writer, teacher, student
Hello my friend!
My name is Samantha. I’m a writer and a yoga & meditation teacher. I also run a side business helping health and wellness businesses build their online presence (more on that here if you’d like to work together!). I currently live in the Columbia Gorge in the State of Washington in a yurt surrounded by trees.
MY ENTIRE LIFE I'VE BEEN IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING MORE.
At age 13 I started attending a nondenominational church in my community. For four years I plunged into Christianity and found glimpses of what I'd been seeking. In church I brushed against God, but I quickly understood that religion was a limiting structure that restricted me from diving deeper into spirituality.
When I was 18 I left the church and continued my search for meaning. At that same age a couple other things happened:
1. I started practicing yoga.
2. I began experiencing a lot of anxiety and emotional turbulence in my inner world.
A couple years later the anxiety propelled me to reach out to a counselor, and she referred me to a meditation course at my university. I’d already been dipping my toes in the river of mindfulness, but a few things were happening in my life at the time that made me jump all the way in:
I was 21 years old and living alone for the first time in a studio apartment. I was heartbroken after two back-to-back relationships, I was lonely, I was sexually liberated yet sexually emptied, I was half way through college and felt off my path.
I was studying Gender & Women's Studies at the time and yearned to feel empowered in my personal life, but instead I felt emotionally unstable, influenced by men's validation, and incapable of steering my life in my chosen direction.
I WANTED TO BE MORE CONNECTED TO MYSELF.
I WANTED TO LIVE A SOUL-CENTERED LIFE.
I WANTED TO SHOW UP WHOLEHEARTEDLY.
And so that's what I set out to do, with many lessons along the way.
In the years following, I continued to practice and study yoga, meditation, and most recently Ayurveda. I explored ideas born out of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other spiritual paths.
I also spent a lot of time by myself. I traveled to developing countries on my own. I camped by myself. I trekked 50 miles alone through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. I lived in a van in Alaska. All of it was driven by the craving to connect with myself and gain a deeper understanding of life.
All the while I worked many different jobs, several of them focused on what I love: empowering women. Women have an inner strength and wisdom that has long been suppressed, and the journey of accessing this truth within myself and witnessing it in other women lights me up from the inside out.
I believe the greatest work of a woman’s life is to embark on a journey of rooting into herself. Women often carry the world on their shoulders. In their constant service to the world around them, women begin to slowly uproot themselves from their soul.
I’ve been around many powerful and inspiring women in my life, but I seldom meet a woman who is rooted in inner peace within a chaotic world, who is guided by the inner wisdom of her soul, and who is grounded and confident in her energy and in her power. I desire to explore this energy in my own life and to support other women along their own journey of self-discovery and spiritual integrity.
My journey is a passionate and dynamic one of understanding myself, the world, and the divinity that permeates them both. Some days I feel rooted; other days I feel lost and adrift. Regardless, my work is to never stop asking questions and to forever explore and share what I discover through my human experience.
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