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

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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

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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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Mudimo and Jane Okondo Mudimo and Jane Okondo therapists. body developers. naked communicators.

Mudimo and Jane Okondo have been exploring well-being for over 20 years and are passionate about supporting people and communities, using a diverse toolkit that includes somatic and psychotherapeutic therapies, coaching, and creativity. [www.okwellbeing.com]

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There’s a synergistic moment when people meet, when we experience expansion into a new world, beyond what we know and expect. This transformation of individuals and communities by supporting and fostering the well-being of body, mind, and spirit in relationship has always been meaningful for us.

That meaning became crystal clear when, in the midst of an argument, Mudimo consciously made the choice to say, “I’m not going anywhere.” In that moment, Jane got to face how she would normally pull away from being in connection. That was the beginning of our experience and practice of what we call naked communication. Whatever our differences, we chose to stay with the moment rather than pulling away from it.

There have been many tiny moments of awareness and connection as we’ve practiced being in touch with our senses – working with breath and sensing the back of our lungs for the first time, drumming with special needs kids and being totally connected with them, or just walking down the street and experiencing a wave of peace rushing through. Those moments have completely changed how we view the world.

Sure, we get off track sometimes – almost every day! We get back on track by practicing what we teach. We listen to our bodies, bring awareness to our breathing, use movement and rhythm, allow for naked communication, and let what there is to do emerge from here.

Succumbing to concerns about survival – not literally life and death survival issues, but the everyday relational, financial, and other stresses and worries that are part of everyday life – is what we call being on the survival circuit.

We’ve found that in challenging situations awareness and acceptance help. They’re the source of all participation. For example, it helps to be aware of the meanings we give to events, circumstances, and life. The kind of acceptance we’re talking about isn’t about tolerating or enduring, but welcoming and celebrating what is, without trying to change it. Then the way is clear for mindful participation – not in reaction to our circumstances, but as a creation from our passion and commitment. By listening for and consciously choosing well-being, life unfolds effortlessly.

– Mudimo and Jane Okondo

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