March 2019

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Your Offering
Dear ,

It’s been awhile since my last email and I’ll be honest – the last five months have not been easy for me. My husband, James, went through a major health crisis when his vertebral artery tore. It could have led to a stroke or worse. We were told that he ‘dodged a bullet’ from more than one doctor. This phrase alone shifted our lives in an instant. And while I haven’t talked about this publically, I am also in a place of deep sadness after experiencing two miscarriages in the last year. James and I are now having what so many couples have - an intense and difficult conversation about how we go forward with our family choices after these losses. 

I wasn’t going to write any of that. I was going to simply say, ‘it’s been a tough couple years,’ and launch into how healing has presented itself in my life but as I travel this life I know with more and more certainty that if and when I can be honest and share ALL of my story, that’s when real healing begins. I have spent a lot of time holding in my story. It can be uncomfortable to speak about loss of any kind, success of any kind, depression, and even joy. So I offer my life story to you without any expectation, only a deep desire to open up the possibility of you offering your stories without shame or fear.  I truly believe our offerings will change our world…especially since they take on so many forms. 

It could be you offering your truth to a therapist or someone you love. It could be you offering a space for others to heal. It could be you offering your art as a tool for change. It could be you offering your body as a source of inspiration for health and wellness. It could be you offering your child that extra 10 minutes of staying up before bedtime. It could be you offering to help a friend who needs extra support and love. It could be you offering yourself the gift of loving kindness ten minutes everyday.

Whatever your offering is know that it is needed. You are unique. Your offering is unique and makes a difference in the world. 

, I thank you for being a part of my story and offering to hold space for me as I continue to live this one wild and precious life. I am so grateful. 

Much love,
The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
I would love for you to join Christine and me for our Sacred Sundays series on March 17, April 14, and May 12 at StudioNia Santa Fe. Through Reiki, meditation, song, and sound healing we will offer an opportunity of individual and communal healing. We are limiting each experience to eight people per session so click HERE to reserve your spot(s).
Sarah Nickerson |