June 22, 2021

USA Roadtrip!

When I was on the island, I dreamt of coming to America to surprise my beautiful mother for Mother’s Day and I imagined buying a car to take a leisurely trip around the United States to see loved ones and new lands.

Magically, all of the saints and sages decided to co-sign my dreamy plan! I’m so thankful to have beautifully surprised my mother (and father, too!) and found the perfect vehicle for a cross-country roadtrip!

The last month has been a total whirlwind as I had to make a ridiculous number of purchases for everything that broke on the island (including computer and phone), and items that needed replacement that I wasn’t able to easily purchase there (glasses, contacts, clothes, etc).

Additionally, I had to renew my passport (success!!) and continue to work through some new exciting projects with some goddesses I’m fortunate to know haha (in progress, stay tuned!).

I’m thankful to be afforded this incredible opportunity to live out that dream and, so far, I’ve seen dear ones across the Southeast I hadn’t imagined I’d see! I’m doing what I can to keep my Instagram page update here, and share reflections on my podcast here, but I’ll try to remember to add some updates here too! Haha

Thank you for your continued love and support! I’m so excited for what’s unfolding in this moment and what’s coming! What are you excited about??

love,

Photo: Cortez Beach, Florida (near my current location in Sarasota, Florida!). So far, I’ve been blessed to flow through Austin and Houston, Texas; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile and Beatrice, Alamba; Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, and Clearwater Beach, Florida! More stops coming as soon as I get important things rolling here in Florida.

January 25, 2021

DROP EVERYTHING

Drop everything.
Even you.

Bonus: What remains?

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A direct way to discover your true nature is by dropping everything — your thoughts, feelings, ideas, images, memories, hopes, plans, traumas, and triumphs.

Then drop YOU — your idea of who you think you are; you as the person.

What remains?


Namasté and love,

Source: Instantly Zen Instagram Page

November 26, 2020

INSTANTLY ZEN

Namasté dear one. On the last episode of season 3 of my podcast (listen to “Live Free with Selena Sage” here), I announced that I was taking some time away from social media. Between then and now, I’ve been developing Instantly Zen, which I’m so excited to introduce! (I’ll share details about what it is at the end of this post because this message is focused on how Instantly Zen came to be.)

At the time that I disabled social media (way back on October 17th haha), I knew that I needed to take a step away from everything. I felt something new trying to bubble to the surface and I needed to block out all of the noise.

In the silence, I generated a lot of ideas, and I’m so thankful for persons in my “inner circle” who gave me feedback, both helpful and harsh haha, to get me closer to what this idea needed to be.

I admit freely that my first idea / presentation was off the mark, but putting it on-screen and sharing it allowed me to process it; the feedback I received helped me strengthen it; and as I developed it, I ended up weaving in parts of the original idea that were worth keeping.

I say this because often times we try to process ideas in our heads and resist sharing them with others for various reasons. Those reasons for not sharing can sound like: “It’s not ready,” “It’s not perfect,” “They will steal it,” “They will tell someone else who will steal it.” But please let me tell you that original ideas are never really ready or perfect; most people don’t have the know-how or energy to actually develop and execute the idea like you can; and if you have that concern about a person stealing or sharing your idea with the wrong person, they probably shouldn’t be in your inner circle.

That said, know, too, that thoughts are constantly changing, so the mental-development method is not really that trustworthy. Instead, I find there is great power in taking a moment to jot down random ideas that come up, and choosing to work through the idea that you vibrate with on the highest frequency (meaning, you keep thinking of it or it stands out).


Once you’ve made that mock-up, treat it like a first draft and share it with only a very small number of very trusted people (two or three) that will give you honest perspective. Then, prepare yourself for both positive and negative feedback and stay open to both. Don’t let negative feedback discourage you, and lean into positive feedback (even if it’s your own belief that it will work) to fuel you as you take the next steps forward to fine-tune your first idea.

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November 22, 2020

MEASURE OF PROGRESS

What is the measure  of an aspirant’s progress in terms of authentic attainment? They must evolve to such maturity wherein they are capable of bringing mental chaos back to silence, without requiring outer assistance.

from “Writing on Water” by Sri Mooji

Once you recognize your power to simply observe mental chaos and bring it to silence—and you are able to use this power effortlessly, whenever needed—you have mastered transcending your monkey mind :)

This seems a fitting time to tell you that I am in the process of developing events to help you do just that! Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on this new offering I’m excited to share! :)!

Namasté and love,


Photos: This morning in Ponta do Sol, Cabo Verde :)

November 1, 2020

FIND THE ORIGIN

This morning, I brought one of my favorite Taoist books with me to read on the rocks by the sea (just got splashed! Haha)

A passage that really resonated today is from verse 52:

In the beginning was the Tao.

All things issue from it;

all things return to it.

To find the origin,

trace back the manifestations.

from “Tao te Ching” by Stephen Mitchell

This passage reminded me of two questions from my first book,Meditative Questions,” which I’ve added here (images from the ebook) for your own contemplation:

Find more about “Meditative Questions” at zentaobooks.com

When you discover the Source of all, Oneness is clear.


Namasté and love,

October 29, 2020

TRUTH

The one who surrenders  everything, including himself, and the one who finds  nothing, including himself, discover the same Truth.

from “Writing on Water” by Sri Mooji

Morning walk to Sinagoga, morning meditation on the nature of truth. Let go of all to find all.

Namasté,


My hidden perch in the rocks :) for peace and shade ;)

October 26, 2020

SUNRISE

All this [world] is conjured by magic;
It’s only the water of a desert mirage.
Beyond all differences, beyond all forms,
Truly, there is only Shiva alone.

from “Song of the Advadhut” by Swami Abhayananda


Namasté,


Photos: Sun rising this morning in Ponta do Sol from my perch on the rocks by the sea :) Namasté.

October 26, 2020

A Restful Week

So very thankful for a restful week (last week) with dear friends in Cha D’Igreja at beautiful Casa no Caminho / Haus Am Weg (link to my previous post about this wonderful place here)!

Resting in a hammock was my vibe all week! (Obrigada dear Diane for the photo haha ;) The week before had been overly active, so last week was necessarily restful. Hopefully I’ll find the right balance this week ha!

While visiting a beach I love there, I wrote the following haiku:

Acceptance brings calm

Merging back into what is…

Calm and endless sea

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The message for me is that tranquility is always within our reach, for it is our true nature.

Here are some of the pictures from the week that inspired the haiku directly, and indirectly haha:


(The visit also included a stop at the dam near there to see how much water had accumulated from the rains this year—an amazing amount! :)! Normally what now looks like a lake is bone dry! This is very good for our island.)

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Though the haiku shares my key takeaway from the week, I was reminded of my own need to take time away sometimes to rest the body-form and reconnect with myself as Self haha The costume of personhood can be exhausting, but that which we truly are is changeless, formless, and tireless. May we know ourselves to be that and live as that.

When you are not thinking of what’s next or what’s passed, who are you? :)

Namasté and love,

October 18, 2020

TOO MUCH FUTURE

It often happens during my sunrise walks that some moment of clarity shines through. So, in what might become the first in a “sunrise series” of posts, there is inspiration to share a bit of that reflection.

When we are feeling anxiety, stress, or even confusion, this is generally a sign that we are living too much in the future.

Future living means that we are trying to decide long term plans, or worrying about what might possibly change or disrupt those plans. We may be confused about what to do when considering the long term ramifications of certain decisions.

The truth is we don’t know what is going to happen! So all of this stress and anxiety is built upon our imagination alone.

Peace is presence. And presence is what you truly are. It is the infinite space between your last thought and your next thought…vast and endless quiet that is peace itself.

Without thoughts, worries and stress have no anchor, and no place to land.

Whenever anxious feelings threaten to overwhelm you, that is your cue to dispassionately observe your thoughts and remain as that observer.

Things are never as urgent as we think, so release yourself from that urgency and do only what you need to do in this moment. Trust in the power governing the entire universe.

Namasté.


Photo from morning walk to Sinagoga from Ponta do Sol (6:56am) here in Santo Antão

October 17, 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK

This morning I decided to disable my social media accounts.

While I’ve loved using those accounts as a mode of sharing and connecting, I started to feel an energy drain. Social media was taking too much of my attention.

I even felt a little hesitant while disconnecting and I didn’t like that feeling either.

At some point, I may decide to re-activate social media, but for now I’m happy with this decision.

As a result, I’ll go back to using this blog to share written thoughts, and I welcome you to connect with me here! :)

Namasté.


Photo: Sunrise here on the island of Santo Antão, Cabo Verde (the sun later emerged from the clouds)

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