heal your heart to save the world.

heal your heart to save the world.

I have been thinking a lot about why I am called to offer this work, why women's healing and healing in general means so much to me. I want to be clear that I care deeply about men's healing, too. Of course. I want healing for all of us. A big motivation for me is that I truly believe that when one person in the community or family heals, everyone around them benefits from the resonance of that new understanding and space. When I meet you in a moment of vulnerability and I watch you rise to the occasion by being honest about your humanness, when you show me the confusion and pain sitting alongside the joyous and fluid, my heart expands and there is a deep recognition of the truth of life. Because let's face it folks, life is all of it: mess and magic both. Light and dark are two sides of the same coin. When I get to experience the wholeness of who you are it nudges me towards those darker unclaimed spaces inside, and gets me excited about the untapped possibilities lying in the shadows. 

Why women's healing?  

In my experience, women are often at center stage in their family unit. It is the nature of the feminine to care for, to anticipate needs, to provide love and nourishment. Culturally and inherently, women have been trained to be the caretakers, have been trained to put others needs before their own, and this is partially biological because we have to for the health of our brood. We are the weavers, the gatherers, the growers, the medicine makers. We carry the sacred waters that allow us to create life, and that give us milk to feed the children. And somewhere along the way there was a misunderstanding, we forgot to use those very gifts for our own healing. Or worse, we were scolded for using our gifts on ourselves, told we were selfish, told how to look and act, told what to say, told that our bodies were not sacred unless... and otherwise cajoled into subservience. Our wildness was dampened and though we continued to give, it got harder and harder to hear the voice of our own needs, until something jolted us back into remembering when we veered too far off the path. 

The empty well cannot give water. I know far too many women (men, too) who have lived much of their life operating from this place - of giving and giving and giving from an empty well and thus becoming tired, depressed, sick, and resentful. Each of us must find the balance between giving and receiving so the well always has enough water for our own nourishment. I believe we are living in a time where a great shift is being presented, where the masculine and feminine are finding balance inside each human being. We are discovering that we have a powerful choice to make about the way in which we curate our lives. We are realizing that those preconceived notions of "who we should be" or "how we should act" or "how we should feel" are an old paradigm that is outmoded and crumbling. We are realizing that to heal the world we must first heal ourselves. We are realizing that in order to heal, we have to let go of the ways we think we "should" so that what is natural to our spirit can simply unfold. 

Sheesh. It's a lot of work to unravel all the "should's" but dammit, it's worth it!

Over the last 3-years Tara & I have been offering women's healing groups. We were inspired to start offering these groups because we had, and continue to, experience the holy space that is created when women support other women. We were empowered and excited to be choosing the brave journey towards authenticity and honoring ones truth. We saw the healing waves being created in our own lives and wanted to share that possibility with others. 

Women have a tremendous power for empathy and compassion. By supporting each other in inward reflection, honesty, and openness in a space we feel safe, we begin to open the doors for truth to flow and healing to occur. By sharing your story you share a piece of your heart and that honesty and openness inspires others in negotiating the wild terrain of their own unique life circumstances.

We have had the honor of witnessing many courageous, open-hearted women over the years, and in supporting them we were also healed and nourished. Blessings abound! Together we are free to let our truths have wings and to use that which challenges us as the very stepping stones we were seeking to evolve. That healing space resonates out into all the other parts of our life, into our relationships, our work, and most importantly our ability to find solutions and be a part of the healing needed on this planet. 

So in short, I think that when women heal, the world heals too, bit by bit, breath by breath, tear by tear, we create a healing resonance in all that we touch. That is why I offer this work. 

Tara & I are honored and excited to be offering our first Women's Healing Retreat this September. Receive the early-bird discount if you register by midnight this coming sunday, august 13th. We would be so honored to heal by your side. 

With Love & Gratitude ~ 

Sara Rose

spring feelings

spring feelings

Happy spring sweet friends! 

The 1st of April is a special one for me, 6yrs ago I arrived here in Harrisburg after a long cross country train ride from Seattle to Chicago and then a long car ride to Harrisburg a few days later with a boat load of my stuff.  I moved for love, to be here with Misha in his home town. What many of you already know about me is: I am a deeply sentimental romantic. I chose to leave the city I was born and raised in exactly 2years to the day that I had met Misha for the first time on Spring Equinox. I chose that time because it felt sweet to honor that magical time of the year when we had first laid eyes on each other, that time of year that marked the beginning of us spiraling our lives into one another. 

Instead of flying - which truth be told is not my favorite mode of transport - I thought well, wouldn't it be a beautiful journey to get to witness the country between my old home and my soon-to-be home on the east coast! Also you can take a lot of stuff on a train... up to 10 or more pieces of luggage and that seemed like the best way to get the remainder of my things over here for the best price. So I packed up/sold/gave away most of my stuff and booked a 3 day train ride across country from Seattle to Chicago where Misha and I have friends, where he would meet me, and we would drive off together into the sunset and behold our new life together in Pennsylvania. 

Well, as fate would have it, that romantic train ride ended up being a pretty big shit show. I imagined myself eating cheese plates and drinking wine, I imagined long comfortable naps in my train car, I imagined meeting glamorous people and making life-long friends, I imagined writing lilting poetry and finding deep inspiration. While I did make one friend who I felt deeply connected to and still keep in touch with today, everything else was pretty much a pipe dream. First of all, Amtrak is not a European dream liner train car. Amtrak is poorly funded, has pretty terrible food, often smells of poisonous chemicals, and informed me at the moment I checked in that I would have to get off the train in the middle of the night with my insane amount of stuff to get on a bus for a couple of hours due to a derailment on the line. I quickly learned that I would likely not be having a restful, romantic journey I had imagined to my new home. 

There is more to the story (isn't there always!?) but my point in sharing this is that the cosmic trickster just loves to poke fun at our overly romantisized notions of grandeur and enjoyment. Not that it is bad to be hopeful or to dream about things working out, in fact I think we could all use a little bit more of that. But it was almost as if because I put up such heavy expectations around the "magic" of the journey, that the let down of it not being what I expected made it hard for me to enjoy what was happening, made it hard for me to see the magic in the messiness and in the things-not-at-all-working-out-as-planned. 

Now when I reflect on that time I love that it was a mess, and it makes me laugh that it was such a shit show compared to my grandiose dreams. I love that pretty much everything went not at all according to plan, because in retrospect I can see that it was a preparation for the mystery I was entering in coming to this new place. It was a reminder to let go of expectations and to ride the wave that life was presenting me. I could have never imagined what was in store for me here. I probably would have ran like hell if I had. Ha! And though there have been many challenges, I wouldn't take a single one of them back because I can see that challenge by challenge I was shaping who I am today. I feel proud of myself for what I have been through, for all that I have been willing to learn and grow with, and all that I have been willing to let die. 

So I remind you as I remind myself today friends - take some small comfort in the mystery of life. Try to stop fighting against what is and let any old outworn parts of you shed and dissolve like dust in the wind. Know that if you care for yourself well, if you spend time working on your own strength and happiness, if you learn to truly trust what life is presenting and yourself in dealing with whatever is, it will ALL BE OKAY, especially the messiness and pain and confusion. If we welcome whatever life offers into our loving arms we have a better chance at proceeding with grace, and we have a better chance at manifesting solutions. Through the experience of life moment-to-moment we can explore what we are made of,  and take the full ride to grow wise enough inside of ourselves to learn and grow from whatever is showing up. It is up to us. 

For those of you that live in Harrisburg, I am offering a spring healing special! 

$10 off any session with me OR a complimentary 30min intuitive reading with any session! 

go to the offerings page to book yourself an appointment now! if you are booking a wholistic healing combo session, look the the APRIL SPECIAL option. For a 60min massage & 30min reading choose 90min; for 90min massage & 30min reading, choose 2hrs! If you would like a reading with a private yoga session, please make a note so I can book extra time onto your session. 

With Love & Gratitude ~ 

Sara Rose

on courage, self-love, and changes in Jan 2017

hello dear ones, 

at many thresholds in each of our lives, there are times when we hear the call and must courageously follow our hearts into unknown territories, regardless of what people think. at these times we are asked to be our own best friends. we are nudged to ask for what we feel we are worth, in our work and in our relationships. a large theme in the work I do with my clients (and myself) is helping to find the roots of the pain, resentments, and suffering, and to ignite the flame of inner courage to look deeply within ourselves for ways in which we might be standing in the way of the healing we seek. we must all learn to take ownership of the state of our life: our thoughts and actions, the energies that surround us, the people we let in, the work that we do. we must be brave in seeing how we are contributing to our own imbalance and ask for help from trusted friends on the path when our clarity is muddled or our heart is unsure.

as I remain consistent in practicing this work inside myself, i now notice more quickly when I am not in alignment with the guidance I give out. that was a large part of the reason I chose to close the yoga studio. i began to feel like i was living a double life. all day long i was coaching and guiding people in the ways of self care, nurturing, acknowledgement, and inner honoring and yet, not listening to my own inner voice who was yearning for space and time to enjoy life. that discrepancy - between what I knew to be true and what I was doing in my own life -became a heavy burden that began to effect my health, my relationships, and my ability to see the good in life. I had to start taking responsibility for the part I was playing in the imbalance in my life, even though I knew I would disappoint others, even though I was scared to make such a big change. 

i notice this theme coming up in many of us at this time. as the circumstances and energy of the world get more wild and unpredictable, (although, maybe it's always been this way!) we are being strongly guided to ask ourselves some honest questions, such as, "do I honor what I know to be true?" - "do I follow the advise and encouragement I so easily give out to others?" - "am I following my heart in this action, this relationship, this work, this thought?" I am, and continue to, work hard to make time to reflect and take ownership for ways in which I am not honoring my own medicine, because the truth is - our happiness and alignment can come from no external source. it is up to us. 

for only the 3rd time in my 14 year journey as a massage therapist, I am raising my prices to better reflect my time and energetic offering. those of you who see me know that for every 1hr session, you tend to be here for an average of 75-90minutes and for every 90minute offering, you tend to be here for closer to 2hrs. I am doing what no one else can do for me - taking care of my own well-being. I encourage you to do the same, friends. 

as of January 2017 my prices will raise to the following :: 

All bodywork offerings :: $95/hour & $125/90minutes

Intuitive Coaching :: $40/30min & $70/hour

Private Yoga Sessions :: $65/75min 

Combo Sessions (combination of any 2 types of services I offer) :: $125/90min & $160/2hrs

**please know that while i am very grateful to receive gratuities in addition to my rate, it is never expected or required. for those in need of healing that cannot afford it, I am always willing to consider working on a sliding scale. please make time to chat with me and we can figure out an appropriate arrangement.** 

my deepest gratitude for your continued support and belief in the work that I offer. I would not be who I am without you each of you to grow alongside. 

with so much love, 

sara rose

 

 

 

 

may peace prevail on earth

may peace prevail on earth

blessings to you, sweet community of friends. what intensely powerful times are upon us! like many of us, I find myself working hard to not feed into fear, hatred, and despair in these times of uncertainty and change.

as a yogi, the heart of our practice is to try and meld the values of loving kindness into our every thought and action; to live our yoga as completely as we can. it is a challenge to break the enticing cycles within our mind, particularly the thoughts that turn us to blame/shame/judgement of ourselves and others. to heal, we must witness our thoughts and find the ones that pit us against each other. we must witness the parts of ourselves that crave righteousness over understanding, power over equality, negativity over trust and joy. the only way to find compassion is to see that all the multitudes of possibility that are represented in the world are also within us. we can only heal hatred once we have healed it in ourselves, for it is not possible to find a solution when you match the energy of the problem. 

when we create space for inner reflection, we begin to see the ways in which we might be misaligned with what our heart truly seeks. we are given a opportunity to take our power back when we are able to (kindly) take ownership of the ways in which we are contributing to our own suffering. when I say power
i am not referring to external power and prestige. i am talking about deep, earth-moving, cosmos-connecting, spirit-elevating, SOUL POWER. we must learn that we always have the power of our choice, and that choice begins with our thoughts. we must remember that happiness can never come from external sources. we must do the patient work of continuing to show up energetically in a space of openness and honesty. 

with time and practice, 
we begin to see that peace begins inside, and the same with kindness, compassion, and love. as often as we can, our work is to cultivate and support a relationship with that eternal, wise observer within us. our work as yogi's is to connect to the part of us that knows how to surrender gracefully to the grand spiraling wildness that is life. when our wisdom gains traction in our awareness, we gift ourselves the spaciousness to carefully pluck away at thoughts and actions that don't align with that higher vision we have for ourselves and this world. when we allow inner wisdom to come forward, we connect to deep reserves of inner courage. a courage that allows us to take ownership of our darkness and confusion, to welcome it into our loving arms so true healing can begin. the work we do inside ourselves gives us an opportunity to learn about the depths of humanity. 

friends, i say these words to you as I say them to myself. I implore you to be kind to yourself. let yourself feel the powerful sweetness at the root of you and all things. let judgement and blame begin to soften their hard edges through laughter, openness, and time alone doing what you love. let your inner sweetness out - into your relationships, your conversations, your actions, and your energy. your presence will inspire more of the same.

dear ones, the world needs our courage and light. let us choose goodness, together. let us rise up grounded in love, strong in our vision of healing, and be the change we wish to see in the world. let us stand up for those people in the world that are vulnerable to hatred and inequality right now. let us live our values in all that we do. let us love ourselves deeply enough to let ourselves be. let us extend kindness to everyone we can, regardless of ideology, race, or religion. if we want to truly heal, everyone must be included in the dream. we must work to find common ground, especially with the people we don't understand. 

we are one. may peace prevail on earth. 

I stand in solidarity with you friends - for the Earth, for equality, for love, for real change. I believe in us. i believe in good things coming.

love and blessings ~ sara rose