Grateful Living with Sah D’Simone

Sah D’Simone is a meditation teacher, author, transformational speaker and coach dedicating his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential through a synthesis of meditation, contemplative psychotherapy, breath work and plant based nutrition for a modern and accessible approach to wellbeing.

What time do you wake up?

I always try to wake up before 8 a.m., sometimes 6 a.m. if I have an early class but mostly by 7:30 a.m. and I always try to sleep for at least eight hours. Sometimes it’s six, sometimes it’s eight, it really varies but the goal is always eight and I definitely notice a difference when I don’t sleep at least six hours.

How do you start your day?

I always start my day with going into child’s pose. Once I have done this, I will say three things I am grateful for, such as, I am grateful that I have this house, I am grateful that I have this bed and this comforter and these beautiful pillows, I am grateful for my parents or friends or family or abundance of support or lately because it’s summer, I am grateful that I have air conditioning because it is so hot outside.

What do you eat for breakfast?

It varies but the variations are coconut yoghurt with berries, hemp and chia seeds or a green smoothie with banana, spinach, dates, a little nut butter, water and ice. I will have oatmeal in winter and add a few chlorophyll drops or turmeric and then top it with fresh fruits and some nut butter and have that with a coffee.

What do you do with your morning?

I say an intention. It usually goes something like: Today I am wiser, kinder, loving, forgiving, exciting, fun, beautiful, sexy, abundant, courageous, patient. I always try to close with equanimous because that is the quality that I really strive for, equanimity. Then I take refuge. As a Buddhist I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha three times and then I chant four different mantras. When I finish that, I go straight to the yoga mat and do between ten and twenty minutes of random moves which are a combination of yoga and qi gong and then I will meditate for an hour.

What daily rituals are important to you?

My morning practice, movement, having time to eat breakfast.

Do you exercise?

I exercise almost everyday or at least five times a week. Running is a huge part of my ritual. I run anywhere from four to seven miles, sometimes I do less but then do some push ups and sit ups. I dance every day, too. I put on some yummy music and feel really sexy and dance.

I also walk and as I am walking, a ritual I have is to gift people blessings. If I start to get caught up in comparison and a competing mindset which randomly and unconsciously arises, I always try to come back to gifting blessings, so I’ll just repeat in my mind, may you be happy. I do this for several blocks and by the end of my walk, my internal resource of gratitude, compassion, love, creativity is replenished because I have been gifting to other people.

What do you eat for lunch?

It depends. Lately, I have been skipping lunch and having a juice or a couple of juices. I will have turmeric, apple, lemon or a bitter green juice with cucumber, kale, cayenne. I will also have a ginger shot with lemon.

Do you have a set of tasks/ responsibilities to handle every day?

Checking in with my team but it always varies so much.

What does your afternoon look like?

I have meetings and phone calls and answer emails and half of my week I am with my clients in person or on Skype or in corporate settings.

Do you spend time with friends daily?

If I don’t see my friends daily, we facetime or text; somehow we find a way to share a laugh.

How do you begin your evening?

As a wellness entrepreneur running a small team, it mostly varies. But when I can plan I love to cook so I’ll cook while listening to a lecture from one of my teachers. This brings so much joy into my life.

Does the day feel like one period to you or do you segment it?

Sometimes it feels like one period.

What do you eat for dinner?

Lately I have been craving and loving Indian food so I will have a masala dosa or a mushroom curry with rice. Other times I will have a beautiful homemade Buddha bowl with rice, beans, steamed kale, fresh arugula salad, potatoes, carrots and broccoli with a tahini dill dressing. Or I might just have a bowl of coconut or almond yoghurt.

How do you spend your time before bed?

Meditate then read or listen to a book. At the moment I am reading Radical Dharma so I will finish what I am doing and turn off all the lights but one and sit on a chair next to my bed and read that for twenty to thirty minutes.

Do you have a night time routine?

I wash my face, put on a night cream and meditate then read or listen to a book.

What are the last things you focus on before you go to sleep?

I get into bed and I recount and rejoice in all of the good moments of the day. If they were any not so good moments, I try to forgive myself and forgive others. I try to bring some clarity to them by bringing forgiveness to that space. I always try to go to bed without holding onto any remorse and go to sleep with a state of gratitude.

Sah D'Simone