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What Lights You Up????

Do you like to do things, make things, create things – and has that creative side of you slipped away because of life, lack of time, feeling tired??

What lights you up?

That buzzy, zippy, excited feeling – ahhhh…that is a beautiful thing. That is the Universe whispering to you.

It’s like the banker who writes poetry. Or the stockbroker who sells his jewelry on etsy – not because he needs the money.

Those things that light you up? Gardening, doodling, coloring, cooking, taking pictures, journaling…those things help to round out WELLNESS. They help us to FEEL WELL. They feed our spirits.

I just read a great book called “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have you read it? It reminded me that I used to be a creative being who did creative stuff all of the TIME!

So I got a camera. And I got some microphones. And I got some editing software…

And the results of which I’m unveiling to my mailing list on Friday, June 2nd. SO EXCITED!

If you want to see it, CLICK HERE:
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Friends – it doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be grand. Invite creativity in – let it come in and play in your body, mind and spirit.

Let it light you up.
Namaste:)


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Guideposts

You know how people kind of turn up in your life when you need them?

The exact right person at the exact right time shows up to help you on your journey?

That is some magical stuff. It reminds me that:

1) We’re meant to help and support each other on our way.
2) Everything makes a difference.
3) One drop causes a ripple causes a wave.
4) Be open to get some ‘jobs’ from the Universe.

I am looking back on my last month, which was MONUMENTAL. I had one of those months that just…hoo boy. Massive growth. Massive challenge. Massive opportunity to receive.

And as I look back – there they are…my guideposts. The people that were just there to make a difference, to teach, to support, to love, to guide. They turn the light on in the dark. They shine the way.

So grateful.

And what blows my ever-lovin’ mind? It’s that some of them don’t even know…they’re just showing up, taking the assignments from the Universe. They’re not worrying about the result, or how it lands…they’re just doing their work.

Every day – we get to be Guideposts. We get to stand in love and simple kindness. We get opportunities to share a kind word, a loving look, a supportive moment, a listening ear. Every day…

Let’s do it. 

And to my Guideposts – so much love and gratitude.
xo, S


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Lake Superior – Healing

There’s this place I used to go when I was heartbroken. Come to think of it, I was doubly heartbroken – doing the longterm healing from a divorce…but also from a later relationship that beat me up a bit.

I was out of touch with myself. I was out of touch with my inner voice. I was in pain and it hurt to wake up every day and get through it. I was sad, depressed and low. So low.

Spontaneously, I looked online and decided to take myself out of town. I knew I wanted to be near Lake Superior, because that big water always made me feel soothed.

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Lake Superior Morning

And of course, as the Universe often does – all the stars aligned and I found my place.

-The website jumped off the computer to me.

-They normally didn’t take reservations at that time, but made an exception for me.

-My boss let me leave early, knowing I needed this.

-Thank you Universe.

So North I drove to a tiny little cabin on the shore of Lake Superior. It’s called Bob’s Cabins and Bob was the yellow laborador retriever that wandered around and welcomed everyone upon arrival. There were tea packets in a little dish, a pile of wood for burning, and stairs right out my door to Miss Superior.

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Bob’s Cabins

I fell in love with that little cabin. There were no electronics, no stove (just a hot plate), no microwave. But what was provided, was exactly what I needed.

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Fire by Lake Superior

I could have a fire next to the water and breathe the fresh air and hear the waves – all of the elements swirling around me…

Deep into the night as the stars came out, I sat by the fire just watching, waiting and listening to the waves. Maybe I was waiting for answers to questions, maybe I hoped the water would heal me, maybe I hoping for some clarity and resolution there by the waves.

Fast forward to now…just last weekend, I went back to cabin 14. Every year I have come back. Sometimes I bring my girls and sometimes I bring my husband. Sometimes I don’t.

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Lake Superior Sunrise

Every time I visit, I remember the hopeless feeling I brought with me that weekend almost 15 years ago and marvel at how far I’ve come. How my journey has taken me in directions I never thought possible. How I would more than heal….I would flourish.

And I am filled with absolute GRATITUDE.

While I was there this last weekend, I was reading “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton and I came across this passage:

Before I open my eyes the next morning, my ears awake to the sound of the waves hitting the sand. It stirs something inside of me. The sound of the water speaks not to my spinning mind or yearning heart, but to my still, strong soul. The water is speaking in a language I knew before the world taught me its language. I lie there and I let the sound of the surf massage my soul for two hours. I let it speak to me and I do not speak back. I just receive.

This exactly. This.

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How has it served you?

How do you honor that place – and how do you honor that place inside yourself?

I realize as I have gone back year after year, that I carry myself with me wherever I go. I just needed to get away from the noise to access myself.

That is what Lake Superior offers me.

A conduit to my true self.

A reminder to quiet the swirling and listen to the small voice within.

A reminder that I am whole, complete and of God. Unbroken. Beautiful. Worth caring for by myself and by others. A gift.

And ultimately, I am reminded that we all are.

Namaste, S

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Stay in the NOW Mommm….

I have this daughter. She’s quite exceptional. From the moment we met, she’s been teaching me life lessons. I knew that she was here for me to learn from.

Around five years ago, before I decided to become a yoga instructor, I had a hard time keeping my worry, overwhelm, fears in check. To put it delicately, I would drop my basket pretty regularly.

Worry was my go to…I’d worry about all of the things. I’d worry myself into a lather about this – that – AND the other. Particularly about things that hadn’t happened yet. “What ifs” really churned me up.

One day as I was foaming at the mouth, my daughter looked at me with her clear, green eyes and said evenly, “Stay in the now Mom.”

Stay in the now.

This has become our family mantra. (She detests that I use it on her now that she is 12 and her amygdala is taking over her brain.)

I have used these words that my seven-year-old spoke to me again and again. It draws me away from senseless worry and back onto my center.

This was one of her many gifts to me.

Stay in the Now.
Namaste,
Sarah


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Cut the crap…

February is Self-Care and Self-Love Month. Here’s an idea:

Start really noticing what you’re allowing in…

Not so very long ago, I loved fashion magazines. (I know it’s hard to believe because I look like a sweaty mess most of the time, but I love fashion.) But I started noticing that sometimes I felt crappy after looking at the magazines. I somehow felt…not enough or less than when I exposed myself to them.

So, I stopped reading those magazines.

I don’t seek out stuff that triggers my ‘less-thans’ (fitness sites, social media, some people’s websites, fashion magazines, RHO___.)

I especially avoid them on those those days when I just feel a little poopy. On those days, I make sure that what I’m putting in supports the whole of me – feeds the real and essential me.

Also, consider dropping the stuff that agitates you and pisses you off. Politics get you all wound up? Maybe step slowly away, or control your intake. Maybe start blocking people in your feed that keep posting disturbing things.

Start noticing the crap that makes you feel like crap and serve as the gatekeeper for your own beautiful self.

You’re worth it.


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And I said to my body…

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The first time I saw this…I wept. The biggest gift of self-love we can give is to set down the battering stick that we use on our bodies.

Our bodies are miracles. They hold us up, move us around, allow us to express and receive love. They heal us, allow us to feel, and think.

We are. YOU ARE a miracle wrapped in beautiful package.

Make peace. Spend the energy that you’d normally spend on flagellating yourself, loving yourself.

You are so worth this gift.

Namaste, S


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Powerlessness

When I was 9, my dad took me on a GRAND adventure…we left our South Dakota home to fly to Bombay, India. From Bombay, we rode an open-air bus 50 miles to Ganeshpuri, India.

We arrived at an ashram where people from all over the world came together in a communal living facility to study meditation, chanting, service and study.

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Photo courtesy of Claus Oronoz

I lived there for four months. 

When we arrived, they separated us for dinner – men on one side, women on the other. Imagine that you’re 9, you’re hungry, you’re jet-lagged and you’re surrounded by strangers. You’d kind of want your parent no? I freaked out.

My dad calmly said, “It’s ok Sarah. You’ll be fine. See? Everyone is smiling at you. I’ll see you after we eat by those doors there.”

I was crying and upset, but off I went with the smiling women. My mind was racing, “What is this food? There aren’t any tables! How do you eat with no silverware? Can I drink the water? How do you sit and eat on the floor? What are they saying?”

I felt POWERLESS.

Ahimsa invites us into those moments of powerlessness to take a step away from our panic. Because powerlessness invariably results in violence towards self and others.

When do you feel powerless? What causes you to feel without any choice or control?

  •                 Losing your wallet, phone, keys
  •                 Being late
  •                 Car breaking down
  •                 Someone steals and uses your credit card
  •                 You get lost
  •                 __(fill in the blank)__

How do you react? Your mind is screaming and racing. Your body is hot, tensed and sweaty. You are most definitely off-your-center. There might even be some yelling and crying. A cat in a corner. Fight or flight.

What Ahimsa invites us to remember even under extreme duress, is that there are always options.

In “The Yamas & Niyamas, ” Deborah Adele writes that she uses these tools to reframe Powerlessness:

  • Have faith that the Universe will care for you and provide what you need.
  • Find simple gratitude within the moment of difficulty.
  • Find a way to connect with and/or serve another human being.

Using these practices can give you a bit of space from what you’re feeling and experiencing and provide a longer view, a different perspective. It can be a roadmap back to your center.

You might even find that you learn some tools and become more capable of dealing with stressors.

“Feelings of powerlessness become opportunities to become competent rather than violent,” Adele writes.

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My dad’s attempt at a passport photo. I was channeling my inner Danny Bonaduce.

Back in India, the women in their beautiful white cotton saris smiled warmly and welcomed me with sweet voices that I heard deeply, but didn’t understand at all. Their soft eyes were so tender and loving that I guess I just got out of my own way; my fears fell away.

I trustingly fell into the arms of the Universe.

Because in the end, aren’t we all meant to be the arms of the Universe for each other??

Namaste, Sarah