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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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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When Life is Hard, Let Go of The Plan

You may feel like things are challenging at this moment in your life. But let’s get this straight right now. It’s not because you’re failing or broken. It’s because your spirit demands soaring— not coping. It’s your time.

You’re standing at the doorway.

On one side of the door, you can decide that life has not turned out the way you desire. It’s unfair. It’s too hard. Maybe the same thing keeps happening to you– or not happening.

You might feel anxious or discouraged. It’s a young techie’s world. Or a blonde’s. Or someone luckier and other than you. You don’t have real money. Your lover turns out to be a tiny bit misleading, what with being married to 8 other people and all. And the disappointments seem familiar, and yet cut you to the bone, because part of you knows, it doesn’t have to be this way.  

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Grounded but Not Buried

I take my time, looking for what [lasts]…

Tao Ch’ien


We are constantly challenged to marry what is with what can be. If we only bear witness to the trials of existence, we will be weighed down by the burdens of time. If we only pine after what is possible and ideal, we will become airy, romantic, and completely removed from the embodiment of life. So these questions of practice remain: What are the tools by which you stay grounded but not buried in the ground? And what are the tools by which you are lifted but not removed from all that is real? Staying grounded but not buried and lifted but not removed is how we repair, reimagine, and rebuild the world.

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Law of Attraction Exercises: How to Attract Your Dream Into Existence

The power of imagination is vastly underestimated in our culture. And yet, it’s what brings everything we see into existence! Every physical form – from chairs and buildings to systems and lighting – was first a thought. That thought, paired with inspired action, led to its physical manifestation. 

The same creative power rests in you: to bring your own dreams from the realm of imagination into your physical reality. But not everyone who is aware of that power is able to tap into it right away. To activate that potential, you need to be in harmony with the Law of Attraction, which works to help you bring your vision to life. 

Today we’re going to take hold of that creative power using a series of Law of Attraction exercises that amplify your connection to the infinite and attract your dream into your new, incredible reality. 

So let’s get right into dream-building!

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Where We Find Ourselves

"This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful:in a word, more alive."
Alice Waters

I've Been Thinking...

I just had one of those weeks, but I don't mean what you think.

Usually when someone says “I had a week,” they mean that things were tough, overwhelming, or stressful for them. And Lord knows we’ve all experienced a lot of those feelings lately. In fact, if you were glued to the news this past week, you probably felt all those things as you were inundated with stories about supply chain woes, the devastating news from the Astroworld Festival, record inflation numbers, and yet more stories about our fragile democracy and the former president trying to block his records from going to the bipartisan committee investigating what happened on January 6, 2021.

I heard all those stories this past week as well, but on my birthday last Saturday, I told myself that whenever I get anxious about the news of the day, I need to stop, pause, and listen to myself instead. Listening is an art, and for decades it’s been my job to listen, learn, and share what I’ve learned. But it wasn’t until late in life that I afforded the same listening skills that I brought to my journalism career to myself.

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Moody People Nearby? Let Your Energy Make Them Smile!

I recently made plans to meet a few friends for dinner. It’s been such a long time since we’ve gotten together and we were all feeling upbeat and ready for a night out at our favorite restaurant. As we were all catching up with each other’s lives, the waitress came to take our order.

It was pretty obvious that our waitress was having a bad day. She was less than friendly and not hiding how irritated she was. Instead of getting upset, irritated or angry myself, I decided to use a technique that I was taught many years ago. I still use it whenever I encounter someone who is angry, annoyed or just in a bad mood.

I decided to send the waitress positive, calming energy with my thoughts and surround her with white light. I took a moment to imagine this positive light entering her heart center. I did this as she took our order.

When our food was ready, the waitress brought it to our table and you could see she was more engaging. Her face was less tense and she actually began to laugh with us!

When the waitress left our table, my friends looked at each other and then at me. “Did you do something, John?” I told them I just sent her positive energy to help ease her mood, and possibly help her have a better night.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: NOTICE

Imagine a lantern in an open boat,
the light flickering as the boat drifts
in the night lake.

Now imagine it rains and look closely
at how the drops plop in the lake
and thud in the boat and bead on
the sides of the lantern.

Notice how the flame doesn’t
go out.



A Question to Walk With: Describe the boat that is your life, the lantern that is your heart, and the small flame within your very center that doesn’t go out.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Gods Visit.


Small Things With Great Love

Mother Teresa said, “We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” In my experience, the smallest things require the greatest love. The smallest things we do are the intimate and personal choices we make each moment before we act. These choices are always between the intention of love and the intention of fear – between gratitude, caring, and patience, among others, and anger, jealousy, righteousness, among others.

These choices appear to us as as the smallest of small things, as interior experiences that we alone can enter and alter. Yet with our choices of love or fear we create the consequences of our lives and the contributions we make to the world. These choices are the origins of all things, great and small, they alone animate the one who chooses. You are the one who chooses.

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Let's Light The Way


 

I've Been Thinking...

It was my birthday yesterday, and I've gotta say, I feel so blessed this year. 

I feel blessed to be alive. Blessed that my children are healthy and that they all came home to celebrate with me! Blessed that my granddaughter lights up when I walk into a room! Blessed to have friends who have stood with me through the years and who have guided me, laughed with me, held me when I’ve fallen apart, and picked me up when I couldn’t get up. They have reminded me more than a few times of my value, my worth, and my love.

I am also blessed that my work feels meaningful. I feel like I have a purpose bigger than myself, and part of that feeling comes from being in community with each of you each Sunday. That means a lot to me.

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Why Isn’t Your Body Perfect?

There is no good reason, from everything science tells us, why the human body shouldn’t be perfect. The scientific model builds Nature up from the simplest, smallest components to the largest and most complex. There is no doubt that at the smallest scale subatomic particles, atoms and molecules, and are perfect, because they have endured without change for billions of years.

Did imperfections arise with the beginning of life on Earth? Single-cell microorganisms are thousands, perhaps millions, of times larger and more complex than the smallest molecules that they are built from. But one-celled creatures have endured for something like 3.5 billion years. Since they reproduce by cell division, the most ancient forms of amoebas, algae, protists, and so on are actually still with us–literally the first amoeba has never died or aged.  Life forms with complex structures constitute much less than one percent of living things; a bucket of ocean water is likely to contain hundreds of unknown variations on their DNA.

Imperfection gained the stage thanks to the same force that produced perfection: evolution. We suffer from disease, resist ageing, and fear death, but all of these are creative steps as far as evolution is concerned, since evolution triumphs through maximum diversity and an endless supply of new genes leading to improvements.

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Quiet Genius: SAYING YES TO WHAT MATTERS

If you are human, you have a calling: to live your genius. —Gay Hendricks


Two of the most significant teachers during my career in the time management field were Stephen Covey and Gay Hendricks.
With Stephen’s work, I began to realize how much time in each day I spent in conversation or in action with events and things which were really not that important to me. I also started to see the value in training my mind to only focus on the actions needed to support my heart remaining open. I no longer wanted to fill my days with irrelevant topics.

When I would find myself stressing about a particular topic, I would ask myself, “Will this make my eulogy? Will someone mention this at the end of my life?” Ninety percent of the time I would get a resounding “no” and so I would let it go.

Focus is a key factor in our lives. You can be in traffic and focus on how slow it is moving, or you can enjoy being in the flow. You can look at your relationship and see how challenging it is or you can celebrate the other ninety five percent, which is powerful and amazing about the relationship. Spending time on the important attracts more important moments into our lives.

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant. —Stephen Covey


Gay Hendricks taught me to categorize my day-to-day tasks into four zones: Incompetence, Competence, Excellence and Genius. It is crucial to learn how to make the distinction of how you spend your time and how you express your excellence and your genius. It requires an honest inventory of noticing which tasks and events we engage in, and noticing which are falling into the incompetent or just competent zones. Remember there is always someone else who would love to do the things for you that you are incompetent in, because for them it could be a task that fulfills their excellence and genius zones.

Gay gave an example of how he was at the post office one day and waiting in a long line to mail his package. As he reflected on what he was doing with his package and his use of time that day, he came to the following realization: he was competent to mail his package but his excellence and genius zone was to be at home writing his book. It was at this moment he realized he could engage someone else to mail packages. This someone else would free him to stay at home and work on his writing and stay in his zone of excellence.

By consciously staying in his zone of genius he could enable someone else with the patience and personal assisting organizational skills set (including mailing packages) to stay within their zone of genius (personally assisting) at the same time.

This practice has changed my entire way of working in my spiritual community. I now delegate more and empower others to fulfill many tasks that may be in my zone of competence but their zone of genius. This way, members of my spiritual community are empowered to stay in their zone of their genius while I can too. This is what Stephen Covey terms a win-win for all.

When I see myself fulfilling projects that are within my zone of (in)competence, I now realize I can create a job or a fulfilling task for somebody else who would really love to do it. This way of life—this way of living in my zone of genius (as Gay Hendrick calls it)— gives us the freedom to be a Difference Maker in someones’ life, while continually expanding our desires that keep us in our zone of excellence too.

This article is an excerpt from my new book: Being A Difference Maker: A Guide For Living Life Out Loud.

Loving Life,




The Science Behind The Secret and The Law Of Attraction

In the same way the laws of gravity, electricity, or magnetism work regardless of our awareness, the Law of Attraction is always actively at work in our lives – at all times, for all people!

Just like magnetism can be harnessed to create superpowered “maglev” trains (in which magnets help achieve train speeds of up to 375 mph!), developing a spiritual and scientific understanding of the Law of Attraction can help create powerful results, and deeper harmony, in every area of your life. 

The purpose of today’s lesson is to explain how the scientific principles behind the Law of Attraction can help you create and live a life you love. We’ll also talk about how you can reach the next levels of awareness and wisdom you need to achieve the results you desire.

So to begin, let’s reveal what “the secret” is and how it connects to the law of attraction. 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Keep Trying

Take off your situation
and you are closer.

Take off the story you’ve
been told about yourself
and you are closer still.

Take off your dream of
compliance or rebellion
and you’re almost there.

Take off your name and
put your face in the stream
of all that wants to fill you.

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“I Don’t Fit In.”

Do you believe that you are supposed to 'fit in?' You might feel differently after reading this article!

The other morning, I opened our carton of eggs to make my breakfast. I looked at the beautiful eggs we get from our local organic farmer, James Ranch. The eggs were all different colors—light green, white, dark brown, light brown and speckled brown. They were also all different sizes. I felt grateful that I got to look at all the different colors and sizes rather than the same-size, same-color eggs that come in the cartons of store eggs. The thought occurred to me—why is sameness so important to people? Why do they want eggs that are all the same size and all the same color?

I often hear from my clients, "I don't fit in." "I'm too different from everyone else." "I'm an alien."

"I'm different and an alien too," I tell them, "and I'm proud of it. I don't want to 'fit in' and be like everyone else. I just want to be me."

Many of us grew up believing that if we were 'different,' there was something wrong with us. In junior high and high school, all I wanted was to be just like everyone else. I never was, but I got good at faking it so that I could fit in.

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Feeling Tense? SNAP out of Stress

Mindful methods to calm stress, strain, and worry



Have you found yourself posting funny memes, silly videos or amusing clips from TV or movies to share a laugh with your friends? Or have you made a habit of searching YouTube or TikTok for funny cat videos? Laughter is a great way to relieve some of the sadness and seriousness of these times, and reset your nervous system from stressed to calm. So is mindfulness.

Research shows that mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help us:

  • Reduce anxiety, depression and stress.

  • Increase emotional well-being.

  • Build more satisfying relationships.

  • Maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise.

Studies even suggest that mindfulness may reduce inflammation and improve immune system function — and reduce the harmful effects stress has on your heart and mental health.

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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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Finding Hope Beyond Fear

"How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it."
Judy Blume


I've Been Thinking...

Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. When my kids were young, I loved dressing up with them and going trick-or-treating. I enjoyed watching the looks of amazement on their faces as they ran from house to house in our neighborhood. They alternated between looks of terror when they encountered scary decorations, and then looks of thrill beyond belief when they scored a Kit Kat or Reese's peanut butter cup. 

Fear and joy all in one night! That’s what Halloween represented for our family.

I thought about that this week as we approached this holiday. I experienced great joy a few days ago as I got to watch my granddaughter dress up as a daisy for her very first Halloween. It was beyond adorable. I felt so much joy getting to share this experience with her.

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What If Aging Is A Mistake?

Since no one wants to age, there is a tremendous incentive to prevent, slow down or even reverse it. But all these efforts run into the same obstacle. No one actually knows what aging is or precisely what causes it. On its face, this riddle shouldn’t exist. The universe is subject to entropy, which causes everything, including the universe itself, to run down like a child’s toy whose battery slowly runs down. Biology chimes in with the obvious fact that all higher living things grow old and die.

But reality changes depending on your viewpoint, and one viewpoint tells us that aging, especially human aging, could be a mistake. First, we need to counter the evidence that living things must grow old and die. This is more easily done than you might suppose. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the counter-argument against aging.

  • Entropy refers to the dissipation of heat by which warm things grow colder. But those are inanimate things. Life preserves and increases energy. Putting on a coat in winter effectively defeats entropy, and so have all living forms for at least four billion years.
  • The universe may die a “heat death” as it approaches absolute zero, but in the meantime, complex forms keep arising and surviving. The force that creates them is evolution.
  • Unique among the living things yet discovered, Homo sapiens can consciously choose to evolve.
  • Long ago Homo sapiens escaped the prison of Darwinian survival of the fittest by moving in any direction that offers more complexity, creativity, and discovery.
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How to Build a Personal Brand & Establish Credibility

Now is your time to create an impact. Learn what personal branding is and how to build a personal brand in 7 steps.


If you want to make a real impact in the world, people need to know who you are. 

That’s why aspiring leaders and changemakers learn how to build a personal brand so others can easily understand exactly who they are and what they stand for — and what makes them great. 

But if you’ve been busy focusing on honing your skills and figuring out the best ways to share your magic with the world, chances are you haven’t had the time to put much effort into creating a thoughtful, well-considered personal brand for yourself. 

Maybe you’re feeling stuck, uncertain what to do beyond posting inspirational quotes on Facebook and Instagram. Or maybe you’re afraid that putting yourself “out there” will take up too much time and effort without doing much to grow your business.

The good news is, learning how to build a personal brand can be much easier than you think. This guide will show you how to create your own brand that will leave a positive and memorable impression, plus see how to get people excited to work with you in person.   

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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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