Meditation, Magical Thinking, and Sweat

June 9, 2015 Holistic Health,Yoga
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unnamedHere’s a picture of my altar. This where I light a candle, burn sage for clarity, and meditate with crystals. Do I believe that the tarot will reveal my future? No. Do I believe that the chunk of pyrite will drop a million dollars in my lap? Not hardly. But when I’m scheming up big projects, sweating through the day, and crafting creativity into form, I need moments of beauty, focus, and believing in magic.

Ten years ago I worked at a metaphysical supply store in Asheville, NC. We sold all the accoutrements for a new age life and I got a crash course in all things woo-woo. I hung out with the labradorite and tourmaline while I perused the wisdom of the Caroline Myss and listened to Krishna Das.

One day a guy walked in to buy an amethyst because he heard it would help his aching knee. I thought to myself, are you kidding me!? As the dutiful sales clerk I showed him around the baskets of $2 tumbled stones until he felt “the right energy” with one. Meanwhile I thought, this guy needs a dose of squats, lunges, and hip mobility. As he checked out, I asked him if he had tried yoga or any sort of movement therapy. He liked the idea, popped the stone in his pocket, and I never saw him again.

I don’t have a problem with buying a magical stone, what worries me is thinking that our power exists somewhere outside of us. It’s like passively following medical authorities, popping a pill, and hoping for a quick, cure-all.  

It’s easy to cut and paste a vision board but it’s a full-fledged construction project to build a new paradigm. All the magical, woo-woo stuff doesn’t do crap if you aren’t willing to do any work. So I’ll still sit at my alter and focus on the Strength card. But I know that the most magic potion of all is sweat.

Sadie has a way of helping my body close the gap between how it is moving and how it should be moving, helping me become a better athlete, co-worker, and friend.

Jessica C.

Sadie puts the fun in hard work! She pushes you to limits you didn’t think you could achieve while offering an upbeat and encouraging atmosphere. I LOVE Sadie!!

Cait S.

Sadie brings extraordinary dimension to her teaching. Her deep knowledge of anatomy combined with her vibrant sense of humor leaves you walking out of each class feeling lighter, moving better, and just plain happier!

Erin D.

Sadie has a passion in what she does and has pushed me to do things I never thought I could. Workouts with Sadie are always fun and full of sass!

Darcy C.

Sadie brings extraordinary dimension to her teaching. Her deep knowledge of anatomy combined with her vibrant sense of humor leaves you walking out of each class feeling lighter, moving better, and just plain happier! – Erin D.

Erin D.

Sadie has a way of helping my body close the gap between how it is moving and how it should be moving, helping me become a better athlete, co-worker, and friend.

Jessica C.

Sadie puts the fun in hard work! She pushes you to limits you didn’t think you could achieve while offering an upbeat and encouraging atmosphere. I LOVE Sadie!!! – Cait S.

Cait S.