Prepare for the Unexpected

Prepare for the Unexpected

By | 2016-11-17T15:21:21+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Book, Healing|7 Comments

Certain times bring stunning upsets to life. These unplanned events show up in various ways, through relationships, careers, health issues, friendships, and political outcomes. The unexpected happens, in fact, it happens more often than not. We visualize life playing out in a certain way and when it doesn’t it can potentially disrupt, confuse and scare us. I understand this.

Last Sunday I got news that my dear friend had suffered a massive heart attack. In those initial moments after getting the call, I felt myself falling into the darkness that fear brings on when there are no benchmarks for hope. I had just spoken to him, all was well, how could it be that now he was fighting for his life? I wanted the reality of this pain to disappear but it wouldn’t, and the only choice I had was to find a way through it.img_1726

I was aware of what was going on, it was like I was watching a movie, my body started shaking, my mind unleashed all sorts of fear, my heart was breaking, and my spirit searched for true north. I was in shock and the systems of my life: body, mind, heart and spirit were responding to the sad news.

This awareness activated my resources. My spirit, stronger than any of the other systems of my physical body, called 911 for inner guidance. Immediately, my breath deepened, my shoulders relaxed, and my fear began to clear in response to the call. There was a job to do that depended on my strength, wisdom, and clarity, assets not available to me when I am shut down in panic. This perspective allowed me the chance to see how much benefit daily meditation brings to my life.

Yes, I know the obvious reasons I practice:

  • to clear my senses
  • to find peace and inner strength
  • to feel my connection to God, nature, and the world
    But had I overlooked the practical contributions that meditation offers me?
  • an enhanced concentration
  • a razor sharp ability to see past fear and become courageous
  • a strong and steady belief in the most powerful and positive outcome

This week I have been in partnership with who I am on the inside. I have devoted time to listening deeply to the tender and fragile parts of who I am when everything I know as normal is turned upside down. Simply, life is not dependable on the outside, and unless we create a relationship with our inner world, we will never know the unchanging, reliable, steadfast energy of life within.

Meditation has saved my life once again, it has made me brave and served as my lifeline and even with all the fragile circumstances around me, all I feel is gratitude.
Peace, peace, peace.

About the Author:

Sarah Brassard’s passion lies in teaching people how to create a foundation for self-care, a method of wellness that brings profound opportunities for transformation. She is the author of Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within to Stay Vibrant and Alive Through All Life’s Challenges. The book details the self-care practices and protocols that sparked her healing journey and that she has been sharing with students and clients for the past fifteen years.


  1. Eric November 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Love this post. <3 sending Hank all my love

    • Sarah Brassard November 18, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      I love you!

  2. Julie November 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Yes. The election results have taught me that my meditation practice is no longer negotiable. To move through the world in the way that I want to, I must build peace into my day. Blessings to you and your beloved friend.

    • Sarah Brassard November 18, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

      I can so deeply relate to the non-negotiable aspect. Without meditation, in my day I have lost my compass, and I can’t afford to lose it any longer. Thanks for your insight, Julie. All blessings.

  3. Ladybug? November 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    …to surreal to grasp that this has happened and our dear friend is currently unconscious. I will agree, even though my meditation practice has been inconsistent, it has kept my mind, body and soul from spiraling out in fear. My heart is sad. Not sad with fear just sad thinking of him in the condition he’s in and the memories I have, of our times together.
    Unexpected news like this could leave us to wither in pain and yet this thought just dawned on me, “we have no control over anyones’ journey here on earth,” and right now this is the truth. We have no control over the outcome. My senses have been to pray and ask my Higher Self and our dear friends Higher Self to pull through, surrender to his Spirit and allow his Spirt along with the Divine Creator to embrace him with love & light.
    In pure white light~love E ?
    … You, Sarah, taught me the Divine Creator and our Spirit prayer!

  4. Jimmy November 21, 2016 at 12:52 am - Reply

    My life journey led me to cross paths with Hank
    I’ve put him gods hands, I have his smile ingrained in my thoughts him always wanting to know more about me always excepting for who I am, always a gentleman all the laughs all the wisdom . I’ve couldn’t have found a nicer friend than Hank All we have is today and may god watch over him .

    • Sarah Brassard November 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Jimmy, thank you so much for your faith filled words. Our conversation at the hospital last week inspired this blog post. I am so grateful for your book, Eastside of Addiction, and your commitment to supporting hope in this world. All peace, friend.

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