Meditations on the road

I arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona this evening after another 7.5 hour drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The days are beginning to blend together, and my car is beginning to be quite a mess, despite my best efforts to organize everything in totes, it’s hard to live out of your car and make it look pretty.  I have officially been on the road for two weeks.  I changed in a parking lot today and surprised a couple as they pulled up next to me (I had just changed and I was moisturizing my legs)… putting on a dress after several months of winter in Buffalo is not that pretty either, haha.

Tomorrow begins my Transformational Coaching Method conference through Holistic MBA.  I am so happy to be meeting up with all these amazing coaches I met in San Diego last November and very much looking forward to the next two days of trainings.

It’s been about a week since I last posted, so I have lots to catch everyone up on.  Let’s see… Tulsa ... I stayed in an apartment building with a pool downstairs that I got to swim in, so that was great.  I was happy to receive news while I was there that my friend Kristie, from Buffalo, was going to fly in and meet me in Denver to we could co-host some essential oils parties together.  I changed some plans and drove up the next day, about a 10 hour drive, which I actually loved. I have been finding it very meditative to be on the road alone, exploring new music and relaxing.  I never thought I would like being alone with my thoughts for that long, but it’s quite lovely, actually, to just have time to process and reflect and the time passes more quickly that I would expect.

In Denver, I met up with my high school friend, Jeff, and stayed at his place for the first two nights.  He’s near Washington Park, a huge park in a cool neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown.  I was blown away by how cool Denver is.  First of all, it’s of course in the middle of the mountains, but I didn’t realize how nice the weather would be.  It was sunny and surprisingly warm.  It also seemed like most of the people are friendly, down-to-earth, outdoorsy, cool, good looking, healthy.  There is an incredible music scene, too - I would love to come back in the summer and catch a concert at the famous Red Rocks venue.

Kristie and I had a blast hanging around the city where she lived in Denver for 7 years and we also went up to Boulder the last night.  I’m amazed at how many great people I am meeting each day… and it’s incredible to find that I’m winding up safe and sound on a new couch/futon/bed each day, surrounded by new friends and such vastly different weather.

I’ve been taking lots of dance and yoga classes.  In Denver, Kristie and I went to Vital Yoga where we did Sridaiva, a new form of yoga practice developed by Desi & Micah Springer, the owners of the studio.  It was really different, all about lifting the buttocks throughout the practice rather than tucking like we do in most styles of yoga. I ended up incredibly sore afterwards, because it was working so many different muscles, but I felt amazingly strong, too. This morning in Albuquerque I did a Nia Dance class, too, which kind of felt like "Sweating to the Oldies", (but with different music and a more spiritual vibe) and I was as happy as Richard Simmons doing it.  It’s really fun music, our class was all women, and it was a basic step with free-form expression… so much fun!

I’ve been practicing meditation, trying to do at least 30 minutes each day, and reading a book by Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, called Man’s Eternal Quest.  Overall, I feel like I am moving toward a more peaceful way of life, and I know it all starts within.  It’s not about the external circumstances, but finding peace from connecting with source… so that’s what I’m trying to do the best I know how.
I’m looking forward to have some time to cleanse after this conference when my friend Katie comes into town - she’s flying in from Buffalo on Thursday and we’ll be going to one of my favorite places in the world a hot springs site in Arizona, where we’ll be camping for a couple days and (at least for me) doing a juice cleanse.  I can’t wait to get into the water!  AND I have to admit, I’m excited about the cleanse.  I know that I’ll be eating a lot of raw foods in March because I’m doing the Matthew Kenney culinary training and bringing home leftovers, so I may as well get myself in gear ahead of time.  Looking forward to doing that and I’ll be posting some recipes that I use/make in case you want to do a three day juice cleanse of your own!

Blessings on your own journey… hopefully I'll be updating you with more juiciness soon!

Photos from the road... Sarah in the snow near Louisville, Kentucky

Hiking in Eldorodo Canyon with Kristie, just outside of Denver

On I-40W between New Mexico and Scottsdale

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