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Sara Shermis  ΰ₯ Yoga instructor, ERYT 500 Meditation & Mindfulness teacher Writer

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"Do you feel that?" Her friend asked. "It feels like an ending," the girl responded. The sweeping fog enclosed in on them; it was alluring, like a cleansing. The two girls sat together at sunset, discussing endings and new beginnings. Everything for the young girl had changed-- her Soul was right. Every single thing the girl thought she knew, thought she wanted, thought she believed in, every goal, it all changed in a matter of weeks. The girl had no comfort anymore, everything she knew was gone. But despite how her life looked and seemed, she was at peace. Maybe it was something in the evening air that night, letting her know it was all going to be okay. She let everything become quite, closed her eyes and heard her Soul speak. Her Soul's words were louder than ever these days, "You have to trust what you know. You do know, sweet girl. You know where you're going and you're almost there. Stay true to those feelings, they won't disappoint you." The girl knew her heart's compass was taking her somewhere. She knew writing about trusting yourself, having faith and learning intuition meant she would have to know it well first. She knew she would be tested again, and this was that time. These were the hardest lessons yet. It helped her to find something though, deep inside, that told she alone knew that these decisions were exactly right. "Okay," the young girl agreed. "Okay, I see. I trust I'll end up where I am supposed to be." She no longer wanted anything that wasn't hers to have. So without any fight the girl took yet another step back. A new perspective was bound to arrive, and she was ready to see all that was meant to be.

I've been coming here so much lately. It's hard to put into words all the meanings of things I've associated with this place. It's been a symbol of endings and new beginnings in many ways... I've witnessed many endings in recent months. I've witnessed my life unfold in a way that feels like space is being created. I was once holding on, but have since decided to let go, to accept. I don't know what's coming, but I know the dreams I've put into motion with action and intention. //
It began to feel like I am standing at the edge of a cliff at midnight, with only the unknown --utter darkness to keep me company. Fear is the fall, and we've met before. "Hello, old friend," I greet him with a whisper and timid smile. "It's time to jump," he says. "You will fly this time." Without any promises, it sounds like a gentle reminder, the unknown penetrating the midnight sky --with every emotion and sensation heightened. "To trust," I gleefully notice, "that is what it means to fly tonight." I jump tonight, this time uncertain of when the land might happen, but it doesn't matter much. I leap because I have a friend named Fear who assures me he's there for a reason. "Show me the way," I say to him. The leap will make me, I assume, as even broken moments make us, too. To never fall would mean I never trusted Fear to teach me, to show me who I am. "What a wise friend to keep," my thoughts say. "No, what a wise friend to listen to," Spirit answers.

Happy International Day of Yoga. Yoga has been my greatest accomplishment --never because of anything I can do, but because I keep coming back to it... because it teaches me to try... because it helps me to focus, feel, be true to myself and above all, reminds me to breathe.
To my greatest love of all, yoga: Grateful our paths crossed doesn't even begin to do justice how rewarding and sustaining you've become to me. It's the one thing I look forward to each day and the one thing each day feels incomplete without. Thanks for always being there and teaching me to be there for myself. Thanks for proving to me that showing up with an open heart and open mind will take me further than I ever thought I could go. I learned acceptance on mat and it translated into just about everything else; it's all because of you. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
// pic: @michellebowenphotography_

Some fun at @spirityogastudios with @charieee πŸ’› thanks for the photos :)
You can catch my class at Spirit Sundays at 3:30pm

The older I become, the more I see how experiences accumulate to show us who we are, how we are, all that we think, the patterns, habits, changes we make, all there to recognize that where we are is a product of where we've been and believe, as well as what we decide to be... the many things that happened along the way and the many things that didn't. Sometimes I look around at people awestruck as each take on this journey of living. It has become so apparent to me how incredibly brave it is to be here. The more I observe how life moves you, your story, and see the bravery it takes to be where you are, the less it seems to matter if we go somewhere when we die or if we come back. After all, right now, exactly where you are is where you belong. This is the only journey that matters at the moment. Yet, I also can't help but recognize Consciousness moving throughout, all along, as if the path were meant to take you where you belong, like tracing currents in the ocean. Far out at sea, the currents are visible from the surface, which appear like veins, a spiderweb taking the ocean somewhere-- moving like oceans do. Conscious or unconscious, our journeys take us somewhere too, to connect us to ourselves: to see, to know, to become, to create and to believe that beauty truly resides in everything, visible and invisible, both in the good times and in the bad. All of it moves us forward as the observer of ourselves we were always pushed to reach for. In recent years I've been especially thankful for any hardships; I always wanted something more to believe in, and each day I see how the hurddles have helped me find that now. To keep going, to move and be moved, what a beautiful thing.
-An excerpt from my book, "Messages From the Universe"

Maybe it was the subtle feeling that magic was in the air, as life showed her to have faith in the path she walks alone. Or maybe it was how everything never went so right before now. Maybe it was how her life was moving her, right now, in this moment, and how she observed the puzzle pieces move one step at a time. Without any expectations the girl took the biggest chance she's ever taken on herself for herself. When the Universe hands you what you know was meant for you, it finds you and let's you know with a hint. It was only a feeling the opportunity was hers, so she took it and was rewarded. It was now her turn to watch the pieces of her life fall into place, all in the right time. The chaos had order and she enjoyed watching everything work itself out. She knew now, somehow, it was all going to be more than just alright.

A wise man once said,
"Only a fool carries a heart of gold"
But the fool continued on,
Walking streets so cold.
Wearing his beautiful heart for all to see,
Caused people to use him recklessly.
From the start, the baker and merchant sought to take his heart.
One day they would, only to break his heart.
The fool decided from that day moving on, paying for his own heart to be broken...
Those days were definitely gone.
But the day that matters most was the day he felt shattered and lost...
When he finally thought, "Damn. My heart is actually worth a lot."
How do you fix a heart of gold?
Give it to someone who knows it cannot be stolen or sold.✨

"Do you know who you are, child?" The girl's Soul was curious to know the girl's thoughts about herself, whether she attributed her life to her titles or if the girl could look past those things and more toward her purpose. The girl was puzzled by the question, but recently found that to go further she had to look further, beyond herself. "I know who I am," the girl said. "I am a spiritual teacher." The girl's Soul was amused at the girl's answer, not because it wasn't true, but because the girl finally understood her purpose was who she was, too. "I told you your purpose only a few days ago, but it appears you accept my words for you. I ask because, my darling girl, there are going to be challenges ahead. The challenges are not meant to shake you like the last few, but you are about to be firmly rooted to further see, know, and realize that who you were was not entirely who you're about to become. I'm about to show you just what kind of spiritual teacher you are. I've got to beat your clock though, before your first book is finally done. I want you to know this next part to give you confidence about where you're going to be before you get there. You'll find that everything you've been through and are about to undertake is all just directing you somewhere you once never thought you'd be, yet always knew you were going." The girl smiled because lessons were on their way. She sensed it would change her perspective again. She didn't bother to ask if it would be hard, they did seem to get harder. But the girl was tough now, too. Her hard shell had to be. A sensitive center was all the girl ever really knew, but life was showing her she was tough as nails when she needed to be. All she ever did now was embrace everything her life showed her. After all, she asked for her life to appear. She asked for it to reveal itself in full color. The girl wasn't afraid anymore. There was nothing to lose when she had everything to gain.

Dear person I'm not dating yet,
Hi. I know this probably seems strange, but I'm a spiritual person who can channel her Soul, and yesterday I heard you're basically here, so, I have some things I think you ought to know. I should tell you first, my friends are really curious about who you are. Every close friend I have over the past year or so has said something to me like, "Sara, I'm really interested to see who your person is." Most times they even seemed more intrigued by the idea of you than me.

After my last relationship ended I wrote a list things I want to experience in life (and made a vision board later) and also wrote a list of the things I am looking for in a partnership. Both lists showed me that it's important for you to share both lists with me, actually. In other words, my list for you got more specific when I realized I want to be with someone who wants to share in the same life experiences I want to create. But it all starts with this: I want to grow. I am not afraid to see myself or to continually look, and I need you to be in the same boat or it's not going to work. I live my life for experiences.. and I love heart-warming ones. When I connect with people, it's through our hearts and I only want philosophical, spiritual, deep, rich and open-minded conversations. Also, I hope you're into yoga because it's in my life everyday on and off the mat. It's one of the things I am most grateful for and continues to help me appreciate life from a rooted place and so it's here to stay. Yoga is a priority for me and sometimes I will choose it over time with you :);)... hope that's chill.

I believe in telling people how you feel, but always always being respectful while honest. I don't believe in putting people down to ask for something to change. This is how I expect to be treated, it's because I treat myself with unconditional love and forgiveness so I won't accept anything less. I hope you can understand. I also hope you're funny. And I hope you love your family and make them a priority. Anyways. Life is nothing short of interesting!, and my Soul says I'll really like you. So, I guess.. let's meet up sometime?
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"Everything you are and everything you see is a reflection of you and where you are. Do you see that? My dear, it's time you knew, you have another self-worth test that's about to appear. Would you like to know what it entails?" The girl's Soul knew all too well that the girl had had a rough year. Life was taking her on a journey and she was all in. It was hard, but worth it. "Okay, Soul. I'm ready. Tell me." She felt pure joy radiating in her bones. The girl was realizing quickly how much she loved the life lessons. She loved how they gave her perspective. She loved how she became an observer of herself. Most of all, the girl loved watching her life fall apart and fall together in the most curious of ways. Things were clearly meant to be and she could see it. She could taste it. It made it easy to let go. She learned she wasn't afraid of the unknown anymore because she trusted it was always for the best. "You're about to meet someone. This man is someone you're going to sense as meant for you. You've been wondering if he exists, but those thoughts seemed to disappear for a while. Well, he does exist. My darling girl, I need you to look for your self-worth when he comes along. You don't quite see yourself as clearly as you think you do yet. There's still a sparkle about you that you don't see. He's going to point it out to you. The first part of this lesson is recognition; I need you to believe me, when the alarms go off, and they will, you must tune-in and trust despite how spectacular he seems, he's your match. I know you're happy with how things are, but be open. The next part of your life's journey requires a life partner, and my dear, he's arrived."

"Is it me? Soul, there's this thing about me, I see it when others see me. I see it in how they interact with me. Do I make people uncomfortable?" The girl noticed everything these days. Energy was not just something the girl sensed, it was something she could see. Meditating as often as she has been seemed to make things even more clear, especially this. Her life continued to snowball, gaining momentum much quicker than she could fathom. "What they see doesn't make them uncomfortable, but what you are does. Can you tell by your last few life lessons, my dear? Don't you see these last few lessons all have a theme?" The girl thought back on the last month or so and she knew exactly what her Soul wanted her to see. Her soul wanted the girl to recite the lesson, as now it was even more clearly defined. "I am worth more now. I am worth more to myself and I stood my ground on that. It was reflected back to me when I challenged criticisms they had or old boundaries, it's something I wouldn't have done before. It upset them to see. When I challenged them it's because they didn't treat me with the respect that reflects the self-worth I currently have. The relationships were contingent on the self-worth I used to have. They wouldn't grow with me, so they had to fall away." As soon as girl spoke the words she felt a sense of closure sweep over her. "Bravo, my darling girl. You see it now. You see? Life isn't as hard as it used to be. You're grasping the bigger picture. You've earned this view. That alone makes you uncomfortable to be around. You over-see. Souls sense this and yes, it's uncomfortable. It means you are more likely to show them things they don't want to see or aren't ready to. No need to worry. You'll soon fall into more friendships with over-seers like you, and deepen those you already do."

Be yourself. Even if you know you're different, even if you don't know what other people will think. You being you might change the way people see you. It might change the way they are around you. You will likely lose out on things because of who you reveal yourself to be. But you will gain much more. So do it anyway. Don't be afraid to be seen. Those who judge you will anyway, and those who understand, who get it, they will show up. You're not alone in your experiences. The best thing you can bring wherever you go and with whoever you encounter is your truest self, your truth. Explore who that is by being honest with yourself first, but trust life to show you who that is, too. I never thought of myself as someone with something to offer. I let people walk on me, take advantage, lie, cheat, steal, hurt me, but I am not a victim... I see now how these circumstances happened because I wasn't owning who I am. I was afraid to let you see her, so I gave her less. But I learned to love her. When you see who you are, who you really are, you'll rise to protect it. And hard boundaries will be drawn. Things will be sacrificed... All to say, "I know who I am." Who you think I might be is up to you and it no longer influences me. I know that who you think I am actually reveals more about you than it does about me. All I can ask from myself is to be true to me and to you. And that's all I'd ever ask from you. Anything other than genuine is nothing that I'll ever want.

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