sally creates and shares ideas that allow adults and children to feel seen, heard, valued, and understood.
More specifically, Sally Seiffer facilitates skills, tools, and strategies (or ‘practices’) that encourage and strengthen one’s self-awareness.
Self-awareness begins with a curiosity about your own data – the results that are showing up in your life. One can live a happy life and not ever consider practicing self-awareness. However, if you feel chronically stuck or spinning in particular patterns or moods that are limiting in some way – then being curious about new outcomes is empowering.
Curiosity lends itself to problem-solving, and problem solvers are solution finders. New solutions lead to new outcomes, new outcomes lead to sustainable or lasting growth. Growth is a natural way of existing – observe nature and existence over time. You can’t NOT grow – yet we tend to find ourselves pushing against problems more often than allowing ourselves to be pulled toward solutions.
If the universe is one song (uni verse), the title of that song is Well-Being. The practice of self-awareness helps us recognize our favorite way to sing the song – the way that sounds best to us. Self-awareness allows us to recognize when we are out of tune, missing a beat, striking the wrong chord, etc. Practicing skills that strengthen our self-awareness help us return to our song over and over again.
Well-Being is a state, a way of being. Not too much, not too little. Balanced. Aligned. More big than small, more open than closed, a feeling of flow or harmony, as opposed to the sensation of being stuck or spinning.
It’s easy to recognize others when they are in their natural state – authentic laughter, great timing, enviable focus, exceptional performance – ‘in the zone’. Well-being is a natural state and does not hurt you or others, therefore it’s not always something we tune into or recognize in ourselves until the absence of it gets our attention.
What would happen if ‘we’ (those who are reading this?) decided that tuning into our most natural state was the best way to begin and end the day. What if we practiced skills that supported our awareness by strengthening our ability to notice when we are ‘out of sync’, and helped us return to our alignment over and over again – the best we can.
Nature is design. Design cannot exist without contrasting elements (dimension, setting, etc). Our existence is based on growth, continuous improvement, and new ways of experiencing this physical life through our senses. Contrast is an element of this great design. Without contrasting experiences, or discomfort, we wouldn’t continue to problem solve and create new ways to think and experience life.
We have learned to call this contrast ‘stress’, and rather than value growth, we hold quite tight to what is familiar – even when it is limiting us in some way. It makes sense – what is familiar is comfortable. Comfort is soothing. Stress begs to be soothed. However, when we are not creating a sense of comfort, or soothing, from a place of self-awareness, we are contributing to ‘more of the same’ – results that repeat themselves or are unable to sustain themselves.
You have a way of being exactly who you are. It can’t NOT be true. Life is something that happens for us. Life is not something that happens to us. Well-Being 101 is a project and it will continue to have new beginnings and endings. It is a streamlined collection of tools, skills, and strategies that I have interpreted from other people’s work and created my own application that makes sense to me. Dan Siegel, Abraham Hicks, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Richard Davidson, Pema Chodron, Ellen Langer, Amy Cuddy, Brene Brown, Wayne Dyer, Daniel Pink, Tony Robbins, Jinny Ditzler, Adam Grant, Malcolm Gladwell, Oprah’s friends, Eckhart Tolle, Stephen Covey – the list can go on and on. I, like you, am influenced by everything and everyone I encounter. My truest and most notable teachers, as it relates to creating sustainable results and new outcomes or ways of thinking, have always been the students. Sages. Each one of them.