SeeAwakening to You - Embodying Shamanic Wisdom with Stephanie
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Wainwright House in Rye, NY
A dear friend recently asked,"Stephanie, what is your life purpose"? Without skipping a beat, I said, "to help people awaken".
No small task in a noisy world that appears to keep us asleep...or at times wake us up with unbearable suffering.
And so, as many of you know, I am dedicated to passing along what I have learned and lived so that perhaps your journey is slightly "easier". You are not alone.
Is it time to reclaim your power and purpose by embracing fearless? It's fun. It's scary. It's freeing.
If this resonates, check out this workshop designed purposefully to help you awaken. See video below.
We will use the physical body as a portal to gain access to the deeper wisdom within.
We will explore the shamanic principles of jaguar medicine: fearlessness, non-doing, certainty and non-engagement to help you overcome inertia in your life.
Using gentle yoga poses, guided shamanic journeying, and reflection exercises learn ways to move beyond the conditioned mind, overcome fears, and awaken to your authentic self.
Move from stuck to unstuck and gain wisdom on action steps required to live your most authentic life.
Cultivate and deepen the relationship with jaguar medicine to help protect your energy.
Move beyond fear and anger paving the way to step fully and confidently into the life you were meant to live.
Come away with greater awareness, an energetic re-boot, and simple tools to use in your daily life. No yoga experience necessary.
Questions? Ask Stephanie Here.
One of our specialties here at the Sanctuary is customizing the massage for your specific needs.
Every body and everybody is different.
We engage in different activities, have varying levels of stress, and experience life in our own way--- physically, mentally, emotionally...
Our therapeutic massage and bodywork offerings are designed to being balance back to your unique body.
Improve mobility, flexibility, and posture while decreasing pain and relieving stress.
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"The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much. It wants to draw your attention completely." -Eckhart Tolle
Last week I spoke about how often we get caught in the false belief that shift happens outside of us.
What you are noticing?
This week my writing is intended to help you navigate the shift by practicing presence.
What is presence and why is it important?
Presence is simply being here now. Presence is giving your attention to whatever task you are engaged in at the moment. Meaning, if you are in conversation, you are focusing your attention on that. You are not talking and simultaneously thinking about past/future/your response.
Presence is important because it keeps our energy unified and opens the doorway to inner stillness and ultimately empowered action. Think about it. Aren't you better able to respond when you are paying attention? If someone is speaking to you and your mind is wandering, will you give your best answer? Probably not.
How do you practice presence?
Like anything else you want to improve on, you must practice :)
Anything that helps you be here now, with your attention focused on what you are "doing" is a practice.
Meditation is one of my favorites because it teaches how to discipline the mind. When you are able to discipline your mind, you can shift your attention away from constant thought, especially those that cause more suffering. In meditation you bring awareness back to your breath or another "mantra". Over time, you experience gap between thoughts or periods of no thinking. In this space, you access stillness/hear your inner voice.
Insights and choices arise that were once blocked when caught in endless thought.
So, practice being quiet, being still, and allow more space to emerge in your life.
Meditate, walk in the woods in silence, sit and listen to the birds, give yourself time in between tasks on your to-do list and if your to-do list is never ending, reduce it.
Disconnect from the phone/TV while you eat. Taste your food. Allow space to emerge.
You don't have to go on a silent retreat for 10 days to learn how to be present. You can do it in your daily life with anything your are doing. In fact, it's quite fun being around people and practicing staying present instead of getting lost in thought/emotion of situation. See if you can simply be the witness...
In this video, Stephanie explains metta meditation.
Today, set aside at least 15 minutes to practice metta, or loving-kindness, meditation.
Metta meditation is a practice that combines the serenity of meditation with the good feeling you get from giving. The practice of metta meditation starts with taking some deep breaths to get calm and centered.
Then turn your attention inward while repeating the following mantras: May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease. Now think of someone in your life who you want to send some good intentions to and repeat these mantras: May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.
Connect to the feelings of goodwill that arise and use them to focus your mantras and meditation.
"We are not limited by what we don't have. We are limited by what we don't use." -Bob Goff
Lately in my conversations with people there is a recurring theme: shift.
More specifically, the need/desire/want for a shift in...something.
What I am noticing in these interactions is how often we get caught in the false belief that shift happens outside of us. Meaning, we are looking to something or someone outside of ourselves to make it better so to speak. We often waste energy suffering while we "wait". We feel stuck, agitated, depressed. It's a rabbit hole that we can get lost in, and drag others down with us, if we are not mindful.
Here's what I want to suggest.
Instead of looking and waiting for the shift to happen on the outside (i.e: job, home, relationship, financial situation, family, etc), look inside.
Let me explain.
When we shift our perspective and look within, we prevent further energy drain in the form of suffering. We open ourselves to receive clarity about what we can do. We move from ego/lack mindset to divine/prosperity mindset.
As we move from lack to prosperity, we discover we have what we need inside of us to take action. The energy shifts from dis-connected /dis-empowering to connected / empowering.
Why is this internal shift important?
Shifting our awareness within helps us access the deeper "I", which is the place of stillness some experience during meditation, writing, running... When we access the deeper "I" we bring together the dimension of stillness and thinking. This process opens the doorway to empowered action. Insights and choices arise that were once blocked when we were caught in ego/lack mindset.
I don't have children, yet. For a long time, I didn't want children. I chose to focus on building my career and becoming an "adult" myself to say the least!
Today, I want children in my life. I am open to how that happens.
At times when people ask me about having children, and then hear I am 43, etc, etc, it can be "depressing" --- if I allow myself to get caught in the belief of what I don't have...children.
Sometimes I create my own suffering with thoughts about not have/will never have/impossible etc.
Following me? I trust some of you understand what I am saying here. Pretty much when we focus on what we don't have, and think we ought to have, whatever that is, we suffer. The greater the gap between what we don't think we have...and what we want...the greater the suffering. So, let's mind the gap and work to reduce and close it so we return to inner peace (soul congruence - more on this another time)
In talking with people and reflecting on my own inquiry about children, I realized it makes so much more sense to focus on what we can do about it! I am a triple Leo so action is in my blood anyway.
When I began shifting my attention inward, accessing the "deeper I", I got clear on what I am not using in my desire to have children in my life. From this I realized I want to help foster families deal with challenging feelings and navigating the parent/child relationship. Relationships are one of my favorite topics and I have many tools to offer in service to this. Voila. Stillness. Clarity. Action.
If you are feeling the suffering of wanting something outside of you to shift, please, stop it. Try what I have explained here. Shift your focus within. Access the "deeper I". Discover what have within right now that you can use in service to what you want to shift outside. Then take empowered action. Be patient. Everything is a process.
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Pregnancy Facial and Prenatal Massage
We are now offering a pregnancy facial to go with our prenatal massage.
It's a gentle facial experience that includes pampering and relaxation for the mommy to be! Includes cleanse, extractions (optional) and a super gentle mask. Soothing hand and foot treatment to ease and nourish. 60 minutes, $120 .
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Mother's Day - Give Sanctuary Love with a Massage!
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12, 2019
Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary gift certificates are a fabulous gift that keep on giving...and it shows how much we care about mom's well being.
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