DENtalks Live Panel

"How to Be Your Own Guru"


“If God did not want me to think, he would not have given me a mind." – Mohammed Al Samawi

Welcome to our SECOND edition DENtalks LIVE and our FIRST live panel! This week, we bring together a diverse panel of change-makers who discuss how they’ve worked through questioning some of the systems and beliefs they’ve learned over time, and what it really means to be a continuous seeker of truth as your own guru. You’ll hear from spiritual advisor Chandresh Bhardwaj, who quit his job on Wall Street to follow in the footsteps of his father as a spiritual leader, Mohammed Al-Sawami, who bravely challenged his religion in a country in which it was illegal to do so, holistic health coach Cassandra Bodzak, who turned away from both the trendy and traditional “rules” for eating in favor of listening to her body, and filmmaker Jordan Taylor Wright, whose spirituality guides his art and continues to empower his incredible creativity. Join us in a discussion about how to take a critical look at some of the philosophies and expectations we sometimes take for granted, and how to ultimately make your own decisions, form your own belief systems instead, and BE YOUR OWN GURU.

“Don’t rely on others to tell you what truth is. You need to search it for yourself.” – Chandresh Bhardwaj



  • 10-min meditation led by Chandresh



  1. Chandresh: Don’t try too hard to figure out the purpose of life. Life in itself is a purpose. Embrace the uncertainty and the unknown, rather than chasing the known.
  2. Cassandra: Find some quiet time every day and tune into your body to see what feels expansive and what makes you want to contract.
  3. Jordan: The person you speak to most in the world is yourself. Notice the dialogue. Writing is a great tool for that.
  4. Mohammed: Don’t be ashamed that you’re different. Be proud of who you are. If you’re having hard time, find the way to have it on your side and benefit from it.


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.