"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." -Napoleon Hill
What is purpose?
What does it mean to live "on purpose"?
Purpose as we understand and experience it is our dharma, our work in the world...the meaning of why we were born and what we came to here to "do".
Living on purpose means to be interested in our individual purpose and commit to the work of bringing it forth.
Not a small topic! However, knowing our purpose and then aligning it with our inner body in order to connect it to the outer world is what brings fulfillment.
In a noisy world, it may seem hard to do this. What's harder in the long run is not doing it.
How does our purpose connect to Sanctuary?
As some of you know, when we (Peter and Stephanie) opened Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary in 2011, we intentionally chose the word, "sanctuary" instead of "spa".
Simple. Peter and I had a vision, a burning desire to connect our inner purpose with an outer expression of that purpose. Inner purpose meaning our desire to support others on their life journey.
We set out with a vision to provide awesome massage, body-work, and facials, We also wanted to create a healing space.
Over the last 11 years, we have stuck to our vision and have added services such as yoga, meditation, energy healing, and mentoring. We have evolved and will continue to.
Our vision was and still is to create an environment that feels like a Sanctuary: peaceful, safe, joy-filled, inspirational and educational...a kind and compassionate place people come to renew and nourish body, mind and spirit. A place to experience Sanctuary.
Worth it? Every moment.
We can't help doing it! It's why we were born. Whether we are writing an email, answering the phone, providing a service, purchasing candles, cleaning the bathroom...we do it all with purpose.
We are writing this to open up the dialogue about living on purpose. We are writing to inspire you to uncover and/or deepen into your purpose.
You may be thinking. "I have no idea what my purpose is!". That's okay. It's never too late to discover it. Keep in mind your purpose is what you must do. Maybe it's feeding your family, leading an organization, tending a garden, or anything in between. There's no wrong answers.
The path we choose to execute our purpose is the "how". Our how continues to evolve and grow as we do. In our case the "how" includes everything we offer from our services and workshops to our newsletter, writing, and snacks. It also includes how we do what we do. Meaning, how we are being (joyful, grateful, kind) in our doing. Everything we do is mindfully guided by our purpose. Especially Peter's jokes!!!
As we continue to evolve and walk this path with you, our offerings will expand.
We are deeply grateful to you and for you. Thank you for allowing us to share our vision and live on purpose. It's a pleasure and a privilege.
What's coming up for you?
Feel free to email us and share your purpose!!! We support you.
>>>Email to Stephanie Here.
"Some people don't need to be pushed. They just need to be sat with." -Sarah Masen
What does it mean to relax?
For some it's reading a book, for others it's binge watching a favorite show...and for others it's taking time to be still, listen, and nourish body, mind, spirit.
Whatever it is, all of us at the Sanctuary support you!
PS: Breathe T-shirts are back in stock.
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Why will my skin LOVE a facial?
A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that is one of the best ways to nourish your skin & keep that healthy glow long after the sun has set.
A facial offers professional cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extraction, toning, and moisturizing.
Facials remove blemishes and pimples, giving your skin a healthier look. Exfoliating gets rid of toxins/oils that may be clogging those pores. Together these steps cleanse, protect, nourish and preserve the skin.
Other benefits of include:
*Delay signs of aging, fine lines, and wrinkles to keep the skin soft and supple.
*Skin and muscles are toned preserving firmness and elasticity.
*Helps with relaxation.
*Improves blood circulation, strengthens the supportive tissues and improves the skin's resilience.
*Helps in lymphatic drainage, which flushes out toxins from your system and purifies the skin.
Not sure which facial is right for you?
Book the BWS Signature Facial (60, 75 or 90 Minute) and we will customize for you with an add on such as a peel, vitamin c, ant-aging, light therapy.
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What’s the secret to great looking brows?
See a professional! Pictured above are Stephanie's before (left) and after (right) pictures of shaping and tint.
One of the most common complaints we hear from clients is over plucked, sparse, or asymmetrical eyebrows.
Clients often express their desire for more shapely, fuller brows but don’t think it’s possible.
With a little patience and care you can get back on track to beautiful, youthful brows!
1. Put down the tweezers!
If you are looking to change or thicken the shape, avoid any hair removal for at least 8-12 weeks. This is probably the most difficult step, but crucial to avoid damaging any hair follicles.
2. Book a brow clean up/shaping with us. And also consider...
3. Get your brows tinted!
We offer this service using a semi-permanent vegetable dye to enhance color, shape and fill in sparse areas. The tint instantly adds fullness and structure to your brows and leaves them looking groomed.
Come in, relax, and let us revamp your brows!
>>>Book on-line or call us 914.337.9356
Many of us are experiencing the fatigue that comes with life -- and life transitions. With fatigue often comes other emotions that can derail us like frustration, lack of clarity...feeling disconnected and afraid.
How do we handle life and life transitions with courage, grace and curiosity?
First, slow down! You might be thinking that's impossible with "so much to do".
As the summer winds down we must as well.
The "transitions" we and our loved ones are experiencing can be related to back to school, back to work, back to life in perhaps a "new" way.
If we aren't mindful we will take on both what they are feeling in addition to what we are feeling!!! Yup, it's "a lot".
As I've written about in the past, especially as it relates to "anxious energy", at times it is hard to discern what we are feeling and where / who it is coming from!
In addition, times of transition and change often bring about this "anxious" energy. While it's not always pleasant, the discomfort that comes with newness and the unknown is normal!
And yes, it's healthy. Rest assured, you are not alone. It is simply part of being human :)
What else can we do?
Embrace ways of being that return us to a state of emotional balance...also known as equanimity.
As I talk about in Chapter Two of my book Reclaiming JOY, the emotional roller coaster is not sustainable and keeps us stuck. We react and often cause more turmoil.
This simple practice, called BRFWA, (that we love and use often at the Sanctuary) brings us back to a relaxed state - where we focus on "being" and bring our emotions back in balance.
From this place of emotional balance or equanimity, we are able to ride the emotional wave without drowning in it / losing ourselves for too long. In equanimity we find our way back to peace and clarity and perhaps even a chuckle. Once clear, we are able to take clear, focused action that keeps us on the path of peace as we move toward our goals.
BRFWA Explained (Give yourself at least 3-5 minutes to experience this).
Breathe: As a wave of emotion comes over you, slow down your breath.
Allow your breath to flow freely in and out.
Relax: As you slow down your breath, your mind and body will begin to relax.
Soften your muscles, let go of mental and physical tension.
Feel: As you relax, you are able to soften into what you are feeling.
Stay open to the sensations and emotions moving through you in this moment.
Watch: While feeling, you watch your experience closely, neither grasping what is pleasant nor pushing away what is painful.
Allow: As you watch, you allow the process to unfold.
You accept yourself and your experience exactly as it is, dropping the need to change it in any way.
BRWFA is the practice of being present.
Being present is what we learn during meditation.
Looking for more support?
Consider cultivating an on-going meditation practice or booking Sanctuary TLC.