Thoughts before Bali

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I fly out to Bali on Sunday. It seems like yesterday I had the (then) crazy idea of organizing a meditation retreat, but it was a year ago. In a week and a half, I’ll meet up with 17 women from 5 countries and drive through the heart Bali, through rice terraces and temples to the village of Bondalem where we will spend seven days in relaxation, reflection and retreat. Blessed doesn’t cut how I feel right now. When I reflect … Keep reading…

Yoga at the lights

Sarah Somewhere Kundalini yoga

I’m sitting in my (icily air conditioned!) car at an intersection south of Playa del Carmen. It is Saturday morning and the sun has well and truly risen over the horizon, casting its warmth over the jungle, the buildings, the beaches, the highways, the monkeys and the people. I love Saturday mornings. It’s the time I attend a Kundalini yoga class with my favorite teacher. A few of my friends have started going and we often converge afterwards for juice or scrambled … Keep reading…

The Boy Who Could Fly

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One of my favourite eighties films ever. And let’s face it, there were some damn good eighties films. Flying has been a constant theme in my life so far. I experienced my first flight in utero, when my heavily pregnant mum traveled from the dust-filled town of Meekatharra in northern Western Australia to the big smoke of Perth to give birth to me. Just a few months later I was on a plane heading to the other side of the … Keep reading…

Knee Deep in Paradise

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It’s no secret that I love the Caribbean coast of Mexico. But it’s ‘that time of year’ down here, when the humidity and temperatures threaten to rise above my enthusiasm for the place I currently call home. I’ve heard rumors about it being one of the hottest Julys on record, and I haven’t needed to quantify that theory formally because my core body temperature has already confirmed it. This, however, is nothing new to me. This time last year we … Keep reading…

A Moment of Clarity in Bali

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The following is an exerpt from week two of my ‘Journey to Shine’ e-retreat, titled ‘Moments of Clarity.’ Six months later I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. I had done yoga on and off for years, but mostly for the physical benefits and had never delved into the spiritual side much.    The retreat involved long periods of meditation and I had never sat still like that before. For five days we meditated and practiced light yoga for … Keep reading…

Make it an offering

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How do I know if I should do this thing I want to do? What if I make a mistake? If this doesn’t work out, what do I do then? How do I best serve my soul’s purpose? I have so many questions and so few answers to them, except for that we never know exactly what we should be doing or how it is going to go. We never know if the thing we want to do is going … Keep reading…

When in doubt, this will get you out

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I want to share a little process I have been using whenever I am stuck in doubt and want to get out. I gotta say, I really, really hate existing in a state of doubt. Self-doubt, decision doubt, relationship doubt and creative doubt are all states I experience and it is a really unfulfilling, unproductive and un-fun place for me to be. Usually, I will roll around in the doubt-mud for a while, listening to my head as it tells … Keep reading…

Here Goes

Sarah Somewhere isla Blanca

How do I describe the indescribable? How do I show up fully as my authentic self? How do I share my journey in order to serve others while protecting my sacred, inner life? How do I embrace my worthiness to live my soul’s purpose? These are some of the questions I have been reflecting on during my break from blogging. I haven’t really taken a break from writing, because I have been pouring myself into the pages of notebooks and … Keep reading…

Surrendering to Stillness

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When I was in first grade, I had an amazing teacher, Mrs Homme, who I’ll never forget. She encouraged me to start my first ‘blog,’ consisting of a scrap book in which I wrote about my life with thick crayon. Every week I would write a poorly spelled story and she would read it. Not only that, but she would write back to me, commenting on my observations. One week I told her about the kittens who were born under … Keep reading…

Kundalini Rising

Sarah Somewhere Kundalini meditation

It all started in a yoga studio in San Francisco where I attended a Kundalini yoga and recovery workshop with Tommy Rosen, a teacher whose work I admire so much. That first class made me cry. Sob, actually. It was a physical reaction to a breathing exercise designed to cleanse and detoxify the body and mind. In that moment, I released a long-held sadness I wasn’t even fully conscious of. But actually, it started before that. I began practicing Kundalini … Keep reading…