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An Open, Honest Letter From Sara; You Don’t NEED Another Course

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“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”  ― Lao Tzu

Dearest Mindful Movement Community,

As I am in the midst of a course launch, I am busy with the regular day to day tasks as well as the additional to-do list of opening enrollments of our new program.  If you have ever followed the content a creator puts out in the two weeks leading up to a new course, you will notice it is a lot of content.  Perhaps a bit harder to see is that it is very strategically planned out.

I am not looking for your sympathy here, simply painting a picture of the doubling up of workload.  Keep in mind, I don’t have a team of people working here at the Mindful Movement.  It is just me, and Les helps out, I’d say part-time.  I absolutely love what I do.  I am passionate about helping people and I have a mission to help as many people as I can (of those who want my help.)

So, as I am deep into the launch process, I read a reply to a post in the YouTube community.

    “Do I really need another course? Or do I need something else?”

My first reaction was of failure, that I have let the community down, and that I am being selfish by selling my course.  I think, “Why am I even offering this?  This person is right, you don’t need another course.”  I understand there is so much information available to all of us, it can become overloaded and heavy, making the decision itself another stressor to get piled on to an already stressful life.  This is especially true in this past year!  Collectively, the human population is stressed and looking for something to bring us all out of the rut that we are in.

After I had this initial gut reaction, I sat with my response.  Anytime I experience a strong emotion in response to a situation, I want to peel back the layers and understand what is behind this response.  I must ask myself, why am I feeling guilt and shame around this *perceived* failure, this situation where I feel like I have let down the community? What has truly triggered this feeling of not good enough (that I am so familiar with?) To be completely honest and open with you, this is a repeating pattern in my life, as I am sure it is with so many others.  Who else has felt like a failure and wanted to give up at the first sign of challenge or resistance?

My process of peeling back the layers, and the answers to these questions I asked myself during this reflection is a story for another time. However, I dug a little deeper into my motivation for the creation of this program and that is what I want to share with you.

I have been in the situation where I knew I needed more, I needed to make a change to move forward.  Yet, I was unclear about what would best serve me.  I have had the daunting task of sifting through all the potential options.  When there are so many choices, so many different routes to take, it can become paralysis by analysis and then no decision is made at all.  There are so many programs, books, leaders, and coaches that are all excellent options and could all help many people.  So, how do you choose?

For me, not knowing deep down what I truly needed was at the root of being stuck.  Not taking the time to pause for self-inquiry kept me from knowing myself and my needs deeply.  I only knew myself on the surface level.  Therefore, how could I make decisions that would best serve me?  I couldn’t make a decision; I couldn’t even recognize how to help myself.  Once I started practicing meditation and introspection, I understood myself more clearly and could more easily make these difficult decisions with confidence.

This post was not meant to be about ME, I am simply offering my experience as an example and to share with you my personal journey.  To answer the question from the community: NO, you do not NEED another course, another person’s solution to your struggles.  You may be confused by my answer as I am a course creator, but hear me out.

You can dance your journey any way you want.  AND to do so with joy and fulfillment, it is important to truly connect with what your deep needs are.

Obviously, I believe a course, or a guided program designed by someone you trust, who teaches a solution that resonates with you, CAN absolutely help you turn a corner.  It can be the catalyst for the change you desire.  This is not to say our program is the only way, or the right one for you.  This is true only if this program is something you believe in and you are ready to put in the work.

If you participate in our program, like all the other options out there, you will get out of it what you put into it.  I will not tell you it is a magic pill that will make all your troubles disappear or all your pain and suffering go away forever, because that is not true.

What I can tell you about our program is that it is designed for the variability of all learners.  Because as a teacher, one thing I can always count on is that the way students learn is variable.  This was true when I taught kindergarten, and it is still true whether I am teaching movement, meditation, or making life changes.

So, I will meet you where you are at the start of your journey.  I will help you understand what direction you want to take.  And with my support, your curiosity about yourself (and commitment), and the community of like-minded peers, you will map out your journey, decide what to leave behind, and you will move forward.

The path of change is not always linear, and the key ingredients include patience, love, compassion, and kindness.  If you follow a recipe to make a meal, it will turn out just like every other chef who follows the same recipe with the same ingredients.  This would be great if everyone like the same food.  If you pause, check in with what you like and dislike, and adjust the ingredients to meet your needs, you will end up with a meal YOU are completely satisfied with.

Personally, I find that when I learn a system or method, in depth and in an organized, structured way, good things come out of it.  I must stay focused on the one thing during this learning period, and I must not get distracted.  Have you ever heard this about FOCUS:

  • Follow
  • One
  • Course
  • Until
  • Success

So, once you make the choice to follow a book, a program, or work with a coach, put your blinders on.  Stick with what you choose and don’t buy another personal development book or course!

To circle back to my mission to help, this program is for me as much as it is for you.  This is a way for me to connect more deeply with and help more people, especially those who already resonate with my message and my teachings. (You are reading this post aren’t you?)  When I have the opportunity to work closely with the community it fills my cup.  While I know I can help and support the community with the free content on our channel, I also know I can make a bigger difference with the closer interaction of a small group or one on one.

No, you don’t NEED another course!  We know many of you have been following us for years. If you’re still stuck in indecision and “not enoughness,” this offering is the catalyst for change.  YOU are worth the time, effort, and investment.   If you feel like you resonate with this message, and the teachings of The Mindful Movement, join the group today.

We are Here to Guide you to Uncover Your Values

Sara Raymond

Les and I invite you to learn more about our 6-week program, Move and Meditate: Self Care You Deserve for a Lifetime. Our next group is forming now.

In this next-level offering, you’ll gain access to:

  • Weekly group coaching calls so you can address and troubleshoot your barriers, ask questions about movement sequences or meditation prompts, and get customized support in your journey.
  • A like-minded community with similar goals so you can lean in and make connections with other friendly people on the movement and meditation path.
  • Self-study online education course, so you can deepen your knowledge on your own time.
  • One full year of the Membership Oasis, packed with weekly fresh and ad-free content targeted to what’s most relevant for you right now

Les and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you at a deeper level, and to help you usher in more of the goodness you’ve experienced in our time together so far.

I hope to see you in the group program.  Let me know how I can support you.

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With love and gratitude,

Sara and Les

The Mindful Movement

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.

6 Comments

  1. Renie Shugg on 04/28/2021 at 12:04 PM

    Dearest Sarah, I was getting ready to put on one of your meditations before getting close to sleep time after an exhausting day. Opened up my pad to your post. I felt it deeply and could relate on so many levels, have felt those emotions and also felt even failings on my part towards certain situations that I have encountered. However, I can say that maybe we may not need another course, or another something. But that is that because we unknowingly avoid the stillness in case of ‘what may surface’. Who knows, yet I must say I look at opening up to new ways of remembering our true essence and therefore allowing a more contented peaceful internal life amidst the often chaotic external changes we are all experiencing at the moment is for applying a discipline of LOVE to myself. So do what you do Sara, you’re so good at it. Your meditations and posts have helped me through a really difficult and huge transition in my life whilst also recovering from a major surgery & I am so grateful. Blessings. I cannot afford anything at the moment so having access to meditations is wonderful. Good luck with new venture, have no doubt of your worth and just feel everything and rise.🙋‍♀️🙏💜

  2. Dee on 04/28/2021 at 12:43 PM

    Thank You Sara for always being… YOU ⚘…..

    Your work is so very valuable, and to so many of your followers (I know it’s been so very valuable on so many levels for me since my discovery of the MM).

    Your openness, honesty and willingness to share your thoughts , doubts , knowledge etc, is deeply appreciated .

    As you teach us in your meditation… I am enough…remember , You also are enough 🤗…. your work is some of the most honest, down to earth, accessible and comforting I’ve had the pleasure to discover.

    You, along with Les, are doing important work in, and for, this crazy world we find ourselves experiencing.

    Rest and recoup when you need …. create wonderful courses when you feel the time is right , because it will always be right for the person who resonates with your teachings.

    Thank you for your letter to the community , as mentioned previously, your openness is so appreciated ⚘

    Namaste
    Dee 🙇‍♀️

    • Sara Raymond on 04/28/2021 at 1:53 PM

      Thank you for your kind words and support.

  3. Cindy Gilchrist on 04/28/2021 at 1:09 PM

    I am interested in your course Sara, but not sure about cost. Please send information. I have been listening to your mindful movement meditations and they are really helping me towards a calm and peaceful life, which is all I really want and need. Thank you

    • Sara Raymond on 04/28/2021 at 1:52 PM

      Hi Cindy,
      The investment for the course with weekly group coaching meetings is $299 (including a $99 annual membership to our platform). You can learn more and register here: https://www.themindfulmovementcourses.com/offer-page
      Let me know if you have any further questions.

  4. Katie on 04/28/2021 at 2:05 PM

    I posted this to your FB group but wanted to add here in case you don’t see it…

    Hi Sara,

    Your post really resonates with me. Two weeks ago I reported somebody Etsy who was selling my website’s best-selling design. She not only filed a “counterclaim” essentially claiming ownership of my work… but also posted to a huge Facebook group, including screenshots of our private Etsy chats. Her post painted herself as the victim. What nobody knew reading her post, is she’s actually a serial intellectual property thief.

    A customer kindly alerted me to the post, and it was brutal reading. Over 400 comments trashing me and my business. People went to my website and Facebook page, shared screenshots, and encouraged each other to steal more of my work, trademark my name, and copyright my work. Just to f**k with me. One woman even left my first bad Facebook review in 5 years of business (I got it removed).

    I had major surgery 6 weeks ago and this is NOT what I needed to be dealing with. I’m also just about to move my 125+ product website to a different e-commerce platform, which is a huge job, only me doing it. Sleepless nights, tears, anxiety, talking to lawyers, hiring a lawyer, reporting her to Etsy, dealing with Facebook trying to get the post removed… and it’s still going, every day some new consequence of the weird and vicious actions of a wounded child-woman.

    What’s so interesting to me reading your post here, is your call to reflect on where my hurt is coming from. When sh*t went down, it didn’t occur to me to pause and reflect upon this. I’ve been in “fight or flight” mode for 2 weeks reacting, not responding.

    I have 45,000 hard-earned Facebook fans, and like you it’s just me behind the scenes with no help. I’m a superwoman! And yet, I also felt so much guilt and shame around MY response, even though I am the aggrieved party. It made me feel “not good enough” so much that I seriously thought about closing my business! I started it 5-years ago to make myself laugh through a very serious illness. It’s slowly grown and actually become a thing. And I still battle the illness that occasionally puts me in a wheelchair.

    So your sharing this post couldn’t be more timely for me. Now you’ve made me stop and think… where is this reaction coming from? Why… when I’m clearly the one being treated badly… do I feel like I’ve done something wrong? Thanks for helping me start that conversation with myself.

    I could end with platitudes about not letting online comments get you down, but I KNOW how hard it hits, and hurts. It’s good as you say, to learn to stop and take a minute to observe the reaction and figure out where it’s coming from.

    Let me share something another designer wrote to reassure me – “You’re a lion. Don’t worry about some alley cat trying to steal your scraps”.

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