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
Truth is knowing who I really am. In any moment of my life, no matter what’s going on, as long as I’m connected to who I really am – a spirit who can’t be harmed, a source of healing on the planet – then there isn’t anything to fear. From there, I’m able to see everyone else as that same truth. Then everything is more meaningful.
My recommendation to someone beginning a quest to find that truth is to spend some time sitting alone in a room with your eyes closed asking the divine wisdom that rests within you, “What would you have me do?” Invite the power of the Universe to show you what actions you can take. The Universe will begin to conspire and place answers in front of you.
Through an interaction I had with my dog, I developed a practice I call “nama-sit, nama-stay, nama-speak.” Nama-sit means if you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything. Just take a seat. Just chill. Sit and close your eyes and breathe. Calm yourself. Nama-stay is staying in that meditative space, even if you get up and go back into your day. From that space, ask the Universe to take away your judgments and anything that’s limiting you. Then you’ll know what to say (nama-speak). You’ll have a divine inspiration or an experience that will open you to the love that dwells inside.
The truth we need, the truth we’re searching for, already dwells inside us. It’s always been there. It always will be. You know it’s there. You know the right thing to do.
I’ve always had a burning inspiration within me to do what feels passionate in the moment. If we harness our ability to trust, the Universe shows up for us. If you’re passionate about something, when you do that thing, you feel of service because you love doing it so much. Your experience in the moment is so abundant when you do it. That’s attractive to other people. That energy is infectious.
In the profundity of spirit is absolute simplicity. The truth is all we need to be concerned about in any moment. What’s my experience of life in this moment? Is the story I’m telling in this moment aligned with the thinking of love? If not, how can I rewrite the story?
– Ryan Weiss