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In a world full of uncertainty, how do we find freedom from fear?

For me life is one adventure after another. I enjoy the excitement of following my intuition and challenging myself to take on big goals, even if logical thought says I’m crazy. Living this way has it’s pros and cons. One pro is that I’m never bored. I can always find something new to explore and someone interesting to converse with. While constantly stimulating, living an adventurous life that’s full of surprises can also be terrifying. Not knowing what to expect in any given moment makes me have to constantly come back to my own center.  In co-creating my life with the guidance of my intuition, I have to be my own rock. I can’t rely on the crumbling structures of modern society to hold me in place; they don’t work for me. Building a connection with my intuition allows me to explore this world in a courageous way and helps me to handle life’s surprises with more confidence and grace.

I’ve noticed many people around me going through their own unsettling surprises. The media is also reporting that our world is getting more and more unstable and chaotic with each passing day. Our government programs are failing; the way we are living and eating is making us sick; we are one of the most depressed and addicted nations in the world. What’s going on? Something needs to change, drastically and immediately. We need a new way of being in the world. We need to be able to hear our own inner voice through all of the madness of the external world.

How can we become our own rocks in this rapidly changing world?

Well, first of all, we must begin to trust ourselves. Our intuition is very quiet and can easily be missed or pushed aside if we think other people have more skill, knowledge or experience than us. The most important thing you can do in creating your best life is to learn to trust yourself as the expert of your life. Your gut will lead you toward joy and expansion. If you know in your gut that something is right for you, then you must follow that feeling.

There are ways to deepen the connection with our intuition. Being open and willing to try something new allows us to experience the power of our intuition. Travel is one of the greatest and fastest ways to open up to our inner voice. This world is loud. We need to escape to quieter, more soothing environments to hear ourselves. Connecting with nature has also shown to enhance our bodies’ healing capabilities and to make us happier.

Feeling supported as we nervously try new things will also help us grow into our greatness. That’s why all the best athletes have coaches– we need other people to see the greatness in us when we aren’t feeling it ourselves.

When we take time away from daily life and explore the world around us, we discover hidden talents and gifts. I’d love to help you find your hidden strengths and guide you toward a deeper connection with your inner self. Please join me and fellow Survivor Jenny Guzon-Bae for a 5 day/4 night adventure yoga retreat in the healing White Mountains of New Hampshire this June.

To sign up for the retreat click here.

White Mountains retreat







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Happiness is…

This week Google photos asked me to partner up with them to test out their new photo app that organizes all your photos and allows you to edit and share your favorites. I am always excited to discover new apps, so I agreed and have been playing around with it for a few days.

The best part about the app is that it takes your photos and organizes them by facial recognition, places and things. So, I’ve been typing in words that make me feel good, like beaches and babies. It found some great shots and brought back some heart-warming memories. This is my favorite photo that it came back with. Last December my family all converged for the holidays on Amelia Island, Georgia.

amelia island

It had been a while since we had all been together, and we’d been through some difficult experiences that year. It meant so much to me to be together to walk the beach and reconnect with my mom, dad, sister and brother for a few uninterrupted days.

This photo helps to bring me back to a happy moment that is now impressed into my heart.

I wish you all a wonderful fall season full of love, friends, family and big laughs.

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Beginning to meditate

There is quite the buzz around meditation these days. More and more studies are showing that meditation can actually help to make us sharper, calmer, more able to respond to life’s challenges and can help to transform our brains for the better.

After my third experience on Survivor, I was in dire need of a brain fix. Playing Heroes vs Villains wiped me out. I was physically, mentally and spiritually bankrupt when I returned home after that game. My life had become exponentially more stressful, and I was having a hard time staying balanced and happy.

For a long time, I avoided committing to a meditation practice because I was already doing yoga, and I thought that was enough. But, after returning from Survivor the last time, I realized I needed to do something more. I needed help to regain my strength, my mental clarity and my connection to love. So I started meditating.

Beginning to meditate can seem daunting. Our minds are really wild, crazy animals that need to be trained and directed. How do we harness something that seems to have all the power??

Focusing on the breath is a great way to dip your toe into starting to meditate. Our breath can give a rhythm to pay attention to as we sit in meditation and start to calm our minds and relax our bodies.

This breath practice, called alternate nostril breathing, is a beautiful meditation for beginners. Give it a shot and see how you feel. Then try making the commitment to do this meditation every day for the next 10 days.

Watch yourself grow stronger and more able to handle stress as this becomes a regular part of your life.

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Jo - Thanks, Lady! I recently lost a friend’s daughter to a violent suicide, and it’s definitely thrown a mental challenge my way, not to mention my friend! The grieving process is not easy, and while it’s phases can resemble that of what has been publicized as what is to be expected; it doesn’t always work out that way.
I truly appreciate your recent post to fb challenging women to try to train our minds to think differently through the process of meditation. Thank you for being a strong and inspiring woman, Parvati!

Howard k - 10 days to try it okay cool but for how long each day, 5, 10, 20?

Parvati - Do it for the full 11 minutes. You can keep using the video or do it on your own.

Parvati - I’m so sorry for your loss. That must be extremely difficult. I hope this meditation can help you breathe through it.

Tillie - Exam week is next week at LSU… Beginning to pull my hair out lol, definitely going to try to meditate

Petra - Hi Parvati, thank you so much for this meditation. You are such an inspiration to me. I loved you since I saw you on Survivor and now love you even more since I got into spirituality and my own growth. I would like to ask you if you found your way into spirituality after Survivor or if it was already before that experience?

Brian Armstrong - Hey Parvati, thank you sooooo much for doing this. You have always been an inspiration to me, and now in hoping you can help me get emotionally and physically healthy, too. :

Quick question, is there an ideal time of day for yoga?

Vincent M - You’re my favorite Female Survivor winner Parvs. :) keep it up. The video is really helpful :)

Joshua Berwald - Great article, Parvati. Congratulations on all your success.