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
guru in you
The guru in you refers to the teacher within each of us. Some people call it god, some call it light, some call it creator. The name doesn’t really matter. What’s important is the perception of it within each of us, which can guide us in life.
I’m trained in the Ayurvedic and yogic views. Ayurveda is about the body, about lifestyle, and yoga is about meditation and controlling our own thoughts. There’s also a spiritual aspect of the journey, which is the god within.
I used to work in the fashion business – which focuses on outer beauty. Through a friend and mentor I became interested in inner beauty and immersed myself in that world, too.
I’m half English and half Iranian. I was raised in Iran until I was 10, then, during the war, we went to live in England. When I was 19, somebody stopped me in the street to be a model and I left for Paris. I lived in France for a few years before I came to the States.
The thing about the high life is that if you don’t watch out, it can become the low life. At one point, while at Nelson Mandela’s house in South Africa, I realized that although he’d been in jail for more than 25 years, he accepted what had happened to him. He wasn’t bitter or angry, but peaceful. I looked around at my own life. I was doing a Versace show at Nelson Mandela’s house with people like Naomi Campbell, Kristy Turlington, and Kate Moss. It was great. I was at the top. But rather than plateau or go downhill, I decided to leave the fashion world from a place of joy. I wasn’t burnt out, but I wanted to journey to find something different.
At that time, I was already doing yoga. I became a yoga teacher and started writing books and helping people make changes for the better by focusing on the basics and taking baby steps.
The most meaningful thing to me now is the message of the guru in you. It’s the idea that what we’re seeking isn’t really the outward high life, but the inner contentment that’s already within us. Sure, get up in the morning and groom yourself to look well when you go out the door, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Contentment is a bigger goal than outward beauty. The bigger picture is within you.
– Yogi Cameron
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appreciative son. moment cogitator. lesson learner.
Jeff Semigran is a senior at UC Berkeley studying environmental and civil engineering. He is an alumnus of the Teen Insight Seminars and Leadership series. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university
grounded flyer. northrup team member. self-truster.
Kate Northrup created early financial freedom and spent 2011 exploring and teaching financial, emotional, and spiritual freedom. She co-created Team Northrup, a league of wellness entrepreneurs aligned with the work of her mother, Dr. Christiane Northrup. [www.teamnorthrup.com]
fearless lady. radio inspirer. challenge acceptor.
Fenesha Hubbard helps women use their innate intuitive abilities to create profound changes in their lives. Find her teaching Kemetic Yoga, facilitating group learning sessions, and serving up fuel for your mind and soul on her radio show. [fenesha.com]