Skip Jennings is an associate minister, author, motivational speaker, transformational coach, and group fitness instructor for Equinox. He is the owner of Mind, Body, Spirit Solutions LLC, and the author of books that includes The Lotus Kitchen, Spirit Explosions, and his latest creation, The Little Book for Big Transformations: 31 Days of Inner Visions and Spiritual Practices. Jennings is an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner with 30 years of experience helping the planet transform one life at a time.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
Growing up in Atlantic City NJ my mother, is schoolteacher always remind me that I could do whatever I decided to do with God’s help and dedication. My upbringing was filled with spirituality, and a great deal of love and discipline. I believe these early principles for success have guided me to where I’m at today.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
No matter what you go through, all our challenges will work their way out. Everything, every moment, every situation, is or my highest good and growth. Life gets better eventually, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
The one thing that comes to mind is failure. You hear that everyone fails, but I do not believe that. I do not believe in failure; these are only opportunities for us to grow and be better.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
There was a time in my life that I dealt with deep depression. I found meditation end is shifted the way I live my life. Meditation is the key to personal growth, and I’m grateful I have found it. During this time, I dealt with physical challenges, and through yoga, I began to connect with the higher vibration within my body temple.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Meditation is the key to my success. It is opened up the doors for infinite possibilities. Every avatar and spiritual teacher has taught the principle, it is done as you believe. This principle became real when I started a meditation practice.
What is your morning routine?
I get up, I speak a word of gratitude, I pray and meditate, then I do some type of physical exercise. This form of self-care and growth comes before answering any emails text or social media.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Mindfulness in everything I do is key for improving the way I live. I work on being aware and awake during every activity
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I still subscribe to turn all fashion “To-Do List.” It keeps me on track and it helps me to celebrate mini achievements. I keep a “To-Do List” on my smartphone, and it’s always a pleasure to cross one task off the list. I also subscribe to a Chinese proverb, “When you drink tea drink tea,” which simply means whatever you do, do it 100%. Don’t allow your “To-Do List” to overwhelm you: stay present at the task at hand.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
My favorite book is “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker. This book shares a historic account of a fictional African American family, but it rings true to my own family. The second book that is that has inspired me is “The Life Visioning Process” by Michael Bernard Beckwith. This book has helped me to catch a new and divine idea for my life
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
My own personal mantra and quote is, “Transformation requires F.L.O.W., you have to have faith that a transformation happened, you must love yourself through each and every moment of your transformation, you must be open and willing to have a new experience, so your transformation is lasting.” – Skip Jennings