the field of communication, coaches clients using powerful techniques that transform careers and lives. [www.richardgreene.org]

     
  • Marcia Alesan Dawkins
    Marcia Alesan Dawkins Marcia Alesan Dawkins professor. empowerer. encouragement entrepreneur.

    Marcia Alesan Dawkins is an intellectual entrepreneur from New York City. She has written two books, including Eminem: The Real Slim Shady, as well as articles for Huffington Post and Truthdig. [www.marciadawkins.com]

     
  • Jen Rade
    Jen Rade Jen Rade laughter initiator. grateful stylist. empowerment infuser.

    Stylist and costume designer Jen Rade has spent the past 20 years working with some of the world's most recognized names and faces to create iconic music videos, commercials, and red carpet moments. [www.twitter.com/stylistjenrade]

     
  • Judi Goldfader
    Judi Goldfader Judi Goldfader non-profit philanthropist. insightful thinker. thanks giver.

    Judi Goldfader is a philanthropy consultant and non-profit strategist, currently serving as Vice President Development of Insight University and Insight Seminars. www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university

     
  • Rick Jacobs
    Rick Jacobs Rick Jacobs chairman. advocate. progressive changer.

    Rick Jacobs is an investor, business executive, and chair of the Courage Campaign, an organizing network that empowers activists to push for progressive change and equality in California and across the country. [www.couragecampaign.org]

     
  • Paul Inman
    Paul Inman Paul Inman music man. multi-platform artist. down hill skier.

    Paul Inman is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, performer, poet, budding photographer and artist born and raised near Detroit, residing in Los Angeles. His performing name is Paul Inman's Delivery. [www.paulinman.net]

     
  • Susan Pohlman
    Susan Pohlman Susan Pohlman writer. teacher. expert relocator.

    Susan Pohlman is a freelance writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She's an award-winning author, published essayist, and short film wordsmith. [www.susanpohlman.com]

     
  • Jason Binn
    Jason Binn Jason Binn chairman. media mogul. nicher.

    Jason Binn is the Founder and Chairman of Niche Media, one of the largest networks of exclusive, city-specific custom publishing companies in the country. [www.nichemediallc.com]

     
  • Stacey Kaiser
    Stacey Kaiser Stacey Kaiser lifestyle coach. psychotherapist. balancer.

    Stacy Kaiser is a psychotherapist, lifestyle coach, author, and media personality with a reputation for bringing thoughtful and provocative insights to a wide range of topics. [www.stacykaiser.com]

     
  • Blake Mycoskie
    Blake Mycoskie Blake Mycoskie philanthropist. businessman. shoe giver.

    Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe-Giver of TOMS Shoes. He started the company in 2006 as a means to give shoes to children in need. [www.toms.com]

     
  • More

Connection

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

© 2010-2018 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)