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
If I’m asking myself how to stay in the game. If I’m reminding myself of tricks for how to stay focused on what’s meaningful to me, then…
I pretty much know where I’m standing. And it’s not in spirit. I’m standing in scarcity. I’m standing in lack. In worry. I’m struggling. I’m trying. And I’m looking to the same entity that got me into this “mess” – my ego – to get me out. Because strategizing and struggling and trying are all egoic mechanisms.
But that’s OK. It’s perfect, even. I am not my ego, but I do possess an ego, and it is a useful device. In truth, I am spirit, and as such, I’m a foreigner on the earth plane. And my ego, being a local, is my guide. Put to service, the ego is as wonderful a vehicle as the body.
Being spirit, I have no worry. No lack. No need of reminders of how to stay in the game. If I choose to know myself as spirit, I stand in abundance, joy, health, and heaven. If I choose to identify with my ego, I am limited to a story, an ego, and a body that are far smaller than I truly am.
Fortunately, identifying with the ego does not make me an ego. I am always spirit, a finger on the hand of God, and one with all. I can choose to identify with myself as I truly am whenever I so desire. My reidentification is based purely on my willingness.
So, when I’m in an egoic state, I don’t make myself wrong for it. Instead, I thank myself for making an ego that will never be satisfied and therefore will never successfully keep me from spirit for long. And I meditate for an hour every day; I study A Course in Miracles; I travel to Egypt, Greece, Peru, and India and study the Ancient Mysteries; I fast for a day every week; I foreswear drugs, alcohol, and meat; and I go sailing on a regular basis.
And when I’m identifying with my true self as spirit? I do all of those same things. I just enjoy them a heck of a lot more.
– Roger Wolfson
Explore More Meaning
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]