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Art. August 6, 2015

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I think that creativity is an essential part of our being. It shows up in myriad ways, whether it’s fine art or kitchen art or musical art or the art in the way we are with people.  Art is every where.  As an artist I thought I’d share this beautiful youtube clip with you (yet again 🙂 )… It just, makes me smile.

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Native Wisdom… July 8, 2015

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Grey_wolf_3DNative Wisdom:One evening an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

 

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.  One is evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his Grandfather:

“Which wolf wins?…”

The wise old Cherokee simply replied,

“The one that you feed.”

 

I simply love this parable because one of the greatest gifts we’ve been given is the one of free will.  The freedom to choose any direction we want! I coach a lot about choice.  Where do you want to go from here? If you don’t like how you feel make a different choice… What’s another way of looking at your situation?

So…. which wolf do you want to feed today?

 

Energetically~

~Sarah

 

Flexibility May 12, 2015

Today was day were flexibility was needed.  And I don’t mean flexibility like a gymnast.  I mean flexibility of the mind and spirit.  Sometimes plans are made and they don’t come to fruition.  How do you respond and feel? I’ve had to work be flexible.   It was not always in my nature.  A plan would change and I’d be thrown.  I didn’t go with the flow, I’d melt down.  Having to recalibrate didn’t come easily to me.  I could have an entire day thrown even by the smallest of monkey wrenches.  And then I chose a career that required flexibility, acting.  To not make plans until the day of and even then it may even change moments before an audition.  Being and actor meant that your agent would call regarding your next day up until 6ish the day before and you might even get a call the day of.  And if you wanted the job you’d say,”Yes Please!” or ” Of course I can change my plans!”.  Flexibility became an art.  Learning to be able to move forward and go on the fly meant I had a better chance of getting the job. And I did.

 

This ultimately helped me in all areas of my life.  Let’s say friends couldn’t make dinner or plans simply changed it became my responsibility to find the opportunity in the situation and not the obstacle.  Knowing that I am the sole proprietor over my feelings and responses is incredibly liberating.  I know for me I’d rather live in the moment and not get caught up in the drama (Now what am I going to do!!), victimization (Ohhh this will make it so hard) or blame (If they had only called me sooner!) of it all.  By not buying into the finger pointing I’m given the opportunity to stay at ease.  Which is were I chose to live.  That place of Universal flow.  Because you never know what gift might come along by letting go of the stress.

 

So how flexible are you?  Where might you be able to let the blame go so that you have more room for the good stuff?

 

Happy Spring!

~Sarah

 

Inspiration from Jill Bolte Taylor! March 12, 2015

I have blogged about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in the past but I wanted a little inspiration today!  It is amazing what can happen when we neurologically align our Brain with our heart!! Consciousness: The way we perceive ourselves and others in the world.  Here’s her most exquisite sharing at the TED Talks!

 

 

 

Pema Chodron March 9, 2015

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The last few weeks I have shared with you a couple of amazing thinkers and radical peace activists.  Today I would like to share the next one with you… Pema Chodron.  Now I am certain many of you know her for her teachings and pod casts already so that said I’d like to share a YouTube clip of her with you. A Brief note on her history:

“Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

While in her mid-thirties, Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Pema received her ordination from him.

Pema first met her root teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full monastic ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.”  The Pema Chodron Foundation.  I highly encourage you to study her teachings.  Her sense of humor is wonderful!

 

Sending Love,

~Sarah

 

Limiting beliefs create a prison of the mind…. March 2, 2015

We all have some sort of limiting belief system in our make up.  Often this is created from how our past has formed us.  Our past has taught us to anticipate the future, whether it is either healthy or not and the painful episodes create limiting beliefs, assumptions and/or obstacles.  Just because something has happened in the past doesn’t mean it will happen again.  The healthiest thing for us to do is to reframe the situation or experience in a way that is supportive.

As I wrote last week I am introducing you to remarkable humans who have helped frame me and my thought processes throughout the decades.  This week it’s Tara Brach, a remarkable human who I thank on a regular basis.  She often talks about the release of limiting beliefs and where they come from. I invite you to take a look at this YouTube clip when you have the time.

Sending warm loving thoughts,

~Sarah

 

Back from Vacation! February 20, 2015

I just returned from a spectacularly restful and warm vacation!  I was warmed by the sun for 10 whole days, which I didn’t realized just how much I needed it until I was down there.  It’s been unprecedentedly cold here in New England and I was in desperate need of some natural vitamin D.  Though that said something was going through my head while I was down in sunny southern Florida.

 

“Wherever you go there you are”: I have been in love with the writings of Jon Kabat-Zin since the mid 90’s and his book Wherever You Go, There You Are is something that I think of often.  We take ourselves with us everywhere we go.  All of what we are is with us all the time.  And I was reminded of this.  Everyone leaves for their vacation with either hopes, expectations or intentions for their time away from home.  And sometimes while away our time doesn’t live up to what we were hoping for.  So a shift in expectation is needed.  A thought reframe is needed (or in my case a reframing of my thoughts about returning home to the cold 🙂 was needed).  Then there are the thoughts we have about our vacation, I’ll be more…. peaceful, active whatever your thoughts are and then you’re attached to those expectations.  What would happen if we let go of that? Allowed ourselves to be exactly as we are the way we are?

“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.”

In the next few weeks I thought I’d introduce you to some of my favorite people who have guided me on the road to awareness and today it’s Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Energetically,

~Sarah

 


 

 
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