Years ago, Sara Black was a full-time photographer, working in a starkly different industry filled with celebrities and cameras. Today, she finds herself living a decidedly slower, more contemplative life as a meditation and energy coach.
“I can’t really identify one monumental shift, it really happened gradually over time,” Black admits. A couple of health scares—breast cancer, which turned out benign, and a multiple hip fracture from triathlon training—allowed her to realize that she was living a life in disharmony and imbalance. “And that provoked me to go seeking for peace, true joy and a deeper experience of love.”
GUIDE FROM BEYOND
That search led her to Rishikesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, a year after her triathlon accident. Black frequented the city, considered to be the birthplace of yoga, studying under Anand Merohtra at Sattva Yoga Academy since 2017.
“ I was making yearly trips, which were put on pause with the pandemic. I'm still continuing to learn with him online,” she says. “Always a student, it never really stops! There is still so much of the inner terrain to explore. I can’t lead people to that space if I haven’t been there myself.”
As a teacher, Black considers Merohtra as her mentor, adding that the practices he shares helps lead you to a space where you have a deep experience of your inner light.
“You won’t ever forget it once you’ve tasted it,” she shares. “There is a Verse from Rumi: ‘Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from Beyond.’ In that sense everyone is a teacher.”
Now, however, Black says that her greatest teacher is her daughter Feliz, who was born just a couple of months ago. “She is pointing out to me the spaces where I could be a better human being,” she says.
SETTLING INTO MOTHERHOOD
Black says she has been journeying all her life to arrive to the space of becoming a mother. “How do I describe a lifetime,” she jokingly answers when asked to describe the voyage.
Each moment of our lives is leading up to the next, she teaches. “I'll just say very briefly a journey from asleep to awake, from being mindlessly in the matrix to mindful, conscious living,” Black says. “Thinking of then making real all the facets where I can be a better human being. Not there yet but it's a work in progress, I am on the way.”
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