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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!

 

 

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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

 


 

Celebrate the small things! February 6, 2015

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img_0670My birthday just passed and I was thinking about celebrating and what that means to me….   We are all so use to celebrating the big things like momentous birthdays, graduations, births and so on.  But what do you so for the smaller, the less acknowledged road markers?  What do you do to honor or celebrate the small things?  I believe that if we give ourselves permission to celebrate the small things (and who’s to say that they are even really small) we will have more to celebrate.  And then there will be more big things to celebrate.

Today I do not have a headache, which for me is something to celebrate.  So how am I going about celebrating. I am listening to records as I work!  Which I am normally unable to do when there is pain in my head due to an inability to concentrate.  How you celebrate is really irrelevant.  What is relevant is that you acknowledge the moment.  Give it its just dessert.  Ohhh and I think I will have some dessert to celebrate! In all seriousness, acknowledging the good in ones life is as important as acknowledging any feeling.

In all my years of coaching I see people focus more on the bad feelings and gloss over the good.  Those two words are italicized because they are only as weighted as we make them.  Everything is impermanent so why not acknowledge more of the good!  Celebrate!  Celebrate! Because if you choose to focus on the juicy things you’ll have more yummy things to celebrate!

 

Happy Celebration!

~Sarah

 

 

Do you hibernate? February 2, 2015

SnowfallSince today is groundhog day I think it only apropos that I confess about winter.  Every year when it rears its head I feel the need to hibernate.  To crawl into bed and stay there until spring.  To metaphorically plug up my but like a bear and not climb out of my cave.  But in all seriousness I have a harder time being productive, or at least I think I do.  I start to feel guilty the moment the cold weather sets in because I feel like I “should” be doing things differently.  But this winter I’m doing things a bit differently… I’m allowing myself to be exactly as I am.  Leaving myself alone. Allowing the slowness. the needing more sleep and wanting to keep warm.

I’m from a family of “workers”  if we are not busy we are not being productive and when I am not… I feel guilty.  So I have asked myself what would happen if I left myself alone?  Allowed myself the comfort of the warmth. Although in my mind I thing that the world would fall apart but in reality I still get up meditate, exercise and get to work.  So what’s the worst thing that could happen?  ….Nothing that make my world fall apart .  How much more productive would I be by allowing myself a little extra sleep, a nap or a day here and there where I stick to my heating pad?  Well for myself I’m more productive with the time I have since I am releasing the guilt.  Why waste my time with that catabolic thought process which immediately takes me out of the moment and into feelings which don’t support me.  Somehow I seem to be enjoying the winter a bit more.  I will admit I enjoy it so much more since I work from home and I don’t have to drive anywhere.  What a spectacular thing!  So this winter I am learning to rephrase the way I look at it.

So I guess, how gentle are you with the things that you think you “should” do?  How do you keep from piling a lot of “should” on yourself? How do you handle to winter?

 

Energetically, albeit with a heating pad

~Sarah

 

 

How can we change an obstacle into pure joy? November 26, 2014

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This video came across my Facebook feed the other day and I simply fell in love with it.  First off I’ll admit I have a soft spot for sweet animal videos but this one really got me.  So I contacted the young woman to see if it was on youtube and if so may I use it.  Hence it was uploaded and here is a horse who’s name is Magic… Really, I love it! This lovely horse was frightened of the water until his amazingly young rider helped him to move past the fear (who’s the life coach here? 🙂 )  And not only did he move past it it but it became pure joy, for both horse and rider.
Which got me to thinking about how one can move past a fear and not only turn it into joy but create joy for someone else as well.  And the answer is perception. How are you viewing the fearful situation?  If you change the way you view it it just might surprise you.  It will change.  A question I ask myself when confronted with a situation or something I’d rather not have in my life I ask myself, “What can I learn right now?” or “Where do I want to go from here”  There is always something to learn in any given situation. And then I ask how I can shift my energy and for me I find 10 things I’m grateful for.  Which immediately brings me into the moment and straight into Gratitude.
What a perfect time to talk about gratitude!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the States and it’s a wonderful opportunity to look at all that is abundant and wonderful in our life.  Wishing you a joyful grateful Thanksgiving!  What a spectacular way to move into joy and shift from… well, just about anything!
Have a Magical Day!
Lot so Love
~Sarah
 

 
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