Breaking the Status Quo

Breaking the Status Quo

I was recently asked about the how The Mindful Movement began, and it had me doing some reflecting on my journey. While there were a lot of contributing factors leading to the start of the business and what I do today, there is one moment in time that stands out as a turning point for me.

It was 2015 and on paper, my life looked pretty good. I had graduated college, married a great guy, had two healthy kids, was a business owner for over 10 years in a fulfilling career teaching Pilates and yoga, and I was overall healthy. What more could a girl ask for? I mean, according to the way I was raised, this is just what you do, it’s what’s expected, this is what I should be doing with my life. In fact, I had accomplished all of this by the time I was 35. So, some might even say, I was ahead of schedule, that I was an overachiever.

Even though it all seemed great on the surface, I was always looking for more. I was searching for the next training, the next material goods, the next upgrade to my life. I was comparing myself to others and finding that I was always coming up short. I was stuck in the I’ll be happy when cycle and none of the “next things” actually brought happiness.

It was at this time I realized, I never truly stopped to consider if this was what I wanted. Like I woke up in a dream and didn’t know how I got here. Had I just been moving forward on autopilot, never really choosing which direction to go? One day I was graduating high school with a future wide open with possibilities, and the next, I was 35 and in a life that it felt like I didn’t have a hand in creating. (Ok, maybe this is a little dramatic, but that’s what it felt like when I finally opened my eyes and paid attention.)

I started to wonder if I ever really understood what I wanted or what was important to me before. I can clearly remember being hit hard with this uncomfortable truth: when I have considered difficult decisions about the direction of my life, the voices in my head with all the opinions were not even mine!

Did I even know what my own voice in my head sounds like? And, how did I even get here? The formula to get here was combination of blankly following the status quo and not paying attention to what was in my heart!

And then I had to ask, “Do I even want to be here?” Well, yes, I loved my life and honestly wouldn’t change anything. I just woke up to realize I wanted to believe that I had some say, some influence, in the direction I was going! Don’t get me wrong, I was in no way forced into anything, I just chose to live in my head and not in my heart.

This is when I started practicing meditation regularly as a way to connect with myself and my emotions.
It was a tool to help me understand my values and needs to make more confident and clear decisions.

Ironically, at the time when I “discovered” meditation for myself I had been teaching yoga for almost 10 years as a self-proclaimed, non-spiritual teacher. What I mean by that is, I would focus solely on the “exercise” and leave the philosophy, lessons, and meditation behind. Savasana was, for sure, the most difficult part of my practice. When this shift happened for me, I got so much more from my yoga practice, as well as the classes I was teaching.

This is also when I sought out hypnosis as a catalyst for change in myself and those I was teaching. Hypnosis allowed me to recognize past limiting beliefs and unconscious habitual patterns and then let them go.

Because of this “aha” moment, I found the value in meditation and hypnosis and have been on a mission to share that with others any way I can. The Mindful Movement was (somewhat accidently) founded as a business in 2016, and as a good friend of my says, I have been putting the bicycle together as I pedal downhill quickly. Which is to say, I’ve been winging it and following my intuition.

And when I witness clients’ profound transformations through hypnotherapy, or read the comments on the YouTube channel, or hear that my son’s English teacher played one of my videos for Mindfulness Monday for the 10th graders, I know I am on the right path!

To help you confidently and clearly get on the path that’s right for you using meditation and hypnosis, we would love to invite you to join The Mindful Movement’s Member’s Oasis.

In addition to on-demand, ad-free access to all our new and archived content each month, we are about to launch our upgraded membership platform that is more user friendly and bursting with more practices than you can imagine. We are adding playlist options, personal queue, filtering functions, and a more interactive experience. Think the Netflix and Facebook of The Mindful Movement.

You can lock in our current low price for the life of your membership if you join before the upgrade goes live!

Join today HERE and start seeing the results in YOURSELF.

With the warmest welcome,

Sara and Les

The Mindful Movement

Additional Resources:

Members Oasis for: Unlimited access to all Mindful Movement Meditations and Hypnosis Practices; Exclusive Members Only Content added EVERY month; Practice anytime, anywhere.

Purchase your favorite Meditation and Hypnosis practices from the Mindful Movement. You can download an MP3 file to listen to anytime, anywhere with no internet access necessary.

A personalized hypnotherapy session can support you in making a change you desire.  It would be my honor to help you through the process of change that you are looking for.

Let us know how we can help.  Please feel to leave a comment with any other suggestions, comments, or questions for the community!

About the author, Sara

Sara is the founder of The Mindful Movement and the owner of Coreworks Fitness, a Pilates and Yoga studio in MD. Sara is also a Pilates and CoreAligh Master instructor with Balanced Body.

Sara is passionate about helping others grow and live mindful, fulfilled lives. She helps others move better, feel better, live with a deep awareness, gratitude and their whole heart. She strives to inspire others to live authentically and passionately in love and abundance.

1 Comment

  1. Barbara Nassius on 11/19/2021 at 2:11 AM

    Dear Sara, I am deeply indebted and very grateful for your absolutely beautiful, meaningful and helpful guided meditations. I came across them around 2015/16 when I started my treatment for a years’ long, stubborn depression. The treatment was followed by blissful healing and has proven really successful in many respects. I am still relying on your in-depth narration, understanding, loving kindness and empathy/compassion that you feel and express in your meditations for people like me. Thanks to your voice, music, imagery and wisdom, I know I am in good hands, on a path to recovery and I am going to stay there with you for long.
    I do thank you for what you’ve done for me and people in need of healing.
    Lots of love and appreciation,
    Barbara

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