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Smiling is better than CHOCOLATE

Smiling is better than Chocolate I said…

“What? Impossible” The response of my daughter to this statement.

But when it comes to our brain’s response, smiling wins out. It creates a powerful loop in that the brain recognizes as HAPPINESS and PLEASURE. This positive feedback loop reinforces feelings of JOY.

Even fake smiles trigger the same loop. So when you’re in traffic, frustrated, irritated, annoyed – try smiling. And hold it. (The yoga instructor in me wants you to add some diaphragmatic breaths too.)

Here’s a FB Live I did on it.

Want to learn some more tools? Join my 10 Days of JOY Challenge. It starts on 8/20. Totally free.

Namaste,
Sarah


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3 Tools to Cultivate JOY

As someone who has been depressed, I know the feeling of depression intimately. I also know that when it lifts – that depression is not my natural state. Joy is my natural state.

Copy of Copy of Copy of The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher

So I started to ask what can I do to support my own JOY? There is a ton of research around the topic of cultivating joy. I really enjoy the work of researcher Emma Seppala who wrote an article in Psychology Today about sharing your joy. I break down the article here:

VLOG – The Power of Sharing your JOY with others

The thing to add into your life to cultivate joy is to SHARE YOUR JOY WITH OTHERS. Here’s are three ways I do this:
1) Three Things and Hi/Lo at the family dinner table. Come together and share 3 things that happened throughout your day. Then one highpoint and then one lowpoint.
2) Gratitude Journal. At the end of your day, bullet point 3-5 things that happened during your day.
3) Share your positive experiences of your day with a trusted person. Want to learn more? Join my free 10 Days of JOY Challenge – SIGN UP HERE. Each day for 10 days a challenge will be sent to your inbox that will help cultivate joy. 🙂

Namaste, Sarah


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The 3 Breath Practice

Stressed?

You are NOT alone.

What does it feel like for you? For me it’s a clenched belly, shortened breath and hunched shoulders.

The irony is that this position of stress makes us MORE STRESSED. When our shoulders hunch over, or body folds forward, our stomachs lock down…all of this makes it impossible to diaphragmatically breathe. Short and shallow chest breaths amp up our sympathetic nervous system – FIGHT! FLIGHT!

This is delightfully compounded by western culture’s obsession with sucking our guts in. Lovely. Let’s create ARMOR around our midsection allowing for an inability to breathe fully and create MORE stress.

Diaphragmatic breath is THE KEY to calming your neurological system and inviting some ease. Diaphragmatic breath invites your parasympathetic system of rest and digest to come online. Yessss.

Try this breath practice throughout the day.
It’ll be a great addition to your life – promise.
🙂
Namaste, 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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Feeling Strong on the Inside – Strength

Awhile back I was so disconnected from my body. I had been through round after round of invitro fertilization had been pumped full of meds, had given my body over to science in order to get my babies. Then pregnancy, childbirth, child rearing. For about…many years…I was just ugh…out of my body.

And the body needs to be brought in. You need to put an arm around it and hug it in close. Because the body is part of the body-mind-spirit chain. The body is where we FEEL things SENSE things…it’s a big part of this human experience.

What has made me feel MOST in my body. MOST strong, confident, secure…strength training. There a koobzillion reasons to strength train. I compiled a list – click here.

Here’s short vid with more on how strength training has strengthened me from the inside.

Invite strength training into your life in a way that makes sense for you. See what happens.

Namaste, Sarah


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Top 3 Reasons People Avoid Self-Care

Loving on your beautiful self can get lost in the shuffle of life. All of a sudden at the end of your day – you’ve given at work, you’ve given to your family, you’ve given-given-given…except to yourself.

Self-Care is a gift you give your SELF. And I propose that it these small acts of kindness woven together throughout our day that promotes SELF-LOVE. Self-Care is a steppingstone to Self-Love.

Click here to see a quick vid on the top 3 reasons why people avoid Self-Care and simple ways to invite it in…

Namaste, Sarah


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Focus On What Your Body Can DO

We spend a lot of time worrying about what our body looks like.

A LOT of time.

Often that energy turns into loathing, flagellation and negative thoughts toward your beautiful self.

When you notice this happening, try thinking about all of the amazing things your body can DO. Because it’s pretty f(*&king miraculous.

Click to see more – Focus on What Your Body Can DO

Join the waitlist for the Love the Skin You’re In course. Click here to sign up.

Let’s change this one-note tune that we’ve been singing for soooooo long.

Namaste, S