Written by Emily Celis
Here at S.A.G.E., we believe that we can achieve and sustain the life we seek when we lean into our cornerstone principles – Stillness, Awareness, Guidance and Education. It is the heartbeat of our mission and what we continuously come back to – with ourselves and with the care that we provide to others.
Stillness is what gives us the space to see what’s going on in our lives. It is the gift of slowing way down so that we can feel into the reality of our every day life and choices. Stillness allows us to know ourselves on a deeper level and connect with our intuitive or inner guidance. In our fast paced modern world, we can lose sight of the importance of connecting with self-yet it calls to us again & again if we can but…
take some deep breaths
We are the gatekeeper. Getting still will do wonders for you if you can prioritize this in your life. It doesn’t need to be 45 minutes of silent meditation but can be as simple as just focusing on what’s around you and getting really present to the moment. Right now.
Close your eyes right now.
Put your hand on your heart. Take a few deep breaths.
(Repeat as often as possible)
Awareness is what allows us to evaluate our lives and check-in with ourselves about how we are really doing. Our daily routines can feel monotonous, like we are going through the motions. It can be hard to break through long standing patterns of behaving into new ways of being that can truly change the outcome. When we cultivate Awareness of ourselves, our choices, our patterns, what we may have overlooked or might be missing, this presents an opportunity for growth. Without awareness we are stagnant.
The next cornerstone of S.A.G.E. is Guidance. Our culture gives out badges for being highly independent and accomplishing as much as possible on our own. It can become the antithesis of our natural drive to reach out and ask for help or guidance. However, the wisdom of our past and the science of now all point to the fact that when we are isolated or cut off from supportive help, guidance and connection, we do much worse than when we have a thriving system of people whom we feel safe with, wholeheartedly support us and who help shoulder the challenges of life.
This is our challenge as a community but also our promise…
If we can allow an opening of ourselves to receive guidance, share deeply of ourselves and allow our beautiful and simple authentic selves to come out, we can go so much further in our lives and have a heck of a better time while doing so. We need each other now more than ever. Receiving guidance can be as simple as connecting with your community, a friend or family member, or just touching base with yourself in knowing that you’re not in this life alone. It can also include getting professional guidance that will take you to that next level you are seeking. Reach out for that guidance in whatever way you feel pulled toward. This can truly not only make your life easier but bring so much more meaning when we can get out of our own (stuck) way.
Education is the final cornerstone. We believe in the power of knowledge here at S.A.G.E. Knowledge is what propels us forward as a society and as individuals. Knowledge opens us up to new information that can inform those daily choices that make up our (actual) lives. Education about holistic health and wellness, specifically the 4 pillars of S.A.G.E. – Nutrition, Exercise, Mental Health, Spirituality – will take you to a place of greater wellbeing and we want to help you get there. Our goal is to provide Education so you can assimilate what makes sense for your life so that you can take full charge and responsibility to really lean into and live into that life you know you’re meant for.
We can’t do it for you, but we can do it WITH you.
The four cornerstones of S.A.G.E. are truths you can keep coming back to and as we continue to grow and learn together, this becomes the formula.
Take the truths that resonate for you, infuse them into your own understanding and what you feel called toward, experience it for yourself and lean into that spot-on intuition of yours for how you can step into ALL that you can be!
We can’t wait to watch you grow and support you in the process.