Honor Those You Love. Start Today

As I stood in the back of my church on Palm Sunday, I found myself thinking a lot. Actually, I came into church already thinking, as I had just spent an afternoon with a friend who was struggling with cancer.

A year ago, my friend was the picture of health—laughing, debating issues of the day, and planning her future like the rest of us. She is my age, and like my friend Nancy whom I wrote about last week, there is no future left to dream about for her, either. So instead, we reminisced about the past.

The past made us laugh. It was filled with adventures and possibilities. Dreams and opportunities. I called her on my way home and said, “Thank you for today. There’s nothing like an old friendship.” “So true,” she replied.

They say that youth is wasted on the young. So is our health. So, whether you’re young or old, I encourage you to value your friendships. Value your health. (I hope you’ll register and join me in June for Move for Minds 2018.) Value the moments you have now to let someone know that you care about them.

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7 Steps to have MORE LOVE in your life in 2018

Love is quite simply the most precious possession in existence. And my mission is to share the best insights I know to bring more love into each of your lives. Today, I want to share the most powerful way to create MORE LOVE in your life in 2018.

This beautiful insight comes from my dear friend Ken Page’s game-changing best seller Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy.

If you want more love in 2018, try this life-changing exercise from Ken:

Think about all the people you know, from your nearest and dearest to people you may not have thought about for years. And just ask yourself these three questions:

  • Who truly loves me?
  • Who sees and treasures me for who I really am?
  • Whom do I trust to have my best interests at heart?

Each of the people you picked is gold. They are your personal dream-team in life. The very wisest path to love is to nurture these relationships – by doing three things:

Practice giving more to each one of these precious people.

Practice asking for more from each of them as well (yes, it’s true, asking for more is an act of intimacy!)

And most of all: enjoy them. This last suggestion is perhaps the greatest act of life wisdom that I know.

Follow these 3 steps and watch 2018 blossom into the most love-filled year of your life.

In Deeper Dating, Ken teaches “micro-meditations;” small practices that take less than three minutes, but have the power to enrich your entire intimacy journey. This micro-meditation can be your foundation for a love-filled 2018.

Micro-Meditation: The Love that’s Already Yours

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The Carol of Unconditional Love

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.” ~The Conductor, Polar Express


So, what's on your holiday list this year? A healthy dose of rage for the husband who doesn't even pretend to be civil around your extended family?

Insurmountable sadness for the child who has chosen such an alternative path of independence that he or she refuses to come home to celebrate anymore? Incalculable jealousy for the whip-smart size 6 sister who just received the ultimate career promotion all while being married to the doting husband and whose children both received full-ride scholarships to college? Perhaps it's a super-sized portion of guilt and self-pity as you polish off the last of the homemade Christmas cookies and gooey toffee by candlelight once the kids are tucked in snug as little bugs awaiting the arrival of jolly old St. Nicholas.


As you mix a strong vodka martini to attempt to drown your emotional landscape, allow me to share with you the one precious and unexpected gift I received this year that delivered such a profound ‘ah ha!’ moment that my own personal and protected list of transgressions have shriveled to almost nothing.


Not long ago, as the monster category 5 storm named Hurricane Irma was beating a path to our front door, I experienced what I can only describe as a miracle of consciousness.

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Making “impossible” POSSIBLE

Manifesting our heart’s desire doesn’t always happen instantly, magically, or effortlessly.

It rarely happens that way.

It can often be a long, circuitous route.

In fact, it’s normal, to sometimes get to the point where you say to yourself:

“It’s just too hard.”

“It isn’t meant to be.”

Blah. Blah. Blah.

And, then, it’s up to YOU to re-ignite your passion and persistence, to take daily steps to make your dreams come true.

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These Great Gifts We Take for Granted

“We use them each and every day without giving them so much as a second thought,” says thought-leader, author and philosopher Ken Wilber.

He’s referring to some Gifts that come with our lives in the Western, or developed world, although some range beyond that and apply even in primitive societies.

He focuses on four we never think about, calling them “Mental Software” that is installed, without our necessarily understanding that it’s happening, as Givens in our society. So he’s not talking about Awareness; the ability to Think; my favourite – the ability to compare (similars) and contrast (dissimilars); or the necessities most of us do take for granted: food, potable water, shelter. We’ve had a stark illustration of having that rug pulled out from under us in the situation in Puerto Rico, where a large portion of the population has been living without those. Could you go a week without these survival supports that are normally provided for us in modern society? I wouldn’t know where to start.

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Healing Power of Gratitude

Ready to feel better and heal faster?  Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t.


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Manifesting Abundance Is Easy

You would probably like to become better at manifesting abundance.But instead of trying to draw it to you, let’s take a different approach: allowing it by being happy and grateful. Yes, this kind of sounds too good to be true, but in a moment you’ll see why it’s so effective.Are you happy, right now, with what is?Probably not, right?

Most likely you are focused on your problems – including lack of abundance. Happiness is what allows abundance in, so let’s work on quickly creating that happy state of mind.First, choose to be happy with the abundance you already have (which is more than you think). How can you do this? By feeling gratitude and appreciation. Be grateful and appreciative of everything in your life, especially the struggles and difficult people – they are your greatest teachers.

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When plans go Awry? (Ditch the plans!)

This week has been so rich with ups and downs I must have meditated at least 3 times daily just to keep myself sane. My oracle cards were also on point so nothing really came as a surprise when Chaos and Conflict, Not For You, was followed by more of the same. I think I chose the card with the saying “ not my circus, not my monkeys” four times over 5 days.

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My 9 Step Process to Heal the Heart

In healing my own heart, I’ve found that there’s an evolutionary process that occurs as I move from awareness to appreciation. I’ve broken this process down into nine steps so that you can recognize where you are currently and then see where you can move to. I will be using my own life experiences as examples of how you can use these steps to open up, ask for help from the Archangels, and allow healing into your heart. By witnessing my journey from beginning to end, it is my hope that you can take what fits for you, relate it to your own present or past circumstances, and reach a place where true healing is realized. This is my process of self-love and forgiveness.

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Go To: Gratitude

Most of my life I was Angry and Arrogant.

It did not make me happy. I saw attacks everywhere. If you told me the Universe had my back, I would respond in one of two ways. One was, “Of course!” (How could it be otherwise for Me?). Or the other, “I had to fight tooth and claw for everything in my life” against prevailing forces.

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Meet my amazing new friend and teacher Louis!

When you look at this picture, what do you notice?

Two people, hanging out on the beach in Puerto Vallarta?

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Why We Need Time to Think and Reflect

While visiting Sacramento, CA, this week (where I was inducted into California’s Hall of Fame), I had the opportunity to speak with two great public servants. One Democrat. One Republican. Both men who I deeply admire.

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A Letter of Our Deepest Gratitude to Organ Donor Families

My heart aches for you and the depth of your grief and loss.

You have faced the inconceivable; the loss of your precious child. Last night you arrived home to an empty little bed, to toys that will sit unplayed with, to a home that is unconscionably quiet.

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Coming from the heart and not the mind

Have you ever had that time where your heart says yes, but then your left brain kicks in with all of the negatives and the fear starts to arise? Our brain is programmed from past experiences and stories we have heard, and sometimes that can stop us from following our gut feeling and acting from the heart.

Yesterday I walked to my gate at the airport. I love walking through airports because there are so many souls to connect with there…and people watching is the best!

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The first five years of my life created a blueprint that would continually call me back to my own soul signature-the truth of my limitless potential. I was lucky to be raised in an environment where love and devotion were the foundations of our daily lives. These practices were deeply engrained in me, and as much as I may have drifted away from them at times in my life, they were so entrenched in my being I would always return.My beloved grandmother, Shanti Desai, informed my spirituality and played an indelible role in my childhood. She was a tiny Indian woman with warm, dark eyes that flickered behind thick-framed glasses. Always dressed in a sari, her long, black braid of hair gleamed with fragrant coconut oil as it dangled down her back. The hours of her life were marked by the care she endlessly showered on others, praying for all those around her, and powerfully connected to spirit. She prayed every day and devoted her every waking moment to desiring the best for her family. Her prayers were not for herself, but for her children and grandchildren.Because of her spirit and devoted nature, my grandmother was moved to transform the family’s television room into a meditation center. The magnetic allure of this room was not about the icons, mala beads, or mantras. What drew you in was her spirit – a soul so anchored in sacredness that anyone who entered that room felt the transformational energy of power and possibility.  It was safe, and I felt safe inside it. It was more than a room. It was home.My grandmother was the living embodiment of tenderness, care, and nurturing - the divine feminine personified. She was such a duality because, as present and spiritual as she was, she would still worry about everyone she loved. But that’s what grandmothers do. They’re protective, and they worry. A wonderful mixture of both spirituality and humanity, she was the ultimate loving presence, and I am forever grateful for her impact on my life.And today my mother Mira is following in her footsteps. She arrives at our home at 8 am every morning and plays an integral part in my twin daughter’s lives. She cares for my girls the way my grandmother cared for me, and now they’ll be able to benefit from the power, strength, and devotion expressed not only from their wonderful mother, but their own adoring ‘Baa,’ as well.I wouldn’t be where I am or have the blessings I have without the legacy of strong women in my life. My grandmother’s commitment to service, her steadfast love, and her faithful recognition of the Divine made me who I am today. I feel as though I’m just getting started, but 20 years from now I’ll be interested to see how one inspiring person who lived her authentic soul signature leaves her enduring impression on another. My grandmother’s influence will echo through generations as her love continues to resonate through me and in turn, through my daughters.My grandmother, Shanti Desai, truly lived her unique purpose and not only touched the lives of her loved ones, but everyone connected to her family. I believe we’re always bonded to the people we love. Whether they live miles away or have transitioned on, they never really leave us.  I don’t have moments where I sense my grandmother’s presence. I know she’s with me on every step of my journey.She and I are forever one – in spirit, in soul, and in love.• To Learn More About Panache Desai -  CLICK HERE• Looking to take a class from Panache? - CLICK HERE• Would you like to Meet Panache in Person? - CLICK HERE• Would you Like to Learn More about Panache's Online Classes? - CLICK HERE 

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