More from and about
Susan L. Taylor
(biographical info at bottom of page)

  

The balance and peace we seek for ourselves and our society
wonít be achieved through mental effort alone.  Mind and spirit
are meant to travel together, with spirit leading the way.  Until we
make a conscious commitment to understand and embrace our
spiritual nature, we will endure the ache of living without the
awareness and guidance of the most essential part of ourselves.

   

If we take control of the world within ourselves, no circumstance outside us will have its way with us. When we live moment to moment, we place ourselves at the center of life, where infinite wisdom abides, rather than on the periphery, where things are forever changing and we are susceptible to the vagaries of the world. It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie.

      
The unhappiness we experience is not so much a result of the difficulties encountered along our journey as it is of our misperception of how life instructs us. We may see a failed relationship as an indictment of our self-worth when it is really a lesson in using better judgment, in valuing ourselves more, in expressing greater appreciation for our partner--lessons to prepare us for a more loving and fulfilling union. If we are passed over for a much-anticipated promotion, it may be just the push we need to get more training or to venture out on our own as an entrepreneur. As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts, to our inner power and our purpose.
  
When we live moment to moment, we place ourselves at the center of life, where infinite wisdom abides, rather than on the periphery, where things are forever changing and we are susceptible to the vagaries of the world. It is in our awareness each moment of our oneness with God that our inner peace and greatest strength lie.
   

The paralyzing effect of fear makes us as helpless as babies and blinds us to the truth that God didnít send us here to be powerless spectators, but to become powerful initiators. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience, and we have the power to break the cycle of negativity that is fueling a very dangerous world.  Itís not only possible, itís why we are here.

     

Each moment is magical, precious and complete and will never exist again.
We forget that now is the moment we are in, that the next one isn't
guaranteed. And if we are blessed with another moment, any joy, creativity
or wisdom it brings will ensue from the way we live in the present one.

   

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As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part
of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts,
to our inner power and our purpose.

   

When you commit yourself to living love, you feel at peace with yourself
because you are at harmony with the flow of life. Viewing life from the highest
perspective, you feel confident and secure. You realize that no matter how
things may appear, you are loved and protected. You know you are one with
God, and you bring your peace with you wherever you go. Youíre not
looking for love, but for opportunities to love.

   

Each moment is magical, precious and complete and will never exist again.
We forget that now is the moment we are in, that the next one isn't guaranteed.
And if we are blessed with another moment, any joy, creativity or wisdom
it brings will ensue from the way we live in the present one.

   
    
Susan L. Taylor has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African American owned business success stories of the past three decades.

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Taylor was the founder of her own company, Nequai Cosmetics, before becoming Essenceís fashion and beauty editor and, in 1981, its editor-in-chief. She is the author of three books:  In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor, Lessons in Living and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives, the latter co-authored with her husband, Khephra Burns.  In 1999 Taylor became the first African-American woman to receive The Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America, the magazine industryís highest honor.

In 2002, Taylor was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editorsí (ASME) Hall of Fame, which celebrates the career-long records of excellence, creativity and impact of a select group of highly influential magazine journalists.  Taylor is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Society of Magazine Editors.  She is also an avid supporter of a host of organizations dedicated to moving the Black community forward, serving as a member of the Commission on Research in Black Education, among others.  She is personally committed to serving and empowering the poor and to working with disadvantaged women and teenagers to help them realize their strengths and take charge of their lives.  Taylor is currently co-chair of a capital campaign with Danny Glover to raise money to build housing in the rural areas of South Africa.

  

  

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