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.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
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]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

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]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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 Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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 Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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]

 
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.

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 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.

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]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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

 

the loving

Jan Shepherd Jan Shepherd transformational coach. writer. vision clarifier.

Jan Shepherd is a transformational coach and a featured blogger on The Huffington Post. [www.janshepherd.com]

Love is one of those wonderful English words that can be both a noun (a thing) and a verb (an action). For me, it’s best when it’s both at the same time, as in “Nothing is more important than the loving.”

Love is my guiding life principle. Whenever I have a decision to make or an activity to undertake, love is my reference. I use it as both my compass and my North Star. Love is not only what makes life sweet, but also what lights my way when I find myself in the dark. Love comforts me in the silence.

When I weighed 350 pounds, love is what I had to learn to give myself unconditionally in order to finally understand that the weight I was carrying was about self-abandonment and self-rejection. Once I poured acceptance and loving into myself, the radiance of that loving molded into one of the keys of my transformation. By learning to accept myself – fat and all, by learning how to make it okay to be me exactly the way I was, I also learned how to love myself and use that energy to become the 135-pound me I am today. Loving is the alchemy of transformation.

There’s certainly nothing new about the dream of a life that’s love-centric. Poets and spiritual teachers have been pointing the way for centuries, and we’ll all wake up to it in our own time. I’ve been blessed with wonderful children, remarkable grandchildren, and close, faithful friends and teachers who’ve helped me transform through the loving they’ve demonstrated. Thankfully, I’m now able to pay it forward.

The world has a way of reminding us that no one is exempt from what they’ve come to learn. Sometimes those lessons can seem daunting. At those times, nothing is more important than the loving.

– Jan Shepherd

Comments

Explore More Meaning

  • Janet Poole
    Janet Poole Janet Poole non-conformist. courageous author. extraordinary seeker.

    Janet Poole is the award-winning author of How to Get Anything You Want – Just Like That!, a book that dares people to live an extraordinary life that matters. [www.janetpoole.com]

     
  • Dr. Terry Gordon
    Dr. Terry Gordon Dr. Terry Gordon heart doctor. resilient dad. lesson seeker.

    Dr. Terry Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic–trained cardiologist who's nationally recognized in matters of the heart, practiced within mainstream medicine for over two decades. In 2002, he was named the American Heart Association's National Physician of the Year. [www.drterrygordon.com]

     
  • Jane Grossman
    Jane Grossman Jane Grossman Consultant. Game Player. Team Builder.

    Jane Grossman, Catalyst of A Sustainable Way, works with individuals and work teams, helping them reach new levels of excellence and satisfaction. [www.asustainableway.com]

     
  • Richard Simmons
    Richard Simmons Richard Simmons fitness expert. health advocate. icon.

    Using his unique wit, passion, and enthusiasm, Richard Simmons, the nation's most revered fitness expert, continues his crusade to encourage people to take control of their fitness destiny. [www.richardsimmons.com]

     
  • Vicki León
    Vicki León Vicki León curious writer. time-traveler. knowledge cultivator.

    Author-historian Vicki León delights in writing about the hidden side of history in The Joy of Sexus and other books that have won rave reviews from Publishers Weekly to People. [www.vickileon.com]

     
  • Chip Conley
    Chip Conley Chip Conley hotelier. author. inner seer.

    Bestselling author Chip Conley is the founder and executive chairman of Joie de Vivre, America's second largest boutique hotel company. He writes about his company's techniques and transformational leadership practices. [www.chipconley.com]

     
  • Nicole Krugh
    Nicole Krugh Nicole Krugh loving sister. compassionate nurse. hopeful survivor.

    Nicole Krugh is a devoted wife, mother, sister and nurse. She is the founder of a not for profit organization raising awareness on teenage depression and suicide. [www.taylordonnadio.com]

     
  • Josh Reed
    Josh Reed Josh Reed roadblock releaser. intuition follower. stylish gent.

    Josh Reed is the Founder and CEO of Gents, a lifestyle brand for men known for their high quality products and fashionable and sophisticated design aesthetic. [www.gentsco.com]

     
  • More

Contributors

  • Jason Silva
    Jason Silva Jason Silva celluloid visionary. abandoner of ordinary. awe seeker.

    Television personality, filmmaker and philosopher, Jason Silva has been described as "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix." He recently launched a series of non-commercial micro documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology.

     
  • Sarah Taylor
    Sarah Taylor Sarah Taylor actor. re-inventor. mind wrangler.

    Sarah Taylor is an actor, comedian and meditation teacher who continues to discover daily how to get in and out of her own way while helping others with the same. [www.sarahtaylor.org]

     
  • Kern Konwiser
    Kern Konwiser Kern Konwiser kin collaborator. judgement dropper. purity seeker.

    Kern Konwiser is a writer, director, and producer who, along with his brother, has collaborated with the industry's most influential artists to create award-winning features in different media. [www.konwiserbros.com]

     
  • Daniela Torres-Mattus
    Daniela Torres-Mattus Daniela Torres-Mattus angel of music. hypnotist. guide.

    Daniela Torres-Mattus uses hypnosis, NLP, and her skills as an interviewer to empower people around the world. Her passion is guiding people to live extraordinary lives.

     
  • Paul Cummins
    Paul Cummins Paul Cummins Poet. Educator. Philanthropist.

    Author, poet, and educator Paul F. Cummins is the Executive Director of the New Visions Foundation, which finds innovative ways to educate underserved children. [www.newvisionsfnd.org]

     
  • Ava Sydney
    Ava Sydney Ava Sydney me embracer. inner journeyer. wellness warrior.

    Ava Sydney is the founder of Body Temple LA, a website created for everyone who wants to enjoy optimum health and happiness. She is also a life coach, producer and nature photographer. [www.BodyTempleLA.com]

     
  • Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche
    Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche shoeologist. meaning maven. ted x'ers.

    Shannon Bindler describes her pal, Soph, as a bridge, connecting countless people. Sophie Chiche describes her pal, Shan-Shan, as the sunshine that enters the room. In December of 2012 they presented their TEDxMalibu talk. [Happy Parents of Children who Live Out Loud]

     
  • Nick Bassill
    Nick Bassill Nick Bassill self acknowledger. dream reviver. bakery investor.

    Nick Bassill is a serial entrepreneur, author, and the founder of Launch America!, a social networking, coaching, and advocacy site for start-ups and small businesses. Nick's passion is helping men and women fulfill their American Dream. [www.LaunchAmerica.org]

     
  • Varda Kakon
    Varda Kakon Varda Kakon Songwriter. Producer. Music Enthusiast.

    Bio: Varda Kakon is a sound supervisor, producer and song writer. She has evolved in the world of music her whole life. She lives in France with husband Alain and son Ariel.

     
  • Mark Loring
    Mark Loring Mark Loring poet. literary healer. waker upper.

    Mark Loving is a poet and spiritual teacher. His hope and intention is that his writing will encourage others to look at their lives, find their language and understand their story. [www.thesoulscollection.com]

     
  • Liz Phair
    Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

    Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

     
  • Cutter Cutshaw
    Cutter Cutshaw Cutter Cutshaw actor. mixed media artist. traveling eye.

    Actor and artist Cutter Cutshaw mixes the profane with the elegant. His mixed media approach combines original photography with digital and organic brushwork, transforming chaos into sensual portrayals. [www.cutterartandphoto.com]

     
  • Chris Cade
    Chris Cade Chris Cade writer. speaker. empowerer.

    Chris Cade is a spiritual author, speaker, impassioned parent, entrepreneur, and professional empowerment artist enabling people to discover their innate joy, peace, and abundance. [www.chriscade.com]

     
  • Tbird Luv
    Tbird Luv Tbird Luv melodic explorer. structured whirlwind. continuous grower.

    The musical genius of Tbird Luv is about taking risks and creating beauty. She hopes to inspire all of us to take whatever we find beautiful and stand behind it, support it, and proliferate it. [www.tbirdluvmusic.com]

     
  • Eric Lumiere
    Eric Lumiere Eric Lumiere awareness seeker. conscious music maker. helpful exaggerator.

    Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Lumiere is a Lover of Life and all things, and lives for the upliftment of consciousness everywhere. He is also graduate of Teen Insight. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. [www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university]

     
  • Megan Maione
    Megan Maione Megan Maione tarot card reader. question asker. limit breaker.

    Megan Maione works with clients on clearing points of view, judgments, projections, and conclusions utilizing tarot. Her goal is to identify their targets while helping them be in allowance of the way things show up and integrating intuition. [www.tarotbymegan.com]

     
  • Mark Harradine
    Mark Harradine Mark Harradine gifts identifier. inner wizard finder. spiritual sunbather.

    Mark Harradine is a strategist who creates flourishing commercial value for entrepreneurs by identifying their natural gifts, promoting clarity of purpose, and encouraging inner and professional development to expand and sustain business. [www.markharradine.com]

     
  • Mary Beth LaRue
    Mary Beth LaRue Mary Beth LaRue body healer. fear overcomer. joy indulger.

    Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga instructor and writer whose mission is to inspire others to live their best life, and to fully inhabit, enjoy, and heal their bodies and minds through yoga and intention-setting. [www.mblarue.com]

     
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Gayle Tzemach Lemmon incredible woman. hard work welcomer. long shot pursuer.

    Bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has published pieces on entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict regions. [www.gaylelemmon.com]

     
  • Patrick Hanlon
    Patrick Hanlon Patrick Hanlon brand innovator. author. thinktopian.

    Founder and CEO of THINKTOPIA, Patrick Hanlon is acknowledged as one of the top brand innovation practitioners in the world. [www.thinktopia.com]

     
  • Jenny Shih
    Jenny Shih Jenny Shih coach. belly follower. superhero.

    Jenny Shih is a coach and consultant for right-brained, creative entrepreneurs. She helps "big idea" people implement their world-changing visions. [www.jennyshih.com]

     
  • Bonnie and David Paul
    Bonnie and David Paul Bonnie and David Paul coaches. consultants. co-creators.

    Dr. David Paul and Dr. Bonnie Paul coach people to co-create conscious, loving relationships and meaningful lives. David has a mind-body consulting practice. Bonnie specializes in creativity and self-expression. [www.davidpaulmd.com] and [www.bonniepaul.com]

     
  • Sarah Brokaw
    Sarah Brokaw Sarah Brokaw psychotherapist. author. age celebrator.

    Sarah Brokaw is a licensed therapist specializing in relational dynamics. She's an accomplished photographer, author, and philanthropist skilled at helping people individually and communally. [www.myfortytude.com]

     
  • Mark Samuel
    Mark Samuel Mark Samuel consultant. author. team igniter.

    Author and consultant Mark Samuel, assists individuals and organizations in achieving significant change – measurably improving performance, teamwork, and communication. [www.impaqcorp.com]

     
  • Fenesha Hubbard
    Fenesha Hubbard Fenesha Hubbard 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]

     
  • Shelly Christensen
    Shelly Christensen Shelly Christensen advocating parent. identity reframer. lioness.

    Shelly Christensen is a champion of people with disabilities who seek spiritual access. She helps sacred communities understand and be better at including children and adults with disabilities and their families. [www.inclusioninnovations.com]

     
  • Andrew Skotzko
    Andrew Skotzko Andrew Skotzko truth digger. motivated shifter. calendar ignorer.

    Andrew Skotzko is a curious entrepreneur who's passionate about creating peak experiences and elegant products. He also enjoys finding bits of truth hidden in plain sight ... and going for long bike rides. [www.noticings.com]

     
  • Danielle LaPorte
    Danielle LaPorte Danielle LaPorte strategist. innovator. fire starter.

    Inspirational speaker and business strategist Danielle LaPorte is the creator of WhiteHotTruth.com, which helps entrepreneurs rock their careers with integrity, audacity, and their truest strengths. [www.whitehottruth.com]

     
  • Desmond Tutu
    Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

    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]

     
  • More

Connection


© 2010-2024 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)