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Body Appreciation – Awe, Wonder & Appreciation

Last post we talked about “The Disconnect” that can occur from the beautiful gift of our machines. It can happen for many reasons. But this disconnection is designed to never allow yourself to be satisfied or at home in your body.

And the messages from marketers are all around the superficial. Get thinner. Get stronger. Get whatever.

This can leave you chronically discontented with your physical body.

What if we stood back and looked at all your body DOES moment to moment? What is in that noticing, you could begin to stand in awe – wonder – and deep gratitude for the gift that is your body?

Click here to hear more.

Let me know what you think and how this shift goes for you.

Peace, Sarah

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Body Appreciation – The Disconnect

There is this thing that happens, for many reasons, that I call “The Disconnect.”

That moment when you disconnect from your beautiful body. All of a sudden you’re at odds with it. Frustrated with it. Disgusted by it.

Click here to watch a little about “The Disconnect” 

I watch my youngest running around and fully embodied in herself. It is a thing of beauty. I watch my oldest and remember the strange discomfort that happens when you’re a teenager – too tall, too thin, clutzy.

It is the human experience, but marketers take advantage of what is meant to be a stage. They prolong it so that a human never feels good and right in their skin.

  • Lose weight.
  • Boob implants.
  • Botox.
  • Tummy tucks.
  • Lipo
  • Photoshop

And this just scratches the surface.

The thing is – your body in whatever form is how you sense and feel and experience this life. We’re going to be talking more about appreciating your body in upcoming weeks. For now, start to notice the areas and spaces that you have a dislike, distaste, frustration with your body.

See where you hang out.

Peace, Sarah


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Spinal Mobility – Cat/Cow

One of the BEST GIFTS to give yourself is Spinal Mobility. It is the one practice I try and do every day. There are many practices that offer you spinal mobility and core stability. One fairly common one is moving from cat pose to cow pose.

It’s fun to watch people do cat/cow pose when I teach. Often I see the head leading the movement and the tail moving, but there isn’t any movement of the shoulder blades. Often people don’t move through this slowly, the slower you move – the more you’re asking your brain to get connected to the movement.

Feel jerky movements when you move slowly? GREAT that’s an indicator of sensory motor amnesia – or areas where your brain and muscles aren’t as connected as they could be. Every time you pass through, you’ll over yourself more and more connection.

This scapulothoracic area really gets sticky. Why? Because we use phones, computers, drive etc. A LOT. Our shoulders tend to round forward and we lose cortical awareness and control of our chest and upper back.

So let’s play with some spinal mobility. Let’s break apart cat/cow. You can break cat/cow into lots of pieces to feel more in the movement.

  1. Just move shoulder blades toward/away from spine.
  2. Just tilt tail up/down
  3. Do both. Notice your head doesn’t lead the movement, but naturally follows the undulation of your spine.
  4. Try rocking a little forward in your cow and a little back in your cat.
  5. Play with slowing down. Can you control the movement if you move slowly?

This video illustrates the above movements.
https://youtu.be/0m2bGxYpHf4

Other ways to play with it:

    • Try it seated in a chair.
    • Try it standing with hands on knees.

Enjoy! Sarah

 


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Bravely Creating

There is something SURREAL about holding your book in your hands.

Something you made and put forth.
It is both out of body and wildly embodied experience.

The process of putting my poetry forth has been a combination of being brave, doing the work of regular writing, and shutting down my inner critic.

Sometimes this process felt like my full-time job…HA!

I talk about Bravely Creating in this week’s Pajama Talk – maybe it will be helpful to you. There are some ideas and resources that helped me.

Do you create? Do you share your creations? If not, why? If so, how does it feel? And have you felt that creating is a holy experience?

For me, it has been just that. Co-creating with the Divine and leaning into my edges of fear that try and keep me small.

In addition, it’s about letting go of any “results.” Just putting it forth as a gift…not worrying about how many people read/see it, how many people buy it, how it is received.

Detachment from the results. hooboy! Fertile ground.

Anyhow, I’d love to hear your process and how you till the garden of your creativity.

Also, if you want a copy of my book of poetry, you can order BY CLICKING HERE.

Much peace, S


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Self-Compassion – Tool #4

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Have you ever heard that saying that we teach what we most need?

This tool of Self-Compassion is a skill that I’ve had to learn again,
and again,
and again.

I feel like I’m hardwired to be hypercritical of myself. I am my own worst enemy. The things I have said to myself, I’d never say to another human being. Ever.

Then why would I heap it on my beautiful self?

If your compassion practice doesn’t include your SELF, then you are, paraphrasing author Deborah Adele, painting the world blue from a red paint can.

Compassion for others starts from being compassionate toward your SELF.

Peace, Sarah


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Self Compassion – Tool #3

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Words are powerful. I believe that what we say has a hand in what we create.

If you say, “I am bummed” enough….you will, indeed be bummed.

If you say, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not able” or “I’m not worthy”…these things will be.

Words are powerful.

What if, instead, you said things that are constructive?

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

I am brilliant.

I am able.

I am.

I am.

I am.

Give it a shot. Participate in the creation of your future. Life doesn’t just happen to you. You co-create it. You take what has been given and decide what to do with it.

I am ______________.
What are you?

Last time we talked stop signs. Now replace them with reconstructed I am’s.

Let me know how it goes.
Peace, Sarah


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7 Exercise Excuses & Ideas to Handle Them

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What excuses do you use to avoid exercising?

My most common is “I’m tired” and I also bring out “I don’t wanna” sometimes.

Totally normal.

Exercise is fully loaded. In the face of moving, we can get in our own way and avoid moving our beautiful machines.

This happens for many reasons. In this Pajama Talk we talk about seven really common excuses or reasons people use to not exercise and some ideas about how to deal with them.

CLICK HERE – Pajama Talk Episode 1
https://youtu.be/NfDGGE9h7Oo

Peace, Sarah