Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

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 Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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 Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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 Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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 Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

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]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

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]

 
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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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 Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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 Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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]

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

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Geneen Roth Geneen Roth kindness warrior. food demystifier. vitality spreader.

Geneen Roth wrote pioneering books that were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight, and body image. [www.geneenroth.com]

What’s important is living the life I have – being utterly here and present – rather than wanting a different life or thinking there’s something more or better to have.

What makes me aware that I’m not in that place (and there are many moments when I’m not) is some degree of what I’d call suffering: discontent, dissatisfaction, hurt, projection, lack of ease. When I start wandering off into those areas, I take that as a sign to bring myself back.

The first thing I do is bring myself back to my body, because my body is the clearest expression of this moment. I notice my breath and the sensations in my body. Usually, when I’m in a place of suffering, I’m in my mind, not in my body. If bringing myself back to my body isn’t enough to relax me and dissolve the suffering, I start gently asking myself what’s going on. I ask myself if I’m being mean or harsh to myself, which is a familiar and unconscious pattern for me. I notice what’s going on, with softness and gentleness, and become curious instead of dismissive. True attention and kindness change the pattern.

Most of us want a sense of aliveness, engagement, and joy. What we look to other things for, what a lot of people look to food for, is that instant feeling of lusciousness or excitement in the mouth in that moment; or we use food to numb and sedate. First, stop judging yourself. It’s important to become actively curious and allow what’s there. Then ask yourself questions about what you’re doing: Does this energize or exhaust me? Does it enliven or deaden me? Is what I’m doing now allowing me to trust myself or tilting me towards being frightened of myself? Do I feel closer to what really matters to me or further away? Does it open my heart or close it? When I get to the end of this hour or day or week or year or life, will this be something I’ll be glad I spent my time on?

This is about finding out what makes you come alive.

Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King Jr’s mentor, said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

A vital person vitalizes everything they touch. Live as if you are enough and watch what happens. Live as if, walk as if, eat as if, talk as if … and see what happens when you start from the inside out, from what’s here inside right now.

– Geneen Roth

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