Since I was a young girl I’ve had an acute awareness that we need a world that works — that the current one is broken. But since I didn’t have the tools to understand why I was so angry or frustrated by the injustices and lack of harmony on the planet, I had trouble managing my sensitivities to the world around me. I had not made the connection yet that I was on the planet to contribute to the change I wished to see in the world.

My parents were pioneering a more sustainable way of living by raising me on macrobiotics, Buddhism, and alternative medicine. I left Boulder to arrive in New York City in 2005. Five years later my life crumbled and after leaving my magazine job and experiencing decades of painful relationships and anxiety, I began a journey inward.

I became an accidental urban monk for four years, to arrive to an understanding that spirituality is not meant to be separate from life — it is not in esoteric practices, teachings, texts and studies, workshops and certificates or meditating for enlightenment.

I discovered that genuine healing is so much more real, simple and grounded. It requires us to heal our emotional wounds and to then show up courageously in our lives to make the healthy changes we know we have to make.

We naturally come into self-compassion, and our human connections deepen, we love each other in ways we couldn’t before, more vulnerably, more courageously. We change the world by loving. Our purpose, our gifts, our passions unfold from this love, from our own heroic journeys.

I believe we all hold the same purpose which is to lead with love and that will be uniquely expressed through each of us. An authentic life path is one of expanding the human experience, not escaping from it or staying stuck in the suffering of it, but living more fully how we were meant to in our joy, in our daily lives, our work and our relationships.

Jennifer Kass is a writer and life mentor. Jennifer has spent the past six years working with hundreds of clients one-on-one all over the world. Jennifer created the #lovepioneer app + podcast, and the LIVING IN LOVE course–an online learning course for living, loving and leading with courage and transparency. Jennifer received her degree in Journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After working at Condé Nast Publishing for four years, Jennifer left to begin her mentoring work. In 2010, Jennifer also received her coaching certificate from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Jennifer currently lives in New York City and is writing her first book.

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