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
What’s most meaningful for me now is bringing love and joyfulness more and more into my everyday life and my expression, through service and by being an example of what I’ve been blessed to learn over the years. I’ve been a student of John-Roger’s (he founded the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness)and I’m in a place now where I’m letting those teachings and that love and joyfulness flow through me without condition, irrespective of situational circumstances.
Sometimes I do fall out of that place of beautiful flow. I’m not there constantly, though I’m there more and more. There are a couple of things I do to regain my poise and my balance. One is to say STOP to where I’m going if it isn’t serving me. The other is to do my best to not be judgmental of the issue that’s come up for me to deal with. In doing that, I attempt to invest more of my authenticity into the issue. One or the other of those things magically gets me through and back into the flow.
Before I came into the Movement, when I was around 20, I was very superficial, yet I was seeking something more than the falseness of my life at that time. I was into discos and hippiedom and everything else that went with that, but it wasn’t serving me. I felt so empty, so unsatisfied, and I longed for something more. Then, fortunately, I came into the Movement and it completely transformed my life, almost overnight. It was a huge change – and I was ready for it. Things unfolded from there, very beautifully and very magnificently, in terms of what I experienced.
There’s a movie coming out in 2011 called The Wayshower. It’s about John-Roger growing up, about his life in Utah with his mother and father. In the film, after J-R goes through the accident which changed his consciousness, there’s a scene where he wakes up and his mother is sitting there. I’ll paraphrase it. She says, “How are you, son?” And he says to her, straight out, “You’re not my mother anymore. I don’t need a mother anymore. I need a very good older friend.”
That scene has significance to me in terms of its absolute authenticity and truthfulness, as it reflects where I’ve been and what I’m doing with my life. I went through huge changes like that, too, on my path to the increasing love and joyfulness I experience now. And it’s made a huge positive difference.
– Nicholas Brown
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joyous author. inspiring speaker. dream accomplisher.
Dr. Jin Robertson has been a factory laborer, an immigrant housemaid, a battered wife, and a U.S. army major. Jin received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is an international inspirational speaker and bestselling author. [www.drjinrobertson.com]
muralist. creativity inspirer. permanent inker.
London native Shelley Cassidy's artwork has been displayed in numerous private homes, offices, upscale retail spaces, and Los Angeles International Airport. She teaches budding painters and knows there's an artist within each of us. [www.shelleycassidy.com]
branding guru. joy receiver. authenticity connector.
Andrei Najjar is an award-winning pop culture brand strategist who has curated large-scale initiatives and global campaigns for over 30 top-tier brands. He is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Vice-Chairman for the largest chapter of Meals on Wheels in the US. [www.ateliercollective.com]