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I’m Sarah.

10952847_626498557451576_917158018_nBy day I teach entrepreneurs how to quickly create new things that solve important problems with The Determined.

I’m a former software (UX) designer and occasionally teach software design, design thinking, and rapid prototyping.

I’m also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor in San Francisco.

Pathless is where I share the details of my own personal growth experiments. Stuff like building a meditation practice, healing adrenal fatigue and chronic illness, time management and productivity tools, authors and mentors I’ve discovered, and more. comes from the quote “Truth is a pathless land” by Jiddu Krishnamurti: “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.”

I rejected religion at some point in my teens, but after studying yogic philosophy and tantric buddhism I’m beginning to understand and possibly agree with Joseph Campbell when he said basically every religion is true, but only as a metaphor.

If you take away the cultural stuff and understand what was never meant to be taken literally, all religions are basically describing the same thing.

As culture changes and society evolves, our beliefs and understanding of the human condition evolves too. We shouldn’t remain stuck following rigid traditions for centuries. We bring in what works when we discover new things, and we discard old traditions that no longer suit us.

For me, teaching is the best way I learn. So I share it all here and hope to help others learn through my experiments and experience.


My Story

I was never one for new age hippie talk, so when I saw a vision of me as a yoga & meditation teacher during one of my first meditation sessions, I was as surprised as anyone could be.

I’m a straightforward person, I like science and logic, and I like to know what I’m getting into.

I’m a skeptic about all things related to meditation or spirituality, but I’ve always been super curious about things like psychology, neuroscience, healthy eating, and productivity.

How I got started doing this:

A few years ago, I had climbed the corporate ladder everyone always told me to climb, and was an executive at a hip San Francisco startup. I wanted nothing more than to do a good job, and I worked hard at it.

It was a ton of stress, and I was putting even more pressure on myself because of my position as a manager and my desire to “prove” that I was worthy of my title and role.

To make a long story short, I ended up driving myself into some serious stress-related health issues.

There were things that had been building up chronically for years, and this whole scenario I put myself in was the final straw. My body just couldn’t handle my lifestyle anymore.

On doctor’s orders, I reduced my hours and took steps to reduce the stress in my life.

Research led me to meditation.

Like I said, I was a skeptic, but trying meditation alleviated some of my pain immediately. I wanted more — and I wanted it to work fast. I had no patience for sitting around for hours focusing on my breathing.

That led me to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation.

Everything I read said this was way more powerful, the fast-track, just what I was looking for.

But everything I looked at online about it was just so…uhhhhh… I mean, if you do a search, it’s all people with their eyes closed surrounded by glowing auras or chakra illustrations and psychedelic art.

It was a long time before I got over the resistances I had to all that and tried it out anyways.

I’m so glad I did.

It got my blood pumping, oxygen flowing to my brain, and my energy came flooding back. Co-workers were asking me what I was on, in a “I’ll have what she’s having” kind of way.

…Proceed at your own risk:

Also — and maybe you can take this as a warning — I started getting these vivid visions of myself teaching this practice — what I would say, what music I would play, what I would wear — and I am *not* the vision type. It was so strangely compelling, I had to explore it.

It was like realizing, “Oh! I’m a teacher!” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

Things happened really fast after that.

About a year and a half after trying this practice for the first time, I had quit my job, I became a design teacher instead of a software designer, and I earned my certification as a Kundalini Yoga & Meditation instructor, being trained by Gurmukh and her team at Golden Bridge Yoga.

What I’ve learned, and will probably continue to learn throughout the rest of my life, is how these ancient practices can really put us in touch with our true selves. Not the self we put on based on how the rest of the world tells us to be, but the self deep down that actually knows who we are and is telling us, if we can only learn to listen.

So the warning is, only proceed with developing your personal meditation practice and exploring your inner world if you’re prepared to find that maybe you need to make some big changes in your life.

If you’ve been feeling a little lost or a bit trapped, and you’re willing to approach things with an open mind, you just might find the answer’s been in you the whole time.

I’m excited for you.

If there’s anything you’re wondering about, or anything on here that piques your curiosity, please reach out and let me know. I would love to hear from you.