“Nurturing Me, Nurturing You” is a series of interviews with the women who inspire me to inspire you.
These are the women I draw inspiration from, the women who are out there shining their light on the world and the teachers who empower me (and you) with their words each and every day. They are all trailblazers in their own way and I am so grateful to have them here at this space.
I have thought long and hard about the introduction I would give this incredible woman. And to be perfectly honest, any words I use to describe her just can’t do her justice. Or at least, can’t do justice for the way I feel about the way our paths have crossed.
You see, Sara Brooke is my Reiki Master/Teacher (as well as a qualified Meditation Teacher and Theta Healing Practitioner). And meeting her changed my life.
This is the woman who not only attuned me as a Reiki healer, but also through her teachings I learnt to open myself up, listen to my heart, trust the process of life and believe in myself more than ever before. And all in a space that felt safe, comfortable and filled with love. This gorgeous soul inspires me more than she will ever know. And I am beyond grateful that our paths crossed.
I’m going to fill you in on my experience with Reiki this week, but if you want to know more about this beautiful healing modality, you can visit Sara’s beautiful website The Space In Between.
I absolutely loved reading Sara’s answers. And now you, too, will get to see just how wise and intuitive this woman is (plus, she gives us a seriously good meditation tip!).
♥ You are out there inspiring so many people each day, but who or what inspires you?
People who have chosen to listen and live from their heart & soul, and follow and LIVE their passions – even when that means standing outside or breaking through society’s expectations and rules. People, who speak their truth, are authentic and are present within themselves and life. People whom love life; it’s infectious when you meet someone that does. Love that.
♥ What is your big dream?
To be fully PRESENT in my life: daily! To trust more and really action and live the guidance I get from my intuition & heart. I figure, if I am doing that every day life will flow pretty magically and everything else will fall into place.
♥ Is there one significant moment you can pinpoint, where you knew that you wanted to take control of your health and wellbeing?
9 years ago. I was driving home after partying for the entire weekend, after multiple party weekends that had come before. I was the flattest, most depressed and empty I think I have ever been. I remember asking the question to “life”, that there needed to be something more, otherwise I really didn’t want to be experiencing it anymore. It was my darkest moment but in reaching the bottom of a very deep, dark hole it actually connected me to something bigger. It wasn’t easy, but I can recognise now that it was in asking that question and surrendering to it that my entire life started to transform. Shortly after I started letting my family and friends know how I was feeling. I began seeing a therapist who recommended I start meditating. I joined a weekly meditation class with an amazing teacher and discovered meditation was the key in empowering me to really step into my power and take control of my health & wellbeing.
♥ What do you think is the most important step a person can take right now, to start loving and nurturing themselves again?
By simply asking this question on a daily basis and then listening AND acting on it “what do I need to give myself right now”. You will notice I used the word “need”, rather than “want”. When you use the word want you are coming from the mind, whereas when you ask yourself what you need right NOW – you are coming from the heart & anchored in the present moment. When you allow yourself the space to listen to what you truly need the answers are always simple and soul nourishing.
♥ What does the term “being healthy” mean to you?
Balance. And not just on a physical body level in terms of a healthy whole food diet and regular exercise, but on all levels of your being. Mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We live in a society that tends to worship the physical and forget that we are energetic beings, with multi-aspects of self that all work together, not independently, so when one area is out of balance, it will throw off the whole. Therefore, for me, “being healthy” is being healthy across your entire life, externally and internally.
♥ A lot of people struggle with living in the moment, how do you stay present?
By making sure I am grounded and that I spend regular moments in the “space in between”. What do I mean by the space in between? The stillness that exists in between and behind and around everything, it’s the canvas on which all of life sits on and is created from. How to get there? Just focus on your breath. As you watch your breath notice that as you inhale, before you exhale there is a pause, a stop a stillness. Then as you breath out at the end of the exhale there is another pause, a stop, a stillness before you inhale again. That moment between breaths is a moment of complete stillness in your body. Notice it, focus on it, surrender into it. When you focus on it there is nothing for you to do but just “be”. The magical thing that happens when you focus on that space is that it gives you a serene moment of stillness. It connects you to your true nature and self.
Grounding techniques that I use to anchor me into the present moment are; anything that gets me out of my ‘monkey-mind’ head and back into my body. Daily meditation is a must. Hot Baths. Yoga. Walking outside. Regular Reiki and healing sessions. Massages. Spending time with friends that make me laugh. Throwing my phone to the other side of the room & giving myself a break from social media haha.
♥ What is the one song that is guaranteed to get your up on the dance floor?
All Night Long – Lionel Richie haha
I have super fond memories of this songs. Back in my early 20’s friends of mine used to run this underground progressive house night called Private Function. The parties would run all night and when the party had finished the boys would always finish with one song that was totally random – that wasn’t at all related to anything that had been played during the night. “All Night Long” was a bit of a fav. Nothing better after hearing 4/4 electronic beats all night to moving into this and having a dance floor FULL of people grooving along & singing at the top of their voices to this. Always brings a smile to my face remembering it.
♥ Sometimes people can get caught up in the seriousness of spirituality/personal development and forget about having fun – what do you do to ensure FUN is not forgotten?
I LOVE this question. People SO do get caught up in the serious of spirituality/personal development. They are so busy “seeking” or “fixing” that they forget to LIVE. Fun is living. I have fun when I am connecting with my inner child, so enjoy “playing” with friends and family, having a laugh, being silly. Anything that sparks my imagination is fun; I love movies, tv series, books & creative pursuits. I adore singing, listening to music, painting & cooking.
♥ If you could invite anyone over for a little dinner party at your place, which 5 people (dead or alive) would you invite and why?
Initially when I read this question I instantly went into the mode of trying to compile a short list of all of the spiritual teachers & scientists who’s work I love, followed by musicians, artists, chefs, charismatic easy on the eye performers (hello Gerard Butler) and got myself totally flustered and frustrated when I couldn’t decide. Admittedly drove myself a little crazy with it.
I mentioned in passing to my Mum that I was a bit stuck on deciding and she said to me “you already know exactly who”. Bang. That was all she needed to say for me to recognise my list instantly. I would want the people there that I would LOVE to be blessed to have another meal & another few hours with as they are no longer here with me physically & still now mean so much to me.
– My grandmother – Joycey – who was the most amazing dinner party hostess. She would throw fantastic dinner parties and always got everyone talking, conversation flowing (with plenty of wine! Haha) and feeling included.
– My Gran – Mary Cecily. Such a sweet, compassionate, powerfully feminine lady.
– My Gramps – John. He passed away when I was only 14, so I would love to connect with him now as an adult and learn more about that cheeky sparkle that was always in his eyes.
– My cousin Lach who passed away suddenly last year. I feel his spirit around me so strongly every day, but what I wouldn’t give for another one of his famous bear hugs.
– With one more spot free at the table I would have to say Buddha. I don’t think I would even ask any questions. More an opportunity to sit in his auric field (which was said to extend over km’s!!) and be in his healing consciousness & pure presence would be magical.
♥ 5 years from now… where are you and what are you doing?
Teaching, sharing, laughing, healing, loving life and surrounded by all my most fav people in the world. It is really important to be in my work that I assist people in normalising spirituality and making the sacred part of their every day. I would love to see in my lifetime a beautiful evolution occur across the world where many more people remember and recognise their true power, and whatever I can do to assist in that process – awesome!
THE SPEEDY SIX…
♥ Favourite exercise? Walking Outside.
♥ Favourite colour? Turquoise
♥ Favourite vegetable? Avocado. Or is that a fruit? Regardless it is the BEST.
♥ Favourite superfood? Avocado. hahaha
♥ Favourite smoothie combination? Banana, Passion fruit, Raspberries, Kale, AFA Flakes & Chia Seeds. It ends up looking a little gross colour wise (think swamp water), but so delicious, filling and energizing.
♥ What are you grateful for right now? Everything in my life. My work, I have THE BEST clients and students and they bring me such joy. My family (always) and My friends. I am so grateful to have an amazing supportive network around me filled with people that I can be 100% my self with, trust and enjoy life with.
Sara runs regular Reiki, meditation and vision board workshops in Melbourne and does Reiki healings both in person and via distance (amazing!). You can connect with the gorgeous Sara over at her website, The Space In Between, or via Facebook and Twitter.