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

 

blowtorch

Sarah Seidelmann Sarah Seidelmann life coach. physician. light source.

Author and life coach Sarah Seidelmann, MD, is a Board-Certified physician who left her practice to live out her destiny. In her work, she loves to ask, "How good are you willing to let it get?" [http://whatthewalrusknows.com]

At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. It dawned on me that if I might die very soon I should definitely enjoy what was left of my life. It was a lucky break. I realized that life was meant for living. The timing could not have been more perfect. 

I extracted myself from the pre-med madness of the college library and re-focused on people again: being with people, socializing, connecting, goofing off, and playing. It was a wondrous time.

When I entered medical school, my new way of living was challenged. But something inside had shifted. I knew on an atomic level that it was my purpose to live my life like a torch, burning brightly. 

I managed to go through medical school and residency without too much of my light being snuffed out. Slowly, as my own family grew (to include four amazing children) and as my practice grew, I became disconnected again. My life became complicated and I became less illuminated. 

Having had one fortuitous shift at 19, I was able to catch myself at 43, take a sabbatical, and realign my focus. Now, after much internal seeking, I’m back to living my life as a torch. In fact, my torchlight feels stronger and brighter than ever before. Some days, I even feel like a blowtorch.

In my daily experience, I see a lot of people seeking light. Some are starving for it. But thinking we lack light is an illusion. We can always choose light. Connection. Hugs. A call to a friend. Music. Petting a dog. We’re all potential blowtorches. That potential is not only in some of us – it’s in everyone. 

One of the fastest ways to recharge my blowtorch and feel connected is by spending time in nature. While it might appear that I’m alone there, I’m actually in the wonderful company of stars, squirrels, trees, Great Lakes, and much more – all rippling and swelling together.

I’m moving toward a place of even greater ease, of burning courageously as that blowtorch, moving along my path, doing what I came here to do. This next internal shift might just look like spectacular northern lights – strange, wondrous, and magical.

– Sarah Seidelmann

Comments

Explore More Meaning

  • Laurie Grossman
    Laurie Grossman Laurie Grossman educator. director of funding + outreach. life changer.

    Laurie Grossman co-founded Mindful Schools, a public/private partnership program (one of the largest in the country), sponsored by Park Day School in Oakland, California. [www.mindfulschools.org]

     
  • Jennifer Peek
    Jennifer Peek Jennifer Peek thrill seeker. mud pie maker. groover.

    Jennifer Peek is the founder of Find Your New Groove, mentoring women entrepreneurs to design and build businesses that reflect their purpose, passion, and priorities while embracing a sense of adventure. [http://findyournewgroove.com]

     
  • Marcia Alesan Dawkins
    Marcia Alesan Dawkins Marcia Alesan Dawkins professor. empowerer. encouragement entrepreneur.

    Marcia Alesan Dawkins is an intellectual entrepreneur from New York City. She has written two books, including Eminem: The Real Slim Shady, as well as articles for Huffington Post and Truthdig. [www.marciadawkins.com]

     
  • Louis G. Herman
    Louis G. Herman Louis G. Herman professor. big medicine seeker. mystery inviter.

    Louis G. Herman is the author of Future Primal: How Our Wilderness Origins Show Us the Way Forward, as well as a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii–West Oahu. [www.futureprimalbook.com]

     
  • Catt Sadler
    Catt Sadler Catt Sadler award-winning journalist. mommy. limit-defying potentialist.

    Catt Sadler is an Emmy Award-winning journalist. She founded and is president of the Hollywood chapter of Women Like Us, a foundation started by her mother to enhance the lives of women in need around the globe. [www.womenlikeusfoundation.org/hollywood]

     
  • Gabe Morgan
    Gabe Morgan Gabe Morgan melody maker. peanuts appreciator. energy seeker.

    Gabe Morgan, music and business student at CSU Northridge, is a musician, songwriter, lyricist, and producer. He is a 2004 graduate of Teen Insight and our featured contributor for Giving Tuesday. [www.givingtuesday.org/partner-detail/insight-university]

     
  • Phyllis Mitz
    Phyllis Mitz Phyllis Mitz astrologist. psychologist. joyicist.

    Phyllis Mitz has enjoyed a flourishing astrology practice for over 20 years. She uses a unique blend of astrology, psychology, and spirituality to help people find success in life, love, and work. [www.AstrologerPhyllis.com]

     
  • Martin Boroson
    Martin Boroson Martin Boroson radical meditator. teacher. portable peacenik.

    By teaching his radical new take on meditation in eclectic venues around the world, author Martin Boroson is emerging as an inventive new voice in the next generation of meditation teachers. [www.onemomentmeditation.com]

     
  • More

Contributors

  • Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
    Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. author. speaker. nagual.

    As a Nagual (shaman), Don Miguel Ruiz Jr helps others discover optimal physical and spiritual health, so that they may achieve their own personal freedom. [www.miguelruiz.com]

     
  • Lisa Cypers Kamen
    Lisa Cypers Kamen Lisa Cypers Kamen spiritual psychologist. philanthropist. happiness harvester.

    Lisa Cypers Kamen is a happiness expert whose blend of positive and spiritual psychology coaching, workshops, and philanthropic projects cultivates well-being in private and public audiences around the world. [www.HarvestingHappiness.com]

     
  • Kevin Bales
    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]

     
  • Arielle Ford
    Arielle Ford Arielle Ford  

    Arielle Ford is a leader in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. She’s been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through many forms of media.

     
  • Joe Demattos
    Joe Demattos Joe Demattos bridge builder. unity advocate. what-if visionary.

    As an advocate for quality, person-centered care across all settings, Joseph DeMattos serves as president and CEO of Maryland's oldest and largest provider association of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. [www.hfam.org]

     
  • Alexis Wolfer
    Alexis Wolfer Alexis Wolfer magazine founder. conversation sparker. inner beauty queen.

    Concerned with the media focus on unrealistic body ideals, Alexis Wolfer founded the glamorous site The Beauty Bean, a free online magazine and newsletter focused on health and inner beauty. [www.thebeautybean.com]

     
  • Lynda Filler
    Lynda Filler Lynda Filler poet. photographer. lover.

    Lynda Filler is a poet, author, photographer, and would-be public speaker who lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She has two published poetry books and is currently working on two memoir/biographies. [www.thelovefix.com]

     
  • Nic Askew
    Nic Askew Nic Askew filmmaker. musician. poet.

    Nic Askew makes films. Short, black and white. Far beyond simple. Films that shake the soul. Made for those who have set out to consciously seek a meaningful life. [www.soulbiographies.com]

     
  • Jane Heller
    Jane Heller Jane Heller bestselling writer. comedic caregiver. ambulette driver.

    Bestselling author Jane Heller's romantic comedy novels entertain readers around the world. Her latest book is nonfiction. You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits. [www.janeheller.com]

     
  • Jason Weberman
    Jason Weberman Jason Weberman life coach. inner strength accessor. northern star.

    Using his coaching and corporate background, North Star Coaching founder and president Jason Weberman helps clients access their own inner strengths to take powerful steps towards being effective leaders. [www.northstarcoaching.com]

     
  • Anita Moorjani
    Anita Moorjani Anita Moorjani near-death survivor. critic silencer. natural spirit.

    Anita Moorjani is the bestselling author of Dying to be Me, the moving, true story of her near-death experience at the end stage of cancer. [www.anitamoorjani.com]

     
  • Michael Beckwith
    Michael Beckwith Michael Beckwith new thought minister. author. emissary of peace.

    Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of Agape International Spiritual Center and a celebrated author. [www.agapelive.com]

     
  • Chris Assaad
    Chris Assaad Chris Assaad singer. songwriter. masterpiece creator.

    Chris Assaad left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream in music. He’s been actively using his voice to enCOURAGE others to follow their dreams, express their creativity and live life to the fullest. [www.chrisassaad.com]

     
  • Katherine Woodward Thomas
    Katherine Woodward Thomas Katherine Woodward Thomas bestselling author. transformative educator. creator.

    Katherine Woodward Thomas is the bestselling author of Calling in "The One." She's a licensed psychotherapist, speaker, transformative educator, and co-creator of the Feminine Power Global Community. [www.femininepower.com]

     
  • Jeff Semigran
    Jeff Semigran Jeff Semigran 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

     
  • Chandrika Tandon
    Chandrika Tandon Chandrika Tandon infant vocalist. continuous learner. light shiner.

    Chandrika Tandon is a Grammy-nominated singer & composer who has received praise from NY Times for her "limpid, serene voice.” Her new album “Soul March” reinterprets “Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram,” a song sung by Gandhi and his followers during the 1930 Salt March.

     
  • Wallace J. Nichols
    Wallace J. Nichols Wallace J. Nichols ocean lover. conservation advocate. thoughtful dad.

    Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is a scientist, ocean advocate, writer, and dad. He knows that what moves us is connecting with something bigger than ourselves. His most recent endeavor is the Billion Baby Turtle Project. [www.wallacejnichols.org]

     
  • Cecelia Fresh
    Cecelia Fresh Cecelia Fresh pr consultant. screenwriter. destiny designer.

    Cecelia Fresh is a communicator, founder of herself, and budding screenwriter. She's been fortunate to work for several great companies as a PR consultant. [http://about.me/Fr3shc0M]

     
  • Sonia Choquette
    Sonia Choquette Sonia Choquette Author. Teacher. Intuitive.

    Sonia Choquette - spiritual teacher, intuitive guide, and bestselling author - has a powerful ability to instantly liberate people from limitations and fears into a far more effective, spirit-guided life. [www.trustyourvibes.com]

     
  • Lee Overtree
    Lee Overtree Lee Overtree creative teacher. storyteller. kid sparker.

    Lee is an actor, director, and a founding member of Story Pirates. He enjoys playing music and being a teaching artist. [www.storypirates.org]

     
  • Lucia de Garcia
    Lucia de Garcia Lucia de Garcia multicultural leader. laureate poet. inspirational transformer.

    Lucia De García is the founder, president, and CEO of Élan International of Newport Beach. She founded the Multicultural Institute for Leadership and has been recognized for her achievements in international business and multicultural advancement. [www.luciadegarcia.com]

     
  • David Hopkins
    David Hopkins David Hopkins millennial generation changemaker. supporter. collaborator.

    Author David Hopkins is committed to supporting and inspiring millennial generation changemakers to do well and do good in their careers. [www.DavidHopkins.org]

     
  • 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.

     
  • Jon Fitzgerald
    Jon Fitzgerald Jon Fitzgerald conscious filmmaker. change advocate. action inspirer.

    Jon Fitzgerald is a filmmaker, film festival director, and author. Through CineCause, he connects socially relevant films to related causes. [www.cinecause.com]

     
  • Eric Buterbaugh
    Eric Buterbaugh Eric Buterbaugh flower man. beauty crafter. traveling buddy.

    Designer and world traveler Eric Buterbaugh is the owner of Eric Buterbaugh Flower and Event Design – creating floral masterpieces daily. [www.ericbuterbaugh.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]

     
  • Guy Finley
    Guy Finley Guy Finley spiritual teacher. truth finder. peace achiever.

    Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization. He is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a non-profit center for self-study. [www.guyfinley.org]

     
  • Sandy Corso
    Sandy Corso Sandy Corso free spirited mom. life lover. plant-eater.

    Sandy Corso created Peaceful Daily as well her book, Peace Salad (100 Tips to Inspire a Peaceful Life), to create a community founded on principles of compassion, well-being, and taking action to make the world a better place. [peacefuldaily.com]

     
  • Todd Shemarya
    Todd Shemarya Todd Shemarya agent. brand builder. in-tune daddy.

    Todd Shemarya is the owner and CEO of Todd Shemarya Artists Inc, a boutique talent agency specializing in celebrity endorsements and lifestyle brand building. [www.shemarya.com]

     
  • More

Connection


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