More than Love

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Guest post by Kanika Sethi

I am a big Beatles fan.  In fact, right after the 2016 election, when people immediately starting forming “resistance” groups and gathering in protest outside of Trump Tower shouting obscenities at him, I half-jokingly told friends and families that the only way I’d be standing out there would be if I were with a group singing, “All You Need is LOVE!”   

During the weeks prior to the election, like many Americans, my anxiety became so intense that I hardly slept. I could do nothing but obsess over the news, feeling in my gut that everything was going absolutely wrong.   The only way I knew how to calm myself down was by offering nightly loving-kindness meditations toward Donald Trump.  I thought that his suffering must have been so intense in order for him to be such hateful, spiteful, bitter, angry man.  And he desperately needed more love and compassion. 

I am a firm believer in the ideal of Ahimsa – Sanskrit for non-violence in word, thought and deed — and the idea of “resistance” or even just the term itself has triggered an inner conflict. I’m in awe of and absolutely grateful for the resistance groups and incredible activism that has emerged during this very troubling time in our world history.  Yet, although I firmly believe there are evil forces struggling to retain power, I have been conflicted about being part of a “resistance” when I fear it will only cause more harm and violence in the end. Continue reading

Living with Intent: 6 Steps to Living a Healthier, More Joyful & Purposeful Life

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About two years ago, I approached my father (Deepak Chopra) with a confession. I told him I was generally exhausted, over caffeinated and my sugar addiction was out of control.  I realized I was overscheduled trying to balance my role as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with Intent.com, my start-up social media company. I felt bloated and had a lot of body pain. I hadn’t been meditating or exercising much, and at night I was having trouble sleeping. My father looked shell shocked, and it took a few moments for him to transition from concerned father to Deepak Chopra, the person that thousands go to for health advice. Continue reading

Doing the Inner Work for the Outer Work in a Suffering World

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For the last 3 weeks, I participated in an intensive program at Teachers College (Columbia University) for my Masters in Psychology and Spirituality. During 9-hour days, we immersed ourselves in an academic understanding of the inherent spirituality in children, and how spirituality relates to personal healing, education, substance abuse and depression, and communication. The experiential learning included heart based connection, artistic expression, individual and planetary energy healing, Jungian symbol exploration and, of course, lots of meditation and intention setting.

I will be honest – at times I found the experiential exercises excruciatingly annoying. I have been meditating for 35 years, have attended conferences since my teens, and teach about intention and balance at conferences around the world! For me, returning to school at 45 was clear – my intent was to develop a lexicon of theories in spiritual psychology for my public speaking, and potentially future books and projects.

This endeavor was for my mind and my intellect, not my soul.

As we sat, day after day meditating, I found myself getting more irritable. Because, the world continued to happen…

Brexit, stirring fear and uncertainty

Terrorist attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia

The refugee crisis

My friend mourning her husband’s death to cancer

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

Police shootings in Dallas

Accepting that we had to let go of Cleo, my brother’s dog Continue reading

Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully:
Noticing and Choosing What You Want As You Grow Older

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A few months ago, I did a panel, and follow-up interview with Prevention Magazine (a magazine which I love, by the way) on aging gracefully. How funny to find myself being a voice for that…

On the panel, as others talked about diet, exercise and how to look young, I found myself getting emotional as I thought about my grandfather, Nana, who had just passed away. I realized, while sitting on the stage, that aging gracefully for me meant living with dignity, being of service, and cherishing the relationships in my life. Continue reading

Service Learning: Teaching Children to Live With Intent

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The concept of living with intent, with a sense of purpose, can be taught to children at a young age. Parents lead by their own example, but great teachers can have a huge impact.

Carlthorp School, my daughter’s school in Santa Monica CA, has developed an incredible program with KidUnity, an organization that combines 21st Century learning concepts with service learning to create empathy, empowerment, and skills for children to engage in our world. My daughter is incredibly lucky to have participated in a year long program on civic engagement that culminated with a visit to Washington DC where the students heard from and made presentations to congress, media and organizations on subjects they had studied for during the academic year.

Here is a a reflection from my 12 year old daughter, Leela, on how the program worked and her experience: Continue reading

5 myths about natural beauty products

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5 myths about natural beauty products

Busting the myths about natural beauty products: If the product gets labeled as, “natural,” it does not mean that the product is natural. If you check the label, chances are you will find ingredients that are not necessarily natural. The manufacturer adds five essential oils and some other elements that are deemed natural. Once you add a synthetic substance to the list, the product is not considered all natural. Continue reading

The Top 10 Alternative Items To Put On Your Baby Registry

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Truth about baby registries: people are going to get what appeals to them, even if it’s not on your list. Some people just want to buy clothes. Others love practical things. Some have gender-specific gifts in mind for your Baby. But just about everyone wants to get something that you will use. So why not register for things you and your growing family will use for ages? Continue reading

7 Power Foods That Improve Your Appearance

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A lot of us struggle with excessive consumption of foods that harm our appearance and good looks. One of the contributing factors to outbreaks of acne and skin blemishes is having lots of oily and processed foods in our diet. Thankfully, there are natural antidotes that can get the body clean and back in shape. It is important if there is an outbreak of skin problems that we lower consumption of the damaging food. Continue reading

Successful Marriage is an Art, and a Talent Worth Pursuing

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For decades now, people have admired the rapport between my husband and I. Whether we’re presenting on stage together, or chatting with friends in our living room, the chemistry is obvious and apparently enviable. A curiosity. Where, I’ve been asked, does it come from?

If only I could take my inquirers to Paris. Because my answer is there, in the Louvre Art Museum, specifically in the “Salle des Etats”, where Mona Lisa sits composed in the midst of constant chaos: hundreds of photographers clamoring for their shot at any given moment. And why not? She is the most famous face in history. What most people don’t know about Mona Lisa though, is the fact that it took forty-plus years to create her––at least it took that long for Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, to become expert enough, to craft his masterpiece.

And therein lies the answer to our question, “Where does a charmed marriage come from?” Continue reading

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