Gulf Waters: A time to LOVE

I can’t help but share this with everyone at this time. May our collective prayers for the waters of the Gulf, the Gulf Stream and the Oceans of the Earth open a pathway to healing for all.

The Return of Turtle Island Ho’oponopono ~ share it early, share it often, Love You!!

Dr. Masaru Emoto is the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research revealed that water physically responds to emotions.

Many people have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr. Emoto, himself, has proposed.

I am passing this request to people I believe may be willing to participate in this prayer, to set an intention of love and healing that is so large, so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.

We are not powerless. We are powerful. Our united energy, speaking this prayer daily…multiple times daily… can literally shift the balance of destruction that is happening. We don’t have to know how…we just have to recognize that the power of love is greater than any other power active in the Universe today.

“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.

To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons,
corals, algae … humankind … to ALL living creatures … I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I Love You.”

Please join me in often repeating this Healing Prayer by Dr. Emoto. Feel free to send it around the planet. Lets take charge … and do our own clean up.!

Body Talk: Breath

When did you last listen to your breath?

Pause a moment to listen right now. As you read this, take a breath in, noticing, only noticing how your breath moves into and out of your body. As you focus on your breath, what do you notice? How does it feel to expand your breath into your belly? What does it feel like to press the air out of your belly and lungs? Do you feel the need to hold your breath in… or out? Notice… notice… notice…

Breath is a gift that brings us the life giving Oxygen.  Breath connects us to the cycle of life! The lungs bring Oxygen into the body and release Carbon Dioxide out of our bodies. This exchange happens without the control our conscious mind. We breathe while sleeping, eating, running, playing, reading, writing, no matter what our daily activities are the breath is always there supporting our physical being.

Taking a few moments each day to check in with your breath, opens the door to noticing and nurturing your physical body. The practice of breathing in love and out peace connects one’s energetic bodies to the breath, breathing life into the emotional and etheric bodies.

Recently I heard a discussion with Dr. Judith Kravitz, http://www.transformationalbreathing.com/judith.aspx, an expert in breath work. As Dr. Kravitz shared that various types of breathing indicate how the body is holding of flowing energetically. As with our palms and feet, the lungs reflect the health and well being throughout our body. My monkey mind is playing with this idea of breathing fully, deeply into every part of my being. Noticing the tension in my belly allows me to make a choice to sit with myself as I breathe. Clearing energy from areas where the flow is blocked, softens the physical body and releases the energetic bodies.

When you are having difficulty breathing in your life, seek assistance in the process of unfolding your breath. I’d be glad to help you in a bodywork session, focusing on the breath and it’s nurturing, nourishing qualities it brings to your body, mind and Spirit. Releasing the physical body restrictions around the breath allows the body to receive subsequent breaths more fully.

In Gratitude and Peace,

Sarah-Elizabeth

603 365-0852

relax(at)Sarah-Elizabeth(dot)org

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Body Talk: Jaws!

Has your jaw been bothering you lately? What is gnawing at you this spring? Did you chew a piece of gum too long? Have you been clenching your teeth at night while you are sleeping? Take an inventory of your thoughts around speaking (energy out of the body) and food (energy into the body). Gaining clarity around aspects of our interactions with the world will assist in clearing the holding pattern in our jaw.

The jaw offers a look at the control we have over what we say and how we speak. When we hold back our words or let fly emotions, the jaw can manifest pain or tension, which can lead to headache and neck ache if let go too long. How are you speaking to those around you? Are you biting back your words or clenching the jaw as you speak? Gently look at the answers your jaw has for you in this moment. Speaking your Truth may be scary or unsafe. Finding a voice to speak without holding back, is one aspect of letting go of the tightness in the jaw. When you uncover the feelings, the ideas you are holding back and begin to share these words, the tension will begin to drain from your jaw.

The jaw is a link to our intake of food, energy to sustain our physical bodies. What are you eating that totally, completely nurtures the physical body? What type of energy do you find yourself exchanging with those people around you? Food that nurtures the body can be one of the keys to unlocking the jaw. Soft foods that slide down the throat, warming and soothing the vocal cords may be good choices at this time. You may also wish to make choices towards foods that nurture your body, rather than the sugars, salt, carbs that may be addictive habits in your life at this time.

Self help Tip: Are you ready to release your jaw from it’s grip on your body? Try gently placing your fingertips along the lower jawline. Press up gently towards the ears with your fingers, allowing the jaw to settle back into it’s joint. Mull over one of the questions above that seemed to trigger something in you. As the jaw settles into it’s socket,  gently reverse the process, pulling the jaw away from the ear. You may feel the jaw scoot forwards slightly when it is fully released. No need to open the jaw, this releases the tension around the joint near the ear allowing it to soften. Take a breath when you are finished and exhale what’s left of the tension in the jaw. Let go of the thoughts you held. Aaaaahhhhh! Pause a moment to enjoy this opening.

When you are having days or weeks of trouble with clenching your jaw and find no relief from the pain in your jaw, call to schedule a bodywork session that focuses on the mouth, throat, mandible and maxilla (lower and upper jaw bones.)  There are a number of CranioSacral Techniques that gently release the jaw, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) and bring balance and understanding to the muscle tissue surrounding the jaw.

In Gratitude and Peace,

Sarah-Elizabeth

603 365-0852

relax@Sarah-Elizabeth.org

www.Sarah-Elizabeth.org

A Journey of Faith

NOTE: This is the text of the speech I gave at the Concord, NH UU church on January 10, 2010.

I AM Sarah-Elizabeth.

I AM a GRU-UP: a Grown or Raised Unitarian Universalist Person, third generation Unitarian Universalist raising a 4th generation. I was at the conference in 1980 which created Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). I along with many of the same people came together in 1984 to create the Continental UU Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN).  During my 20’s it was conferences with UU young adults, which fed my soul. As a part of C*UUYAN’s  leadership team, I traveled many summers to Opus, the annual conference of C*UUYAN meeting UU Young Adults from across the country. I have known weeks, months and even years when I did not attend church. Though I attended weekend UU Young Adult conferences as much as possible. As I moved for college, graduate school and work, I longed for community. The local UU community would be my place of return.

Going to church is a choice I make to be a member of a community of faith, which asks me to ponder what it is TO BE in this plane of existence. The challenge I see for our UU faith community is to embrace the many paths as one. My life’s journey has shown me there is ONE MOUNTAIN toward enlightenment, or God, Presence, Spirit, Nature whatever name you choose to call the Source of Life. (Words place limits on our understanding. I will use Spirit from here forward, intending only to shorten my speech, rather than place a limit on this limitless complex idea.)

Spirit Mountain offers itself to be explored. Some choose to travel one path, one tradition towards the top of Spirit Mountain. Others choose to travel around and around Spirit Mountain exploring without finding a path towards the center or top. Some travel the path out away from the mountain across the plains in their journey. Still others sit in one place alongside the path without moving. I have walked many of these paths throughout my life. What I choose to do each day is to travel that path on Spirit Mountain in my own way.

My experience on Spirit Mountain is one of traveling many different paths, a most challenging journey.  I’ve experienced UU Youth and Young Adult communities, UU church communities, African drumming, the sweat lodge, Kripalu yoga, Kundalini yoga, Reiki attunement, Massage school, Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi traditions, UU traditions, celebrations of Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, Passover, Solstices, Full moon and more. Some of these experiences I’ve shown up for, others I’ve been involved in leadership. Each of these experiences takes me deeper into myself, deeper into an understanding of what I AM in this lifetime.

My friend Pam refers to me as a Spiritual Scientist. My faith in life today comes from an amalgam of traditions, in no particular order: UU, Science, Sufi, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist. I am one who seeks to feel and experience life, rather than sit back and let life come to me. My friend Amethyst Wyldfyre refers to me as “The Body Whisperer,” for in my life’s work I facilitate the healing of body, mind and spirit.

Just as the clothing I wear can be changed each day, Spiritual practices bring shift in perception of the ONE MOUNTAIN. Each religious tradition I have explored shows me a different set of clothes to Spirit Mountain, and yet the clothes are not the mountain itself. The ritual informs me of that which is Spirit and the journey begins again. Within the experience of dance or drum or even the perfect ski run down the mountain I come to know that I AM a Spirit being having a human experience. There is a centered place inside myself when a door opens (hands to the heart center) and I see that which is within the core of my being all along. Here the clothes of the ritual fall away and I AM PRESENCE itself.

Sometimes this experience is a quiet one, holding me in a suspended place within. Other times I AM invigorated by the rhythms, sounds or pulse of my heart beat as I dance or drum myself into being. Sometimes this knowing is as far away as the furthest Star. And times I find myself washing dishes or saying, “Good night” or doing the myriad of things I do day to day and there I AM in present awareness.

I know that place of connection best when I choose to experience my life fully, to live with FULL BODY I AM PRESENCE. I know that place best when I AM in a state of noticing, without judgment right or wrong. My experience has shown me that Unitarian understanding of “God is One” and the Universalist understanding that “God is Love.”

For me, a few words cannot encompass my experiences or explain the connection that I find from time to time in my life.

Thank you for being a member of this faith community. You enrich this community by your presence here. I’m glad to have so many partners on this path.