It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us. 

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Everything On The Planet Is Working

Everything is working. Irrespective of how you feel about it, or what your opinion is on it, everything is working. Your life is working . . . you’re alive! Our collective evolution is working . . . we’re alive! Everything on the planet is working . . . everything is alive.

Life is fulfilling its promise to you. But beyond keeping you alive, life doesn’t owe you anything else. That means that everything that happens today, beyond what life is supposed to do, which is to keep you alive, is a bonus .

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is an incredibly important part of living an abundant and fulfilled life. It’s easy to get disheartened, overwhelmed and stressed out about what’s happening in your life and so gratitude can often get overlooked. The implementation of even a few consistent gratitude practices is a powerful way of bringing us right back into the present moment and seeing our life through a different lens. 

What is Gratitude?

To understand how to achieve gratitude, let’s look at what it means. Gratitude is a more layered concept than simply saying thank you. It creates a positive emotional response and this is a core part of shifting the energy within the body on a physical and emotional level. 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Resilience

Given that I almost died from cancer, I have had several attribute my survival to some deep wherewithal within me that crisis awakened. But humbly, I must clarify the resilience that helped save my life was not just some reservoir within me. It did not come from me alone. But through facing what was mine to face, I was given access to much more than me. I think this is the paradox about resilience.

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Dawn, Dusk, and Midday

Vacillations in how we feel are part of life, particularly now as the planet lives through a pandemic. We have unexpectedly come face to face with potential illness and mortality, as well as the relative shortness of one lifetime. It can shake our emotional foundations. Yet, wherever we are on the timeline of life, most of us gradually reach some kind of resolution. We come to terms with life and death. The wisdom of the ages reaches into our souls and awakens awareness. We realize time is an illusion and if we don’t fully immerse ourselves in “now,” we miss both the mundane and spiritual impacts of life. This is the soul’s journey, right now being played out on a world canvas, as we pass from dawn to dusk and finally see the full illumination of midday (or the “present moment”).

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How To Develop More Trust and Faith In The Universe

We all want to control everything but when we have faith that the universe will take care of us, we often get what is best for us.

When we try to force everything, we actually push it away. If you just observe life around you, you'll notice the proof that the universe knows what it's doing.

How do you NOT have faith in the universe? Where is your attention right now? Are you focusing too much on the future?

Focus on all the times where things worked out. We tend to think too much about what is not working out. And we keep thinking what SHOULD be.

Trust that the universe knows what is really best for you.

Surrender and live in peace.

In this video, I discuss how to develop more trust in the universe.

Five Things You Need To Do Now to Prepare For The Winter Solstice!

As the days get shorter and shorter, we approach the Winter Solstice – the day of the year with the fewest hours of sunlight (in the Northern hemisphere). This special day represents the changing of the seasons and the start of winter. It reminds us that all living things need sunlight and gives us the opportunity to welcome light into our lives by celebrating the absence of it. 

Sunlight is necessary for all things to grow. It gives us vitality and energy. We cannot have life as we know it without sunlight. So when the sun is out of sight on the longest nights of the winter, it’s a beautiful reminder to be grateful for the light in our lives. No matter if the days are getting longer or shorter in your part of the world, this pivotal day can help us connect to Spirit and live aligned with the cycles of nature. 

These moments where the seasons change anchor in us the felt experience that we can never be disconnected from nature. We are intrinsically linked to her cycles. Each solstice brings its own unique energy and gifts. If you’re looking for a Winter Solstice ritual to help mark this important moment, I’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of this special December solstice. 

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If Not Us, Then Who?

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
—Henry David Thoreau

I've Been Thinking...

Who knew what, and when?

That’s the question swirling around Capitol Hill in regards to the January 6 insurrection. In a court of law on Thursday, former President Trump lost again trying to claim presidential privilege when it came to his actions on that fateful day. The judge ruled that, as it turns out, it actually is in the public interest to know who knew what, and when.

That’s good for all of us. It’s good for our country to know who is trying to undermine it, as well as who is trying to protect it. On Monday, the January 6 committee will decide whether or not to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt. I hope they do. He is in contempt, and he should be called out for exactly that.

The anniversary of January 6 is less than one month away, and what an anniversary it will be if we actually wake up to what that day was and is all about. It’s about who we are. It’s about our elections. It’s about our democracy. It’s about what we cherish, what people have fought for and given their lives for. It’s also ultimately about who we want to be moving forward.

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Seeds of Life

My second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer took place on 2 Qanil in the Maya calendar. The sacred symbol Qanil stands for “the seed that generates life and creation.” For me, a perfect analogy, because I envisioned life’s seeds of light and love being transmitted to me via the infusions, at the same time that I felt them radiating out from me in my own vibration. This is the circular process of God creating God in the world. We each embody God in our physical forms, and God experiences life through our experiences. As we create, or express our soul selves, God is creating simultaneously. The entire universe is a divinely designed participatory symphony of living light and love. I feel this almost continuously now.

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Are You Grateful for YOU?

At Thanksgiving time, many people reflect on what they are grateful for. They often say things like family, home, work, health, and friends.

Gratitude opens our heart and raises our vibration to the realm of love, joy, and abundance. Feeling grateful feels fabulous.

However, if you take a moment to look internally, how grateful are you for YOU? What do you like about being you? What personal qualities do you appreciate about yourself? What have you done this past year that you’re proud of?

Most of us have an inner bully who drags us down with self-criticism. The inner bully would never dream of praising us! The inner bully loves to remind us of our faults and all the things we do “wrong” and could have done better. This brings us down into a vibration of shame, which is the lowest vibration we can experience. Shame weighs us down and blocks the flow of creativity, love, joy, and abundance.

Self-gratitude counteracts your inner bully. It helps you take your power back from your inner bully. Instead, you can raise your vibration and uplift yourself with gratitude for you. Self-gratitude is an important part of self-love and true inner confidence. There is no shame in recognizing and celebrating your outstanding qualities. You deserve to hear nice things from yourself! Plus, when you shine, you inspire others to shine.

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Giving Thanks

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." —Melody Beattie

I've Been Thinking...

I love Thanksgiving. I also love the week that leads up to it. This has always been my favorite holiday and favorite time of year.

I love Thanksgiving not just because it focuses on food, family, faith, and football, but also because it is steeped in gratitude. Gratitude is always in the air at this time of year. I can feel it, I can sense it, and I love expressing it to the people in my life. I also love being on the receiving end of it.

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What’s Keeping You From Being Happy?

Life is Fantastic! Nature is teaching us in every way. Just this morning I saw the most beautiful rainbow, between the clouds of rain. Life is fantastic and I am so happy. I don’t need to justify it, or apologize for it. I am just happy. And, I think what’s keeping you from being happy too, is the fact you feel it’s not okay to be happy. As much as you want to be happy and want to feel a sense of joy everyday and feel a sense of vibrancy and aliveness, you won’t let yourselves have it because it’s raining in everyone else’s reality while you’re living in the world of rainbows. 

You need to realize that people are exactly where they are, just as you are where you are. It’s time you write yourself a happy permission slip. Where you would ordinarily pretend to be miserable, or pretend to not be happy by dimming down your happiness in the presence of other people, I want you to not be afraid of being happy. 

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Let Thanksgiving Inspire You to Start a Gratitude Practice

There’s something truly heartwarming about the holiday season, when many of us gather with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks. What we may not realize, though, is that there’s no need to limit these warm, joyful feelings to a certain day or time of year.

Research shows us that being grateful can make us happier, and that developing an 'attitude of gratitude' is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.” Now Stanford researchers have found a heightened sense of appreciation is among silver liningsAmericans are experiencing in the pandemic. So why not celebrate gratitude all year long? Let Thanksgiving inspire you to start a daily gratitude practice! Here are three easy tips to get started with.

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How Emotional Baggage Causes Stress, and How to Release It

Energy healing, deep breathing, and gratitude can help relieve stress


Nov. 3 is National Stress Awareness Day. For many of us, stress has become a daily reality in our lives, even before the pandemic added to our stress load. So where is all this stress coming from?

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How to Breathe in the Wake of Suicide

The beginning of October holds the anniversary of my brother’s death. He committed suicide before I turned 20, on his 25th birthday. Even after all these years, I have complicated feelings about his death. I am still learning how to breathe in the wake of a suicide, and not for the reasons you might think.

Every year I think about my brother and the role he played in my life. On his birthday this year, I received acupuncture. Could this energy work help me let go of any suppressed grief or other emotions? The session included tuning forks, sound bowls and needles. The goal was for an opening to be found somewhere in my psyche, that would help release unhealthy energy trapped in my body, and mind.

One tiny needle, called a Press Tack, was left in my wrist. It was secured under breathable tape, and would last for a couple days. This little needle would possibly help me continue processing old emotions. The tiny tack caused more discomfort than the longer needles. Was this an indication of what was to come in the near future?

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: The Café Life

I have always loved the café life where I can sit by the endless river without leaving the river, where I can remove myself from the sweeping current but still drink from life. Known as “schools of wisdom,” the first cafés were opened in Damascus, Mecca, and Istanbul in the 15th century, places to stop before making the trek across the continent.

The English word coffee comes from the Italian word caffè, which in turn comes from the Arabic term qahwa, which originally referred to a type of wine. But after wine was banned by Islam in the seventh century, the name referred to coffee.

I wonder: Who was the first to brew and open his door? Who was the first to stop and share his story? And what was that story? Was it one of wonder or betrayal? In 1640, a coffeehouse opened in Venice. Twelve years later, Pasqua Rosee opened the first café In London in St. Michael’s Alley. By 1739, there were 551 coffeehouses in London. They were known as “penny universities.” Patrons told stories, played checkers, sketched portraits, and read poetry. Weary travelers listened and laughed before picking up their burdens.

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Is It Time to Press Your Pause Button?

Have you lost your spark or feel uninspired lately? Has the stress of your job or family drama taken all you have left? Are you becoming more pessimistic about the monotony of life, the people around you or even yourself?

This is when you need to press your Pause Button!

When you begin to lose sight of your purpose and direction, your soul will be there—nudging you with signs and signals to step back from the relentless pace of your routine and rediscover your true nature.  

I believe one of the purposes of my “Soul Inspirations” newsletter is to remind us that there will be times in our lives, even moments, when we forget that we’re a part of something greater than ourselves. We forget that we’re a Divine expression of God. This is when we need to make a conscious effort to remember who we really are at a soul level. How do we that? By hitting our Pause Button, taking a break from all the activities in our outer world and going within to connect with our souls.

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It's Time

There’s something about deep wounding that can be a pathway to deep, deep love.
It’s a very beautiful thing when the wound becomes the doorway."
—Henry Shukman

I've Been Thinking...

Dear friend,

How are you? I’d truly love to know.

How was your August? Did it go by slowly or was it way too rushed? Did you travel or stay home? Did you gather with friends or spend time alone?

Have you immersed yourself in the news of Afghanistan? Have you read the stories of the brave soldiers who gave their lives? Do you live in an area ravaged by Hurricane Ida or the fires and need support? (See below for ways to help.) Did the Texas ruling make you angry? Has the Delta variant got you isolating again? Have the ongoing vaccine and mask wars left you discouraged? (I’m happily vaccinated, and I see wearing my mask as a public service.)

However you feel at this moment, try to pace yourself and breathe. There is a lot going on in our world at large, and that’s probably true in your personal life as well. My hope is to always meet you where you are. I hope my words each Sunday help you feel seen, supported, hopeful, and less alone on your journey to what I call The Open Field.

As for me, I find myself feeling a whole range of emotions about our country and about life right now. But I am in a good place overall. I’m in a place of self-compassion, self-love, and self-acceptance.

These days, I greet myself in the mirror with words of gratitude and appreciation, not with a self-critical voice like I used to do. I’m calm, at ease, and at peace, which is huge for me. This is all despite my deep concern about Texas, the California recall, and about our country’s deep division, which I have a real desire to help heal.

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Commitment to Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without words
And never stops—at all”
—Emily Dickinson

A key component in any transformative life experience, personal or planetary, is hope. Not half-hearted or faint hope, but hope that is steadfast, sturdy, resilient, like that in Emily Dickinson’s poem. Hope within the human soul cannot be extinguished, no matter the hardship or loss. Despite the challenges of life, we humans endure because of that intangible something within us that holds us to life. Yet, there are times when hope seems shaky—as tenuous as a single candle flame wavering in a strong wind. Times such as now, when political discord, a deadly global pandemic, or personal crises erode our belief in a positive outcome. This is when hope is needed most.

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What is your choice for today?

What is your choice for today?

I woke up as I always do with the words “THANK YOU”  rolling off my tongue and flying off on the wings of joy into the universe.

I wish I could put all the enthusiasm for life I feel upon awakening into the hearts of all sentient beings. 

I know that regardless of what life is throwing at me today, I still get to choose gratitude.  My focus is my choice.  

I get to focus on what have or what I don’t have. I get to focus on sickness, or health.  Employed, or not employed.  In love, or in envy, in pain or not……. My focus is my choice.

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Leaving Well

“Today is the day you rid yourself of anything that distracts from your best life."  
—Joshua Becker



I've Been Thinking...

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about leaving. I don’t mean leaving on vacation (although I am looking forward to my annual August break). I’ve actually been thinking more deeply and broadly about the different ways we all leave a piece of ourselves behind each and every day. 

We leave jobs or careers that no longer bring us joy. We leave relationships that don’t work for us anymore. We leave religious or political affiliations that no longer stand for what we believe. This week, under President Biden’s direction, the U.S. announced plans to leave Afghanistan. Former President Bush said it was a mistake, but Biden said it was the right move. Meanwhile, Texas legislators dramatically up and left the state capitol while the legislature was in session to protest voting rights suppression.

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Weekday Personal Support

Join Panache Desai each weekday morning for support in reconnecting to the wellspring of calm and peace that lives within you and that has the power to counterbalance all of the fear, panic, and uncertainty that currently engulfs the world.

Designed To Move You From Survival and Fear to Safety and Peace. Available Monday - Friday. Meditation begins at 9 AM.  Access early to hear Panache's monologue -  around 8:30 AM. 

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