Taking off the mask to talk about Self Care

Last night I prepared myself a hot bath complete with lavender oil, burning incense and candles.

It’s become a bit of a ritual for me and I relish these moments of self-care in which I honor and nurture my body and soul.

self care bath

As I mentioned in my last post, I am writing a book about discovering the beauty of our imperfect journeys as a pathway to healing and transformation.

I am loving this work because it speaks to the deepest part of me which needs to hear that message constantly.

Other messages I need to hear are those about self acceptance, self realization and moving through fear to live our most authentic lives. So I am writing about that too because I feel the following to be true:

“The message we must carry is the one we most need to hear.”

Tonight, however I felt compelled to show up on camera. Without a script, or makeup or a clue. To speak from the heart. It was a scary thing to do, but I believe that our fears are the markers on our path to liberation.

And basically, life is too freaking short not to carry the message we were born to share.

This is my first attempt at truly showing up for my mission. To tell the universe that I hear what it is trying to teach me and yes, I will give it my all. Yes, universe, I realise my camera skills could do with some work, but there will be time for that.

For now, though, I’m showing up with what I have.

Thank you for helping me to overcome myself day by day. It is my hope that in doing so, I might encourage you on your own journey.

self-care selfy

Sarah xxx

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Taking off the mask to talk about Self Care — 33 Comments

  1. “Removing the masks and the pretense is the only way we are going to get connected… And real…” TRUTH!!!!!!! Love this. Love the authenticity. Love how you are speaking to the hearts of women and assuring us all that it is okay to take time for self care.
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    • Thank you so much Sister, I not only think it is okay but VITAL for women to spend time in stillness. We must make the the time to honor ourselves in order to be of service to the world. Love ya xxx

  2. First off, it was great to hear your voice after so long!! Second of all, Sarah, that video was lovely. Not only did you deliver the message so clearly and powerfully (and with only one take?!) but it really resonated. I’m glad you felt compelled to make the video. I think there’s something to it (and the others that, hopefully, follow).
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    • Thank you Kim! That is truly so sweet of you say and means a lot. It was both a horrifically terrifying and liberating process. But as I heard from Elizabeth Gilbert this morning, “The most boring thing about me is my fear.” Time to feel the fear and do it anyway (Again. I don’t think this stuff ever ends!). Sending you much love and blessings for the holidays xxx

    • So that is what I look and sound like, huh? Thanks for sticking around for all the times that face has been contorted into a frown or had tears streaming down it. I love you xxx

  3. You are so beautiful in this video! What you speak about is so very important to so many. I saw a patient this morning in my office who is struggling with finding her authentic life. She’s dissatisfied with the 9-5 materialistic chase, and has problems with self-image, and self-acceptance. I admire you so much, and the choices you have made to be true to yourself and your purpose. Someday I hope my patient will find her authentic self.

    • Pennie, thank you so much. Your words mean so much. We all struggle with this on some level, I think. You should have heard the barrage of negative thoughts in my head before I published this video!!! The fear that deep down we are not good enough plagues so many women, including me. Hearing about your patient (what do you do, by the way? I’d love to hear more about it) makes me more determined than ever to carry this message. We can heal. We are worthy. We are more capable than we realise. And we ALL have the voice in our head which tells us otherwise. That is why I believe spending time in stillness, and seeking the TRUTH which exists within us, is vital. Thank you xxx

  4. Sarah,
    You are a beautiful soul inside and out. What a lovely video with such a powerful message. Thank you for sharing yourself and your journey. We are all on the path with you.

    • Woohoo Susan!!! I love that you are! Thank you so, so much. Your thoughtful comments here and on facebook mean so much to me and I am so grateful to be on this journey with you xxx

  5. Sarah, my lovely friend… I was so excited and happy to see your face on your video… moving and breathing and your pretty accent! :) Thank you for showing up like this. Despite how you may have felt, I honestly thought you were so present here, and showed such a groundedness and comfortable attitude with yourself. It was beautiful to see.
    I’ve been doing a good job being in my obsessive mind today and letting it run my life. You reminded me to be HERE. Now. Not in the dancing thoughts, but in this dancing moment. Thank you. Thank you for the reminder to nurture myself, to care for myself well. It’s still such a practice for me.
    Love you much dear friend. Keep showing up without the masks – you are lovely! Xxx
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    • Thank you so, so much Laurie. I was THIS CLOSE to sending you this video last night to ask you if I should post it as I was so freaked out. My ego was running rampart telling me all sorts of crap, and at times, I believed it. Thought it best to stay hidden. It would have liked that. But you know what? I’m tired of listening to it. So tired. I needed to show up as I am for myself more than anyone else. I surrendered my expectations. Centered myself in the truth of who I am, that no matter what I do, or say, or how many mistakes I make, I am a child of Love. And I am loved, no matter what. No-one else’s opinion can change that. This shift has been a looong time coming. Join me in staging a peaceful protest against our egos, won’t you? We are more powerful than it, we are. So grateful to be on this journey with you. You are a great source of comfort, connection, truth and inspiration to me xxx

      • My dear sweet Sarah… if you ever get nervous about it again, feel free to send it to me and I’ll let you know what I think. :) But this is truly lovely. You are a child of love, indeed! I am fully joining and engaging with this protest. Or rather the surrender to my Divine nature which will, I hope, filter my ego more graciously than it currently filters itself.
        I am incredibly grateful to be on this journey with you also, and must agree… you are a deep source of inspiration and connection to me as well. I even said as much to a friend the other day. :) Thank you for your light, my friend. Xxx
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  6. So much fun to hear your voice with ears after years of reading your writer voice. You are beautiful inside and it shines through the towel and robe and right out of your eyes. I admire you for learning these lessons so young and being able to share them so well. Peace.
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    • Thank you so much Cynthia! It is so lovely to connect with you again. I just read your story about the parking lot and missing an opportunity to be kind. I loved it, and I can relate. We are all just learning, aren’t we? How to treat ourselves and each other. A favourite writer of mine, Glennon Melton of Momastery.com says that the people who are seeking a life of meaning and purpose are usually the people living lives of meaning and purpose. The fact that you realise you missed an opportunity to be kind means you are very kind indeed. Sending you much love for the holidays and thank you so much for your kind words xxx

  7. Beautiful Sarah. Thank you for continuing to inspire with your honesty and openness. You’re a natural in front of the camera – with a clear, well articulated message that I was grateful to hear especially this week.
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    • Thank you Sam! Like I said, it’s also the message I need to hear. We need to remind ourselves and each other daily that we are okay just the way we are and that we are deserving of love. I hope to continue showing up as I am in order to do just that xxx

  8. Yup, I’m inspired! I loved that you created this vid just ’cause, and with the bath attire! So great and so real and so honest. I feel like I know you so much better just from that quick 3 minutes. I’m inspired to take a bath and connect with myself, now. Maybe tonight :) It’s been a looong week and I’m looking forward to some time to turn inward. Thank you for the reminder xo.
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    • Hey Karyn, thank you. Yes, I think I’ll be doing some more, for sure. It’s actually very liberating (and terrifying, at first). I think you will do great xxx