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Thank you SAFE

After four weeks and forty hours of exploration, reflection and training with SAFE Alliance, I am in awe of the depth and the breadth of the work this organization does in an area that, lightly put, is difficult to navigate.  This training has enriched me in so many ways, and I am only just starting to integrate.  It has shed a much needed light on the broader history and social context of violence, abuse and oppression, and the systems that perpetuate them. In my own world, I am waking up to the norms, beliefs, and behaviors that support and normalize the aforementioned.  At the same time, I am becoming aware of the work being done in the way of prevention, intervention and advocacy.  In a world where I have at times felt helpless, I am beginning to see where I can become involved and engaged.

I have yet to see exactly where this path will take me, but I leave this training more informed and awake as a human being, a partner and especially as a parent of two incredible girls.  One of my greatest devotions is the work I do as a parent, the safety I can create in my home, and the way I can encourage my girls to see themselves and the world around them.  In my role as a teacher and a guide, I am ever more committed to creating and holding spaces that feel safe and grounded for those who come to explore meditation and self-inquiry.

This moment feels right and in harmony with where life has been leading me.

I am so grateful for the integrity, the heart and the devotion with which all of the staff and the presenters at SAFE led this training, and for all the people who choose to do this work … to stand up and speak for those who have been oppressed, abused and diminished.  I am inspired by their dedication to lifting these communities up, and seeing them as whole, unbroken and complete beings who have the great potential of finding and reclaiming their place in this world.

Most of all, thank you to my girls, my husband and my mom for their gracious support.  I know that this training would not have been possible without it.  ❤


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Herb #

    We are always here for you, Sheila!

    March 3, 2018
  2. Julie Westervelt #

    Hi Sheila,

    Its Julie Westervelt. I’m a local Restorative Yoga teacher and Baby Entrepreneur. Just a sweet note to let you know how your work ripples out into the community. I’m always inspired by your writings and recordings. Thank you for sharing.

    I’ve recently launched a sleep startup. I’ve basically taken the principles of Restorative Yoga and rolled them into a pillow that helps relax the body for sleep. Its called Sleep Crown.

    I’m making a donation of $1 per pillow to organizations that align with my purpose. I just donated $100 to SAFE Alliance as inspired by your email. They were on my list, and your writing was the nudge I needed to sit down and donate. So, thank you!


    Julie Westervelt Sleep Crown (512)680-0956


    March 4, 2018
    • Julie, Your note lit my heart up! Thank you for sharing your words and for donating to SAFE. All of this means a lot to me. I know your offering will be of great benefit to those in need. Congratulations on launching your business and thank you for doing what you do in the community! I will be sure to check it out as well. Warmly, Sheila

      March 4, 2018
  3. Molli #

    I did a 40hr training with SAFE as well. Your words describe the experience beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

    March 4, 2018
    • Hi Molli, Wonderful to hear that you went through their training as well. Thank you for reading, sending you my love! ❤

      March 4, 2018

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