Last night I stayed up till 2 am reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching. This is a surefire sign that I am feeling panicky. Inherently I’m fine. Inherently I feel safe, secure, healthy, faithful in the ability of the world and those close to me to take care of themselves and each other, figure things out and grow.

Body and monkey mind beg to differ.

Body: Heart pound! Sweat! Don’t catch your breath! Back pain! Doom!

Mind: Yeah, doom! Totally! Doom and dismay! Panic! Totally!

Body: Yeah, panic! Awesome!

It can be a challenge to focus on the good stuff when we revel so much in bad. Man do we dig drama. (And toilet paper.)

The truth is that there is a lot of unknown. Unknown is scary. Unknown means we don’t know what’s next. When we don’t know what’s next the stock market tanks, we run out of vitamin c (and toilet paper), money streams slow to a trickle, bla bla bla.

Look, on the one hand I can look at this as a beautiful opportunity to reset, re-balance, create, spend time with my honey. I’m fortunate to be able to do this.

On the other hand, a lot of people I love depend on work that demands social closeness and that ain’t happening right now.

In the face of the unknown, here is what I do know:

I know humans are incredibly resilient. I know it feels good to think about the good of others and act accordingly. I know I love my dogs and my family. I know I’m having a good time thinking up new favorite songs to sing while washing my hands (update: “Sweet Caroline” is really fun, takes a while, and as a bonus it’s kind of ironic because it’s all about touching people).

I know it’s a good time to be kind, to remember that life is short no matter what, and we’re all in it together always.

Feel your feet in the grass. Doodle some hearts. Call somebody and tell them that you love them. Watch “I Love You Man”. Or the Food Network. Or whatever. Bake some cookies and listen to YoYo Ma play Bach on cello and weep. Whatever you need.

I’m here too. And I’ve got toilet paper if you need it.

xox s

A picture book featuring the lyrics to the song “Do You Hear The Call.”

My friend Janee has been telling me for years that I needed to write a book, and she thought it would be a children’s book, and that I should do the drawings for it.

I am a TERRIBLE visual artist. I can’t draw. I love to doodle. I’m terrible at that too.

But last year I wrote a song that felt like I did when I was a child, and the lyrics felt like a children’s book. The song itself is about the effortlessness and fearlessness that comes with being a child in search of creation and discovering the world. Kids don’t seem to mind if they can draw or sing or not, why should we? Let’s get back to that fearlessness and curiosity.

So I did it. I put my doodles to the lyrics and made a book. It felt really good and a little scary, particularly because I’m a terrible visual artist. I left some blank pages in the back so you can doodle too. Right now it’s available on Amazon, and I’ll have a direct order through my site soon.

Here’s to all the doodlers out there!!!! xox

Check the video below to preview the book!

Sarah Behind the Songs: “Do You Hear The Call”

Stories behind the songs…”Do You Hear the Call” is out now! Available on all digital services.

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xox Sarah

It’s what I do when I’m trying to figure something out. Walking (and digging in the garden) has always helped me finish a song or figure out a relationship. Sometimes I don’t figure anything out, but at least I went for a walk. And there’s usually a dog with me on the walk, so, you know, bonus!

My new song “Before the Sun Goes Down” is now live. The turnaround goes, “It’s a 12-mile-walk before the sun goes down”. It’s about being free and not knowing what to do with that, and realizing that, while you might not know where you’re going, if you’re walking you ARE at least going SOMEWHERE.

Right now I’m almost 47 years old. It’s anathema to music to tout your age as you get older (!!), but I’m eager to shift that and share with pride. Wow–I’ve been here for almost 47 years! I’ve been walking for a while. I like my stride. I have NO idea where I’m going right now. But I love my family. I love my home. I love my music. I’m walking.

Please listen to the new tune and let me know what you think. If you want to share it around, I’d appreciate that too. Walk on. xox

Before The Sun Goes Down

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