The Reality of Suffering by Stephanie
Last week I wrote about being in control. I talked about taking more responsibility for what we can control (our actions/behavior) and not worrying so much about the thoughts and emotions that arise, which are beyond our control.
What are you noticing?
This week I write about the reality of suffering.
Suffering is one of our greatest teachers. Much of our suffering comes from living in fear / wanting to control.
More suffering happens as we continue to resist what is.
This topic is broad. I will try and keep it simple by asking you to consider 2 questions over the next week as you live your daily life.
Remember, living life is a practice and can be the most powerful portal for spiritual awakening, growth ...and freedom.
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 keep a journal and at the end of each day, spend a few minutes reflecting the 2 questions.
I am with you my friends.
Summer comes with a huge surge of outdoor activities: tennis, biking, jogging, hiking, volleyball, golf, paddle boarding... Great for your health? Yes! But when taken on by storm, they often come with a price: think tennis elbow, shin splints, back pain…
Massage can help.
Tennis elbow, for instance,(a form of tendonitis caused by repetitive and stressful use of the tendons and muscles of the wrist) is helped by increasing blood flow to the area.
Shin splints(brought on by overuse of weak leg muscles or ill-fitting shoes) are greatly relieved by massage on not only the leg, but the feet and ankles as well.
Then again, just the fact that it’s summer is the only excuse you need to book a massage!
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00pm-8:00pm @ BWS
Ever Wonder How "It" Works?
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*The Benefits of Energy Healing*
*How Acupuncture helps Pain management*
*Why Meditation Calms the Mind*
*The Benefits of Massage beyond the body*
*What Private Mentoring we offer*
* Skin Care for healthy glowing skin*
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Make 2017 the year you THRIVE!
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Dare to Dream by Stephanie
Last week Kamesh spoke about what it means to have abundant health, practice radical self care and enjoy the awesome adventure of life! Did you do the practice? What did you notice?
This week I invite you to continue the process by daring to dream.
Why? In my experience of life, there are occasions when it would seem so logical to stay where we are, when we are unhappy. The truth is, we are meant for so much more.
When we begin to understand that it is fear of: loss, the unknown, what others may think or say, etc that keeps us stuck, we are at a critical choice point. We either choose to take responsibility for the direction our life, or not. If we don't take responsibility, fear will control our life and keep us unhappy. If however, we choose to take responsibility for our life, we admit we have had enough. We commit to take control back by learning from our fears. Learning fuels us and we begin to allow ourselves to dream.
At this stage of my life, there is simply no other way for me to live. As many of you know, I have dedicated my life to helping others THRIVE. That's my medicine, my life purpose, why I am here!! This wisdom is what keeps me on the path, even when I want so badly to be asleep and not feel. I bet some of you are nodding yes? Great, let us stick together please!
It's funny really. Over the years people have watched me Reclaim Joy. Some have said, "You are lucky/special/old soul/wise". While it is well meaning, thank you, it agitates me. Guess what? I am not! I am dedicated to living my truth. That truth includes the reality that we teach what we most need to learn. I am not lucky. I am teaching and learning, like you.
Here's what I will say. When you dare to dream, you open yourself to new possibility. With support, you stay the on the path. When you get to the end of your life, you will look back, and have no regrets. To me, this is the gift of being alive. And everyday is a new day to begin again. No matter what your age or stage.
Here at the Sanctuary Our Mission is to provide the space for all beings to thrive. Our services, events, staff, and yes, those yummy snacks are all here to support you to be your best.
We are all unique and require different support- pampering with a Massage or Facial; balancing energy with Reiki or Acupuncture; easing the mind with Meditation; connecting with others in a Full Moon Ceremony on Jan 12th. And sometimes, we are at a major crossroads in life and need deeper, more consistent support with private mentoring. Whatever it is, we support you!
I want to close by sharing with you what a recent client had to say,
"I am new to the area and was looking for services that were high quality, while also not overpriced. I can honestly say that I booked my appointment online and wasn't sure what to expect, but that I was SO happy once I arrived to the very zen space BWS created. I saw Elizabeth for my facial, and she did such a thorough job-- it's been five days and my skin looks amazing. Kate did my massage and even a week later I can feel the benefits. I will definitely be back!! -Christine Q. on 1/2/2017
This is what inspires us to keep going!!! Thank you from the depths of our hearts.
Physical Pain, by Stephanie
Did you know that physical pain in the body is often a sign that something else in our being is needing our attention? True, sometimes our physical body gets injured, and we literally are "in pain". Other times, our emotional, mental and/or spiritual body gets injured. Over time, this injury may manifest physically as "pain".
Why does this happen? It happens to help us. Really? How is pain helpful? Well, pain is discomfort and the discomfort is meant to get our attention so we deal with the "injury" and heal it. Here at the Sanctuary there are many ways we support this process of uncovering pain.
How so? In addition to relieving physical pain, massage and yoga are often doorways for us to explore the other types of pain: emotional, mental and spiritual. For those of us ready to enter through the doorway to a deeper place, we may be curious about reiki energy healing or shamanic energy healing. These forms of energy healing are designed to bring us more fully into "what's really going on" so we may heal at the rootlevel.
The result? The pain is gone once and for all. Speaking of pulling up those roots...more on this next time!