Follow your Bliss

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a Life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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Dear readers, I hope this email finds you well.
During the last few weeks I have been through intense transformation and the culminating moment was during a silent retreat with my teacher Adyashanti. Silence is key to healing, listening, learning to be again…from that place answers flow effortlessly, sometimes in an unexpected way, and very often with messages that -maybe- we didn’t want to hear…very often reaffirming what we deeply know but are scared to acknowledge.
This is why I believe in the power of safely held ceremonies, retreats that take us away from mundane things and “dramas”, spending time in nature.

      I realise I need to focus on what makes me happy as should/could you… It might take few weeks, months to transition towards more balance and really embody what I believe in. We are a perpetual work in progress. The most important is to trust, surrender and let the magic happen.
Each day I am more and more amazed by this life, this body. I feel that I have always been supported even at challenging times. As I breathe I am reminded on how this body has supported me to the best it could even when I didn’t honour it as I should ( I don’t like the use of the word should but in that case it suits the context well). Do not think that what I teach in classes and what I share with you in sessions of healing, abdominal work, massages, cacao circles is not for me as well. Each class is a reminder to be more present, to actually take that deep breath, to listen to my body; each client is a mirror to take that step towards more time off, to be lighter in my way of living, to slow down when I eat so my belly is happy and as a result my health better.
We are all in this together, we are all teachers and students of each other and we have touched lives and have been touched by others.
On this glorious day may we be reminded of the Impermanence of Life. Few weeks ago I was shaken to the core by successive unpleasant situations, sickness and bad news. Through processing, feeling my way through them I decided that life was too short not to love, forgive and be (more). Since, I started seeing changes around me.
I know I will be triggered again, we will all be challenged at times but maybe our responses can be different. I have been humbled up -after all I am human- and had to face few aspects of my shadow to end up laughing in its face. Who did I think I was?
We have all heard it, read it, understood it, but have we really been it? I am talking about Love. Not the romantic love but that deep acceptance. The concept that we are perfect as we are, even though, like a Zen master said a long time ago, there is always room for improvement.

Today I choose to step fully into healing. This is my commitment to myself and you.
What is yours?

Remember: you are Loved; you are Love.

In Deep Gratitude.
Sandrine 🙏

We are living an interesting, strange time to say the least.

Few days ago we never really used the word self-isolation which in Buddhist terms could be compared to self-retreat. A retreat is a time to be by oneself with no ways of communications, of distractions and some guidelines like not eating after 12pm or 1pm…

Last week-end when we were advised to stay in I went into a bit of a panic. Mainly fueled by my mother who fed me on the news which I have avoided listening to for 28 years as, since I left my parent’s house to study and work, I never had a television… I lie…I had a boyfriend who had a TV and when we moved in together I told him it was the TV or me!!! I am glad to say I won!!!

So last weekend I practiced a lot of the tools offered through yoga and all the other spiritual paths followed over the years. Essentially pranayama, slow yoga, walking outside bare feet and massaging my belly which is always bringing me back to my center. Ah and yes baths with Epsom salts!

Monday I woke up lighter and happier…You see for many years I traveled or let’s say I used to go and live far away to study the essences of some teachings, find healers and take time off from myself…except that wherever you go you are! So I would travel mainly for a while in India and Asia, then Central, South America and would live a life that for some of us now has become what might be our next few weeks…I chose to live this way for few reasons. Whether these reasons were chosen consciously or not I am not sure. I am shy so for me going towards people is always a struggle…less these days I am happy to say. I like being by myself…I never seem to get bored. If you want to smile many years ago when I was at the worst of my struggles (more on that maybe in a moment)I went on a retreat in the North of Thailand and when I realized that we could speak a bit I asked to be locked in my little hut (which was an option!) for a week. I loved it. Everyday I would be brought some food outside my room and at 1pm the container would be picked up. A monk would come and visit me to check on my meditation progresses. After a week when I stepped outside I felt I was on something…everything felt so vibrant, so bright and I could feel my heart deeply opened. I had tears running down my cheeks and felt so held, supported and loved…It would take me many more silent retreats, many more workshops, teachers, books, shamanic circles to deepen that knowing that we are loved.

Loving ourselves is a hard journey and I sense that on a metaphysical level we are asked right now to sit with ourselves, to look at the totality of who and what we are and move beyond the old ways. We have been abusing this planet which has done nothing but give us …this earth has been here before us and will be here after we leave this Earth body, yours…our body is made of the Earth, our breath is the wind, your spirit is the fire and the liquids in your body are this sacred water.

I have abused my body and mind for many years…starving it, pushing it, naming it, judging it …and with the years and all these different practices I am now more at ease. More loving…I teach in each of my classes what I need to learn myself. This time in history is an invitation to listen deeply, to look at yourself in a compassionate way, to reach out for others if suddenly you find this time alone just too much. We are asked to slow down, I am asked to slow down. I can work as hard as I can be with myself. When away all these years I used to live a very simple life.  I would practice yoga, meditate, read books, read more books, eat a bit, walk by the beach or to sacred sites, I would go to bed early and wake up early. I would sometimes meet people. At the time I didn’t have a computer…Now we have the luxury to have this form of connection…which is both a blessing and a curse. I have decided this morning that once a week during this time I will have a day of silence…

We live in a society that values activity versus being, faster and more versus slower and less. For now I have managed to live simply, with no more than 2 suitcases and a bag. I have accumulated few more books the last few years but if I was going to meet someone who I felt this book needed to go to I would happily give it away. And I have with many items in my life!

It is a time to practice generosity whether it is generosity of action, financial support or a smile. It is a time to practice these qualities that elevate our moods and our vibrations: compassion, gratitude, kindness…I know some of us are going through very hard time  but as a yoga teacher and body-worker I basically lost all my work…There is online teaching yes, but this is not the same. I am giving one of my classes to these centres that are hosting me on their platforms so that I can hopefully support small businesses. But I am grateful that I have a garden, that so far I have been healthy, that I have 3 kilos of rice in my cupboards (😉), that I have time to be more, that I have friends I have been talking to on the phone without rushing in between appointments…There is a time for everything. We will be fine.

Everyday I sit at 3pm for few minutes of prayer. I wish the initiative was coming from me but no the credit is to Caroline Myss a spiritual teacher who started a prayer group everyday in your local time at 3pm (https://www.myss.com/were-all-in-new-territory-video/).

Let’s pray, hope and heal…now is the time.

Namaste

I want to add that I am aware of the immensity as well of what is happening and I am not dismissing the fact that some people are in less than circumstances, whether it is an abusive relationships they might have to be with for few weeks, a mental health issue, a suicidal tendency…My heart goes to all these people and we can help by praying and being there for whoever needs us.

Gentle Release Therapy

GRT is a form of therapy offering a light touch based on a variety of energy techniques. Bringing together acupuncture points, cranio release techniques, and hands on to allow the body to find its way to health and let go of patterns, stories that can accumulate over the years as well as the wear and tears of everyday life.

A session is normally done fully clothed, lying comfortably on your back with the support of pillows and bolsters. It can be used at any stage of life and can treat a range of issues like muscular problems, pain, digestive problems, fertility issues, stress, headaches, fatigue…

For more informations please follow the link: gentlereleasetherapy.com

Here is a project I wrote about GRT that connects this work to what I offer with fertility massage:

GRT for couples and women going through fertility challenges and IVF.

Working with fertility massage and seeing more women these days coming after trying for so long and deciding to go the IVF road I feel I want to support them along the way. I offer GRT already for women coming for fertility massage and have had very good feedbacks, one of them is that it allows them to go deeper while receiving the massage and its benefits.

Couples could benefit from GRT as men can be worked on as well… Recently I treated a couple with the massage for the woman and gave her husband a short session of GRT as he suffers from stress and it affects his sperm quality, having already done all the supplements. In case they were not pregnant this month he decided they would both come back in few weeks.

IVF puts a lot of pressure on the physical and the emotional bodies and very often when seeing a client while they wait for the embryo transfer I tell them to support their body and I believe GRT would be ideal for that (very often now the transfer is done a month after). They tend after a cycle of injections to suffer from bloating, mood swings and just an underlying anxiety.

The drugs put immense pressure on the liver and obviously like many sessions a lot of time would be spent there first.
Good digestion means good hormonal production and therefore good fertility…So the treatment could follow the protocol of the front body addressing the liver, the digestive system and clearly the kidneys as they are the battery of our bodies and maintain fertility health.
During an IVF process couples experience a lot of stress which affects also the nervous system.
Any work on the cranial system will help with resetting and preparing in a calmer way the body for the transfer. And we can also work with the hormonal reset on the feet as sometimes IVF put women in a state of “fake menopause” to then restart it with these strong drugs and produce many eggs. As during the stimulation phase I do not massage women for risk of overstimulation, if they wanted, GRT would support them emotionally and work wonders to balance everything.

I believe GRT could be positive for couples going through this challenging time and especially women who put their bodies through a lot and this is my joy to support these couples with this choice and sometimes challenging process…

Cacao Bliss

It has been a long time since I felt like writing anything…simply because I am taken on a journey inwards that requires my attention and it also seems that time flies; but I feel it is time again to share few thoughts. Maybe the approaching new moon​ in Leo​ and full eclipse Monday is pushing me in terms of speaking more out loud and exposing aspects of myself so that we can all learn from each other and grow together.

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A prayer

Here is a beautiful prayer shared by Caroline Myss in one of her recent workshop…
Enjoy.
Sandrine

​Let me imagine That I am dying Lord​.
Let me imagine that I am leaving this world,
And preparing to say farewell to this life that I have been given,
And to everyone I have walked this life with.

Let me feel the depth of that anguish
In my heart and soul farewell.

I need to feel that feeling.

I need to feel and to know how much I would break in sadness so that I might
Wake in gratitude for this life that I have, for every second, for every minute, for every Breath of this life that I have.

Let me feel the sorrow of parting with those I love so much,
That I may never see them again so that I may not feel anger but that I may look at them With gratitude and wonder that they are with me.

Let me look at every flower in nature as a miracle of creation,
Knowing that when I die I will Never touch one of them again.

Let me wake up every morning knowing that everyday could be my last
And everyday I must be fully in each day of my life, not in yesterday, and not worry about tomorrow.

I must give each day the best of all I am.

So let me visit my end so I might start yet again with the fullness of my life.

I want my soul to be in charge of my life’s choices now, do not want to waste my life dwelling in pettiness or anger, pride or disappointment, wanting what might never happen, regretting what never did happen.

Keep me from creating my own suffering and harming others in the process.
Hover over me Lord, with Grace and Guidance.

Amen

Exposure

                                       I feel drawn to write today as I am about to fly back to Mexico after 6 weeks spent mainly in the sacred valley of Peru and Copacabana in Bolivia to walk once more across the Island of The Sun. What a fruitful time and as I was walking across that magical, mystical island/land few days ago I came to receive many messages (note: when I write that I receive, the source is always the same, within) and today I want to share to inspire us to live more authentically, from the heart.

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