The past few days I have been feeling a bit blue, and each morning instead of waking up happy and excited to greet the day, I've woken up tired and with a lingering feeling of sadness. I had the realization yesterday that this is the first Christmas in three years that we haven't either been on tour or known what the upcoming year is bringing in terms of my husband's employment. Such is the normal existence of an actor and his wife, but we have been supremely lucky that in the past few years this hasn't been the case.
We are both working incredibly hard to build our life both together as well as in our own personal pursuits. He is doing an amazing job at working to get the work and the right job is coming, I have total faith. I am working daily to build my yoga, essential oils and wellness business and I am truly grateful that I have had some incredible growth in the past months. Our life, in this particular moment, is wonderful and beautiful and we have so much to be thankful for. And yet sometimes, no matter who we are and what it is that we do, we must experience these times of sadness and uncertainty.
After a few days of feeling this way I decided this morning to really consciously direct my oil usage to supporting this. This morning after waking, I grabbed my Frankincense and my Balance Blend and rubbed them both on my feet. There is something about this combination that feels incredibly grounding and comforting. The earthiness of the FRANK and the spruce in the BALANCE makes me feel as if my feet are growing roots and my body is steadying itself to focus and become present. Then I added them both to the diffuser along with a few drops of Wild Orange to help uplift my mood. I can already feel a shift and even if it takes some time for this feeing to completely move through me, and it should, I know I have the tools available to help it along.
Scientifically these oils really do work wonders. As they pass through the olfactory nerve they trigger a chemical reaction in the part of the brain that holds memories and emotions. More and more is being researched on this every day and these little bottles of plant medicine have a powerful potency that only nature can offer. Emotionally and spiritually they act as a way to help us put our emotions out in front of us so that we may be present with them rather than feeling the need to deny them or numb them. This is why I believe in these oils so much and feel they are such a useful tool for all of us to have. Our emotional health directly affects both our physical health and how we see the world. There is a power in the ritual of selecting your oils for the specific purpose of what it is that you need and then actively pursuing it,
I have faith that our next year will be filled with wonder and excitement and most importantly a lot of love, because that is what we are in the pursuit of. And for now, in my brief moment of melancholy I acknowledge the complexity and beauty that is this human experience. I am grateful to be able to take a deep breath, to look upon my daughter's face and to hold my husband's hand as we walk forward into what's next, whatever it may be.
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!