Body Beautiful Ezine


August 11, 2010

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A Note From Sarah Maria
Beloved Friend,

Take a moment...Well life is moving right along here in Malibu.  Sometimes it feels like life is moving at a very fast pace.  Do you ever feel like your life is a car on a super-highway moving at incredible speeds?  For all the blessings and conveniences of modern life, sometimes you might feel like you need to apply the breaks and slow down for a moment or two...

If you every feel like your life is happening on hyper-speed, take a look at your calendar and see what actually needs to get done today, versus what can be put off until tomorrow.  You will probably find that although there is a lot that needs to be accomplished, there are a few things that can wait until later.  This simple practice will help you remove the sense of urgency that can create stress, anxiety, and a feeling of overwhelm.  If you find that everything needs to be accomplished right away, and there is not one single thing you can do about it (although this is rarely the case), take a few minutes to plan for a day off in the near future.  I figure human beings are not supposed to live in a constant state of activity (although sometimes this can be good), so make sure you schedule time to take care of yourself when you need it.

On that note, please stop right now, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Okay, now let me tell you briefly about the really cool tele-class for September.  (I am so excited about this!!!)

This September I have the exquisite pleasure and honor to be hosting a call with relationship-expert Lissa Coffey.  We are going to be talking all about body-image and relationships.  Did you know that how you feel about your body and yourself dramatically impacts your relationships?  In fact, Negative Body Obsession can ruin relationships, and prevent you from experiencing the love and intimacy you want in your life.  Conversely, once you learn to love and accept your body and yourself, you can begin to experience levels of intimacy and connection that you could never have imagined.

Trust me, if you are interested in love and relationships, you will want to be on this call.
Click here to learn more.

And just to wet your appetite, check out this month’s article on body-image and relationships.

As always, please check out special products and individual coaching sessions to help you break free from your struggles and live a life that you love.

Sending love,


Feature Article
Body-image and Our Relationships 

How does Body-image affect you?Have you ever hid under the bed covers, not wanting your lover to see you?

Or have you cringed at the thought of seeing yourself in the bathroom mirror?

Were you competitive with your siblings or your parents about the size of your body?

Has anyone you love, has anyone close to you, been judgmental about your body?

Are you, or have you ever been, in a relationship where your lover didn’t like your body?

The fact of the matter is that our bodies and how we feel about our bodies and ourselves can dramatically impact our relationships, either for good or for bad. 

Here are some of the ways that Negative Body Obsession can adversely affect your relationships.

  • Your lover finds you attractive, but you can’t believe him or her.  You are too concerned about how you look, and unable to enjoy the love that is being given to you.  Without realizing it, you push the other person away and over time destroy the relationship.

  • Your beliefs about being unattractive unconsciously lead you to pick a partner who reinforces your low self-esteem and negative self talk.  You find yourself stuck in a negative relationships and are unsure of how to break free.

  • You are alone and long for love, intimacy, and connection.  You have been listening to the lies of Negative Body Obsession, which has kept you isolated and alone.

There are an endless number of scenarios and examples, but the simple fact is that if you are living in the trap of NBO, you are unable to connect with other people for real.  The beautiful, amazing fact, however, is that true intimacy and connection are available.  No matter what your size, shape, condition, or anything else, you can enjoy deep love and sharing.  But this is only possible if you learn how to ignore the lies that say you and your body are not quite good enough

If you have lived a life listening to Negative Body Obsession, you truly do not know the relating that is possible to enjoy with other people.  Negative Body Obsession acts as a true barrier.  Insecurity and negative self-talk truly make it impossible to enjoy the love that is available.  Even if you are involved in many relationships with different people, if you are listening to your negative thoughts and beliefs, they are preventing you from truly connecting.

It is imperative that you understand the cost of entertaining your negative beliefs.  The inability to truly connect with other human beings, the inability to truly relate, is a huge cost.  I recall a spiritual teacher once saying that love is food for the soul.  Just as our body needs fuel to survive, so our soul needs love to survive.  Now, you can live off of a meager diet, lacking in vitamins and minerals, devoid of nutritional content, and you will probably survive.  But will you thrive?  In order to thrive, you need a diet that is nourishing and health promoting.  So it is with your human relationships and interactions.  Are your relationships truly nourishing you?  Are they  supplying you with the deep love, connection, and intimacy that feeds your soul?

If you are living with Negative Body Obsession, or negative beliefs about yourself, the answer is no.  The answer has to be "no" because these negative beliefs are making you unavailable to enjoy what may be right in front of you.  They are acting as a shield, blocking out the love that is possible for a human life.

If you long for love in your life, for the true enjoyment that comes from sharing yourself with other people, make a commitment to yourself to finally break free from your negative beliefs about your body and yourself.  When you turn your back on Negative Body Obsession, with its never-ending lies and delusions, you open yourself up to a life that is richer than your wildest dreams.

If you are finally ready to end the negative self-talk and enjoy the relationships you long for, register for our September call on Body-image and Relationships.  Join me and well-known author and relationship expert Lissa Coffey for 60 minutes dedicated to helping you transform and discover the love that is always available when you allow it.    

Monthly Tele-class Series
September Tele-Class with Sarah Maria & Lissa Coffey 

September Tele-class with Sarah Maria and Lissa CoffeyDo you have questions about relationships? Are you struggling with your body image? Are you longing for love, but pushing it away because of your negative beliefs about yourself? Do you want to experience more joy, intimacy, and love, in your relationships?

The amazing truth is that as you learn to love and accept your body and yourself, you will become available for love, intimacy, and connection, in ways that you never imagined were possible. You can open yourself up to experience love in ways that you long for but have never experienced.

Join me for this AMAZING call with relationship-expert Lissa Coffey, author of What’s Your Dosha, Baby? and Closure. It will be an incredible 60-minute call designed to help you develop clarity, insight, and freedom, so that you can truly become available for the relating that life wants to bring to you.

“Body-image and Relationships: Become Available for Love”

Lissa CoffeyDate: Wednesday, September 1st
Time: 6pm PDT / 9 pm EST

Lissa Coffey has written a terrific new book that will affect the way you look at relationships forever. Deepak Chopra says: “Eastern philosophy teaches us that change is inevitable, and yet suffering is not. In her insightful new book, CLOSURE and the Law of Relationship: Endings as New Beginnings, Lissa Coffey shows us how to learn and grow as we move through the evolution of our relationships. Highly recommended.”

If you are feeling isolated and alone, this call will help you discover how your beliefs about yourself might be pushing people away.
If you are in a new relationship, you will discover how to be open and available for true intimacy.
If you are recently out of a relationship, this call will help you gain closure, learn from the experience and heal so you can move ahead.

This is going to be a spectacular call that you will want to be sure to attend.  As always, you will receive the full recording so you can listen again at your convenience.  Click here to register today!

Books & Audio Sets
 Love Your Body, Love Your Life
by Sarah Maria

Love Your Body, Love Your Life with Sarah MariaIt’s time to love the skin you’re in!  If all you see when you look in the mirror is cellulite, wrinkles, or worse, you’re not seeing what—and who—is really there. 

A whopping 90 percent of us are dissatisfied with our bodies.  These self-destructive thoughts and behaviors are ruining our lives—but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Learn how to feel good about your body—and celebrate its strength, vitality, and beauty.  Complete with exercises, case studies, and testimonials, you’ll learn how to stop obsessing over food and your body and achieve permanent peace with both.

Do you long to love your body and love your life?

Click here to purchase your book today.



 Sarah Maria's
“Love Your Body Now!”

Love Your Body Now! Audio CD by Body Image Expert, Sarah MariaDo you love your body?  Honestly, do you?

If you can't answer YES to this question, you may be suffering from Negative Body Obsession, or NBO.  Negative Body Obsession will rob you of your vitality, your joy, and your love.  But it doesn’t need to be that way.  

Love Your Body Now! is a downloadable audio CD, complete with music and guided instruction, designed to help you break free from Negative Body Obsession and live a life that you love.

It includes 16 MP3 Tracks, full of exercises and visualizations, designed to help you love your body and love your life.  Life should be a love affair – learn to live the love that you are starting today.

From the back cover of the CD:

“Living in this day and age, it is all too easy to believe that we are not good enough.  We are not thin enough; we are not toned enough.  We are not young enough; we are not healthy enough.  We are not beautiful enough.  In a culture that worships thin, young, fit, and perfect, few of us can measure up.  And this fixation with that we are not extinguishes the joy and vibrancy of who we are.

But there is a way out.  It is possible to love and respect your body, be at peace with your natural urges, and live without constant fear of gaining weight or growing old.  If you are ready to reclaim your creativity, your vibrancy, and your passion, this CD will help you overcome Negative Body Obsession and unleash the power of your potential.”

Order your copy of “Love Your Body Now!” today - only $27!


 Break Free Beauty Introductory Package
(Now Available for Download!) 

Are you longing to transform your relationship to food and your body? Use 2010 to create the change you desire. Learn how to love your body, while improving your eating habits and eliminating your negative body thoughts. Take advantage of this extensive package of healing support.

You will learn how to love and appreciate your body with Sarah Maria’s Love Your Body Now! CD, improve your eating habits with guided meditations lead by Holistic M.D. Malynn Utzinger, and break free from your negative body thoughts and self-talk through discovering new strategies provided by Psychologist Clare Mann.

The Break Free Beauty Introductory Package includes:

Break Free Beauty Introductory Package

. . . And now all of these valuable tools can be accessed in an easy-to-download format (MP3 audio files, and PDF document files).

Click here for complete details and to learn more about each of these amazing resources.


 Awakening the Feminine:
Connecting to Your Source of Power 

Awakening The Feminine with Sarah MariaDo Are you ready to live your Unlimited Potential?

Are you ready to realize the Greatness that you already are?

Learn how to live a mythical life! Do you feel trapped in negative beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors? Learn about ancient archetypal figures from the eastern tradition. You can harness the power of the feminine to transform your life on every level. Discover which myths and stories resonate with you, and harness their power to live with love, beauty, and grace.

Within each one of us, there is a power, a profound power, that if we allow it to flow through us, it will transform our lives in ways we never imagined possible.

In this digital audio course, I will introduce you to the notion of archetypes. You will discover that you can learn to consciously embody archetypal energy in your life. You will learn about the mythical gods and goddesses of ancient India, and discover how to invoke and embody their powers to transform your problems and challenges into opportunities.

Click here to awaken your archetypal energy.

Coaching with Sarah Maria
Private Coaching with Sarah Maria

Sarah MariaAre you ready to take your life to the next level?  Are you ready to commit to transformation for real?

If you know more is possible in your life, if you are yearning to break free from limiting thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, consider hiring a personal coach. I personally guarantee that I would  not be where I am today without the help of amazing teachers, mentors, and coaches. I believe in the importance of investing in yourself because this has been a key ingredient in my own transformation, and in the success of my colleagues. 

When you invest in yourself, you are making a phenomenal investment that will serve you consistently and produce a manifold return.

  • If you are looking to finally end your struggle with food and your body and create lasting peace with both, or improve any other area of your life, consider personal coaching.

  • If you are ready to take your personal and spiritual evolution to the next level; if you find yourself in the midst of change and wanting guidance, consider personal coaching.

To learn more about personal coaching with me, read client testimonials, and decide whether it might be a good fit, visit

Consider what one of my teachers and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul says about coaching:

“You would never expect an athlete to reach the Olympic Games without a world-class coach. Nor would you expect a professional football team to enter the stadium without a whole team of coaches…today coaching has moved into the business and personal realm to include coaches who have succeeded in your area of interest – who can help you traverse this same path or even one far greater. Of all the things that successful people do to accelerate their trip down the path to success, participating in some kind of coaching program is at the top of the list.”
--Jack Canfield, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

I would be truly honored for an opportunity to accompany you along your path of total transformation!

Coaching FAQ

Private Coaching with Sarah MariaA few people have called me with questions about coaching, "How do you work?" and "Is this right for me?"  So I decided to put together this brief FAQ to help answer any questions that you might have. 

If after reading you still have questions, please feel free to email me at or call 510-326-9610 to find out if coaching with me is right for you.  

  1. How does your coaching work?

    All sessions are conducted over the phone.  They are 60 minutes in length.  Each session begins with a brief 10-minute period of silent meditation.  If you do not yet have a meditation practice, I will give you a mantra and instruction for an ongoing meditation practice.  After the silent meditation, we will discuss whatever is on your mind and in your heart.

    The coaching process is much less about me and much more about you.  I serve as a guide to help you discover and uncover what is already within yourself.

    If you are struggling with particular issues, those will come to the surface so that you can see and respond to them more clearly and appropriately.  If you are looking to grow or change in particular ways, this will become apparent as well.  All that is required is that you be willing to engage in the process.  If you are willing to show up, look at whatever needs to be seen, feel whatever needs to be felt, and process whatever needs to be processed, then it will lead you exactly where you need to go. If you are interested in coaching, you just have to ask yourself one question: are you willing to accept what is being offered?  Are you willing to transform into that which you truly already are?

  2. How will coaching help me?

    Coaching will help you in whatever way is appropriate given your particular situation.  There is no set way – no one-size fits all – no cookie-cutter approach.  The reason it is called individual coaching is because it is exactly that – it is individual, customized entirely to your specific situation and unique needs.  As mentioned above, if you are ready and willing to change, then coaching will help lead you from wherever you are to wherever life wants you to be.

  3. How do I know if coaching is right for me?

    Follow your heart.  This might sound cliché, but it is absolutely true.  Follow your heart.  If you have been reading my e-zines for a while, you have heard me talk about the heart being the seat of wisdom.  The heart is the master; the mind is the servant.  Often when you try to figure out what to do in your mind, you feel nothing but confusion.  But even when you feel confused in every way, your heart will lead you exactly where you need to go.  So simply ask yourself: do you feel called to coach with me?  Do you feel pulled to connect in that way?  If the answer is yes, then consider taking advantage of the Spring special and experience five sessions with me.  If the answer is no, then simply go where your heart tells you.  There are many teachers, many resources, many paths.  The best way to find your path, your teachers, and your guides, is simply through following the wisdom of your heart that is always there, quietly waiting for you to follow it.
About Sarah Maria

Sarah Maria is the author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life. The book outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body and yourself. Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, so that true and lasting healing can occur. Click here to purchase your copy and begin to love your body today. To learn more about Sarah Maria and her work, you can visit her website at and

Sarah Maria is a body-image expert and teacher who can help you discover the beauty that you already are so that you can create a body and a life that you truly love.
She has studied with the leading experts in health, spirituality, personal development, and success, including Deepak Chopra, physician Dr. David Simon (co-founder of the Chopra Center for Well-being in Carlsbad, CA), Dr. Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield, renowned Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad, and many others. She is a lover of eastern philosophy and spiritual wisdom and passionately shares these teachings that have so transformed her own life.

Before founding Break Free Beauty, Sarah Maria received her law degree from Stanford University and her Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University in NYC. She has lived and traveled throughout Latin America, and has also visited many countries around the world. Her greatest passion is helping people discover the beauty and the greatness that resides inside so they can live from this place of grandeur, transforming themselves and the world.

© 2010 Break Free Beauty by Sarah Maria. All Rights Reserved.