“Daily Rituals...Making Everyday Sacred”
In life I have found it helpful to have beliefs. I have also found it helpful to be willing to allow those beliefs to evolve as I grow in wisdom.
Having said this, some beliefs are long standing, life sustaining and act as pillars for me. One of those beliefs is this: everyday is sacred.
Knowing everyday is sacred, I try not to focus my energy on making anything happen. Rather, my intention is to focus my energy on daily rituals and practices that celebrate the sacred. Doing so helps me remember it throughout my day. It’s so easy to forget with all the noise of the world!!
My belief that everything is sacred energizes my commitment to having daily rituals/practices. While daily meditation is my anchor, many days I also find myself writing, drumming, chanting, and engaging in various other uplifting practices that nourish my spirit (think hula hooping).
When I start my day with these nourishing practices, it reconnects me to our essential nature which is pure unconditional love. Feeling this love reminds me of my divine nature. This love washes away any doubt that there is anything more important than bringing love into the world. My spirit is nourished. Ahhh, yes! I am spirit. We are spirit.
And I am human too. As the day rolls on, perhaps I encounter someone being unkind or hateful. These are the moments my daily rituals bolster me. They remind me that everything is sacred. Yes, everything...
even the less desirable attributes of humanity. In fact, perhaps we learn the most from these moments?
My studies of the Bhagavad Gita have taught me that nothing is wasted. I take this to mean that even the pain and suffering I / we experience is useful.
How so? These experiences help us awaken. The harder moments of life teach us where our limits to love and forgiveness reside. They teach us where we are still growing. Exhale. They teach us to have compassion. They teach us that all of life is sacred.
My daily rituals help me stay on the path of awakening to life. Why is awakening important? Well, another one of my beliefs is that in order to fulfill my purpose on Earth (to joyfully serve), I must be awake. Meaning, I must be aware, alert and of the mind set that everything that happens is for me to learn and grow. I often say, “let’s burn our pain and use it as fuel for the journey”.
And so, coming back to my belief that everything is sacred, translates to everyday, every moment, every breath... is sacred. My daily rituals help me remember this sacredness so I may live into it. Living as such is a powerful and humbling practice. It’s an endless practice really. A practice, not a perfect. At this stage of my sacred Earth journey, I don’t know any other way I would want to live.
Blessings and love to you on your sacred journey,
Ceremony of Healing Light
Monday, August 6, 2018
7:00PM - 8:00PM @ BWS
*Donation Only (Cash please)
Join Stephanie on her birthday to celebrate the light within. As we brighten our own light, we continue to bring forth much needed healing to the world.
During this ceremony Stephanie will bring us together to create a web of light for healing. She will lead us on a journey of transfiguration where we will re-connect to our own inner light so that we may radiate this light outward into our family and community to facilitate healing.
RSVP to Stephanie here.
*Proceeds will go to the fund we created in house for someone in financial need to receive a healing service from us.
Second Half: Simplify Sweetie by Stephanie
As we embark upon the second half of 2018, it's a wonderful time to stop, look, and listen.
What do I mean?
Many of us start the year with intentions. Whether we write them down, do fancy rituals to root them, or they are buried deep within...we all start with some idea of how we want our life to "be".
Then time passes. Life gets busy. We get distracted. Before we know it, our energy is strewn about!!! Nothing "wrong" with this pattern. It's the cycle of life. Yet, when we choose to live a life of intention, we are called to pay attention. These are times we have to hit the stop button. And half way through the year tends to be a magical time to do this.
Stopping to look back on the previous 6 months, and listening to my higher self, I heard: way too much complexity sweetie. Ahhh, yes!! As many of you know, I've been back and forth between my home in NY and FL. With this has come enormous insight, and the reminder that complexity, often brought upon by my own "doing", isn't in alignment with my core values...my intentions...with me.
And so, armed with this wisdom, I decided simplicity will guide me over the next 6 months.
I have found the deepest peace within (and therefore JOY) comes from living simply.
Many of you may be thinking, that's impossible. Well, it sure isn't easy to live simply these days. There's so much information and noise coming at us 24/7. Unless we take the time to stop, look, and listen we will ride the collective wave...and move further away from what truly brings us joy.
Finding ways to redirect my energy with the intention of simplicity is far more enjoyable (even if more effort at first) then living a life of complexity.
How do we apply our intention to life?
1. Look at the 4 keys areas of life (the same ones I mention in my book, Reclaiming Joy): Health & Well-Being, Relationships & Family, Career & Money, Life Purpose. Usually once we begin to reflect on these areas in a general sense, 1-2 areas needing the most attentionnwill stand out.
2. Pick 1-2 areas to focus on more deeply as it relates to your intention. Remember: with non-judgmental compassionate awareness comes wisdom...
3. Make choices about how to simplify one of these areas and take 1-2 immediate action steps.
My Example: Intention Simplicity
1. Health & Well-Being out of balance with the back and forth NY/FL every month. Taking toll on my energy and quite frankly all areas of life.
2. Upon deeper reflection I realized I was making it complex because I wasn't giving myself enough time in NY. Meaning, I was booking round trip tickets each time thinking structure was what I needed. I learned that while structure is important for some situations, in this case it was making things more complex for me.
3. I have decided when I travel to NY, I will purchase a one way ticket. This will give me flexibility and allow me to spend as much time as I want to there.
Ok, so this may not seem like an earth shattering realization, yet it was! Why did it take me so long to realize it? Who knows. I suspect it's part of being human and getting swept up in the fast-ness of life, rigid thinking and aiming for perfect :)
Because of this, having times throughout the year to stop, look, and listen is important.
I encourage you to try this exercise for yourself. You don't need much time. I did it in a few hours, after meditation one morning.
If you want support and/or a primer, I invite you come on July 12th for My Self Care Meditation & Group Energy Healing Event.
Group Meditation and Shamanic Energy Healing with Stephanie
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00PM-8:00PM
@Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary
Summer is for self care!
Stephanie will lead group through a guided meditation on self care and end with a shamanic group energy healing.
During the group healing Stephanie will ask our helping spirits from the transcendent realms to come into our circle and bring healing to our group.
Please keep in mind Shamanism is a life path. These practices require patience and a healthy dose of not trying to "mentally figure it out".
Come away refreshed, renewed and re-balanced.
RSVP required. Register Here.
Questions? Email Stephanie Here.
Summer is the perfect time to slow down and notice where you need to be "fed", aka, practice self care.
Our Top 3 Picks Here at Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary:
Massage- From therapeutic and deep tissue massage to relaxing massage, it's one of the oldest healing modalities. Massage can relax muscles, soothe aches and pains, release energy blockages, rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.
Meditation- Stephanie likes to say, we get 2 choices: medicate or meditate. From managing stress, anxiety, and PTSD to cultivating a deeper sense of inner peace and well-being, meditation can help.
Reiki- Energetic healing technique that works holistically on the body, mind and spirit from the inside out. Reiki energy breaks up and flushes out energy blockages thereby re-balancing the body’s complex energy systems and opening the channels for the body to heal itself.
Chakra Meditation with Stephanie Filardi
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:30PM
In this 45 minute gathering, Stephanie from Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary will lead the group on a meditative journey through the chakras. Chakra balancing herbal tea will be served.
Location: Found Herbal Apothecary | 118 Kraft Ave. Bronxville, NY
Cost: $20 per person
Pre-registration required, spots are limited.
Email email@example.com to register.
Bring Yoga Mat.
Nourishment For Body Mind Spirit
We've heard it said we teach/offer/share what we most need to learn.
It's no coincidence that here at the Sanctuary
Our Purpose is to guide and support one another further along on their personal journey.
Our Mission is to provide the space for all beings to thrive.
Why? Because all of us on Team BWS need it too. By serving others, we help ourselves in the process. Magical blessing.
The services, workshops, writing, recipes...opportunities we offer are to help you nourish - and in the process connect with- body mind spirit.
Body offerings include: massage, facials, energy healing and the occasional yummy recipe from Steph's kitchen like this protein smoothie here.
Mind offerings include meditation and yes, yoga therapy.
Spirit offerings include all of the above...plus events like the Love Meditation happening next week.
What will you choose? Whatever you decide, choose YOU.
Give Love, Give Reiki Bronxville
We are excited to announce starting Saturday, February 17th, 2018 Heather (bio below) will be joining team BWS to offer Reiki.
Reiki is a Japanese energetic healing technique that works holistically on the body, mind and spirit from the inside out. Reiki energy breaks up and flushes out energy blockages, often built up over time, whether from past trauma, toxins in our food /environment, lack of movement, or chronic patterns of negative thinking or emotions - which we know by now affect us on a cellular level.
Reiki re balances the body’s complex energy systems and opening the channels for the body to heal itself.
Book Your Reiki Session Now.
Give Reiki Love to Someone you Love with an Instant Gift Certificate.
Heather has been a student of holistic wellness since she was 14 years old. Before she even knew what the term “reiki” was, she was practicing it on her friends. She is passionate about helping clients reduce stress and anxiety through her energy work.
Heather has gained knowledge from some of the most experienced teacher trainers in the country (Reiki: Jeff Migdow, Brett Bevell, and Libby Barnett. Yoga: Devarshi Steven Hartman, Jovinna Chan, and Lakshmi Voelker).
When she’s not practicing reiki or on her yoga mat, Heather enjoys seeing live music. Taken from the lyrics of her favorite song by The Allman Brothers, she hopes her sessions will “let your Soul Shine”!
Valentine's Day is 2 weeks away. It's one of our favorite occasions here at the Sanctuary.
We love to love & Valentine's Day is a reminder of why we are here. More than ever, we believe taking care of ourselves is an act of self-love that keeps on giving.
From our own self-love, all other love grows. In fact, the ability to nourish ourselves first enables us to effectively (aka without resentment) nourish others.
And as Stephanie writes, you must Save Yourself First.
Here are 4 Ways to Plug into our LOVE:
1. Treat Yourself to a Sanctuary Service.
Enjoy the familiar and try something new...Book Now.
2. Give Sanctuary Love with a Gift Certificate.
Favorites: Be Well Package, Restore & Renew, Couples Massage...or simply gift a dollar amount & let your loved one decide.
3. Attend Stephanie's Manifesting Love Event
Next Tuesday, Feb 6th, 6:30pm @BWS
Embark on a Meditative Journey through the Chakras to Release what gets in the way of Manifesting the Love you want. Learn More & RSVP.
4. Register for Reclaiming Joy Retreat Information Session via Phone
Next Wednesday, Feb 7th, 12pm-1pm EST
Looking for more information about Stephanie's Retreat? If so, join Stephanie and Jeannie for an informational & inspiring phone call. Learn about what to expect, what others are saying, and why now. RSVP Here.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30pm – 8:00pm
@The Sanctuary with Stephanie
Embark on a Meditative Journey through the Chakras to Release what gets in the way of Manifesting the Love you want.
Whether it’s Self Love, Romantic Love and everything in between, together we will deepen our capacity for LOVE.
RSVP required: 914.337.9356
$35 Cash / Person
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