Archive for December, 2014


A quick, easy way to find some calm and internal balance when you need it. Simple, but powerful. Give it a try? …don’t forget to blow your nose first! 😉

Let your intuition be your guide,
Sari Roth-Roemer, Ph.D.

candle-light-heartOur hearts are broken at the relentless news of inhumanity these days…most recently the news of over 100 school children in Pakistan being ruthlessly massacred. How are we to swallow this devastating news? How do we not fall under the weight of the despair it causes? Many of us are left wondering what has become of our humanity. But then we remember, the extremists and the violence do not define us. We are not helpless. These times call on you to rise to your highest self…check on an elderly neighbor, bring soup to a sick friend, smile at a stranger, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or anything that kindles your true compassionate nature. We can remind ourselves that extremists do not define the broader cultures of the perpetrators. We can speak out against extremism and offer our voices and our actions of compassion and caring for the troubled, but beautiful, world we live in. Together, we can open our hearts even wider to shine a beautiful light that helps to brighten the darkness we may feel, and also helps us to see how we are all connected. We are not lost…we are together in this.

May we be filled with loving kindness
May we be healthy and well
May we be peaceful and at ease
May we be happy

Let your intuition be your guide,
Sari Roth-Roemer

Sometimes we may find ourselves agreeing to do things that we really do not want to do, taking on problems that are not ours, or tolerating rude behavior because we would rather avoid conflict than stand up for ourselves. Does that sound like you? Having clear boundaries, those personal lines that mark the things for which we are responsible, is crucial to a healthy, balanced life. Problems tend to arise when we forget when to say yes, and how to say no. Come join me for this 90 minute workshop to learn and discuss how to strengthen your personal boundaries for a happier, healthier you!

To find out more or register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-to-set-healthy-boundariesthe-secret-to-happiness-tickets-13998029483

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To find out more or register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-to-set-healthy-boundariesthe-secret-to-happiness-tickets-13998029483

Hope you can join me!

Let your intuition be your guide,
Sari Roth-Roemer, Ph.D.

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Tough week, tough year, tough decade, tough century, tough world history for human rights. In our world today we are constantly faced with these injustices streaming into our lives from afar, as well as face-to-face. It can be overwhelming. It can feel defeating. It can make us fearful. It can make us very angry. What is the answer? Your voice. Speak out. Let it be heard. But how to be heard? We do not hear the words of people who speak out in rage and hatred. We only hear their rage and hatred, and not their message…which often fuels our own rage and anger. To be heard, I’m convinced we need to figure out a way to speak out from a place of compassion…so that we may fuel others’ compassion. Compassion? How can we be compassionate when we are facing injustice and hatred? We must. Because if we respond in kind to anger and hate, we will simply join it, become part of it, and it will grow. When we face it with determination to educate, to speak calmly and clearly, and to understand that it almost always emanates from a place of fear, we can disarm it with compassion. And when we do that, it is the compassion that will grow and not the hate. We will be strengthened by our compassion, rather than weakened by hate. I am not saying that this is an easy task. I am sure that there will be many that disagree with me. That’s OK. My opinion is not the only correct way to think, it is a way that works for me. I am not trying to push my agenda on anyone else, I just want to share it. I put it out there for others to consider and debate with me, so that they can form their own opinions. You see where I am going with this, right?

We must be cautious in thinking that everyone must agree with our point of view. We need to be careful about arrogantly asserting that our way is the only right way to think, feel, or act, even though we may feel that way down to our core. If we do not keep this in mind, we are doomed. Doomed to endless argument and struggle. When we hold onto the fact that we have a right and a duty to speak out about our perspective on an injustice that is occurring, but that we must educate and debate rather than demand and struggle, we will be able to move forward. When we focus on what we can do to practically change our world (write a blog, contact people in power, join a grassroots group, create a grassroots group) we become empowered. When we sit back and rail at the world in anger and disgust, we are victimized. Grab onto your power. Speak your own truth. Respond with compassion, and the hate you speak out against will shrink in comparison.

Rabbi Stephen Kahn, so eloquently wrote in a recent response to a hate filled speech, “We must create communities of compassion, justice and grace for each other.” Let’s do that. Let’s come together in compassion in response to injustice. Let’s create a better world by practicing compassion together, shall we?

May we all be filled with loving kindness
May we all be healthy and well
May we all be peaceful and at ease
May we all be happy

Let your intuition (and compassion) be your guide,
Sari Roth-Roemer, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Sari Roth-Roemer’s Compassion Meditation: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoFpJCdJfyw

Rabbi Stephen Kahn’s blog:

http://ongoingrevelations.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/a-response-to-pastor-steven-anderson-by-rabbi-stephen-kahn/

 

This brief meditation, adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn, will help you find a place of stability and groundedness in the midst of emotional storms or difficult circumstances. Appropriate for any time you’d like to feel an increased sense of calm and emotional strength.

Go ahead, find a comfy chair, close your eyes and let yourself take 10 minutes just for you…

If you liked this meditation, consider looking at some of my other meditations on my Dr. Sari Roth-Romer YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRzQL1c0gVxmE1QDKBfC-qQ.

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