In October of this year, we discovered that my nine-year old son Nick has significant issues with impacted teeth and a lack of space that is going to require two-phases of comprehensive orthodontic care and surgeries. The first phase of orthodontic care, the one where we will make space, costs almost $6,000 and his health insurance does not cover any part of this. Many of you know that my little family has already been through a difficult number of years. My children and I have moved over four-times in two-years and, in January of 2015, my son was in a very bad sledding accident and ended up in a wheelchair for almost five months. We lost our apartment and I wasn’t able to work for a number of months while I carried him everywhere and took him for medical appointments and helped him heal.
Nick’s orthodontic care is necessary to save him from a childhood of pain and to make every effort possible to save his adult teeth. This is not simply a cosmetic need. Without intervention as soon as possible, Nick will likely have a great deal of pain for years until he eventually loses all six of his front teeth in his upper jaw. Since some of his adult teeth are impacted, they will require surgery so that they can be captured and slowly pulled down. Right now, they are both impacted and coming out at a 60 degree angle. Last week, for the first time in our lives, I received a call from Nick’s school saying that he was in so much mouth pain that he needed to be picked up from school. Until Nick’s sledding accident, he had only missed about 3-days of school due to illness since kindergarten. Nick is a wonderful student and loves being active at school, being with his friends, and working really hard. To see him suffer like this is terrible.
I know that a lot of my students, clients and members of the Yoga Matrika community have already done a great deal to help support me and my family. Last year, someone sent me an anonymous gift card for Giant Eagle in December and it came at just the moment when I wasn’t sure how I was going to buy groceries that week. When we had to leave our house and my children needed to share a room, two of my students bought a bunk bed and other furniture that eased the loss and made the move more fun. And, it gave my children a safe place to sleep. I don’t want to ask for “donations” as I am not a non-profit. Although I hope that my work in the world is of service and creates greater peace and well-being, it is work and this is my business for which I intend to financially profit from.
In honor of my family’s critical need for more space at this time, I have created a new program called “Make Space”. Just as I need to invest in care that will help make space in my beloved son’s mouth, I know that many of us feel that we need to make room in our lives for both necessities and desires. We feel like those impacted teeth: cluttered, stuck, overwhelmed and cramped. Your investment in this program will go directly to helping me pay for Nick’s comprehensive orthodontic care and, I hope, to making room in your life for what is a priority for you.
What is MAKE SPACE? Make space is an online program with instruction in how to clear physical clutter from any space from your purse to your bedroom closet to your car and office. We will also look at how to make mental space by releasing fear, worry and negative thoughts that hold you back. You will learn how to use breathing, visualization, meditation and gentle movement to create mental and physical space, open your heart and find the courage to name what you want and to go and get it.
MAKE SPACE: Enroll Today and You will Receive
- A monthly newsletter for 12-months (start at any time as the months are numbered and not associated with any particular calendar month or season) with recommendations for readings, activities, recipees and lifestyle upgrades for letting go, making room and then living with the greatest joy possible.
- Access to an online course with interactive discussion boards, videos and audio recordings that will help you learn the meditation, breathing and visualization techniques that help you make room.
- Monthly teleseminars (12-total) and quarterly webinars (4-total) that you can participate in live, ask questions and interact with Sharon and other participants. If you miss them for any reason, they are all recorded.
- An opportunity to study meditation with Sharon privately (using SKYPE or in her office in Regent Square for Pittsburgh participants) at a 50% discount.
B. $8 per month for 12-months Payment Plan (Be honest, you spend more playing Candy Crush or on drinks every month.)
C. Choose your amount of investment: Give what you can and at the frequency that is best for you (make a one time payment, or make multiple payments over time). Any amount is appreciated and is important to me.
Within 48-hours of making your investment, you will receive an e-mail invitation to the online course AND you will receive your first of 12-newsletters. If you do not receive online course access within this time frame, please send an e-mail to Sharon directly so she can look into it. Make sure you check your SPAM folder first. Some firewall software at corporations where security is exceptionally high (or even Universities that have to have broad protections), will block online course access. This should be rare. Otherwise, once you receive your invitation, you will have unlimited online course access and you can download any of the MP3 audio files, MP4 video files and all PDF handouts to use at your convenience. Sharon’s e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.