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Gifts From The Cranky Grocery Store Lady

Yesterday I was at the grocery store checkout. I had a full cart of groceries.

A woman was walking from aisle to aisle with two items in her hands looking angry. She seemed agitated and in a hurry.

I said to her, “Excuse me, why don’t you cut in front of me.”

She gave me a dirty look and said something in a rude tone but it was unintelligible and proceeded to stand behind someone else with a full cart.

Ok, there’s a lot to unpack here.

But I’m not going to…

There was a time that this woman’s behavior would have pissed me off. Ask anyone and you’ll know that I am happy to speak my mind. I would have popped off on her and been rude back. (Nice. I know.) I would have likely carried with me this exchange for a while and there may have been some expletives.

Thankfully, yoga.

So here’s the deal. This was all her stuff and none of it had anything to do with me.

I tell you this story not because I’m carrying it; I’m not. And THAT my friends is the gift.

When my kids were little I read them the story of the two monks from the book Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth. In it, a woman is extraordinarily rude to the old monk making him carry her across a mud puddle. The young monk is irritated on behalf of his friend…all day. At the end of the day, he says to the old monk, “Can you BELIEVE that lady? She was SO RUDE!!” The old monk replies, “I set that woman down hours ago, why haven’t you?”

We get to choose how we react in any situation. We get to decide in every moment if we’re going to get hooked or if we’re not.

Jill Bolte Taylor writes in her book “My Stroke of Insight” (which is an outstanding read btw) that after our limbic (emotional) system is triggered, it takes only 90 seconds for the trigger, the surge of emotion to flow through our body, and then physiologically IT.IS.DONE.

After 90 seconds? You get to choose to keep that trigger, or let it go out of your body and OUT OF YOUR MIND and OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT.

You get to choose to hold on to irritation, anger, frustration, agitation OR you get to choose to let it go after you feel it for 90 seconds.

What Taylor does is set her watch for :90 and then when the feeling is done, she’s done.

Cool, right?

Another tool that I use is that I ask myself, “Is this my stuff or is this your stuff?” You can quickly start to discern what’s yours and what is someone else’s and detach or unhook from it.

Let me know what you think.
Peace, Sarah

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Gratitude Towards Your Body

This week I fell down the stairs and injured my back/hip/tail. I’m in pain and it’s hard to move…

My go-to feeling when I’m sick, injured, laid up – is FRUSTRATED. I’m a physical being who needs to move in order to feel complete. I detest being forced to be still.

I had to teach a class this week – the topic? GRATITUDE for your body. Reframing our negative voices about our body into giving thanks.

Gratitude

Ice Pack, check. Gratitude, check.

As I was sitting there with an ice pack on my a$$…I thought, “Holy crap…thanks Universe.”

Because here was the opportunity to actually stand in my frustration, reframe my attitude towards my body, and then teach a class on it…

So that’s what I did. I centered myself, took a piece of paper, and wrote 5 things that I was grateful for in that moment about my body…

  1. I am strong, so I’m bruised but not broken.
  2. I have padding on my butt which cushioned my fall.
  3. I can still write, create, work.
  4. I can feel pain – which informs my movement and protects me from further injury.
  5. I am courageous in my ability to ask for help.

What are your 5 things?

Gratitude is a powerful tool to bring into your toolbox of Self Compassion. It helps turn your attitude from “UGH this body is too __(fill in the blank)__ or not enough..” to “My body is fantastic and I’m grateful for it. Click here for an actionable step to take right now on your journey of loving the skin you’re in.

Join the Waitlist for the next Love the Skin You’re in course. Click here to get on the class list.
#lovetheskinyourein
Namaste, S


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Self-Compassion Exercise

When my kids were both finally in school, I knew I needed to do some work around self-love and self-compassion. So I designed a self-study course for myself. High on the list was a book by Kristen Neff called, “Self Compassion.” You can see her TED Talk too by clicking here. 

One of the exercises in the book was to write a letter to myself from the position of a loving friend.

It was a game changer for me.

You try. Click on this link: http://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/

Do Exercise 3.

The…if you want, click and do all of the exercises and meditations.

You’re worth it. xo.


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Athleta…changing?

If you’re a woman and you move your body, you might get the Athleta catalog.

Not so very long ago (three years in March) I got an Athleta catalog in the mail and it make my whole body slump over and ask, WHY?? The catalog was FILLED with unrealistic images of women…and they were all white….and they were all really young. So, I sent them a letter that you can read here. 

I have to admit…I was on the warpath. You see, I have two daughters who are growing up in a different world than what they see in the catalogs. They come to the gym or the yoga studios that I teach in and see incredible women of all ages and colors and sizes. And they look up to them. Two of my favorites are Carol & Rebecca – they kick all kinds of ass. 🙂

So this week – we got the catalog. And I hadn’t looked at it yet, but my 12 year old daughter comes up to me and says, “Mom. Check it out. Real women. Older Women. Normal women. Women of different colors.”

She proceeded to flip through and show me these images:

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She looked up at me and smiled. And all I said was, “Yessss.”

Well done Athleta. More please.

Be unafraid. Health comes in all sizes – Check out beautiful, amazing Mirna Valerio who is a distance runner at 250 pounds.

Health comes in all ages.

Health comes in all colors.

Represent us all. Latin American. Asian. Women in hijabs. Big. Small. Old. Young. Beautiful amazing women from around the world.

We’re all out here waiting.

Inspire us.

In the comments – let me know if you got a catalog and have been noticing the shifts. What do you think? Here’s what some other people had to say via Facebook.

Namaste, Sarah


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Self Care – Idea

This month, challenge yourself to do ONE small thing each day to show yourself love and care.

One small thing.

Each day.

Don’t let the things that normally stop you from self-care get in your way. (In yoga teacher training, we call those ‘confusion strategies’ – things that we design ourselves to hinder our own growth, care or understanding.)

Step sweetly out of your own way and do this for your highest good.

Be creative!

Pedicure too expensive? – Lotion your feet.
No time for yoga? – Take 3 deep breaths during your day.
Can’t make time for exercise? – Drink one more glass of H2O each day.

Sometimes people say they don’t have enough money for self care…self care doesn’t have to cost a thing. https://turinofitness.com/2016/02/09/self-care-month-i-cant-afford-it/

Here’s the invitation – Make yourself a priority in your own life.

You’re worth it.

Namaste:) S


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Idea – Self Care

It’s February – and every year in February I like to help us all remember to take our self-care and self-love seriously. So here’s an exercise for you to try:
Brainstorm a list of things that please you, light you up, bring you joy. Don’t let anything stop you from writing it down – including time, money…whatever. Don’t let “it’s not possible” stop you from dreaming.

Trip to Paris? Write it down.
Cup of tea and a good book? Write it down.
Massage? Write it down.
Exercise? Write it down?
Date night? Write it down.
Knit? Color? Girl’s Night? A house cleaned by someone else?
Write it down.

Give yourself permission to dream. And allow the things on your list to be soul-drenching.

Then, take a highlighter out and highlight the ones that are feasible and do-able and simply have to happen this month.

Click on this link for a free and printable February calendar if you need one.

Choose five. (More if you like.)

Schedule them.

Why? Very simply because you’re worth it.

And when you take care of yourself, you can better serve the world. Let February be a kickstart for self-love and self-care year round.

Namaste, S


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self soothing

The energy around me is sucking out my life force like the dementors in Harry Potter right now. Social media is filled with anger and hate and fear. It’s swirling all around.

ugh.

How about you? Do you notice that with all this negative talk swirling around that you feel depleted?

What can you do to take care of yourself when you feel agitated, angry, sad, frustrated, fearful, upset, depressed or anxious? Here are some ideas:

Breathe
Move
Drink water
Eat a rainbow
Be creative
Laugh
Come to class
Smile at a stranger
Start cutting out the negative influences

Really make nourishing yourself a priority. You’re worth it.

S