So what is Being Onto Something all about?

… it’s all about YOU if you’ve ever had these thoughts:

“I need some R&R – big time!!”

“Is there a magic wand I could wave to help me get some restful sleep for a change?”

“I’m freaking out over what’s happening in my life and need some way to stop my thoughts from careening off into a gut-wrenching abyss!!!”

“Arrrggghh, if only I could spend more time out in nature – it’s the only place where I feel really at peace.”

Solutions to these heartbreaking desires – that’s what Being Onto Something is here for.

I’m Sami Aaron and I’ve been offering retreats, classes, and workshops since 2006 to teach people like you how to experience the ease and joy of a peaceful mind and open heart.

My teachings give you simple tools to show you how to mentally and emotionally step into the flow of what feels authentic and powerful for yourself so you can live as if you were on retreat every day.

You’ll understand how to embody a deep nature-connection to embrace and experience the world around you and notice, really notice, the time and season and colors and aromas – without always wishing that things were different than they are.

Believe me when I say that I fully understand, from my own times of excruciating grief, all the sentiments attached to these heartfelt desires!

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Because they were my thoughts beginning in February of 2002 when my older son left his first suicide note, through his 15 months of therapy, meds, and analysis, and all the love and support we could give him, and right on to May 2003 when he ended his own life.

And of course, for the many years afterward when I stumbled to find some semblance of footing in my new identity as the mother of someone who lost the battle with Suicide.

The saving grace of yoga and meditation

In the beginning, it was yoga and pranayama (yoga breathing) practices that helped me make it through part of each day – even if the sense of ease lasted only while I was in class.

As these practices took on a life of their own, I began to experiment at home, studying pranayama and then meditation more deeply. I could sense the deep healing and release that I experienced with these practices – especially those times when I meditated outside in nature.

I started teaching pranayama and meditation in 2006, feeling somewhat ready to share their healing benefits with others who might be suffering emotionally, as I had been.

When I realized that very few yoga studios in the Kansas City area offered these powerful tools, I began to teach workshops around the city.  My first one was “Heal Your Grieving Heart” and more than 20 people came. I knew I had hit on a truth: so many people live with an overwhelming amount of grief and emotional pain.

My pranayama study with O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in India led to an understanding of the power of Yoga Nidra, a deep and emotionally resonant relaxation practice. I began to read as much information about Yoga Nidra as I could find – and that wasn’t much back then – and began to incorporate the guided body relaxation and visualizations into my other meditation teachings.

I wanted to share these techniques with more people and felt that I needed a yoga teacher certification in order to establish my credibility. During my certification, I focused on meditation and pranayama and completed my Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2011.

I began to teach meditation, pranayama, and Yoga Nidra to the clients at SAFEHOME, a local domestic violence shelter. On so many days someone would come to class and beg me to teach Yoga Nidra – they craved its extended physical relaxation and powerful emotional release.

Some of the regulars joked that my voice was so soothing – they wanted me to come put them to sleep every night! So I recorded my own versions of Yoga Nidra and produced four CDs. While I sell these recordings at my workshops and retreats, I made these audio files available to clients at the shelter at no cost.

Silent retreats and nature connection

My own connection to nature continued, especially while on silent retreats with meditation teacher Adyashanti. The sense of deep stillness that settles in after five days of silence can’t really be described. It was then that I began to experience powerful insights and release of gut-wrenching grief and tension when I was in nature. It was as if the earth (or a boulder, or an ancient tree, or a gurgling creek) was just there to let me spew and let go of whatever grief still bubbled to the surface, as each year after my son’s death passed.

And the deeper my connection to nature, the more I began to re-focus my life on environmental activism. My son had also been an activist – joint degrees in sociology and environmental studies in undergrad; working on his masters in urban and regional planning with a dual law degree – he was going to save the world.

We used to tease him that he’d be the only attorney in the world whose parents still had to support him since he would probably end up working for some non-profit that was doing amazing environmental or social justice work, but that couldn’t afford to pay him a living wage.

I knew, from my own deep grief journey, that time spent in nature made me feel better. It gave me a chance to really clear my mind and open the doors to clarity and metaphor to shape my thoughts.

It’s been an interesting journey, since 2002.

My story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery, titled “The Gift of Compassion” says it all:  my journey, through its highs and lows, has given me the gift of endless, abiding compassion, as well as powerful tools to help others find the same.

Thank you for stopping by Being Onto Something … Wishing you a day filled with the joy of nature!

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