The Practical Mystic is my personal blog. It is a sacred space where I share observations, insights, epiphanies and wisdom gleaned from my life. Motherhood, family, yoga, spirituality, food, health, poetry, community, poetry and art may all make an appearance here as well as anything else that makes life juicy 🙂
My name is Sara Foley and I am in a 15 year relationship with a man I call the Bear in my posts, a mother to two children, living in a rural village in coastal NSW. OMG I almost need a flowchart to track my meandering investigation into life :). Writing and reading were my first loves, music and then… Environmental Science, Massage, Nutrition, Homeopathy…and food. I love health food shops, whole food, food cooperatives, local food, farmers markets, home cooking…the real stuff, sustainably farmed, prepared properly and eaten seasonally.
When I had children I discovered the joys of community, and have helped to set up a local food group, a fortnightly growers market, a community cafe, community website and numerous community events. For some reason, people keep asking me to be secretary for their group: at the moment I am the secretary for my local school’s P&C and the Nambucca Valley Writer’s Group.
In the last three years, I have been exploring my capacity as writer – as well as this blog, I have had articles published in The Elephant Journal (and this one too) and the Yoga Lunchbox (and this one too!), a story published in my writers group 25 year anthology, as well as winning first prize in a poetry competition and second prize in a non-fiction category. I am dedicated to my own spiritual development, and have used my writing to explore my experiences with yoga, meditation and ritual.
I work as a teacher’s aide in a tiny country school, as well as looking after the school website and helping out with the newsletter. I have just begun my first degree with the University of New England – a Bachelor of Media and Communications majoring in Writing and Publishing. Exciting!
I started this little blog in 2012, a little over two years ago. Before that moment, the only blogs I ever read were via specific Google searches. I had vaguely heard of blogging, bloggers and the blogosphere, but I had no clue as to the scope and depth of this world. I remember a moment when I had just started: the blogging ocean stretched out before me, vanishing into the horizon in every direction, vast and unfathomable. This whole world existed without me even knowing – holy shit, what other worlds are out there????
Well, now this is a good question. Why do I blog? Why do I write? The first answer to this question is the most fundamental: I write because if I don’t I am only half living. In the act of writing, I gain insight, understanding and perspective into my true self, life, love and the Universe. Writing puts my thoughts in order, and allows access to my feelings which sometimes seem incomprehensible to me. The second answer: Blogging is a wonderful community and I love community. I adore the feeling of hanging out with like-minded people, supporting and encouraging each other. The third answer? I love to share the things I’ve experienced and learned in the hope that other people will gain inspiration and insight into their own life. You know?
Other places you can find me are:
And of course, here at my little writerly haven 🙂