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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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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.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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

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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

 

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Susan Chapman Susan Chapman devout writer. outdoor meditator. lover of life.

As an adopted person, Susan Chapman believes anyone can be her family. She explores and communicates this dynamic philosophy through her personal relationships and her work as a writer and Primordial Sound Meditation instructor. [www.themagicproject.com]

When I was very young, I’d sit by a brook and listen for God. I grew up in a rural area where there was a lot of space and nature. The brook was in the woods near my house. I’d sit in silence and listen for God, or the Universe, to speak to me through nature.

Today, I love animals, the Earth, and nature as much as I love people. I continue to evolve spiritually by spending time with myself. By knowing myself, my spiritual connection to life and to those around me expands. When we have true love and understanding of ourselves, it radiates out, allowing us to have true love and understanding for others.

When we deepen our spiritual connection, we begin to understand our specific purpose in life. We gain appreciation for why we’re on this planet. There are so many ways to connect and grow spiritually. I do it through yoga, meditation, and writing.

One of the most important things we can do is find and pursue a practice that really resonates with our spiritual self. Recently, I was at a yoga retreat on a golf resort. One early morning, I noticed a golfer dashing to his golf game with his bag over his shoulder. He seemed very excited. I thought to myself, Golfing is his yoga.

My suggestion to someone unsure of their spiritual path is to find a quiet space and contemplate these questions: As a child, what did you enjoy doing the most? What do you do now that makes time fly, and would you do it whether you got paid or not?

I remember trying to write at an early age, teaching myself to write out the alphabet and to form words, then learning how to write stories. Now, I write for a living, but I also do it because I love it. Even when I’m not writing to earn a living, I’m writing something.

The things that delight us as children are sparks from the Universe saying, Pursue this. What continues to delight us as adults are our true callings. They tell us what we really need to do with our lives. Allow yourself time to think about the things you love. Make a list. Pursue those things.

When we truly love and understand ourselves, we love our lives. When we love our own lives, we extend that love to others.

– Susan Chapman

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