This weekend, I had the honor of teaching 25 students in Boston, a brand new workshop that I created based on some very personal experience. The workshop is called The Essential Self, and we spent an hour and a half diving into some very powerful self-inquiry work using Essential Oils, Breath work, Yoga, Meditation and Journaling.
Part of the inspiration for the experience came out of one of my favorite quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. The quote goes “It is not with the eyes that one can see rightly, but with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye”. I was reminded of this quote earlier on this year, and it resonated so much that it has been making a rather long appearance on our chalkboard wall in our kitchen. To me, this quote represents the "unseeable self", the one from which we make all decisions; not our physical body, but our emotional heart. It is a constant reminder to me to turn inward for what is really essential in life and that I am the greatest source of all that I create and experience.
The other inspiration for the workshop came out of what has been a very challenging year. Exactly a year ago at this time, my husband experienced a pretty strong anxiety and depression. At the beginning, I had absolutely no idea what to do or how to support him. It was difficult to watch and have absolutely no control over, admittedly. There were many moments when I wanted to be able to snap him out of it, (sometimes by telling him to do so), and there was so much that I wanted to “fix” for him to help make him happier, because I thought I could and I was desperate to make it happen.
I don’t remember the exact moment that I got it, but eventually I had the realization that none of it was mine to fix. And that by consuming myself, my time and energy in trying to “fix” whatever it was that seemed broken, I was going to be wandering aimlessly down a dead end road. I had to do two things: the first, was give up the idea that I had any control or cause over what was happening with him. I remember writing in my journal one night, the words “I surrender”. I knew in that moment that it was exactly what I had to do if we were going to have any hope of surviving. The second thing I had to do was realize he wasn’t broken, nothing was. This was in fact a disease that he was struggling with. The trick of depression is that it’s symptoms mask itself in behaviors that appear to a healthy minded person as something that can just be changed. Especially that of a yogi who believes so strongly in personal power and self motivation, it was incredibly difficult at times not to place judgement on him and what seemed like choices that he could just stop choosing. In that moment, he couldn’t do that and it took me a bit of time, but when I finally realized that, I was able to be there for him with compassion and love rather than judgement, disapproval and anger.
Instead, what I knew was imperative for me, for him and for our daughter, was that I get even stronger in my own self-care practices. This didn’t mean heading to the spa and getting a massage or treating myself to regular manis and pedis. This meant diligent, daily rituals that kept me in check with who I was, and in my healthiest mindset, so that I may be able to hold space for my husband while he was not able to do that. It meant that every single day I was on my meditation cushion before my daughter woke up. It meant that I was on my yoga mat as often as possible. It meant that I was treating my body well with good food, and using essential oils to keep my mind uplifted and feeling well loved. It meant writing in my journal daily, so that I could get out of my head and onto paper what it was I was feeling and cultivate clarity. It did mean the occasional “Treat ‘yo self” moment or weekend away to the beach to give myself some relief with childcare and get some needed space. But mostly it meant being kind and loving to me, the one person in this scenario of which I had one hundred percent control.
One of my biggest realizations that came from these daily practices was how much of an impact, caring for oneself has. As time passed and each day I held strong in my own care, I noticed that my husband was able to breathe a little easier and put focus where he needed it in finding his own care. He sought out therapy, specifically CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, so much of it aligned with my own work the last decade in yoga. He had the time and space to get healthy without the pressure that he had to do it for me or even for our daughter. While of course, we missed our guy and desperately wanted him “back”, we were doing ok because at that time, I was able to hold us up. As I described to someone recently, I was able to live at the vibration that I wanted our entire family to rise to each and every day. And there were days when that just wasn’t possible and that was ok. I was at peace with knowing that we were both doing our work, trying our best and trusting the process. It was scary to be sure, but also incredibly freeing. Our reality was that neither one of us knew exactly how it was all going to turn out, and instead of hustling to “know” we embraced the not knowing and just went one day at a time.
It was hard. I certainly don’t want to downplay that or give all of the credit over to myself and say that my self-care is solely what saved us. But I do want to give it a lot of credit, much more than I believe we tend to as a society who likes to measure success. It is so easy for us to write off how we treat ourselves each day, because we can each probably name five to ten things that we must actually do in the course of a day to make our lives run smoothly, or run at all. The illusion being that if we don’t get A,B and C done or we can’t measure progress, we aren’t doing well.
Self-Care is often not something we can see, at least right away. It cannot be measured and there is no definitive amount or answer to how much is enough or what will work for us. We have to continue to check in and listen to ourselves and feel how we feel, thoughtfully and mindfully. If only there was a bell and whistle that went off when we were fully charged and ready to go. The reality is that there isn't and the knowing of when and what must come from inquiring within, every day.
That is exactly why I am stepping out and advocating for a shift in mindset around how important small daily acts of self-care are. It is not in what we can see, or the things that we do that hold the most essential value to our lives. We first make the decision to do anything from the invisible space of how we feel. When we can consciously connect to that space regularly, we can make decisions about what to do with more clarity and integrity.
We can certainly care for others better when we first are cared for by ourselves. To me, this is no longer negotiable. It is also at the forefront of how our family operates now. Whenever one of us finds that we are drifting away from a strong self-connection, we purposely take time to do what will bring us back. Even our three and a half year old, has tools to help herself calm and find center. My husband too has adapted this mindset for himself, in his own ways. His meditation is often going for a walk in the park or out into the city, listening to music. That was another big key for me, not putting my practices that worked for me, on him. My practices are powerful, but they are powerful for me because they are what I connect to. My aim is to share them with others who also may connect to them, but it is not my job ever, to force them up on anyone, including my husband or my child. So much of our work is in discovering what works for us.
A year later and we are much better partners for each other because of what this last year offered us. I look back now and I am grateful. We were given a gift after 17 years of being together to break everything down to what was essential and now build around that. The depression isn’t always gone, it may never fully go away. He once described it to me like that last scene in A Beautiful Mind. The people that John Nash was seeing didn’t go away, he just learned how to live with them there. And we now have tools that help us navigate it, both individually and as a couple.
In the coming months, I plan on sharing even more around what it is like to be on the other side of depression, to be the space holder for it. And you can guarantee that most of what I have to say and offer will be based on how the one giving care, cares for themselves. Active, daily self-care is as essential as the air we breathe, the money we make and the health of our physical body. There is nothing selfish in the ways of self-care and in so many ways, it is the most essential work for each human being to do.
Check out a brief video of the workshop this weekend below and to connect with me one on one about self-care using yoga, mediation or essential oils, email me: Sara@OneOMatatime.com I am able to be here for you because I am here for myself. It is an honor and a gift.
April Showers Bring Us Growth
And in order to grow we must be willing to step outside of what we know and go for the things that scare us. They scare us because they seem so big and far away. They scare us because we know that what will be required of us in order to make it happen is a commitment to continued growth throughout the entirety of the process. This means that we will fail and triumph over and over and over again.
I recently heard Deepak Chopra say something that profoundly changed me. He said "If we have the desire in the first place, it means that it's possible". For our deepest desires to even come into our consciousness it means that we, our self, called it in. It means that it began as a thought and then evolved into a desire because we made it so. Desires aren't just floating around waiting for someone to catch them, we create them. If something, a thought, as itself was a desire, we would all want the same things and we all know that isn't true. And because we create them it means that we also have the power to see them all the way through. Not just some of us, but all of us.
One of the steps of taking a desire and moving it into our physical worlds and making it real is by asking for what you want. With clarity, with humility and with love. We take the thought, turn it into a desire, turn it into words, spoken and written, so that we may turn it into action and ultimately the physical manifestation whatever it is.
So what is your deepest desire for your life? What do you wish to see for yourself? Speak it into existence and ask for what you want. Then watch as a series of events and opportunities in collaboration with your actions make it happen.
Here is what I want:
* To Grow my business as a yoga teacher and wellness advocate
* I want to lead a team of leaders who go out into the world and advocate for self-care and self-love through practical action and practices.
To get even more specific:
1. I am asking for people to join my doTERRA team. People who want to build a business or enhance their current one by taking mindful action through essential oil education and advocacy. If this is you, this is the moment to say so!
2. I want to teach more workshops and retreats. If you practice at a yoga studio, own a yoga studio or have a connection to one, I want to come to you! I wish to travel more this year and do it through my teaching, so no place is too far! Bring me your way!
Whether it rains on us or shines on us this month, my wish for all of us is that our deepest desires make their way from being a thought to a part of our life through asking for what we want and then taking action!
What do YOU want? I dare you to write it in the comments below, not so I can read it, but so you can speak it and ask for it!
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How I am taking action to fill myself up, be diligent in self-care and align my heart and my head...
My beautiful teacher, Elena Brower, recently spoke about this in her New Year Practice You video. The importance of daily ritual is something that can keeps us regularly checking in with ourselves in mindful ways. A ritual can vary in length and activity, what matters most is its consistency of practice. For me, morning meditation is it. However, what I am desperately wanting to add in is a physical yoga practice that leads into meditation. For a while I thought this meant that I have to be up and ready, in my yoga clothes and sweating by the end. Elena pointed out that for her, there are days when she wakes up tired, so this could mean a Yoga Nidra practice which leads into meditation. When she said this, I had a moment of realizing it’s more about tuning into my physical being rather than pushing myself physically. Perhaps it is because I come from a power yoga background, but I have long associated a formal “yoga practice” to be one that is more physical in nature and closer to traditional exercise. This is not in alignment with my heart. Instead, my daily ritual will be to arise around the same time each day, unroll my mat, move my body however it feels necessary and then sit for my mediation. And, in my pajamas, no yoga pants (or bra) required. My hope is that this will take the expectation out of it and open the doorway for exploration and inquiry to come in.
I of course recognize that the difficulty of this, is as a mama whose child’s wake up time is unpredictable, things could have the tendency to waiver. So, I am also making a commitment to myself to wake up a little earlier and go to bed a little earlier. And, if Audrey wakes up first, so be it. I will remain flexible in both how I practice and how long it happens. I also maintain that in order for my daughter to truly know the value of self-care she must mostly see it in action.
And while there will also be daily mid-day rituals I am looking to cultivate, my next focus will be end of day. Shutting down intelligently and mindfully. Turning off all input and sitting with myself to ask the simple question "How did I do today?" Not to judge but to simply observe. Journaling will be a big part of this time and it is my goal to leave each day with my own words in my head.
Clear Boundaries on Time
The other day Justin and I set a clear and precise schedule for how we will be spending our time each day. This is something that neither of us have been great at in the past, but recognize our need to be better organized and have stronger clarity of time spent. Ange Peters talks about this a lot, and has taught me to recognize that time is in fact currency. We get to choose how we spend it, who we give it to and ultimately what kind of return we are looking for with how we invest it.
This also includes only spending time doing the things that feed me and that I love. No longer do I believe that we must fill our time doing things because it is what we are "supposed" to do. I understand fully the requirements of obligation and being an adult, however I am going to only seek ways to do that while also nurturing my inner child.
I have always wanted to make space and room for anything to happen but I am now realizing that by setting my own clock, I am actually offering a kind of freedom where my life truly belongs to me. So, there will be boundaries on my time, how I spend it and what I spend it doing. Which leads right into the next…
This is something I began to talk about at the end of this last year, and am continuing to cultivate. That small computer in my hand takes up so much more time and offers much more distraction than is healthy. I am a firm believer that to some degree, the majority of us are addicted to our phones. I am. And while I often need it for my work, I admittedly spend a lot more time scrolling and browsing than is necessary.
For me, I am realizing more and more that I must balance my consumption with my creation. Our phones give us this false sense of relief without realizing that we are continuing to consume and consume and consume, thereby depleting our own inner resources and attention. Instead, it is my mission to be continually mindful of how much I am creating vs. how much I am consuming. So, I am setting hard boundaries on my social media and screen time and making sure that I have more to to both create and put out into the world more than what I take.
One of the things I have been realizing lately is that I am hungry to learn. It’s not that I have not always loved learning, but the past few years I have definitely done more of the teaching and I am including mothering in this. I haven’t had a thirst to push past my own boundaries of what I know in quite a while, and I am ready to get back to my studentship in a much more profound way. I am not yet sure what this looks like, but I know that one of my biggest interests of late is in looking back to the tradition of yoga and studying some of the older lineages. Rod Stryker has been a big presence in my practice lately and so it may mean going to study with him, or at the very least continuing to make him, and other areas of yoga where I am not so familiar, a regular part of my practice.
I am also continuing to explore and delve into essential oils, aromatherapy and integrative and holistic practices. This is an area that makes my heart soar and I plan to continue to honor it throughout the course of this next year. I also firmly believe that the greatest teachers are first students and so I plan on this being the strongest course of action in terms of growing my business, both in yoga and essential oils. I am going to invest in my own wisdom and knowledge.
In all honesty, this is something I have not been very good at in my life. It’s not that I don’t have friends or people I love, but I am extremely comfortable being alone. However, the older I get and the more I think about what I want for Audrey and for our family, I truly want a community of friends to surround ourselves with in the best of times and the hardest of times. My effort in reaching out has always been something I struggle with, so this year I am being much more concerted in my efforts to both make new friends and continue to be in contact with old ones. I am just now at 36 beginning to understand that none of us can do this on our own and that we all need each other to be in regular contact with one another so that we can learn from one another.
Justin and I have specifically set aside time each month for each of us to have friend time as well as a time to gather with community. Two Mondays each month are dedicated to an evening where one of us goes out to hang, as adults only, and with a friend. So...expect a call!
Open Sky Mind
This is another takeaway from Elena’s Practice You webinar. The idea that once or twice this year, we will take time to travel alone, to cultivate open sky mind where we are with ourselves and only ourselves for a while. This ties perfectly into both diligent studentship and my entire reason for doing all of this work. We must be able to fill ourselves up from the inside, readily, lovingly and wholeheartedly. For a long time, the thought of leaving my family for even a weekend to go explore on my own, or attend a retreat, was just too scary. My heart truly longs to be with them each and every day for as long as my life exists. However, I am now realizing the clarity that this kind of daring will bring me and it is now one of my top priorities to, within the next few weeks, book a solo trip somewhere. Likely it will be in the form of a retreat, perhaps starting with just a weekend in time, but it will a place that I travel to and from alone and give myself the freedom to have an open sky mind.
With all of this in my sights, my work this year is in aligning my head with my heart and to continually fill my cup, over and over and over again. One of my friends said recently “Humanity is an experiment and we can make it beautiful”. I am choosing to make mine beautiful by experiencing the joy of my own inner beauty, so that I may better share it with the world. This is my new year, this is my work.
Passion - Inspiring Blend
balances spice and herbal essential oils. Included in the blend is Damiana, a very rare essential oil rich in 1,8-cineole and alpha pinene, which is renowned for its renewing properties. Combining Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove, and Damiana creates a chemical profile with high concentrations of phenols and ethers to provide warming and renewing benefits. Diffuse doTERRA Passion at your work desk to help spark creativity.
Passion is a blend formulated to assist individuals who are lacking inner passion and perhaps need to find the motivation to take risks and confidently face their fears. We often feel a lack of passion when we feel limited in our work and creativity. This blend helps to ignite the heart and the spirit towards moving for what uplifts and inspires creativity and joy, both in work and in life.
Cardamom - The Oil of Objectivity
Cinnamon - The Oil of Sexual Harmony
Ginger - The Oil of Empowerment
Clove - The Oil of Boundaries
Sandalwood - The Oil of Sacred Devotion
Jasmine - The Oil of Sexual Purity & Balance
How to Use:
* Diffuse in the morning to start the day feeling energized and enthusiastic
* Apply to pulse points and heart throughout the day to feel inspired and passionate
* Diffuse at work to spark creativity, clarity and wonder
Stronger - Protective Blend
Stronger Protective Blend evokes feelings of wellness and vitality when needed most. Featuring Cedarwood, Litsea, Frankincense, and Rose in a gentle and convenient format combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil, this uniquely supportive blend is perfect for sensitive skin and provides a sense of resiliency when needed most. Litsea, one of the main ingredients in Stronger, helps to keep skin healthy looking and clean while promoting positive feelings. The bright and uplifting aroma of Stronger is refreshing to the senses and works as the perfect blend for daily resiliency or when you are not feeling your best. With the powerful rejuvenating benefits of wood and floral oils, Stronger works as the perfect every day skin health essential oil blend.
Cedarwood - The Oil of Community
Litsea - The Oil of Manifestation
Frankincense - The Oil of Truth
Rose - The Oil of Divine Love
How to Use:
* When environmental threats are high, use Stronger to promote feelings of wellness and vitality.
* Roll onto hands, knees and feet after a long day of activity
* Soothing to occasional skin irritations, Stronger is a great blend to have on hand during play and extensive activities.
* Because of the Rose and Frankincense oil in it, Stronger is great to help soothe and comfort distressed skin.
Both of these blends are available HERE
Hands down, one the most important things to me as a mother is helping my child navigate her own emotions, intelligently, honestly and lovingly. It has taken me a long time to come into my own emotional awareness, and while I wouldn't change anything about my experience, I would love to be a steady guiding force for my daughter when it comes to cultivating her ability to be with her emotions in a healthy way.
It is my belief that we don't think or speak about emotional integrity and intelligence enough in our culture. We often regard feelings as secondary or attatch shame to emotions that are, in reality, incredibly human. How we feel is always changing of course, and it requires a ton of work to stay present with ourselves in this way, but I believe it is necessary work. In 2018, several studies showed that depression and anxiety are on the rise, often in teens and young adults. According to a report by ABC News, "The CDC says one in five children ages 3 through 17 — about 15 million — have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year. But only 20 percent of them get diagnosed or receive care."
Emotional Intelligence is the "capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically". I am on a mission as a mother and as a human to help all people of all ages become more Emotionally Intelligent.
For me, essential oils are one option and tool to help create that intelligence. Since our emotional state has the power to affect how we perceive the world, I believe in the importance of having tangible tools and techniques on hand to help navigate our emotions. Having the ability to take action, reach for a specific blend of essential oils and take the time to do some deep breathing is a seemingly small act of self-care with big impact.
When we do this, we say to ourselves
A. I am having some big feelings right now
B. We take a moment to name those feelings and
C. We can take action.
Perhaps we take a few deep breaths and utilize the aromatherapeutic benefits of an oil or blend, or combine the act of reaching for an oil with another act of self care such as yoga, meditation, exercise, journaling, etc. By even taking the time to do any of this, we are saying to ourselves that our own emotional awareness matters and is important. What and how we feel is integrative and directly connected to our physical health.
So you can imagine my joy when doTERRA came out with a collection designed specifically for children and young adults. My daughter is only 3.5 years old but has her own Kids Collection already. She knows which oils are for calming down at night, which are for when she feels sad and which ones help her body. She is now beginning to say out loud when she is sad, or angry or frustrated or happy. We celebrate all of her feelings with her and we help her take action when she is able to articulate what she needs and wants. My hope as her mom is that she will grow up with the freedom to be aware of, control and express her emotions so that she may be able to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically...aka have strong Emotional Intelligence.
So this week, I will be featuring the Kids Collection in my Free Online Oils Class, this Thursday at 11am EST. I will also be posting each day about two different Emotional Aromatherapy blends: One for the adults, one for kids. I hope that you follow along with me this week. My hope as a wellness advocate and as a human is to help each of us, myself included, cultivate our own emotional intelligence so we may be stronger for ourselves and stronger for each other.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye" - The Little Prince
This quote perfectly sums up how I feel about using essential oils for emotional support. While often as humans we look for the things that can be seen and measured, I am a true believer that so much of what matters in life is in what cannot be seen or measured. I also believe that our emotional health is of the utmost importance, as most of our actions, whether we realize it or not, are taken based on our emotional state. When we create clarity around our inner workings within ourselves, we create clarity in the vision that we have for our life.
I look at essential oils as the tool that we can reach for to 1. Name our present emotional state and 2. Take a solid steps towards inspiring action for how we want to proceed. It matters what we reach for. We can reach for our yoga mats or our meditation cushions. We can reach for drugs and alcohol or even food. For me, essential oils are my tool of choice and what I reach for to ignite action in the form of self-care led by self-love.
So in today's class, I spoke specifically about emotional support during the winter months and how to use essential oils as tools to keep ourselves well and uplifted. Having some personal experience with what this time of year can do to our inner worlds, I have experienced dramatic and profound results from using oils in this way. My hope is that I can help to support any of you who find yourselves struggling emotionally this time of year as well.
Below I am going to list the top four oils for this season. These are the ones where if you having nothing else, they will powerfully carry you through the season and help to support positive emotions. You can also join my Facebook Group HERE and watch the class and ask questions.
Here are the top Oils for Winter: *Note all of this comes from Emotions & Essential Oils*
Lavender - The Oil of Calm and Communication
Lavender aids verbal expression and calming the mind. Specifically, it calms the insecurities that are felt when one risks their true thoughts and feelings. Lavender addresses a deep fear of being seen and heard. It encourages emotional honesty and insists that one speak their innermost thoughts and desires. It is through open communication that an individual has the potential to experience unconditional love, acceptance and peace of mind. With Lavender, one is free to share their True Self with others.
Lemongrass - The Oil of Cleansing
Lemongrass is a powerful cleanser of energy. it dispels feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy. Lemongrass assists individuals in entering a healing mode or cleansing state. In this state, one easily lets go of old, limiting beliefs, toxic energies and negativity. Lemongrass teaches individuals to move forward without hesitation. It asks them to commit to a healing path where change is a regular occurance.
Peppermint - The Oil of a Buoyant Heart
Peppermint brings joy and buoyancy to the heart and soul. It invigorates body, mind and spirit and reminds individuals that life can be happy, and they don't have to be controlled by fear. It lifts an individual out of their emotional trials for a short reprieve. When individuals use peppermint, they feel as though they are gliding through life. It assists in staying on the surface of emotional issues like floating on top of water.
Rosemary - The Oil of Knowledge & Transition
Rosemary assists in the development of true knowledge and true intellect. It teaches that one can be instructed from a far greater space of understanding than the human mind. It challenges individuals to look deeper than they normally would and ask more soul-searching questions so that they may receive more inspired answers. It invites individuals to trust in a higher, more intelligent power than themselves. It supports them in feeling confident and assured during times of great change in understanding and perspective. Rosemary roots them in the true knowledge that surpasses all understanding.
"What is essential is invisible to the eye". I cannot give you facts and figures about exactly how and why these oils work the way they do. If you are only looking for black and white answers, then perhaps these are not your tools, and I respect that. However, if you believe and work with the understanding that it is with our hearts that we we can truly see things rightly, then I invite you to explore using these tools even further. I believe wholeheartedly that what we reach for when it comes to caring (or not) for our emotional selves, matters immensely. That small action of choice has a big impact, which cannot be seen and measured, only felt. I wish you health and happiness this winter and immeasurable loving support.
After spending much of December offline, closing out the year and gearing up for this new one, I am so excited for January and to be bringing you a regular schedule filled with Essential Oils classes and opportunities!
This month, I will be offering a class each week over on our Facebook Group, which is totally free to join and have access to! I am setting a very specific schedule so that both you and I can commit to expanding our knowledge and conversation around using doTERRA Essential Oils! It is one of my personal goals for 2019 to cultivate community, and be more present each week online, in a very mindful way.
So, each Thursday you will find me LIVE at 11am talking about oils in very specific ways and answering any questions that come my way. If you cannot make it LIVE that day, the video will remain on the Facebook Group along with being posted on here as well.
My hope is to connect through discussion around how and why these oils make a very big difference in our lives and the powerful tools that they are for supporting our emotional and physical well being.
So, Here are the details:
In this class we will discuss Oils for Winter, specifically oils that can be used for emotional support during the longer and darker months of the season. I have some very powerful information to share in terms of how oils can be of support when dealing with anxious and sad feelings, which are ever so common during this time of year.
Essential Oils are potent and powerful naturally occuring chemicals. While they are so much safer than some of the alternatives, there is still a safety component that must be acknowledged and practiced. So in this class we will go over how to use essential oils safely and effectively with mindfulness.
I am so excited for this class, and frankly, this week. In addition to going over one of doTERRA's newest collections, there is going to be something pretty incredible happening all week long with this collection! I know it's vague, but basically, you are going to want to stay tuned for this one...
The final January class will be all about the Yoga Collection and how to use these gorgeous blends whether you are a Yoga Teacher or practitioner who would like to enhance your practice using oils. Oh AND this class will accompany an actual Yoga Class where I will cue you to use the oils specifically at different points throughout the class!!
So that is January. I am so excited to get going and really jump into 2019 with a commitment to building community, to grow my business and mostly to YOU! I hope that you will join me. These oils have made such a huge impact on my own life and I believe that they hold something really powerful for each and every one of us to live our very best life this year!
Make sure to join the Facebook Group HERE if you haven't already! Simply request to join and I will add you! Happy January, Happy 2019!
Today is Day 30 and I almost procrastinated putting this post up until tomorrow. Today was a long day, I was super immersed in getting things done for work while working from home, bedtime for Audrey was tough tonight and she ended up not going down until wayyy past her bedtime and my husband and I seemed to be taking turns all day getting on each other's last nerve. It was just one of those days.
I was so tired and caught myself zoning out on my phone scrolling through social media and honestly just being mindless about it all. Earlier in the day I said that I was going to take a long, candlelit bath tonight once I was done with everything. I do this sometimes as an evening meditation of sorts and a way to wind down and give some self-care. During my mindless scrolling I was really close to scrapping the bath and just climbing into bed, still with the grit of the day on my body and in my mind.
Just a couple of days ago, I listened to Ange Peter's podcast How to own your Phone....and not have it own you. It was a lot about ways to keep our phone use in check but at the heart she spoke about how just being present is one of the most productive things we can ever do for ourselves. Our phone makes it incredibly easy to not be present, and for many of us, in moments when we don't want to just sit with what is, we can quickly and easily turn to the mindlessness of the slot machine like scroll. This podcast resonated with me so much that as soon as it finished, I deleted Facebook from my phone, turned off all alerts and organized all of my apps into folders on the first screen so I don't even have to scroll to find what I need and have to be intentional with what I am trying to find. I even turned off my email alerts and have made the decision that I am going to check my mail only at certain times during the day. Basically I am on a mission to get my screen time down and to not have my smartphone be an extension of my own arm. It's already hard.
But back to the bath. After that little voice in my head reminded me of what Ange said about the most productive people are the ones who choose presence with what is, even in the smallest moments (hello, no more taking the phone into the bathroom!) I knew that if I was going to adhere to this mission, I had to take the bath. And I did. And as I was lying there I knew that I had to write my final post for this 30 day challenge to myself on the day I am supposed to. I knew I just had to get present with myself and my commitment
And so I am writing the final post of the challenge about presence and how this daily action of blogging has actually supported me and inspired me to be present. Oh and to say that this is not my final post because while I have done the 30 days in a row, this blog is quickly becoming the backbone of all that I have to offer in my work. So while I am unplugging in many ways, I am also plugging in, in stronger and more impactful ways. I hope that what I have to share and offer on this blog, creates the space and inspiration for us all to get more present in our lives. I know it seems ironic for a blogger to basically say, hey get off your device, aka stop reading my blog! But I am saying it, because I want you to come here with the intention of wanting to be inspired and ignited to rising to your highest self and your utmost presence in this life while we are lucky enough to have it.
So tonight I will sleep well knowing I was present with a challenge for 30 days and tomorrow I will wake up knowing how lucky I am that it starts all over again because it means there is more work to be done, more learning to discover, more to create and so much to be present for.
Last Week on Thanksgiving morning, my amazing mama hosted a donation based yoga class. I actually wasn't really paying attention to what it was we were donating towards until I actually arrived at the class. I was just happy to get my pre-Turkey day yoga on.
Right before class began, my mama introduced Kristina Malone, who is the creator and founder of Santas Letters. She went on to explain that when her husband worked for the post office, she found him one day responding to a pile of letters. He told her that the letters were sent to Santa and he had, for fun, taken it upon himself to respond the the letters, as he knew that they would otherwise go unanswered. Loving this idea, she joined him in his quest to respond back to as many letters as possible.
What they discovered was that many of the letters contained very simple requests. Sometimes the most basic items were needed, such as toothbrushes and winter coats. Sometimes it was a request to help make a sick parent well again. As you can imagine, this could be heartbreaking to read and not really be able to do anything about it.
However, Kristina and Sean were determined to make something happen. So, in just the past few months, they have officially launched Santas Letters, Inc. Posting a mailbox outside of their own home, people can come and drop off letters to Santa in a clearly marked envelope! Santa himself will then reply and each child will receive a letter back. And to take it even further, Kristina and Sean are making it a point to help in as many practical ways as possible! Whether it is a winter coat, money for utility bills or a single present under the Christmas tree, they are making it their mission to surround their community and those who need support this season a priority. In fact, on their site they say "Hundred of Local families need our help, and it begins with our community".
I knew the moment that I heard Kristina speak about Santas Letters and what they were doing that I wanted to connect her with Supportful and get a Care Page set up. What they are doing is truly in alignment with what we are also creating and so I am incredibly proud to share their page:
Please visit Supportful.com/SantasLetters to make a donation or purchase a gift that has been requested in a child's letter.
I love so much that this collaboration happened because of a yoga class. I love that when we take time to support each other in small and simple ways, it creates a ripple effect. One letter at a time, one breath at a time, one supportful action at a time, we all have the power to make an impact.
is a Mama, Wife, Teacher, Writer and Creator of One OM at a time. She has been teaching and studying yoga since 2008 and has taught at studios in Syracuse, Boston and New York City. For two years her hOMe was wherever she, her husband Justin, their daughter Audrey and pug Oscar find themselves as they traveled for Justin's job on the national tour of Matilda the Musical. This way of living has really taught Sara that yoga and mediation requires nothing more than some time and a space for your mat. You can find Sara teaching regular classes in NYC, workshops and retreats all over the country as well as in her very own online studio right here!