I’m extremely impressed with your carry-on perfect packing program for your Italian adventure. You know I would most certainly add 5 of everything to your list and lug around a large, cumbersome suitcase with no handle or wheels on it for ten days – but that’s just me. I’m not traveling abroad this summer, but I have spent the last several weeks on a major journey that required no special packing at all. I just finished a 33 Day spiritual guide book by contemporary thought leader, Panache Desai. The 33 days became around 66+ for me, as I lost concentration at Day 17. But I jumped back in after a bit of an unfocused break and finished my journey just yesterday. It was like a detoxification for the soul without all the kale and bok choy ground up into juice. I love this book and I think the author, Panache, is my new favorite person.
Discovering your Soul Signature is a daily guidebook to, well, discovering your soul signature, or as Panache describes, your spiritual DNA. “It is who you are at your core – your singular contribution to the world.” Each day you read a short chapter that is broken down into a morning, noon and evening reflections of a page or two (so it’s tough to get overwhelmed, although apparently I did). He begins with a chapter on Fear, ends with a chapter on Love, and lights a path for the reader embracing topics (and these were my favorites to name a few) on Shame, Patterns, Self-Sabotage, Roller Coasters, Harmony, and Messengers. What I liked the most about it were the clear messages on how to absorb, understand and release certain difficult emotions that we are all really good at suppressing or pushing aside as we barrel through life. The book is more than inspiration or a new way to be grateful, it is a instructional clearing of the overgrown weeds in our respective gardens to allow the light in again. We are to embrace our tripping and falling in life, knowing that the stumbles are moving us closer to our higher self. And Panache explains how we make more room on our path for harmony and integration, celebrating all parts of our life experiences.
At the end of these 33/66 days, not only do I feel detoxified (you should have seen me cry for 2 weeks when we were supposed to release our sadness in the chapter on Sadness), I feel lighter, more clear, and relieved. So if you have room in that little carry-on of yours, shove in this remarkable book that I believe will bring you a lot of joy on your travels, to Rome and beyond.