Taking a break … and remembering who I am?

We are on our way home from 4 days away. Away from the routines, of school lunches, laundry and of work.  Four days in a different place.  Four days in the outdoors and with the tribe of our family. 

Sometimes it had can be hard to find a way to stop, to take stock, to break the routines of life.  As a mother, as a therapist, as a believer in the importance of being with experience, there are definitely times when I can find this a challenge as much as anybody else. 

This past four days … the black oozing mud squelching through the soles of my shoes inviting me to abandon all footwear and allow the dark earth to stain my feet and skin, the sheets of rain and the dark thunderclouds encouraging me to take shelter and admire the lightening show, the warm balmy nights drawing me outside to happen upon the milky yellow moon rising above the horizon, the abundance of early morning bird song like a balm to my nervous system … it is in the rawness of nature, amongst the people that love me most, is where I recalibrate, this is where I restore, this is where I take a break and remember who I am…

For me, it is necessary, that I have these types of circuit breakers planned at regular intervals throughout the year…what do you do to take a break and remember who you are?


(Trained as a whole-body focussing oriented therapist, Sarah Sacks is an experienced counsellor, who often incorporates meditation in her work with clients struggling with anxiety)

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Sarah Sacks

Sarah is a qualified and experienced counsellor, meditation teacher and group facilitator. Sarah's years of body based based practices, in meditation and yoga, have led Sarah to believe in the inherent wisdom of the body. In line with this belief, Sarah has trained and qualified as a Whole Body Focusing Orientated Therapist, Transpersonal Counsellor, Holistic Counsellor, Meditation Teacher and Group Psychotherapy Facilitation. Over the last 5 years Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit sector, the community health sector and privately, as a generalist counsellor and group facilitator. Sarah has experience working with children, families and adults around issues of; isolation, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, anger, separation, addiction and general mental health. Sarah's warm and intuitive counselling style, along with her extensive life experience, enables Sarah to gently support her clients towards their own path of change. Qualifications - Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Bachelor of Business (International Marketing & Trade), Diploma of Arts (Japanese), ACA (level 2), qualifying member for CAPAV