Hiatus

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Though I never like to be away from this blog, my current treatments have proven to be more challenging than I anticipated. We also have some very important family matters with which to attend, so unfortunately I’ll be taking a hiatus for the foreseeable near future.

This community has become such a big and extremely meaningful part of my life, and I don’t even know how to express just how privileged I feel every time you visit or comment. You have afforded me immeasurable amounts of inspiration, friendship, healing, hope, and camaraderie. I definitely don’t want to be unreachable (plus I’d miss you way too much), so please feel free to contact me anytime at sase@themelodyinmalady.com. I will also be replying to any comments that you leave on this or any of my previous posts.

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An Open Apology to Anyone Who was Ever a Student

One true miracle that has come out of my chronic diseases has been my fledgling, but redemptive pursuit of singing. At first, singing was my greatest childhood love, then my silenced passion, and ultimately my most crippling fear. These posts, written in scarlet (a color of redemption), comprise my testimony to the life-altering beauty that can unexpectedly emerge from hard times. Honestly, I can’t sing very well yet. It is my ongoing challenge but also my life’s most fulfilling pursuit. I never knew just how revelatory this beautifully vulnerable adventure would be. In this series, I’d like to invite you to join me in resurrecting a silenced dream, pursuing a muted passion, or overcoming a lifelong fear. Why not you? Why not now? The Singing Series – Part 1

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You’ll never amount to anything.
Why can’t you be more like your brother?
You just don’t look the part.

You don’t have what it takes.
You’re so lazy.
Sorry, but no.

How many of you have ever had a teacher, coach, parent, older adult, or someone of authority tell you that you weren’t good enough to do something? Has your spirit ever been devastatingly crushed by just a few ill-spoken words?

And why do those words still echo in our minds so loudly, even today?

Words of unfounded criticism.
Sentences of confinement.
Ridiculous comparisons.
Charges of worthlessness.

Why can those early criticisms STILL bring even extremely successful adults to a point of nothingness?

How did we lose our wide-eyed wonderment of childhood and our perception of boundless potential?

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Meet Me on the Mat

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I am beyond honored to have my former student Bre Cooley Wilson guest post today. She is one of the most stunning souls I’ve ever known, and she continually marks my life profoundly. For more about Bre, please visit her very inspiring blog at FindPerspective.org. I KNOW you will love it!

When I lived in San Francisco a few years ago, I loved going to this really awesome, uplifting yoga class downtown.

Urban Flow was a beautiful yoga studio that became a sanctuary to me. Regardless of what happened in my day, I always walked out of class feeling calm, light and peaceful.

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Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 3

hope deferred is still hope

Rather than offer platitudes about hypothetical disappointing situations, I thought it would probably be more helpful to speak candidly from my own dark well of deep hurt. It’s a place that I rarely shine light upon, especially in public. At times, I love the whir of society and the many involvements that inhabit our daily agendas. However, when it comes to connecting on these deep levels of personal pain, it can be hard to find a safe space amongst the busyness. We need a place where we can be real. So instead of giving you a shined up version of myself, here’s a recount of my biggest life disappointment, raw and un-prettied.

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Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 2

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This post outlines a simple but powerful revelation about friends. Upon this realization, it completely altered the trajectory of my friendships for the better. It has held true within or without a disappointing situation. During hardship, however, it brings a whole new foundation of value, warmth, healing, and joy. 

Just for a moment, think of the faraway friends whom you miss the most in your life. Can you see their faces? When you consider these friendships, do slideshows of treasured memories and hilarious episodes start to play in your mind? Do they know your history and hold your secrets? Have you seen each other through impossibly difficult situations?

Consider one such friend in particular, and trace back to the very first time you met. What brought you together? Did you work or go to school with one another? Did you live with or near each other? Were you part of the same organization, temple, team, church, or group of friends? What was it that made two strangers forge such a strong friendship?

What would you give to see them right now?
And what more would you give to have them in your everyday life again?

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Newsletter

Since my health issues prevent me from posting regularly, I'd love to send you a notification of new posts. This newsletter also has a few extra thoughts from yours truly. If interested, please enter your information below, then check your inbox for an email to confirm the subscription. My truest thanks, Sase

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Newsletter

Since my health issues prevent me from posting regularly, I'd love to send you a notification of new posts. This newsletter also has a few extra thoughts from yours truly. If interested, please enter your information below, then check your inbox for an email to confirm the subscription. My truest thanks, Sase

This information will never be shared for third part