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We humans are an integral part of the fabric of nature.

We share DNA not only with other mammals, but (to some extent) with all other animals, insects, even trees.

In nature, what looks like a mess is actually an intricate ecosystem, in which each element, no matter how small, plays a crucial role.

When we experience ourselves as part of the living system of nature, we begin to come home to our wholeness.

Spoiler alert: This mostly requires slowing down and paying deep attention.

We are nature. We are the planet. We are the mess.

What is Living the Mess?

Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm a nonfiction writer and editor, and I have a very active and creative mind that can be the source of great inspiration…or great pain.

Living the Mess grew out of my personal adventures in neuroplasticity and my journey towards inner peace.

It would be nice if that path looked neat and orderly, but it doesn’t. My path looks messy. Your path looks messy. 21st century Western life in general looks messy. It can be difficult to navigate our unique paths unless we learn to identify with that which binds us together, instead of that which keeps us separate.

I write about the practices and insights that have transformed the way I experience this life.

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From the Blog


Five Ways to Find Moments of Joy in Everyday Life

Our day-to-day emotions often fluctuate depending on what’s happening around us. Yet in my experience, it’s possible to find moments of subtle joy each day. Here’s how.


Eight Tips for When You’re Feeling ‘Meh’

Our bodies are sensing instruments for navigating the world around us, and they respond to numerous factors that are beyond our conscious mind and control. Sometimes, we just feel meh. Here’s how to cope.


How to Differentiate Between Thoughts and Feelings

We humans are complex beings. We have brains that generate thoughts, a connected physiological system that creates emotions, and six or more senses that guide our knowing beyond the realm of thinking. And often, we get thoughts and feelings confused. When we do, it’s a recipe to make us unhappy. I’ve found that learning to…


Five Practices to Connect More Deeply with Nature

Paying deep attention to nature not only calms me, but also, it helps me understand myself as a part of nature. Here are some calming practices to bring you inner peace and connection with nature.


Seven More Insights that Transformed How I Live

This is the third in a three-post series about how two spontaneous insights utterly changed the way I experience the world. To read Part 1, click here. You can read Part 2 here. I’d been an ambitious intellectual snob In my younger adulthood, I was a ruthlessly ambitious creative. My motto was, “If I can’t…


Five Insights That Changed My Experience of the World

[This is Part 2 of a three-post series.] Last week, I wrote about (some of) the pain that I’d experienced for the first 44 years of my life. In April 2010, what I thought I knew about life and being human was blown wide open. I woke up one spring morning feeling happier and more…