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If you knew you were going to…

Autumn Sunrise

Hello hello Beautiful,

This poem wrote itself last week after I finished making my daughter a smoothie to have for breakfast on her way to school, and was still able to bake a batch muffins just for the pleasure of baking- just because I wanted to- for the first time in more than 3 years!

If you knew…

after Ellen Bass

Today I am celebrating

not only did I wake up feeling

well, I was treated to a sunrise

sky of ballet-slipper-pink

ribbon clouds, from the kitchen window

Today I am celebrating without ceremony

making my daughter

a blueberry smoothie,

the earth that grew them

the blender that blends it

the means to buy them

and that I have

every thing I need, almost,

and much of what I want

which brings me back to breakfast

Today I am celebrating

making my daughter

a blueberry smoothie,

with a heart full of ballet

ribbon pink clouds

and a mind full of sky,

even though she is grown

and doesn’t need

me to feed her anymore,

this isn’t the point and never will be

You have to stand in the shoes

of another before you know, really

know what they have suffered,

and so trust me

when I tell you I didn’t know

if I would be able to,

stand that is,

such a simple thing..

any two year old can do it,

Today I am celebrating

my daughter

and this blueberry smoothie,

the strength to make it

and the maker

that gives me to myself.

-Sabrina Coryell 2015

Mind you it was only an add water to cornbread mix which I spiked with real vanilla extract, and a cupful of frozen organic berries. And mind you, I did need to sit down while I mixed till the lumps disappeared. But instead of letting that hinder me by wishing it were other, I used it as an opportunity to mix mindfully, and really be one with the good upper arm firming simple pleasure of mixing mud pies, I mean making muffins.

Happiness is a warm muffin

Happiness is a warm muffin

How long since I was strong enough on my feet to let the experience of mixing something be just that, and nothing more… How long has it been since I remembered how much I loved making mud pies in the sandbox…the touch and color of the grainy grimy pebbly sand, the sound of the ice-cream truck bells, the satisfaction of sliding the red pail from the molded whole pie. One of the nicer things about the senses is their connection to memory.  How they can remind us of other things, and can even be utilized to help those with severe depression feel better. The only thing that would make this a little sweeter would be if you could pop over for muffins, tea and some good company.

Engagingly yours,  Sabrina xoxo

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Being and Breathing Peace

Hello Beauties, 

Happy International Day of Peace! When I was a little girl one of the songs we learned at school went like this..

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step i take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let ther be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

I can still remember holding hands with the other kidlets as the pale winter sunlight shone through the brownstone’s dirty single pane windows, and feeling a sense of belonging and happiness as we sang .  Gender and personal pronouns aside, I still get chills if I let myself really feel the meaning of the song’s words.
So on this first day of Autumn, I invite you to aside five minutes just for you to totally relax and tune into that place of peace we all hold within our hearts.  If you don’t visit it often you may have forgotten how to find it. Just do the best you can. Part of being peace is being ok with yourself and your life just as it is,  in all its messy, inconsistent, beautiful, sticky, shininess. Because news flash, the part of you that needs and wants to grow, blossom and be known doesn’t respond well to threats, and or name calling. So today, please get acquainted or re-acquainted with your essential enoughness, and goodness. liveinlove And tomorrow, or the next day, meet me here again. I’ll be sharing one of my favorite Engaging Peace Practices!
I am going to end this post with a poem Jennifer Louden read last week called

The Myth of Epiphanies by Samantha Reynolds

The myth is that epiphanies roar
when in fact they are more
like bubbles in mud
a whisper
a gurgle
a hunch
everything is small
when it is born
and so it is
that so often
they are buried
as so many small
things are
so you ask
the wise ones
how do you feed them
and they tell you
to jump
so you do
not knowing
if you are falling
or flying
because at first
they are
the same.

Engagingly Yours,    


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Engaging in Inner Peace

world peaceJoin the Evolution and thousands of people this weekend leading up to September 21st’s  International Day of Peace!

BeThePeace invites people from every culture, every spiritual tradition, and every political perspective to join Together as One. Together, we are creating a world where inner and outer Peace is the normal way of life. Together, we are creating history. Join us! It’s time to Be The Peace we want to see in our world!

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Please Call Me By My True Names and open the door to your heart!

Today you may want to give yourself the gift of this poem…

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Hear Candy: a poem to engage your senses and get you going.

A poem to engage your senses and get your week going by the incomparable Rives!

If I controlled the Internet
You could auction your broken heart on eBay
Take the money, go to Amazon
Buy a phonebook for a country you’ve never been too
Call folks at random till you find somebody that flirts really well in a foreign language.

If I were in charge of the Internet you could mapquest your lover’s mood swings
Hang left at cranky, right at preoccupied, u-turn on silent treatment
all the way back to Tongue Kissing and Good Loving.
You could navigate and understand every emotional intersection.

Some days I’m as shallow as a baking pan
but i still stretch miles in all directions
If I Owned The Internet
Monster and
Friendster dot com
would be one big website.

That way you could listen to cool music while you pretend to look for a job and you’re really just chatting with your pals! heck,
If I ran the web — you could email dead people.

They would not email you back.

but you’d get an automated reply.
their name in your inbox, that’s all you wanted anyway
and a message saying, hey it’s me…
I MISS YOU. Listen you’ll see being dead is, dandy
now you go back to raising kids and waging peace and craving, candy.

If I designed the internet, Childhood.com would be a loop. of a boy. in an orchard.
With a ski-pole for a sword, trashcan lid for a shield shouting
now follow me ok?
Grandma dot com would be a recipe for biscuits and spit bath instructions (1, 2, 3)
that links with…
Hot Diggity Dog dot com that is my grandfather
they take you to
Gruff ex-cop on his forth marriage dot dad
he forms an attachment to
Kinda ditzy but still sends gingersnaps for christmas dot mom
who downloads
The Boy In The Orchard
The Emperor of Oranges
who grows up to be
the guy who usually goes too far
so if I were Emperor of the Internet, I guess I’d still be mortal huh?

But at that point, I would probably already have the lowest possible mortgage
and the most enlarged possible penis
so, I would Outlaw spam on my first day in office,
I wouldn’t need it!
I’d be like some kind of Internet Genius.
and me? I’d like to upgrade, to deity and maybe just like that.

I’d go wireless.
ehhh? Maybe GOOGLE would hire this
i could zip through your servers and firewalls like a virus
until the world wide web is as wise as wild and as organized
as I think a modern day miracle slash oracle can get, but
ohhhew weeeeee, you wanna bet
just how wack and un-PC your Mac or PC’s gonna be when I’m rocking hot shit hot shot GOD dot net

I guess it’s just like life. It is not a question of IF you can, it’s do ya…
We can interfere with the Interface
We can make you’ve got hallelujah the national anthem of cyberspace.
Every lucky time we log on.

You don’t say a prayer,
You don’t write a psalm,
You don’t chant an ommmmmmm
You send one blessed email

Whoever you’re thinking of
daddle a da da daa daa didaddle-la-daddle-la-daddle-la-da daddle da
dot com.


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What I Like About You, and You, and You….

You R my SunshineHello my Lovely ‘Likers’,

The day my last post hit the ‘stands’ a number of you reached out right away to say you ‘liked’ what you saw. Ditto Beauties.  touched and excited to see so many ‘faces’ looking out at me from the postage stamp like Gravatar at the bottom of the page!

It is deeply gratifying to know that other people relate to my experience, and receive what I am offering.  Modern life is isolating by nature, without adding my recent hermetic circumstances to the mix.  Blogging brings me up close and personal and helps me to feel connected at best and at least, less isolated. Community is a human necessity and blogging is a wonderful way to find that, as you find yourself.  

We are all doing our best and that best varies from day to day based on the variables and vagaries of life. I don’t think there is one amongst us who wouldn’t benefit from a smile of encouragement.  ‘Liking’ something is like that smile. It is a way of connecting and of showing support all in one click. It is a kind of alliance that can lead to friendship.

I’ve had a few very special exchanges with other Bloggers over the years.  I’ve also read about Bloggers meeting up off the page.  I think that would be an interesting experience to say the least. I already love visiting you at your blogs where I am often inspired, and moved – so many of you are so courageous and creative!  Occasionally, I feel a twinge of jealousy. Those of you without children hanging out in cafes in Paris know who you are. Mostly I am grateful for the sense of community I have experienced here on WordPress where in the midst of all the corporate and chain store blogs, people are finding themselves and supporting each other in and through  creative expression.  And so I just wanted to be sure I told you so, because life is to short precious and precarious not to say what you mean or mean what you say!

Oh course Art is for its own sake… I love the process and all that, life is a journey I never worry stuff.  Still, at the end of a post, when I hit the publish button, I want to know that you are there on the other side to pick up the receiver.  Writers need readers like malteds need straws. And we all need (and want) to be seen and heard.  When I studied at Naropa (the famed Boulder based Jack Keroac School of Disembodied Poetry), they taught us to see whilst simultaneously allowing ourselves to be seen as we read or performed as a means to authentic presence. At the grassroots level, this whole blogging thing is like that experience of revelation and recognition.

In-between the markers of race, religion, nation states, genders, borders, boundaries, beliefs and territories there is an inlet. An oasis where time throws off the cloak of its disguise, and disappears into the tide of Love beckoning always at the shores of our longing. Drawing us back into ourselves, whole and imperfect as pearls.  I’ll meet you there.


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All Shapes and Sizes

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Hello again Lovelies,

I’ve started work on my book again. It feels so00 good to be physically able to write and create and make! I am grateful for every moment that I am doing what I love. Writing is medicine for me, and not writing is akin to a diabetic not taking their insulin. It is ‘funny’ how what at first acts as an obstacle can turn out to be an opening…

Beauty really does come in all shapes and sizes, materials, mediums, and forms. From icicles to irises to ideas.  The power of a beautiful idea or ideas can be life changing.  Discovering Dr. John Sarno’s Mindbody Prescription got me thinking about what a beautiful thing it is to be able to accept, understand and forgive, and even bless what has been painful in our lives.  As the deeply empathetic writer and teacher,Mark Matousek, notes, “if you haven’t experienced wounding in dramatic ways from devastating loss or pain, you may think that there are those who are wounded — and then there is you.”

“The truth is we all have wounds. They are part of the human condition. And they can manifest in many ways — your insecurities, your limiting beliefs, your challenged relationships or issues with anxiety and depression. Not only do we all have wounds, but we also have aspects to our identities that are lived out in the shadow. And yet, these forbidden parts contain essential elements of our true nature. They hold wisdom, energy, creativity and power — and need to be brought into the light so we can be free and whole.” 

Healing builds over time through conscious attention to what is needed and Grace. Recovery is a verb, a process, and a puzzle. There is no one way, and spoiler alert, there is no magic wand.  I know, I know.  There isn’t any one amongst us who has not occasionally wished for the wand. Ok so no magic wand but..there is still magic. Beauty is ordinary magic. The fact that something so pleasurable is also so good for us!! Is in fact necessary for us to thrive, pretty much says it all.  That doesn’t always happen or I would be drinking thick vanilla malteds (my current craving) a lot more often.

Speaking of Beauty. The next time you feel like seeing some of the world’s great Art collections you  can see some of the world’s masterpieces “up close and giga-pixeled” without needing to travel farther than your laptop, you might want to visit Google’s Project Art. The cultural institute’s expansive and ambitious virtual (global?) museum  of art.  I spent time yesterday in the peace and privacy of my own home absorbed in the beauty of Marc Chagall’s angels. Painted in 1963 for the ceiling of the paris opera house.

The gallery never closes so you can head here anytime your spirits or soul need a little pick me up.   Yes I’d rather be in Paris, sitting in a cafe in Montparnasse.  Until then, well a girl can dream, and still see Chagall’s Angels! The scope of the project can be overwhelming so to get you started  here are a few options: Modern Australian Art   The aforementioned Chagall panels. A wonderful collection from the National Gallery of Women’s Art, and one all about Love.

Wishing you all every good and Beautiful thing until we meet again!

Engagingly Yours,  xoxoxoSabrina

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Sense the Possibility of Being Happy for no Reason and Feel your Heart Expand

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This is what I’ll be making this week with the stone fruit from my Goodlife Organics Farm Box! Yummmm!

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The more my mother’s cooking becomes a distant memory, the more I long for a familiar taste—one that shuttles me at light speed back to her warm kitchen and a pot of something-or-other bubbling away in the oven. Nothing does that for me in the summer quite like her fruit crisps.  She would use peaches, nectarines or even plums, throw in a handful of blueberries or raspberries and then top it with an oat-y crumble.

Using perfectly ripe summer peaches was a bit tricky for her. The fruit—super juicy—was often a little loose making the crisp topping a little soggy. But I loved it nonetheless.  Vanilla ice cream melted under heat of the juices, blending into a creamy, fruity soup. And the topping was like a soft-baked oatmeal cookie. No complaints, honestly.

Yet, secretly, I wanted a crisper crisp. That chef’s trick of cooking the filling and topping separately always…

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Now this is a good way to “waste time”

Hello Beautiful,

How is the weekend going. If it is all work and no play, or if you’re feeling creatively stagnant, this post is for you!

What a fun way to breakthrough "writer's block".

What a fun way to breakthrough “writer’s block”.

OK so it’s supposed to be for kids. No kids, no problem because we all have a little kid within. Usually this part of us goes neglected. The ratio is the more your true needs were neglected as a kid, the more you tend to neglect your own inner little kid’s needs now.

Word Mover allows children, teens, and adults to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.


  • 6 poem categories, each with the ability to personalize
  • 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems
  • Helpful instructions available throughout app
  • Viewing of finished poem for proofreading
  • Ability to save poem as draft or final version
  • Ability to print poem
  • Ability to send poem by e-mail
"What a fun way to breakthrough writer's block."

“What a fun way to breakthrough writer’s block.”

My theory is that the ailments that end up as pain in the necks, shoulders and arms (carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis, etc) are in part our inner kid’s metaphorically tugging at our sleeves, saying, Let’s play!

So the next time you notice pain tugging at your sleeve you might try gently shaking them out and wiggling your fingers…then turn on some music that makes you feel good and want to move and let your body, not your mind, lead!   Allow your arms and legs to make spontaneous even foolish looking movements.

Then take turns letting other parts of your body lead..

your head, your head,  your hara-  the region of the solar plexus or abdomen, believed to be the spiritual center of the soul and the body’s life-processes.

What does it feel like to move from these parts of yourself. Which feels best or most needed at this time?

Save the last dance for your arms and hands let them clap and snap and twirl to your heart’s content.

See you next week!  Engagingly yours,

Sabrina xoxox

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▶ Inspiration Thursday: Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Beauty!

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival. 
A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
Some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!…
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond. 

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▶ Soul Food for Your Senses Saturday

Engage your Senses,  let your Imagination Roam,  your Body Dance,  and your Heart Soar!  Wishing you every good thing!   xoSabrina<3


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Treasure Chest Thursday

One of the things I adore doing is sharing treasures and ways to Be the Beauty you Love with Readers, friends, even the occasional ‘stranger’. I am always discovering engaging things that I want to crow about and this one is especially timely. Yoga-urt’s Organic Cafe ribbon cutting ceremony is today, in Glendale’s beautiful Kenneth Village 1407 W. Kenneth Road, Glendale, CA 91201.  The made with love, good for you creaminess is  hold your horses, gluten-free (cones), Vegan, Soy-Free, and Kosher. Mazel, as they say around these parts to creative cooking wonder, Meredith Klein, of Pranaful and dreamer and founder of Yoga-urt, Melissa Schulman.  It’s been a three year journey for the entertainment industry project manager, turned yoga teacher, turned small business owner. For Melissa, Yoga-urt is about community, love, and providing nourishment for people coming together to live healthier lives.

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Melissa was a smiling face providing generous tastes for all, and told us told us they had all but sold out on opening day.  And I know why!  This is really something special.. the purity of the products and flavors..made local with awareness rarely seen at the commercial level. This seriously delicious stuff really is the Yoga of yogurt.  We sat in the tiny back patio with its bright pink geraniums eating the creamy-luscious real peanut butter, deep chocolate, not too sweet strawberry, pure vanilla, and decadent salted caramel. So perfect for the hot summer days.  If you’re looking for authenticity this is worth getting off the beaten path and over to Glendale in the SFV, for sure! For the uninitiated that stands for San Fernando Valley. It’s not too far from Universal studios and Griffith Observatory so you could easily make a day of it.Talk about bringing your yoga off the mat…and into your tummy. Mmmmm

Another form of nourishment I’ve recently discovered and want to offer you a taste of  is the multi-talented writer/editor/journalist Sara Blackthorne ’s In-Her-Room. It’s a spirited, intelligent intimate podcast featuring meaningful conversation with women writers from around the world including my Photo Meditation teacher, Susannah Conway, and one of my very favorite, authors and self care pioneers, Jennifer Louden.  The Woman’s Comfort Book, her first and most famous book, is as relevant now as when first published. Do yourself a favor and check this book out. Jennifer is an inspirational figure for me  ( I am enrolled in Oasis, her free offering this summer. )

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In-Her-Room is an adventure in community-building and creative conversation. As a podcast, it allows for the freedom to go deep in exploring who we are as women, as writers, and as humans having an impact on the world. Being an audio experience, you can take it with you through your day — working out, running errands, taking kids to practice, cooking dinner — and listen when it works for you. Because as women with busy lives, finding a way to connect with our craft even when we aren’t writing is really important. You can listen in each episode post, on SoundCloudStitcher Radio and iTunes.

Wishing you every good thing and more,

Engagingly yours, Sabrina xoxo,<3<3<3


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Engaging with Relaxation: Swinging on a cloud

"Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.  They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.  Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save  on psychoanalysis bills."

“Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked. 
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul. 
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save 
on psychoanalysis bills.”

Hello Beauty-full Readers,

I hope you are having a peaceful Sunday. If you are, and especially if you aren’t, you might want to try Cloud gazing. It is one of my favorite ways to Engage, relax and reconnect.

Only 2 minutes of Engaged- gazing while you focus on breathing in and breathing out can transport you from a state of distraction to a much more peaceful place of appreciation and connection!! Yay, we like easy.  This is an especially good practice for urban dwellers who access to land based natureis limited.

It is a quick, simple, no cost way to bring me back to the Beauty of the everyday.  

And for those cloudless days…I think I need one of these Cloudswings by one of my favorite artists, Margriet Smulders!


Keep looking

Engagingly yours!  XOXO  Sabrina

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Independence Day: welcome to some hard-won Luck (part two)

“What I had, then and still have now, is something a lot to offer, teach and give. All of it time-tested and Mother approved.  Through the best of times and the worst, these practices have engaged my senses in Beauty and saved me from succumbing to overwhelming pain and despair.”

Hello again Lovelies,

Welcome to part two of the story. When I launched EngagingtheSenses.com at the end of 2011, I had a fleshy outline in hand and a signed contract with a well published editor for New World and Penguin. The time was now. After years of believing, working, weaving, and wading through the life’s tide pools…it was time to dive in!  I was ready, or so I thought….I couldn’t have imagined or accepted then that I would end up with motor nerve damage and be unable to write regularly for years to come. Nor would I have been able to accept the other losses and minor tragedies that have followed like books one after another falling off a shelf. More than my fair share..?

Though I did my best to keep my chin up, to focus on and Be the Beauty I loved and love, the years of unbroken pain, broken sleep and shattered nerves left me a shadow of myself.  Much of the time I lived outside my thin pain riddled limbs. Engaging my senses had sustained my soul! Now it was my body’s turn to heal. I moved to LA to get the medical care and neurological physical therapy I needed. It was hard but it was happening. I was recovering. I really was and I was also about to start writing the book. It was just before christmas 2014. Finally… I had three whole weeks to myself and then it happened. Out of blue. I never saw it coming. That made it even harder. Betrayal became the straw that broke my heart and allowed me to contract an autoimmune disorder. I was sick to the very core of my being. Even in sleep there was no reprieve.  I woke several time a night covered in sweat already in pain  because my stomach burned and my heart roiled. I was covered in rashes….You may have noticed that blog posts have been fewer and farther between since January. Just after christmas, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.  There aren’t words to describe how very, very ill, empty and depleted. I almost died.. it might have been easier.

Begin to Listen from Within

Begin to Listen from Within

It has been the hardest climb up I’ve ever experienced. The seemingly personal nature of the act… I now know that both nothing and everything is personal. And that what we do and don’t is a reflection of who we are. What I knew and chose then  was and is to keep my heart open and allow myself to feel everything, no matter what. Not all at once, but all of it in good time. It was and is an act of Self-preservation.

.. to do the work I have waited a life time to do there was and is no other way but to come from the heart and stay in the light. No matter what! 

I am recovering. I don’t throw up when the sun hits my solar plexus anymore, and I often sleep through the night.  Right now there is little if any margin. And yet, the healing is incremental and undeniable. And so I begin once again, inspired by Susannah’s  ecourse, to engage anew through the lens of photo meditation!

Happy Independence DayEngagingly yours,  xoxoxoxSabrina

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***Hello Sunshines*** Welcome to some hard-earned Luck ****part one

Hello again! Lovely Readers,

Susannah Conway is a wonderfully soulful, sensual, photographer, journalist, teacher and creative blogger!  Unlike dry step by step guides for idiots and others, her ecourse, Blogging from the Heart is full of achievable, aesthetically pleasing, enjoyable, useful, prompts, tools, and tips!! It speaks to those of us more interested in blogging as mindful reflection and creative expression than a means to monetization. Susannah’s blog is also full of photographs and other good stuff to engage your senses.  As well as some truly wonderful ecourses and books! Like Photo Meditations, which,  cue trumpets,  I am starting today!

Taking the course is one of the birthday gifts I am giving myself this month. Lucky 7-11, that’s me. It wasn’t long after my birthday in 2009, two years before EngagingtheSenses.wordpress.com was born, that I returned from The Maui Writers Conference sure of two things. I had a publishable book and I needed a blog. Every publisher said the same thing..writing a book was about a lot more than writing a book. I needed to prove to my intended publishers, New World, Penguin, Hay house, that I had “a following” willing ostensibly to buy my book, when the time came.

In the meantime, I was stumped.  I am not the sort who can do something for the money. I have to believe passionately in my cause, and its goodness,  and then I am happy to sing its praises like the poet, I am. So what could I blog about and how could I create a blog that was like a gallery with many wonderful rooms, a haven, respite, inspiration and re-source online?  I didn’t have anything to sell.  What I had then and now  is something worthwhile to offer. All of it time-tested and Mother approved.

Through the best of times these hard-earned practices have engaged my senses in Beauty, and through the worst they saved me from succumbing to overwhelming pain and despair.

I believe we can make our own luck. And it is through hard-won Luck that I have come to understand one of life’s great secrets. Come closer and I’ll whisper it in your heart. The source of my suffering,  and of all suffering, is never the thing itself, rather it is my resistance to it. As Shakespeare in Hamlet said, “there is nothing good nor bad but thinking makes it so.”  And as my Great GG liked to say in her pragmatic Bronx meets Eastern-European accent, Why pay twice? You like to suffva or something?

Yes sometimes, like with basil flavored gelato, once really is enough, and the sooner we realize that the sooner we can regain our power. To suffer or not to suffer, is that simple,  if not easy, to release.

I have learned to see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and experience life through the lens of Beauty.. which is always there.. just waiting to be noticed….I do this by engaging, appreciating, and practicing joy- every day- “come what may”.  

That we seek Beauty’s refuge and sustenance in this often ‘ugly new on demand world’ is what ensures our survival. It is natural to be  drawn to beauty, like moths to the light. If we want to thrive we can learn to refine this innate impulse, learn to mindfully engage, and take charge of our desires. Instead of being controlled by our endless wanting, and tendency toward distraction and escapism under pressure, we can use the intelligence of our senses to our advantage. I’ll be getting more specific about how in part two!Morning

Neither a 1000 channels or million channels and no number of shoes or french fries can feed our need for peace and connection.  Beauty can and does every time!


I want to end here for now by thanking Susannah for inspiring me, and for making me laugh until it hurt and healed.  http://www.lifebuzz.com/funny-texts/ I hope you laugh until it heals too!!

See you later Beauties!  xoxoxox  Sabrina


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Rise and Shine: Happiness is your nature!

Hi Beauties,
There is more than ever to celebrate this Father’s Day, Solstice weekend because the United Nations has declared June 21 the first-ever International Day of Yoga!
Would you like to be radiantly healthy, spiritually awake & passionately engaged this summer and forever more? Yes..I know I would. Well then I’m inviting you to take off your shoes and socks and dip a toe into the river of love that is Yoga. Yoga is so much more than a series of postures: it is a way of life, a state of being, a way ofrelating to the world and to Self that reveals the essential unity and beauty of Existence! As one of my favorite teacher’s DonnaFarhi says,

Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.

So whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, participating in The Yoga Day Summit on the first-ever International Day of Yoga is a chance to experience and celebrate the beauty, power and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on oneness.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.”- Rumi

So join this inspired event and hear from 45+ saints and sages of India, leading teachers, musicians and modern yogis – including Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Deepak Chopra, Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Michael Singer, Deva Premal & Miten, and more – who are sharing insights on a vast array of subjects, from yoga’s ancient roots to its modern transformation.

You can read all about the summit and register for free here:

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During The Yoga Day Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in powerful experiential activities as well, including a global wave of sun salutations around the world, a global unification meditation, as well as asana, breathing and mantra practices.

The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.

The 8-hour global video broadcast, produced by The Shift Network and UPLIFT, will include unique segments such as:

  • Interviews with India’s most respected spiritual leaders from the banks of the Ganges
  • NY Times bestselling author Michael Singer sharing on Karma yoga
  • Stories from the head yoga teacher at Google
  • Interviews with Aboriginal People in Australia who are practicing yoga
  • The story of a professional football player turned yoga teacher
  • Military professionals who are working with yoga for veterans
  • Special excerpts from AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda

You can learn all about it and register for free here  as well as find local events happening near you:

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Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.- Rumi


Sabrina xoxoxo



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Sharing Paradise

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of Grace. ~ Paul Theroux

Hello Beautiful People!

When I lived in the Islands full time I used to council mainlanders who wanted to move to Maui to reconsider….  Aloha is as much a state of mind as a geographical location.

All thanks to Daily Celebrations for the following:

Hawaii has the key and that key is ALOHA.” ~ Pilahi Paki

Aloha Hawaii

Written by Hawaiian poet and philosopher Pilahi Paki, and adopted by the Hawaii Legislature in 1986 ([§5-7.5] “Aloha Spirit”), the meaning of Aloha comes from the heart and is given freely.

A renown and beloved linguist, Paki gave spiritual meaning to each letter of the word aloha:

A stands for AKAHAI, meaning kindness, expressed with tenderness.

L is for LOKAHI, meaning unity, expressed with harmony.

O is for OLU`OLU, meaning agreeable, expressed with pleasantness.

H stands for HA`AHA`A, meaning humility, expressed with modesty.

A stands for AHONUI, meaning patient and persevering.

Whether a visitor or kama’aina (resident), the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands inspires the heart and mind.

“Aloha was a recognition of life in another,” explained writer Helena G. Allen. “If there was life there was managoodness and wisdom, and if there was goodness and wisdom there was a god-quality.”

The magic of aloha is contagious. Each day, the key is to “Live Aloha:” Help anonymously. Forgive hurts. Keep every agreement made. Give and share freely. Slow down and spend time in silence and engage your senses in Beauty big and small everyday.

Be the Beauty You Love!

Engagingly Yours,

Sabrina xoxoxox


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Fall into Grace : Music to Engage your Senses and your Soul <3<3<3

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Engaging in the Sweet Life- part one

OKeefeHello Beautiful People!

Oh the joys of being human. Speaking of one or two of those joy’s Making and Eating, I am excited to share a super yummy yet still healthy recipe for Moroccan Date Cake that would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

From a Yogic perspective, the sense of taste is related to the sacral chakra- Svadhisthana (sweetness) and it is located approximately two fingers width below the navel in the pelvic region.

“The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. The second chakra is the centre of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection.”  

Other correspondences include the element water and the color orange. According to the folks at Yoga Journal, in working with this chakra, “you will address your relationship with both others and yourself. Personally, you’ll discover you have unlimited creative power; you’ll learn how to cultivate a healthy relationship to pleasure; and you’ll gain insight into your default reactions and deepest emotions, learn how to express yourself more skillfully and how to begin setting healthy boundaries.”

Physically, chronic low back pain, ovarian cysts and other reproductive issues, urinary tract infections, impotence, pain during intercourse, complications with the bladder and kidneys, and other pelvic–lower abdominal issues can result from an imbalance of this energy center. “Mentally, blocked sacral energy can be associated with addiction, repressed emotions, and lack of creative energy.”

The good news is that “when the sacral chakra is in healthy alignment, you will be able to source energy for creativity, movement, procreation, desire, pleasure, and relationships.” Yah!! I’ll take second helpings of all of those (save procreation) please. In fact, my sense of taste and relationship to food and life itself has been challenged by an on again, off again, on again ulcer that originated in hospital a few years ago when my stomach was kept empty for a several days after surgery.  Food and the act of eating is supposed to be a source of sustenance for body, senses and soul. Not a source of pain…

I could have called this post “How to Develop a Taste for Health instead of a Taste for _____ . In my case the blank space would be replaced by eating way to many tamari roasted almonds, popcorn or hot chips before bed. Or by waiting until I am already “starving” to eat.  Even though I know only to well how likely this is to trigger or aggravate digestive and blood sugar problems.

Not too smart, and yet terribly humanly predictable. Seriously though regaining my health is no picnic and that is part of the inherent problem. You know what they say about all work and no play. I am willing to do what it takes –even if that  means giving up tastes I love and associate with comfort. Ultimately I need to develop and cultivate a taste for feeling good inside and out that is stronger than my aversion to unnecessary stress and taste for baked macaroni and cheese.

The irony that trying to escape my feelings by stuffing them leaves me feeling even more empty is not lost on me. It also means that whatever needs attention becomes even more deeply embedded in darkness and the opportunity to get free (to escape if you like with my life and my health restored) is missed again. And so my suffering continues and is joined by shame. As Erlich Bachman says in a recent episode of Silicon Valley, the fact is that like most animals when “cornered” by stress we tend to act irrationally and lash out at any and everything around us. Ourselves included.  Add lashings of guilt and shame to those fries. Bad girl!! Talk about indigestion. The (sad?) fact is that when things are already hard it is often harder to consistently engage in practices that nourish us body mind and soul. 

How about a little bit of  salt – pink, sea, kosher or otherwise, on that wound? Pass the pretzels please… So if berating myself for my poor choices won’t  help me do better, what will?  A non-toxic, quick acting, long-lasting, slow release of sweet, sensory-medicine that comes in as many different tastes, textures, styles, sounds and sizes as there are ways in which we unwittingly, and willingly hurt ourselves!

Since Love (in all its Beautiful forms) is the answer, I need to ask the right questions of myself and learn to discern between my real needs and my wants which are by nature often fickle and fleeting. Recognizing, identifying and meeting these authentic needs are a recipe and the choices I make to meet them are the ingredients for creating peace, passion,  health and happiness.

  • I want to sit and write and create without stopping for hours on end.
  • I need to pace myself so that I don’t develop carpal tunnel or tendonitis again.
  • I want to crunch away my feelings of frustration by eating the aforementioned popcorn before bed.
  • I need to write down my feelings of frustration and irritation and then tear the page up without reading it so that I am not full of irritation and frustration and am able to get a good night’s rest.
  •  I want to run away from home and or spend several weeks at a spa or traveling.
  • I need to make small easily available doses of fun a regular gig and not something that happens when everything else is ticked off the endless to do list.
  •  I want it whatever it is immediately.
  • I need to be patient and to know (and feel) deep inside that I am worthy of love and give myself the love and beauty I need to thrive.

I am going to end this post with two poems and the promised recipe and look forward to sharing more tasty recipes next week!   Engagingly yours, Sabrina  xoxoxox<3

The taste

of rain

—Why kneel?

– Jack Kerouac

I stretch out
in bed alone
the taste of moonlight

-Chenou Liu

What tastier way to help balance your second chakra the energy center associated with our sense of taste than by eating. “Any orange-colored food -think sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, curry and carrots is perfect to balance and nourish this center. Sweet fruits such as mangos, oranges, nectarines and peaches” are also great for balancing this chakra.


Speaking of peaches this week our good life organics farm box included the first local peaches of the season! They are a perfect addition to Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic chef Meredith Klein‘s Moroccan Date Cake!  Perfected over several trips to the fabled country that has attracted so many artists and writers including Paul Bowls,  Henri Mattisse,  Anais Nin, and Tennessee Williams.  It is so good I wasn’t sure if Meredith would be willing to share the recipe. Thanks Meredith, you’re the best! Check out more of Meredith’s recipes and other services at Pranaful.

Moroccan Date Cake Recipe

  •  1/2 pound medjool dates (pitted and roughly chopped)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 stick regular or vegan butter (1/4 lb.), softened
  • 2 eggs*
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1-1/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour mix)
  • 1/2 t. ground clove (optional)
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch Springform pan with parchment.
  •  In a small saucepan, bring dates and water to a boil over high heat. Once rapidly boiling add baking soda (mixture will foam) and reduce heat. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then remove from heat and let the date mixture cool slightly.
  •  In a large mixing bowl, beat together coconut sugar and butter; then, beat in eggs and orange zest. Add dates and cooking liquid to the bowl, and mix well. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in nuts, if using.
  •  Place batter in the prepared Springform pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let cake cool at least 20 minutes before releasing Springform ring.
  • *  for vegan option, substitute 2 T. ground flaxseed mixed with 4 T. water, chilled in refrigerator for 25-30 minutes



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