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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


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Tell ‘Overwhelm’ to Get Bent

“Ban OVERWHELMED from your vocabulary. Refuse it entry to your psyche.”

This was what I heard in a podcast a couple of years ago by Danielle LaPorte.  Then she said,

“I think when people use the word OVERWHELM, they are hanging out in EGO.”

Wait…WHAT?? My jaw hung open a bit. Here’s the deal…I pretty much used to hang out in Overwhelm. There was a Barcolounger with my name on it at the corner of Stress and Busy-ness.

You too?

Ahimsa invites to explore balance. It invites us to see if we can find that beautiful sweet spot where shit happens and you’re like, “Yup…shit happens” versus running around like your hair is on fire yelling,

“OHMYGODWHATTHEHELLEVERYTHINGISCOMINGAPARTATTHESEAMS!”

Ahimsa asks us to invite steadiness and ease not just into our asana practice, but into our life.

Imbalance and Overwhelm set us up for violence – towards ourselves or others. And EVERY DAY life offers up situations to push us off of our center.

The first thing to really get ahold of is that inviting balance isn’t a head thing. You can’t think, plan, organize, file, highlight or collate your way to balance (believe me I’ve tried <cough, cough Virgo>.)

Balance is a gut thing.

It’s the small voice within that if you push a microphone up to it and really listen says things like,

  • “No thank you! I have too much on my plate.”
  • “I’m tired.”
  • “I need some time to myself.”
  • “Get me out of here.”

And that sweet voice needs to be heard and honored. Because when it’s ignored, it will create the groundwork for disharmony, discord, disconnection, dis-ease…for all of the dis’s.

When you invite balance, you start listening and honoring the needs of your SELF.  Then, the elusive Balance will light on your shoulder like a butterfly. And when it comes, your inner voice will sing.

“Balance creates harmony within us, and harmony within naturally expresses itself in external actions that are harmonious,” writes Yamas & Niyamas author Deborah Adele.

Yes. May we all find our center, our breath, our steady, our ease and allow for Ahimsa.

…Come sweet Balance. Light on my shoulder. I’ll create the space and I will honor you. Through balance, let Ahimsa flourish within me and through me…

Namaste, Sarah


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Being Fearless…or being fearful but saying f(*&k it and doing it anyway…

What scares you?

I used to be AFRAID OF EVERYTHING. The unfamiliar made me want to just hide away.

As I look back, I realize I’ve spent the 2nd half of my life dancing with fear. Trying to get familiar with it and then tell it to “Piss off.”

Once when I decided to audition for a musical (o.m.g. terrifying) I called a friend virtually hyperventilating and she asked me, “WHY? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS IF IT TERRIFIES YOU?”

Because it makes me feel powerful and alive. It makes me feel like I am the boss of me.

Things that have truly REDLIGHTTURNBACKDON’TDOTHIS terrified me:

  • *Leaving the safety and comfort of my first marriage.
  • *Moving to the Twin Cities on my own.
  • *Saying YES to new love.
  • *Marrying my husband after 5 months of dating (welp.)
  • *Taking on new jobs.
  • *Skydiving (every time scared the s(*&t out of me and I made 600+ jumps.)
  • *Going through IVF and not knowing if it would work.
  • *HAVING CHILDREN.
  • *Sometimes pressing PUBLISH when I post a blog.
  • *Taking tests (really…I am phobic.)

What are yours when you look back? What are those pivotal, terrifying things that made you want to wet your pants and run the other way?

Now…when you look back. Can you see in the rear view that those experiences made you and your life:

STRONGER

BIGGER

MORE INTERESTING

RICHER

MORE COLORFUL

This is living. This is living the shit out of your ONE AMAZING LIFE.

And that, my friends, is Ahimsa. That is having the courage to do the hard stuff having faith in yourself and the Universe that your life will be better for it. It’s not letting your FEAR make your life SMALL. It’s telling fear to “Piss Off.”

So last week I wrote a damn book report on this aspect of Ahimsa…and f&*k all if I didn’t have to write it all over again today…because I didn’t write it with heart. I wrote from a clinical and cold and fear-based place. It’s hard to put your shit out there. It’s scary to inject yourself into your work. It’s hard to remember that we’re ALL JUST TRYING TO FIGURE SHIT OUT. We’re all scared and trying to figure out how to deal with it.

Practice courage. Know that you are created to live. Know that the fear that keeps you from living your best life is a LIAR. And have faith in the stuff you are made of…it’s tough, resilient, and powerful.

Peace, Sarah


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Universal Roadblocks

Have you ever been working toward something that feels important to you, only to have the Universe put stuff in your way that slows you down or even stops you??

Those times piss me off. And they make me wonder what the lesson is and what I’m supposed to be learning from the onslaught of frustration that occurs when I’m getting roadblocks from the Universe.

This go around, after a year of playing it pretty conservatively at Crossfit, I decided to start adding more weight and exploring my own personal edges of strength. So, I started adding weight and making some progress annnnnd…

ROADBLOCK #1 – My back started bothering me again after a couple of years being pain-free.

Crap.

Back on the hamster wheel of trying to figure it out. Then, I start to get it figured out and start feeling better annnnnd….

ROADBLOCK #2 – I sprain my ankle doing burpees to box jumps.

Seriously what the f&*k people?

Now after about 4 weeks off of being able to exercise in a way that makes me feel good, I’M GOING CRAZY. I have begun konmari’ing my house (is that a verb?); I want to clean all of the things; and I don’t feel good because I’m not moving my body in a way that pleases me.

I feel like poop.

I’m standing in the middle of my discomfort. I’m standing in the eye of it.

Ever felt like this? What do you do?

For me, this is where some of the philosophy of yoga really serves – unhooking from discomfort and inviting peace in whatever situation I’m in (even if it doesn’t feel good.)

Back to my mat. Back to my breath. Back to moving mindfully and in a way that doesn’t invite injury. And when it’s time, I’ll go back to burpees to box jumps. But until then…abide.

When the Universe is putting up roadblocks, take a breath. Breathe in the idea that everything is unfolding in its own timing for your highest good. If you’re standing in the middle of a Universal Roadblock, slow down and breathe, release and allow…

Namaste, Sarah


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Rant. Belly hatred.

Let the rant begin:

Do you hate your tummy? It’s time to turn this train around and make some sweet peace with our Buddha Bellies.

1) Hey many of us grew BABIES IN THERE! Rockstars. So, love your belly – treat it kindly. Pat it, rub it, love it.

2) You can’t change skin. You can tone muscle and lose fat, but you can’t change skin. Mine is deliciously cellulitey because I’m mostly Irish, white skinned, and eat pizza. But I love it. I love me….

3) Loving yourself is a rebellious act in this culture!!!!!!!

4) ONE MORE THING – do you want to diet yourself into submission? I don’t. I want to be fit and healthy and love myself and eat good food and drink wine and laugh. Some trainers will say diet, diet, diet…I say live life, move, laugh and learn to love your belly.

Rant over. Namaste.