Life Coach, Massage Therapist and Creative Writer
Savannah Mayfield inspires women to listen deeply to their own inner wisdom and intentionally create more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Her passion for learning has taken her on an educational journey which included the creative writing program at the University of Texas, healing arts school in Santa Fe, life coach training through IPEC and hakomi therapy training through META. She has a pile of books by her bed and is currently writing a novel.
My personal practice is…….
Compassionately noticing and questioning stressful thoughts so that they don’t dictate my choices. My brain, like most, is wired towards worry, comparison, judging and striving. The more present and aware that I am, the easier it is to “witness” the workings of my mind without being fully identified with the story it is telling me. There are several inquiry processes that I find helpful; my current favorite is Byron Katie’s “The Work.”
How did you discover your practice?
I have always had a very vivid imagination…tending towards anxious thinking. Before I had a regular inquiry practice, it would keep me from experiencing as much joy and adventure as I wanted in my life. When I discovered mindfulness, I found relief and freedom from ongoing anxiety.
Why do you practice?
Because it alleviates suffering and allows me to be more present and open to the rich experiences that life has to offer!
How frequently and for how long do you practice?
Constantly…as needed! On a moment-to-moment basis, I have the opportunity to ask: what story am I telling myself right now? How does it make me feel? Is it really true? How do I know? What else is possible? Who would I be if I didn’t believe the story I am telling myself?
What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?
Getting too busy (operating on auto pilot). I tend to notice that my body is getting tense and contracted and then I know it is time to pause and see what is really going on inside my mind.
What supports you in staying committed to your practice?
Being around other people who are also highly conscious and positive.
What role does your practice play in your work?
An important part of the healing and coaching work that I do with my clients is to help them alleviate the suffering that their own stressful thoughts, fears and beliefs are causing them.
Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.
I have a lot of respect for a good friend who went from not running at all to running in marathons. The level of courage and commitment that she demonstrates in staying focused on her goal is so inspiring to me!
A practice I’d like to explore is….
I would love to be someone who writes every single day.
Anything else you’d like to share about practice.
If I condemn myself for going off track, I am much less likely to get back into my practice with ease.
Learn more about Savannah at: http://www.nurturelifecoaching.com/