we foster & ignite connection with purpose

These are 3 pieces I have written over the past year and woven into what I’m calling 3 acts – sharing a glimpse of the deeper story of my journey this past season.  You’ll notice a few rather consistent themes…they have brought be to LIFE with more compassionate purpose, courage and meaning than ever before!

xo, dear ones.  {*Remember to click & share your story via the comments…*}


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Our BE.loved cards we shared with our sistas | Tikapur, Nepal

Act 1 


BE.loved | 1 November, 2014

Do you hear it?

No?  Then, I will whisper it.

You are loved.

Like, crazily, over-the-top-ly, fully.

NOW.

Loved. Celebrated. Cherished. Delighted in.

You are Loved.  beLoved.

Take it in.

Inhale it.

Let it take root.  Flourish.

The courtroom

– judgments and words of

“too much/not enough” …

“good/bad” …

“beautiful/ugly” –

It’s adjourned.

Over. Now. And tomorrow. And the next day.

And the ones after…to infinity.

Imagine the possibilities!

Oh, baby, the places you’ll go!

You are free to be you.

Come!

Take your place at the table in this feast of life!

You.

Belong.

Here.


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My sista, Junu | Tikapur, Nepal

Act 2 

A film short | 6 May, 2015

I recently spoke to a group of women about my trip to Nepal in February and March of this year. As I went to bed the night of my talk, the evening flashed before my eyes, as if watching a film short.

Due to a technological glitch, the side-show I’d prepared as the backdrop of my talk didn’t work. I’d envisioned sharing the eyes and smiles, colorful clothes, food, dances, voices, geography of these Nepali sisters I’d come to love.

I saw the moment in which our last effort to display this visual story didn’t work. A light sweat had formed on my brow. My heart started to beat faster. I pulled out my notes and took a deep breath, smiled, and began to speak. I felt the fire ignite in me to simply and courageously voice this story.

Then, into this film short, a flicker of darkness. While speaking, I saw myself scanning, looking for input from the audience. Longing to see a glimmer of approval and I felt the butterflies in my stomach for fear of the opposite. This scene is not new. Indeed, it has been replayed many-a-time in my life.

And, no – seriously? There is a woman in the audience who has nodded off. Literally, she has fallen asleep. No, I’m not kidding.  And, over in the corner – is that woman scowling? Is it something I said?

Then, in a flash, the judgmental and taunting voices come into my head.

I am not funny enough,

my voice is not strong enough,

I am not wise enough,

not intelligent enough.

‘What do you think you are doing here, anyway?  Who do you think you are?’ There it is.  There has been this undercurrent in my life, rigorous attempts to prove my worth to the perceived onlookers of my life.

I’d be buoyed up with energy when successful, deflated when not.  Into this awareness, this moment,comes a whisper.  Beckoning me – here and now, to listen.

You belong.  You have worth.  You are loved.

I belong.  I have worth.  I am loved.

Not after I do one more thing, figure out another piece of my calling, am more successful.

But now.

The film short of this evening gently takes on a different texture and narrative.  I am beckoned to shift my focus from darkness and low-lying clouds of shame, anxiety, judgment to let in the light. love. BElong.

To cultivate the vibrant roots of an identity that is solid, that can withstand blazing sun, gale-force winds, bitter cold, the crazy stuff that knocks the wind out of me in moments like this, vulnerable and exposed in front of these women.

So, I say yes to this invitation, this gift,

that brings deep rest, deep exhale.

I inhabit this deep place of solitude, quiet, stillness,

of being.

Loved and Loving.

Can it be? That in this place of being beloved, I will meet the world.  And, my callings will come.  From Love.

As I return to the audience of women with whom I was sharing my story, my gaze changes. My scanning eyes relax, soften, less eager to seek and find approval.  Instead, my energy is fueled with a hope and prayer that they will sense their own worth, belonging, and belovedness.

I invite them to connect with, see, value, respond to their own story, to the stories of each other and maybe even these women halfway around the world, in Nepal.


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Post surf-sesh glow | Nosara, Costa Rica [Photo cred: J Renae Davidson]

Act 3 

Switchfoot | 1 June, 2015

I fell in love with surfing just a few years ago, around my 40th birthday.  I mean, I loooooooooved it.  I stumbled onto this beautiful gift while on a yoga retreat with the amazing Diane Sieg.  I came home from my accidental surf trip telling family and friends that I didn’t remember loving something so thoroughly that was so bad at.  It’s hard.  Really hard.  Yet, in the water, in the moments between getting hit by wave sets, I felt peace, joy, bliss that took my breath away.

After one such surf sesh, I remember commenting to a friend “I wish I’d learned about surfing when I was younger.” Just a few minutes later, we heard 2 girls, each about 8 talking about a “little kid” they’d just seen ripping it up in the waves.  “He’s so lucky,” they said.  “He got to start surfing when he was sooooooo much younger than us.”  So, yeah, there’s that.  I’m not 5 and I’m not 85.

OK, so back to this surfing moment.  In surfing, this back leg, foot is what leads…it is the leg most dominant and strong.  For me, it’s my right foot in the back.  It’s what’s most comfortable, natural.  It’s where the power originates.  It’s the source of my aerials and riding those barrels (in my dreams, at least :}).

And this…[demo’ing switchfooot]  This is called switchfoot. You float between your dominant, comfortable stance and literally switch your feet. I can’t do it [yet] on a surfboard.

There are times that I sense an invitation to switchfoot as I surf through life.  To change from what’s comfortable, easier, and “how I’ve always done it”…To what’s new, versatile, empowering, beckoning.  Sounds great, right?  But, it’s not easy.  And, it’s certainly not natural.

I see many examples of this invitation in my life.  I’ll share just one today around being and doing. When I am led, fueled, and dominated by doing, I have quickly found myself on a treadmill, a frenetic hamster wheel.

Little rest, pause.

Furrowed brow,

tight gut,

shortness of breath,

rapid movements.

Often running…

running late.

Up late.

Yet, with all of this working to the max – there has often been a sense that

I still am not enough.

There’s always more.

Try harder!

My experience has been that when doing is the source of who I am, is what I rely on to inform and shape my identity, myself, I wipe out.  Hard.  And, after I wipe out & come up sputtering, gasping for air, there have been moments in which I have sensed an invitation deep in my soul.

“There is another way,” I hear.

“You don’t have to try so hard.”

“Be still.”

“Breathe”

“Relax and let go.”

A nudge to switchfoot.  To be fueled less by doing and more by being.  A while back, I began to say yes.  It has been a-maz-ing.  [More on that in a minute.]

OK, OK, you might wonder and challenge. We’re clear about doing, right?

But being? What does that mean?

Is it meditating, practicing yoga, becoming a monk or nun, napping a lot, living in a cave?  C’mon, Sarah, be realistic.

I’d like to suggest we un-do our doing.

That we embrace, practice, claim things like

stillness, belonging, cherishedness within – not because of or after – the activity.

The switchfoot for me exists in this saying yes.

Saying yes to this deep invitation to be.

Be me.

Be at peace.

Be valuable, worthy.

Be long.

Be loved.

Apart from my doing.

Within my doing.

I have begun to take flight, to find more and more moments

of riding the wave of life with joy, freedom, peace, courage.

I have not done this alone. God, my kula | community, and daily rhythms & practices sustain and fuel my journey.  They pick me up, encourage me to keep on going after a crazy wipe out.  They hold up a mirror, cheerlead me when I’ve felt I’ve got nothin’ – or worse, that I am nothin’, are a safe place for me to live, move, have my being.  With these treasured companions, I find that the striving and fear has diminished.

The fear some days that I am too much, other days not enough. It’s not gone – but I find I’m led less by fear and more by love.  Ahhhhhhhhh.

Now, the doing is different.

I have a longing to do, serve, love –

these are part of my calling and destiny.

My passionate purpose comes to life in both the being and doing.

I’m fueled for life by these grounded, restoring, foundational ways of living. So, today, I practice switching my stance. And, within it all, listen for and saying yes to the invitations to

Be loved.

Be long.

Be valuable.

Be me.

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