As a naturally curious person, I’ve been drawn to various thought leaders throughout pretty much the entire course of my life. These teachers, as I prefer to call them, are known all over the world for sharing views on a range of interesting topics, along with offering useful insights around all the ways to get the most out of the human experience. Some learnings have stuck in my mind for longer periods than others. Others have provided smaller realisations that have crept up at a time when I most needed it. Here are four of the teachers that have had a profound impact on my wellness practice over the years.
The co-author of numerous books with her late husband, Esther Hicks is a renowned inspirational speaker that has travelled the world to host workshops promoting what she refers to as the “law of attraction”. I’m a big fan of the concept, which suggests that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into our lives. The phrase originates from William Walker Atkinson’s 1906 book Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction, and has been widely dissected through Abraham Hicks, a non-physical entity that is channelled by Esther herself.
Humanitarian icon Deepak Chopra has been a spiritual guide for people from all over the world for decades. The founder of the revered Chopra Foundation, he has written more than 90 books that have been released in more than 40 languages all over the world. It’s hardly a surprise that Time Magazine has referred to him as one of the Top 100 icons of the century in the past. Deepak has promoted meditation since the start of his career when it was highly unpopular to do so, and now offers guided meditation programs on his popular app. If you’re a first-timer looking to learn more about meditation, it is a good place to get started with your practice.
Louise Hay has crept into my heart in recent years, and I resonate a lot with her dedication to teach people how to live a life of empowerment and positivity. Her views have a lot to do with encouraging affirmations, staying present and planting seeds for new experiences in life. She freely shares any of her own learnings through her online community, and is someone I like to turn to when I start to feel that my self care practice is beginning to dwindle a little bit.
Alain de Botton (The School of Life)
The School of Life, founded by author-philosopher Alain de Botton, first grew popular thanks to a YouTube channel that shared small nuggets of wisdom for living a healthy emotional life. Founded back in 2008, it has now expanded into branches in the UK, Amsterdam, Paris, Brazil and even Taipei. Their approach is to keep helping people to find calm, self-understanding, connection and resilience through the challenges of life. Alain has published countless books to encourage this, including An Emotional Education, which is on my reading list and from what I’ve heard, should be on the nightstand of anybody looking to take their wellness practice and general mindfulness to the next level.