• GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

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    These are very exciting albeit challenging times we are living in right now. As I have spent many years both personally and professionally learning and teaching the art of navigating stressful experiences in a healthy way, I have started this blog as a means of support for those in need of some guidance through the changes happening within their lives and bodies. In the midst of chaos, there is always an opportunity to grow and shift reactive habits into graceful responses. There are simple tools and perhaps an adjustment in perspective that can help anyone journey through difficult circumstances and come out the other side the better for having traveled down that particular path. I invite you to take these steps with me, one breath at a time as we explore together new ways to meet stressful moments and in the process restore the body, mind and spirit to a state of health and well being. I encourage your questions and comments as they will stimulate connection and support for others. With gratitude and love, Sariah
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

S.O.S.

dory I awoke this morning to my body’s call to the fetal position drawing me into the dark abyss of the embryonic ocean of gestation; a moment’s sidetrack from the original intention to meet the world head on with a machete in my right hand ready to clear the earthly path of mundane, red tape that a move to another state of residence incurs.  After many waves of trusting, patience, stalling and resistance  I was ready to ride the next wave of the practical  reconstruction of my new life; the chopping wood, carrying water of auto insurance, driver’s license, medical insurance, website, etc….all the foundational building blocks to support and frame my life in these new surroundings.

As always, Spirit knows how best to guide me and thus the wake-up call back to the womb giving me the space, sounds and imagery to reflect back to me where this next bend in the birthing waters of life will lead me.

“Stand right here, at the threshold of this doorway, be still and breathe, listen and witness as you open to the final trimester of a lifetime pregnancy.”                     

So I pause in the darkness of my bed covers and watch, listen, feel the moment’s offering.  I sense the international signal of S.O.S arising in my awareness; the tap, tap, tapping symphony of dit, dit, dit, daaaaaaa, daaaaaaa, daaaaaaa, dit, dit, dit. These short dots and long dashes that ring out the call for connection, support, attention, and response awaken me to a potent image of life’s urgent, consistent step by step and breath by breath guide to conscious presence on the path of the soul embodied.  I remember the “dots” of bliss, ecstasy, the ah-ha blips on the radar screen and then the long “dashes” through the watery tunnels of surviving and thriving, in and out, up and down; life being lived. Carried through a myriad of conscious and unconscious, messy and beautiful bends and forks, I somehow trusted that three more “dots” of enlightenment would follow to sound the alarm over the airways keeping me on the frequency that would continue to lead me home.

I bow in gratitude for these dots of sound; these guiding stars that light up my path and continually remind me of the bigger picture while grounding me back into the denser realities of the earth walk. The tap, tap, tapping becomes an audio and visceral knocking on the cellular doors of my existence to keep me on course awake and present to the infinite possibilities in the ocean of what is.

Smiling, I hear the voice of Dory singing,

  “keep on swimming, keep on swimming, keep on swimming…”

 

 

 

 

FACING EAST

RavenFlightEaster as it implies draws us in the direction of the East and New Beginnings. With the rising sun we leave behind the darkness and shadow of the past that sets in the West; we emerge into the light of a new day. Before a new breath arrives with each inhale, we clear the cells of toxic residue with each exhale that creates more space for expansion and new life.  So today, we can take the opportunity to consciously surrender to the exhale; to feel the depths of letting go of all the burdens, baggage and patterns that no longer serve and get in the way of whatever is next to birth from within the vast pool of the creative waters we all embody.  As we meet the intensity of each experience of contraction, we can take advantage of all that arises within the body to inform us of the clutter that is ready to be cleared.  When a pause comes, that space in between the contractions, rest and reflection is offered.  The birthing process depends on both the contractions and the pauses to keep the expansion and forward movement alive.  Change and transformation are at the doorstep of our individual and collective realities.  Each conscious breath we take can guide us through this present energetic passage through death and rebirth.

What will you leave behind as you move through this  doorway?

                                What will you take with you across the threshold?

                                                        What will you enliven with each inhale?

 

 

CHANGING THE MYTH OF SEPARATION

005As a grandmother of 12 and one who tends daily to  reflect on life in this living, breathing sandbox of existence, I often ponder the theme of separation that pervades this earthly embodiment and evolves from generation to generation.  I believe in the value of each one of us in this collective play we are involved in simply by the mere fact of being human and live by the understanding that all life is a mirror to see ourselves more clearly; a foundation each one of us can anchor in our unique lives so together we can evolve towards unity, harmony and peace inside and out.  Gender seems to be our initial step into the experience of polarity that we are led to take literally by our cultural programming and historical cellular memory.  What body we arrive in determines the role we play externally and drives how we participate in our relationship to every other satellite play in our mutual orbit.  That external form labelled as masculine or feminine sets the first frame for the journey that morphs in a myriad of ways depending perhaps on the soul’s intention this time around.  For me, in the end, this journey comes full circle in recognizing the outer is a set up to travel inward;  to experience separation as a catalyst to following the longing for union inside where its roots exist waiting to be fed, deepened and enlivened with each breath we take to the very last exhale.

I recently listened to a TED talk by Colin Stokes entitled, The Hero’s Journey Led Me Astray,  that gives voice to the generation of parents today who are charged with the next level of shifts required to take our planet forward; guidance for timely parenting of quite sensitive, evolved revolutionaries that have come to usher our world into the next death and rebirth cycle of transformation of all systems of operation.  Yes, he speaks from a father’s experience but his perspective includes both genders as inside we are both male and female, right and left brain, mother and father learning to become united within to lead in partnership and equal team players externally. The old form of even “story” breeds separation as the initial frame requires a protagonist AND antagonist. Listen to what he has to say about how parents can guide their children by seeing them as little protagonists in the global play of life:  

“…We’re all supporting actors in all the stories going on around us….protagonize everyone you meet, especially those you have been taught to ignore.  Ask yourself, “What role are you playing in their story?’ because that way every relationship is a call to adventure on a threshold to a new and better world…”

We all have the opportunity to dissolve the myth of separation with conscious awareness day by day, BREATH BY BREATH, of our role in the collective dance of humanity on planet Earth; our human role in a play that all sentient beings, from a grain of sand or drop of water to the Sun above and the air we breathe  are equal participants.  Together we are all symbiotically moving as atoms making up one molecule in a Universe holding infinite molecular possibilities.

And so, we can choose to BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY, in love with the opportunity to evolve together one breath at a time.

Breathing the cycle of oneness and union inherent within each breath…..

Inevitability of Change

Change is the nature of life itself; from birth to death our lives are constantly evolving, morphing our bodies, livelihood, geographic residence, relationships, as well as our thoughts, beliefs, philosophies, etc.  To be born into a body defines the journey that insists we acclimate, explore, grow, blossom, age and die; to join a cycle of birth/death/rebirth over and over just like all of nature mirrors to us with and within each season.  Even down to each breath, we inhale life as our cells are oxygenated and enlivened, we exhale carbon dioxide, releasing the toxins and dead cells; the inhale birthing new life in the moment, the exhale, a dying and letting go.
In a world that seems to be on fast forward, where chaos abounds, we are challenged to meet life in its infinite changes no matter how intense  with the ability to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and stand steady, flexible, grounded and clear to respond to the opportunity presented. Meeting external chaos with internal calm comes in choosing presence in each moment with every breath.  Presence allows us to embrace the moment whether it is filled with depression, pain, confusion, resistance, and fear or joy, laughter, freedom,  clarity and love.  As the breath engages us in awareness of our body, thoughts and feelings, we can respond with choice to each experience and move down the good red road of life creating and manifesting our heart’s intent; what appears as a hurdle becomes an opportunity to spread our wings and take a leap of faith, smash the blockade to smithereens, choose another direction or simply walk around or away.  The key is using the breath to give ourselves a gentle  “time out” to create the space within to choose.

The in breath opening, the out breath letting go, releasing, creating more space for the next in breath to draw in more awareness, vitality, clarity, connection and presence.    And so it goes, breath by breath………

AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT

sunsettree1As I  emerge from another powerful retreat with the circle of international women meeting with Chameli Ardagh, founder of the Awakening Women’s Institute I find myself in deep gratitude for the teachings she embodies and shares as well as the potent energetic wave of humility and grace that carries her words.  You can find Chameli here:  http://www.awakeningwomen.com

For many years now I have worked with the concepts of Sacred Union; a journey that has taken me on a deep internal evolution within my own body, mind and spirit.  In the beginning of moving from separation back to union and oneness there seems to be thresholds that must be crossed over and over to satisfy the mental and emotional bodies first on the road to anchoring once again spirit and matter as one on this Earth walk. The division of Masculine and Feminine, externally in human form as well as throughout this planet of seeming polarity, challenges our minds and hearts to remember the union that inherently resides in the beingness of all existence.  So naturally, we first seek to understand the “concepts” of separation in order to relate to our unique personal travels in this lifetime. To awaken our consciousness and expand our awareness deeper it seems necessary to first experience separation to its core; to understand the qualities of all that feels separate.  To take that search inward begins to open one to evolving out of separation and thus circling back to the cellular memory of wholeness.

As I have explored for myself and with many others along the way it has been helpful to separate the qualities and physical presentations of the masculine, feminine and child energies in both their wounded and divine states.  To do so simply allows a means to dissolve the gaps maintaining this illusion that fosters either/or, right/wrong, less than/more than, higher/lower, you/me.  To assist the mind and emotions in understanding all that exists within each of us puts us on a path that strengthens our choice of how we show up authentically in each moment of your lives.  Stepping on the path of conscious presence with self and choosing to anchor within our bodies and psyches an unfolding awareness of unity can then ripple into the external world of our relationships, experiences and unique offerings of the gifts of Self.  In the ongoing journey, the external world, all life, becomes an exquisite, profound mirror to see ourselves more clearly, keep us on track, and keep us awake to all the support and love available down to and within even each breath we take.

One potent example of As Within, So Without and vice/versa  are the elements of fire, water, earth and air.  These four elements exist outside of us as the sun above us, the oceans and rivers that flow upon and within this planet, the ground we walk on and the air we breathe.  Within, we have the fire in our solar plexus that radiates like the outer sun warming, purifying, lighting the way.  Our blood and bodily fluids are the waters that make up over 70% of this physical form we embody.   All that gives the Earth her form also gives us our form.  Air gives us life, connects us to an invisible energy and a collective consciousness of vast proportions;  it births us anew with each inhale and allows the old to die with each exhale.

Each breath is an exercise in sacred union and oneness:  with each inhale we actively ignite our receptivity and openness by taking in oxygen and aliveness;  and with each exhale, we passively let go of the toxic air while actively releasing and creating more space for the next inhale that calls forth more presence to the circle of receiving and giving.  With unity flowing from within each of us with each breath, the world outside of us can not help but come into alignment.

Simply, take a conscious breath right now…..feel the Universe, all of life, expanding and contracting within your own internal universe of embodiment;  open wider, surrender deeper, empty and create more space and radiate brighter and brighter.

KEEP BREATHING.…………………………………

THE GIFT OF THE EQUINOX

ImageThe Equinox is a symbol of Balance,  a moment when the dark and light are equal.  It offers us a potent time of choice and conscious intention as to how we move through it’s doorway to embrace more and more light as the darkness gradually fades behinds us. The opportunity albeit a challenge for some is “Can you embrace this moment with the spontaneous joy of a child?”  Luckily, once stepping over this threshold there is a built in pacing provided that allows each of us to stay present with the journey.

In the Spring Equinox there is the inherent opportunity for new beginnings.  With each new birth there is a letting go, a death, that proceeds it.  Our bodies, our lives instinctively  call us to cleansing and clearing out to make way for new creations that require more vitality, space, and clarity.  Winter is more an energy of retreat and introspection although it can often feel towards the end very muddy, discombobulating, and exhausting.  For some, the death can be even more pronounced where one is crawling on all fours hanging on by a thread to get through this doorway.  Whatever the individual journey through this birthing tunnel, the offering is here now.  The question is, “How will I meet this opportunity?”  The answer lies within the unique intention of each one of us.  The key is to consciously choose to stay awake and present each step of the way.  As we clear the decks both inside and out we can stay in awareness of what we choose to let go of and what we choose to enliven and bring forward into more light.  To do this effectively it takes creating first a firm foundation to stand and move from; that is, it requires being fully anchored in the body and therefore in our daily lives.  One tool to support this intention is the BREATH OF ONENESS below: Continue reading

The Warrior’s Heart

Seven months ago after hearing about the Soldier’s Heart organization and reading the book, War and the Soul, by Dr. Ed Tick I knew instantly within my body that I needed to participate in the 5 day retreat being organized by my friends.  Bringing Ed, along with co facilitators Kate and Paula to my town fell in sync with my life and passions in perfect timing beyond anything I could have orchestrated consciously.  I immediately got online to register trusting I would find a way to gather the funds and my computer blocked me from doing so.  True to the way I follow the river of my life, I let go and allowed more to be revealed to me in its right timing.  The next morning I awoke knowing how I would get half the money and earned it within the week and figured the rest I had seven months to gather and so went on with my daily life.  Fast forward six months and I had not saved anymore money for the event.  I got online to register and trusted if again I could not get through that in all likelihood I was not meant to attend.  The registration form came up and I filled it out sending with it a note asking if I could waylay the room and board fee if I commuted daily as I live only 20 minutes from the retreat location.  Synchronicity took over from there. Continue reading

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