Body Beautiful Ezine


June 14, 2011

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A Note From Sarah Maria
Beloved Friend,

Summer is Here!Summer has arrived, in the Northern Hemisphere at least.  For those of you who have been reading my e-zines for a while, you know that I am a big fan of summer, with the long day-light hours, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a vacation-energy that permeates the air.

I am excited to share some wonderful specials and information in this June newsletter.  First, be sure to check out the special summer savings.  For a limited time, take advantage of Summer Special Savings - The Renew Yourself audio series, normally $75, this summer purchase the whole series for just $35.  Use this summer as an opportunity to renew and revitalize, body, mind, and soul.  This series is an inspiring, uplifting, and informative tool to help you along your path.

Also, be sure to check out my dear friend and colleague, Lissa Coffey’s special web series CoffeyBuzz. Lissa Coffey is a bestselling author and relationship expert who is also featured on Call Number Two of the Renew Yourself audio series.      

As always, if you are ready to break free from your challenges, overcome obstacles, and live the life of your dreams, take advantage of individual coaching.  Sign up for your introductory session today.

Love Always,


Feature Article
Lost and Found

Lost and FoundAccording to ancient eastern teaching, you lose yourself in order to find yourself.  It is said that life is ultimately a cosmic game of hide-and-go seek.  We all come into this world, this physical world, in order to discover who, or rather what, we truly are. There is just one small twist. 

In order to find ourselves, we must first lose ourselves.

And thus with birth begins the cosmic game of hide-and-go seek.  We are born into this world, and life is the process whereby we lose ourselves and find ourselves again and again.  With every experience, with every phase of life, we go through this process – lost and found, lost and found.  We hide ourselves, only to discover ourselves again.  We lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. 

Gradually, over time, through this game of hide-and-go-seek, we discover who and what we are.  Life is nothing other than this maturation process, whereby we discover, over time and only through living, what life is about, what our life is meant to be, and who we are meant to become.

I have found this teaching to be incredibly helpful as I navigate my way through life.  Life has an inherent purpose, an inherent order.  Yet the way it seems to work is that there is an up-and-down, and off-and-on, and light and dark.  We seem to lose ourselves momentarily, pass through the valley, only to wake up and say “Oh, wow!  So that is what that was about.  So that is who I am becoming.”  The difficult part is that we don’t always know, in the midst of the valley, why we are going through whatever difficulty.  We can find ourselves apparently lost in darkness, playing the hiding part of hide-and-go seek, but it doesn’t feel quite like a game – it doesn’t feel very fun.  In fact, it can feel utterly terrifying and horrid. 

But if we persist, sooner or later we wake up and say, “Ohmygosh!  Look at what I have found!  Look at what happened.  Now I see why this happened; now I see why that happened.  I had to pass through that in order to find this.  I had to get lost in order to get found.  I had to lose myself in order to find myself.”  

And then before we know it, we get lost again.  “Wait!  Where did I go?  I was just here and it was fine and bright and I knew right where I was!  What happened?  Where did the light go?  What the h--- happened!  Why am I standing here in darkness?  I was just standing in the light.  Everything was going okay, I had just found myself standing right here.  What happened?”  Thus begins the process of finding ourselves all over again.  After a while, we once again wake up and say “Oh, so that’s why I was in darkness for that period.  That is why I got lost.  I had to get lost in order to find this.”

It is, of course, very natural, when you are lost and standing in the dark to feel lost, afraid, and confused.  It is understandable, when you are standing alone and the lights have been turned out to, well, freak out.  There might even be the desire to throw a tantrum of sorts (who me???).  It is helpful during these times to remember that the ancient teachers called life a game of cosmic hide-and-go seek.  Remember the game part.  This is to diminish the understandable human response which probably is something like – “Holy crap!  Who turned out the lights???  It is dark and cold and where is the light switch!!!  This isn’t fair!  Why me?  Why??????  What the heck is going on?!?”

It is during these times, however, that your awareness can make all the difference in the world.  You can remember, when you are standing in darkness, that you just happen to be in the hiding phase of hide and go seek.  The great news is that if you are lost, sooner or later, you will  inevitably be found.  Sooner or later the lights will come back on.  When that happens, you will see why you were standing in darkness, and more likely than not, you will be amazed by what you have learned and how you have grown.

It is important to remember this both when you are standing in the darkness, as well as standing with the lights on.  When you are in the finding position, you will soon enough be in the lost position.  When you are in the lost position, soon enough, you will be found.  When the lights turn on, they will go back off, but when they are off, they are certain to come back on. 

The more you see this for yourself, the more you experience this for yourself, the easier it becomes to navigate through the various stages of life.  Over time, it becomes easier to ignore the freak out, knowing that soon enough it will pass.  It becomes easier to not get swept too far away with excitement when the lights are on because soon enough they will go back off.  With this understanding, you can begin to float a little more, understanding that this is just how life works – this is how it goes in the cosmic game of hide-and-go-seek.

Meditation is an essential tool in helping cultivate your awareness.  If you are interested in learning more about meditation or developing a meditation practice, schedule an individual coaching session.  I also talk about meditation in my book Love Your Body, Love Your Life.  You can also visit the Chopra Center for Well-being for a list of certified instructors in your area. 

Just always remember – when you are standing in the darkness, the light will come back on sometime.  So even in your deepest, darkest moments of despair, know full-well that you are hiding right now and soon enough you will discover someone that you never even knew was there.  Conversely, when you are standing in the light and think you know just what is happening and who you are, don’t get too attached because sooner or later the lights will go out and you will have to find yourself all over again.

Upcoming Events
with Lissa Coffey 

CoffeyBuzz with Lissa CoffeyCoffeyBuzz is an entertaining and informative weekly lifestyle video-ezine that presents a fresh look at what’s new in lifestyle, fashion, health and popular culture. It is a revolution in online shopping!

What makes CoffeyBuzz different is that the viewer, using the groundbreaking Hyperspots technology, can push a shopping cart through the video and interact with goods and services AS THEY APPEAR ON SCREEN. With Hyperspots, viewers simply click on an item in the show and they are immediately provided with a direct link to either make a purchase, or learn more about the subject matter.

CoffeyBuzz is hosted by lifestyle and relationship guru Lissa Coffey. Coffey is a bestselling author and a frequent contributor to several talk shows. Emmy Award winning actor Charles Shaughnessy (Days of Our Lives, The Nanny) and his brother, Emmy Award winning producer David Shaughnessy (The Young and the Restless) produce the show along with Coffey.  Recent episodes include a visit to a luxury pet spa, information about salt and salt therapy, a feng shui makeover to a bachelor pad, and more!  You’ll also find yummy coffee drink recipes posted in the Coffey Café!

See what all the Buzz is about! Visit today.

Seduction of Spirit

As you know, I’m a Chopra Center certified instructor and love sharing timeless tools for healing, self-empowerment, and true fulfillment with my community. I’m very excited to announce that this summer the Chopra Center will be coming to Whistler, BC, Canada with its premiere event, Seduction of Spirit, a 7-day retreat led by Deepak Chopra and other Chopra Center master teachers.  
I’ve attended Seduction of Spirit and it is a profoundly transformative experience, where you will receive instruction in foundational and advanced meditation techniques, practice daily yoga for body-centered restful awareness, and learn other profound tools and techniques with a wonderful group of like-minded individuals.  As part of my network, you’re invited to attend this amazing event and receive the Chopra Center's lowest special pricing of only $1,875 USD.
Be sure to check out the flyer and an inspiring video featuring Seduction of Spirit, Whistler!
The event is being held July 3-9 in the beautiful setting of the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler.
If you have any questions or you are interested in enrolling:

  1. Call the Chopra Center at 888.736.6895
  2. Mention "Sarah Maria"
  3. Receive the special price of $1875 USD (seats are limited at this price!)

Hope to see you at Seduction of Spirit in Whistler!

P.S. I invite you to forward this special offer to your friends and family.

Books & Audio Sets
 Renew Yourself
Renew, Rejuvenate, Replenish & Transform 
Summer Special Savings! 50% Off

Renew Yourself Audio Series with Body Image Expert Sarah MariaDo you know that you have the freedom to become the person you want to be?

You can break free from unwanted patterns, habits, and behaviors. You can break free from needless anxiety, fear, and overwhelm.

The Renew Yourself Audio Series includes 6 recordings covering 6 different topics, all designed to encourage, uplift, and assist you in your journey.

Discover what is truly possible for your human lifetime, which I guarantee is more than you could ever imagine.  If you are ready to make a commitment to yourself to discover who and what you truly are, take advantage of this brand new product. You can also purchase calls individually for $17 each.

The Renew Yourself audio series - normally $75, this summer purchase the whole series for just $35.  Use this summer as an opportunity to renew and revitalize, body, mind, and soul.  This series is an inspiring, uplifting, and informative tool to help you along your path.

 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.

 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.

 Love Your Body Now!
with Sarah Maria 

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.

 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.

Coaching with Sarah Maria
Private Coaching with Sarah Maria

Sarah MariaCoaching is an opportunity to work one-on-one to transform your life on every level. Whether you're struggling to overcome suffering, or simply working to take your life to the next level, coaching will gently and persistently help you move in the direction you want to go.

Sarah Maria works with clients with any — and every — area of their life that they want to explore.  Here are a few examples of areas that she has covered with clients:

  • Meditation
  • Body image
  • Weight
  • Self-esteem
  • Life / Work Balance
  • Career Success
  • Finding and Living your Spiritual Path
  • Understanding Ayurveda to Improve Health
  • Overcoming Loneliness
  • Overcoming Depression
  • Ending Anxiety
  • Finding freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Is Coaching Right For Me?

Having a coach is an incredible gift. It is like having a trusted friend and advisor by your side. It is having someone in your corner, offering you the guidance, support, encouragement, to overcome any obstacles that you face.

Coaching FAQs: 

Private Coaching with Sarah Maria
  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.
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. 
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

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.

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