Bronxville Massage Gift Certificate Sale!!!
Black Friday, November 29, 2019 – Cyber Monday, December 2, 2019
Take care of yourself AND others this season with our Black Friday, 11/29/19 to Cyber Monday, 12/2/19 sale - 15% Off Gift Certificates on-line and in person. This is a great opportunity to get something for YOUR body and spirit - while also nurturing others.
In times when life feels so crazy, busy, and chaotic - these moments of peace and quiet help us connect back to ourselves-- ultimately becoming more present and joyful.
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15% Off Sanctuary Gift Certificates for Massage & Wellness
Sale Dates: Friday, 11/29/19 - Monday, 12/2/19
Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary Gift Certificates can be purchased in person or online for dollar amounts or specific services like: massage, facials, energy healing or meditation.
Use GC15 at checkout to save 15% when buying on-line ***or*** shop in person/give us a call and mention Black Friday/Cyber Monday!
"Transformation is through the body, not away from it. This is why no true master has ever advocating fighting or leaving the body, although their mind-based followers often have." -Eckhart Tolle
Previously I have written about the difference between knowledge and knowing. I shared my experience with Eckhart Tolle and how the only true way to "know" something, is to experience it.
What are you noticing...knowing?
This week I encourage you to become curious about what and how your physical body is trying to communicate with you.
I often say our physical body is a portal to what is really happening deep within. By deep within I mean beyond the mind and it's thoughts/story/narrative.
For example, ever notice how physical pain causes us to "do" something when it no longer becomes tolerable?
It's the moment when we feel "we have had enough of feeling tired/achy/lonely" (i.e.: suffering) and decide it's time to make a change. Time for transformation!!!
Perhaps we decide to become conscious of our food habits and choose to eat better.
Or, maybe it's time to lace up those sneakers and exercise.
And for some it's time to ease up on the physical body and get a massage or finally try yoga, etc.
And still for others perhaps there's a sense of the inner body that feels "off". Anxious, afraid, alone...endless cycle of emotional up and down.
Why does connecting with the body matter?
From a practical sense, we need it in order to live so why not take care of it the best we can?
On a deeper level, the physical body is a powerful doorway for us to access wisdom and therefore transformation. Can't change what you don't know/want to know :)
And while some wisdom traditions may teach denying the body and/or ignoring the body, in my experience, it is the exact opposite. We must pay attention and learn. Then apply those lessons in the form of action.
How do we access the physical body, in a deeper sense?
Yet one thread runs through all of it and that is the practice of presence...awareness. A.K.A - paying attention.
Some of us pay attention quite naturally and either choose to take action or not. Doing nothing is also a choice :)
Others of us engage in movement practices - yoga/running/walking outside/dance... to help us get in touch/feel the inner body.
And still others rely on meditation, massage, or other forms of energy healing to assist in bring us into deeper awareness.
There's no right or wrong way.
And the "way" may change over time as you change. Nothing is permanent in this world of form. Ha!
As I say-- the only "wrong" way to meditate is simply to not do it all.
And so it is with life and dealing with change. We will either consciously choose to listen to our body or not. Regardless, life / transformation happens anyway. We can embrace it (peaceful path) or fight it (suffering path).
I don't know about you. I rather the peaceful path.
Cocoa Antioxidant Facial
Warm up this Fall /Winter with our seasonal Cocoa Antioxidant Facial!
Includes a cocoa and tamarind Ayurvedic mask that increase microciruclation and reduces inflammation. Includes an exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin cells leaving you with a beautiful rosy glow!
Perfect for the Fall/ Winter months when skin is a bit dry and needs some extra hydration and tlc!
As we approach the final few months of the year...and as the Holidays draw near... it's the perfect time to pause and make time to care for body, mind, and spirit.
While it may feel like life is moving fast and we don't have "enough" time to get it all done...this is actually the best time to slow down and nourish ourselves.
When we are intentional about how we want to live our life...end our year...refreshed, renewed, and in joy perhaps, we make choices to support it.
In addition to our upcoming events listed below, we are here to support you with our Sanctuary offerings of therapeutic massage, yummy facials, and uplifting energy balancing.
Book On-line Here or Call Us: 914.337.9356
Cultivating Presence In Everyday Life with Stephanie Filardi
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Tovami Yoga, Mamaroneck, NY
What does it mean to live a life of presence?
How can we use the tools we learn on the mat in yoga and meditation and apply them to everyday life to help us navigate challenging times and live according to our values?
In this workshop based upon the teachings of Swami Kripalu and Eckhart Tolle, Stephanie will guide you through movement and experiential practices to help you anchor yourself in what it means to live a life of presence.
We will have group discussion to connect and share as well as reflective writing exercises so you come away with tools to apply immediately in your life.
Cost: $45. Register Here.
Buddha didn’t teach us how to be enlightened.
Buddha taught us how to deal with human suffering.
Yes, at one point or another all of us encounter some form of suffering.
Why do we suffer?
What’s the difference between suffering outside our control and suffering that’s self inflicted?
We are human! Suffering is one of our greatest teachers. Much of our suffering comes from living in fear / wanting to control (self-inflicted). More suffering happens as we continue to resist what is.
This topic is broad. So, let's consider 2 questions:
1. Is this suffering I am experiencing self made?
2. Is this suffering I am experiencing part of life?
How will you know?
For question #1, self made suffering is a result of our thoughts and emotions and the inner narrative/story we replay over and over. Thoughts feeds emotion and emotion feeds thought and before we know it, this cycle of suffering becomes a way of life. This inner narrative, often a part of our dysfunctional mental conditioning over years, keeps us regretting the past and worried about the future.
The result? We remain stuck in the present, which is in direct opposition to "how life works" and quite frankly why we were born. Life only takes place in the present. Life itself requires us to keep moving. We can choose to move, or life will move us on its own terms.
Please note: I am not saying to discard the lessons of the past. Nor am I saying to leave the future open to some woo woo practice of intention setting without action.
What I am saying...is what I always say...take responsibility for your life. Your choices. Where you are. Where you want to go. And by all means, take small daily actions to move you along.
For question #2, part of life's inevitable suffering is the pain we feel from loss of a loved one, an illness, tragedy, etc.
If this writing resonates, perhaps you will listen to this week's Mind the Gap podcast episode on suffering. I speak about the different kinds of suffering and in particular the suffering that’s of our own creation- mental and emotional. Maybe you will also decide to keep a journal and spend a few minutes each day reflecting the 2 questions.
Living life is a practice and can be the most powerful portal for spiritual awakening, growth ...and freedom.
I am with you my friends.