Body Beautiful Ezine


September 8, 2010

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A Note From Sarah Maria
Beloved Friend,

Fall is here!How did Fall get here so fast???  It seems like I just sent an e-zine talking about summer. Or for that matter, it seems like I just sent last Autumn’s e-zine… Of course, it might actually turn out to be summer here in Malibu.  The summer months were spent shrouded in fog, so now that summer is past, it is actually getting hot down here in Southern California… Smiley

I mentioned this last fall season, but it is certainly worth repeating.  According to Ayurveda, Fall is the season of Vata - cold, dry, brittle.  For some people, it can bring up feelings of loneliness.  If that is the case for you, or if you find Fall to be a destabilizing time, take time to nurture yourself.  Warming foods, a warm bath with oil, soothing music – all of this pacifies Vata and will help you regain balance during this season.  It is a great time of year to be sure.

If you struggle with loneliness, be sure to check out the upcoming month’s tele-class – Where to Look When You Can’t Find Love.

If you have ever felt lonely, unloved, broken-hearted, unlovable, or otherwise missing out on LOVE, this call is for you.

Take care of yourself this season – invest in your own transformation, healing, and growth.



Feature Article
Unmasking Negative Body Obsession 

Unmasking Negative Body ImageWhat if your Negative Body Obsession had nothing to do with your body?  Or at least, very little?

You might say, “Sarah Maria, you are totally crazy.  I thought you knew what you were talking about, but this is too much.  Of course my Negative Body Obsession has to do with my body.  I obsess about my body.  My thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about my body are the whole problem!”

Well, maybe not…

I know this might be a lot to consider, but hear me out for a moment:

More times than not, Negative Body Obsession, and most struggles with food and with your body involve something much deeper.  To your conscious mind, it seems like the problem is all about your body, but this is just at the level of your conscious mind.

The fact of the matter is that Negative Body Obsession is often a cover-up, an adaptation, a handy way to keep things simple and avoid dealing with the deeper feelings, fears, disappointments, and challenges that are fueling the obsession.

For some people, the Negative Body Obsession saved the day when you were unable to cope.

For others, it might play a different role. 

But the fact of the matter is that Negative Body Obsession is rarely just about the body.

Many times, if you struggle with Negative Body Obsession, there is an underlying issue regarding love:

“I am unlovable.”
“Why does no one love me?” 
“Will anyone ever love me?”
“Why can’t I seem to find love? “
“I am too fat to be loved.” 
“I am too old to be loved.” 

There can be endless variations along this same theme. 

Instead of addressing the painful feelings and struggle, the mind starts obsessing about the body:

“I have too much cellulite.”
“My stomach is flabby”
“My butt is too big”

You know endless variations, I am sure.

It is incredibly painful to feel unloved, unwanted, unimportant, and inadequate.  Sometimes pain can feel absolutely unbearable and overwhelming.  There is the fear, conscious or unconscious, that if you allow yourself to feel the intensity of your emotions, you will not be able to survive.

And so the mind develops a very handy way to help you cope.  It starts obsessing about your body and your appearance. 

So part of the journey in healing from Negative Body Obsession is discovering more of what is actually going on. 

What is fueling your NBO? 

Think about this question – let it be an exploration into yourself.  Be willing to unmask the lies of Negative Body Obsession.  Find out more of what is actually going on.  As you trace your way back to the root of your Negative Body Obsession, you will be finding your way to the love and beauty that has been there all along.  It just requires cultivating eyes that are able to see it. 

If you are ready to unmask your NBO and discover what has been fueling your obsession so that you can break free and find lasting freedom, please join me for the upcoming tele-class – Where to Look When You Can’t Find Love.

Monthly Tele-class Series
Monthly Tele-Class with Sarah Maria:
Where to Look When You Can’t Find Love”

October Tele-class with Sarah MariaMore times than not, Negative Body Obsession, and most struggles with food and with your body involve something much deeper.

The fact of the matter is that Negative Body Obsession is often a cover-up, an adaptation, a handy way to keep things simple and avoid dealing with the deeper feelings, fears, disappointments, and challenges that are fueling the obsession.

For some people, the Negative Body Obsession saved the day when you were unable to cope.

For others, it might play a different role.

But the reality is that Negative Body Obsession is rarely just about the body.

  • Are you ready to find out what is fueling your NBO?
  • Are you ready to move beyond Negative Body Obsession?

If yes, take advantage of this upcoming Tele-class call:

“Where to Look When You Can’t Find Love”

Date: Wednesday, October 6th
Time: 6pm PDT / 9 pm EDT

In this upcoming Tele-class you will discover:

What your Negative Body Obsession is really about
How your body obsession relates to feeling unloved and unlovable
How to address feelings of unlovability 
How to break free from feeling unloved, unwanted, unattractive
Find freedom from Negative Body Obsession, and everything that fuels it

Join me for a truly transformative call on Wednesday, October 6th.

Click here for details and to register today.

If you are ready to find freedom and discover the brilliance and vibrancy that is you, you will absolutely want to be on this call.

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.