This is My Story

Panache Desai

As a young child, I experienced something extraordinary...

As a young kid, my grandmother, or “Ba” as I called her, was a very important part of my life. She was a gentle woman, and the heart of that gentleness, and her home, was her meditation room. While other kids in London’s East End were busy watching cartoons and playing with their friends, I spent every moment I could with Ba, surrounded by soft lights and incense. It was there that I first experienced a sense of profound peace, connection, and unconditional love that came both from my grandmother, and from a sacred energy that beats at the heart of creation. It was then I realized I was here to share this positive energy. I was meant to be a messenger of more.

Yet, growing up was not always easy...

London’s East End in the 1980s was a tough place. It’s always been a working class neighborhood. People worked hard to provide for their families, and fought hard to protect what they earned. When I was a teenager, this hard-edged attitude was becoming mixed with a touch of xenophobia. More and more immigrants were arriving in the East End, competing with and crowding up against older, more established residents. Lines were drawn. Turf was established. And gangs defended what they considered theirs. It wasn’t the ideal place for a sensitive Indian kid who preferred the silence of meditation to the questionable comfort and safety of a gang. On good days, I was ignored. On bad days, I had to fight to survive. As I grew, life on the streets seemed a long way from Shanti’s meditation room.

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So, I chose safety over authenticity...

I began to turn my back on the spirituality that was my internal moral compass. It was easier to become who everyone else wanted me to be than to find the courage to be who I truly was. At University, I began studying business and law in order to please my grandfather. In my free time, to dull the pain and unhappiness this decision caused, I began to spend more and more time in the growing East End underground music scene. As a popular club MC, I rubbed elbows with heiresses, gangsters, and drug dealers. It was a schizophrenic lifestyle. Between MCing and partying at night, and following a career choice that was becoming more painful every day, a tension and sadness began to build inside of me that could not be ignored.

Until, one night, my life changed...

It was the early hours of a Sunday morning. Unwilling to go home, I was walking to a club to continue the evening. I was nearly there, when I was jumped by three drunks. Yelling racial slurs, they threw me to the ground, and began kicking and punching me. Luckily, the bouncers at the club knew me and saw what was happening. They broke up the fight and helped me to my feet. Shaken, cut, and with a bruised body and ego, I was still unwilling to head home. I went to yet another club. Once inside, I was confronted with another fight. This time, guns were involved. Soon, the place was surrounded by the police. As in a hostage situation, everyone in the bar was individually escorted from the club. I needed no further message from the cosmos. I headed home, both literally and figuratively. Rediscovering the spirituality of my childhood, I packed my bags and entered an ashram to rediscover the truth of who I was.

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And I experienced the ultimate truth...

Leaving the ashram, I arrived in New York City just weeks after 9/11 with only a backpack and my very meager savings. I knew that my future and my purpose lie here…somewhere. I traveled cross-country, open to the places and people I met along the way. I began to discover and experience a profound awareness, passion, and purpose. The universe began to open, and one evening, as I meditated, I experienced an epiphany…an ultimate truth. Although my eyes were closed, I was bathed in brilliant light and suffused with energy. I was surrounded by an all-encompassing, all-embracing, and infinite energy that is love in it’s most expanded and transcendent form. At that moment, my eyes were opened wide. I was awakened to the universal truth and able to see existence in all of its bounty and beauty – the way it truly is and the way we were meant to perceive it.

A truth that would change my entire life...

I realized that you, I, and everything else in the world have been touched by the fire of creation. We are an integral part of a greater whole. Because of this, we are pure and perfect just the way we are and each of us has everything we need to fulfill our destinies and live our best lives – wide awake and with eyes opened to the possibility and potential that is our collective birthright. In that moment, I saw that there are no limitations, only laughter. I understood that no one and nothing is lacking. Instead we are all filled with light. I realized that life is not a process of leaving, lessening, or losing. Instead, life is a gift of love that we are meant to unwrap and enjoy. The only thing we have to do to accept this gift is to look, see, and experience this remarkable truth. Each of us are, now and forever, more than enough.

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That truth has led me to amazing places...

I began letting people know that if they are willing to change their energy, they can also change their lives. The meaning I had sought could be theirs. The fulfillment that I found, they could find as well. Their struggles, fears, and resistance could end and be replaced by peace, joy, and contentment just as mine had been. The stories that I tell and the passion and possibility that I share with them inspire them to live their best lives. I’ve had the honor of being Oprah Winfrey’s guest on the Emmy-award-winning series, Super Soul Sunday. I’ve authored the bestselling, “Discover Your Soul Signature – A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion, and Joy”, which has been translated into ten languages, touching lives and empowering readers around the globe. I shake my head in wonder as I am invited to keynote, and speak, to large gatherings across the country. It’s been a beautiful and amazing experience that still continues to this day.

But None More Amazing Than My Wife And Children

The most beautiful and amazing part of my story is, without a doubt, my family. I am blessed to be married to a woman who is not only the love of my life, but who is also my partner, my trusted advisor, and my best friend. Together, we have four beautiful, unique, and wise children who daily remind me to listen, to laugh, and to re-learn how to approach the world from a place of wonder and joy. These five people make up the the rock that grounds me, their love shelters me, and I give thanks every day that they are a part of my life. Every morning when I look in the mirror, I smile knowing that this awkward Indian kid from the East End of London is on an absolutely amazing journey, one that’s only beginning. My friends, I can tell you with complete honesty that the best is yet to come.

Jan & Panache Desai

This Is Our Story

Every day, we are given 86,400 new chances to do things differently.

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You Are Enough

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