Watching the winter Olympics has been a reminder for me of the movement of time and life. In 1980 I had the privilege of being on the first Olympic torch relay team — a support member, not an athlete – which turned out to be a two-week adventure of a life-time. The past week I’ve been reflecting on the road I’ve traveled since Lake Placid.
Like the Olympics and Sabbats many things in life are cyclical but that doesn’t mean we move in circles, otherwise, we’d just be chasing our tails and getting nowhere. Instead, life is more like a spiral. It has a cyclical aspect, but more important are its aspects of movement and growth.
I also think of my writing like a spiral. The cyclic aspect is the beginning: my topic, which is determined by what I want (or need) to explore. The movement and growth come from research and how it all manifests in my life. This has been particularly true with my two most recent books: Sea Magic and Change at Hand.
Sea Magic is about connecting with the energy of the ocean, and you don’t have to be near the ocean to do this. The ocean helps us listen to the voice of our souls. Its power gives us the clarity to see the reason for and to understand our journey through this world.
Change at Hand came about from my long-time interest in palmistry, but of course, there’s a twist. Since becoming a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner I developed physical and energetic sensitivity in my hands. This has been augmented by the study of the chakras and mudras (hand positions) as a yoga teacher. The end result has been a blend of energy work that combines the wisdom of palmistry, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and a dash of Jungian psychology. Just now I’m preparing a Change at Hand workshop which should be fun, and I hope informative.
I don’t have details to pass along yet, but some time this spring or summer I will be a guest on an internet radio program. I’m finding Facebook a good place to get the word out. Other goings-on are, of course, yoga. My main mission in life is to get everyone doing yoga because it’s such a wonderful tool for self exploration and empowerment. In addition to personal classes in my own studio, I’m branching out my neighborhood community center with two public classes this spring. And speaking of spring, I can’t wait to get out in the garden.
Sandra describes herself as an explorer of Celtic history, myth and magic. Her curiosity has taken her to live in New York City, Europe, England and New England. Spiritually, her inquisitiveness has led her to investigate the roots of her beliefs and to study ancient texts such as the Mabinogion. In addition to writing, she is a yoga and meditation instructor, massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. You can learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook.