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Acorn to Tree Family Podcast

Podcast with Sara Troy – Mindfulness with Sara Troy

Sara Troy was born with an incredibly special gift. From an early age, Sara could see the possibilities in others. Throughout her life, she has served both professionally and as a humanitarian in assisting others to live more purposeful, meaningful, and productive lives. When we connect through the soul to an open heart and an ignited spirit, we allow the mind to see in a way that is truly illuminating. With her Podcast site Self Discovery Media and her community site Orchard of Wisdom, Sara supports those who are making a positive difference in the lives of others through her podcasts, and Collab-books and with her Mentors/Practitioners Fund-Action programs, where she shares the Mentors and Supports who are serving humanity. With the Orchards of Wisdom collaborative Podcast-Books, programs, and more to come, Sara wishes to ignite our inner souls, open our hearts, uplift our spirits, and allow an expansion of our minds to view life’s wisdom differently. Please go to her websites for more and

Full Episode Transcript:

Patrice Badami  0:02  

Hi, this is Patrice Badami, with Acorn to tree family podcast. And today I have Saara Troy. She’s going to be discussing with us her podcast called self discovery media throughout her life, but she has served both professionally and as a humanitarian and assisting others to live more purposeful, meaningful and productive lives with her podcast site self discovery immediate, and her community site orchard of wisdom. Sara supports those who are making positive differences in the lives of others. He or she is Sarah Troy. Sorry, Troy.


Sara Troy  0:37  

I love how are you?


Patrice Badami  0:40

How are you feeling today? Feeling good today?


Sara Troy 0:42  

Yeah, feeling really good today.


Patrice Badami  0:44  

So what inspired you to to create self discovery media?


Sara Troy 0:49

Actually, it was a really bizarre thing. 10 years ago, I was in transition. Having actually back to technology that someone stole from us and really bottomed out and went into a depression. And from that depression, I wrote an article, somebody read the article, looked at my site, and then offered me to do a podcast on her network. And I my response was, what is a podcast? Because never heard one, I didn’t know what it was. I went on her platform for 13 months, it was live. So great learning curve. And they found that I really, absolutely loved it. And this is where I was meant to be. So nine years ago, I started my own network. And some 3000 shows later, I get to introduce people to the world, people like you, who are making a difference in the lives of others, and having that wonderful impact.


Patrice Badami  1:40

Well, I think you’re doing a great job yourself. Because what you’re doing is you’re gathering all the people who are offering help putting it in one spot so people can have it as a resource, and a library of support. So your what is your mission exactly of self discovery media?


Sara Troy 1:58 

Well, I have self discovery media is kind of the media platform, when I’ve branched out into the alternative wisdom, where it’s like, you know, the wisdom is ready for picking. And, you know, it’s, it’s taking it a step further going up and more into, into the collaborative books, mentorship practitioners, going more into supporting the supporters and, and hoping to raise money, so that we can actually help people in a transition, get the help they need from the people that we have, that are mentors and practitioners, we know that every single body needs help at some point. But a lot of the time, they either can’t find it, or they can’t afford it. And so I want to be that hub where they can come to and find those people. And by actually listening to someone’s podcast, their why story, why they’re doing what they’re doing the journey to what’s gotten doing what they’re doing. The they can build an affinity and a relatability. And, you know, then it becomes that invitation, I really hear this person, I feel this person really will hear me, and then they can reach out. So it says you said it’s a library, it’s a result of incredible information from people who have walked the walk, not just talking to talk.


Patrice Badami  3:10  

Right? You know, what I like is I like asking people what inspired them. Because I found with the few podcasts I’ve done so far, that it’s the authenticity of what inspired someone to do something helps people to relate in a more personal way. So what can visitors expect to find on self discovery What type of resources just expect to find,


Sara Troy 3:37  

they can expect to find so much I have 18 plus genres. So whether they’re looking mental health, health, or business or children or music or this or that, whatever they’re looking for have pretty well guarded, if not are created. But they’re looking to find connections with people that can help them wherever they are in life. You know, if they’re wanting to start a business, or if they’re having a health issue, if they’re having a mental health issue, if they’re raising children, or the beautiful, raising or gifted children platform, and the Forgotten children’s series, which will come out into a book, hopefully by spring next year. And it’s those resources from people that have, as I said, walk the walk, they’ve been there, they’ve experienced it, they know what’s needed, and they’ve created solutions that can help other people. So it’s just an abundance of wisdom and knowledge and resources and how, how, where and whom.


Patrice Badami  4:36 

Right. Yeah, I just was gonna say that I looked at the resources you had for families. And I did find that so much there that everything from raising children, to you know, caring for yourself. Yes, well, ensuring that you raise your children and you practice mindfulness and self care. And just looking stopping and appreciating what’s around you Um, so what I’m what I’m wanting to discuss again with you is that was specifically speaking with moms and dads who are caregivers or even other family members who are caregivers. What is your advice on how they can start approaching being more mindful, relaxing, becoming distressed on your website and podcast?


Sara Troy 5:23

Okay, compartmentalize. We know we think that we need to be on from the moment we’re up to the moment we go to bed. And what we can do is delegate responsibilities, we can say this block of time is timeout. This block of time is is the action time and just really basically set the boundaries. And you know, if mom, dad or caregiver is having this timeout, that’s your time to go and draw, read, do something on your own time, entertain yourself and leave the caregivers or the parents alone at this point, because they’re rejuvenating. And if they don’t rejuvenate, they’re going to have a flat battery, and there’s a flat battery, they can’t do anything for you.


Patrice Badami  6:12 

I think lately I relate to that. Oh, and you know, it’s especially hard I found with myself and friends who are working from home, that it’s not necessarily a very nine to five thing, no cheat, you think to yourself, let me just do one more thing. One more thing, for you know it


Sara Troy 6:29

your own boundary.


Patrice Badami  6:32

It’s a lot, it’s, it’s actually difficult to what people think it’s so easy to be home and you’re in your car. But it’s actually hard because you don’t know when to turn it off. Because there’s no one saying there’s no bell whistling there’s no clock, No one’s leaving to go home. So sometimes you might go overboard, and think you’re being productive. But what you’re doing is actually taking your battery and draining it. So when your child does come into the picture, you’re exhausted mentally, physically. So for me, I’ve done this thing where as soon as she goes to either camp or school, when I get home, I work until I go pick her up. That’s it. I’m not allowed to do anything further, because that’s her time. And if I stop, I can also have that ability to before going to bed I can read or something of that nature. But it’s important to recharge everyone really I know it’s hard, you want to just do one more thing. But just think of a battery and how you’re taking energy away from it. I keep thinking that Duracell commercial years ago. But yeah,


Sara Troy 7:31  

the nine to five, you know, as you would go to work nine to five, you know, and it’s set your own boundaries, not just on everyone else, but on yourself. And you know, business hours are, you can put it up in your social medias, you can put it up on your site, you can put it up everywhere. So people’s expectation is that you’re not going to be able to email them back at three o’clock in the morning. As soon as the phone dings, right?


Patrice Badami  7:55

Right, right, right. Something on my site, I have a section called mindfulness so that you can start with your children, and you can teach them different techniques like yoga, meditation, things of that nature. And I know you’d have seen things like that on your side as well, it’s so important to just pull that in. Because you know, even as older adults, or you have to watch your own stress levels and your health, if you’re not healthy, you can’t care for your children. And your site provides many resources on that. Both physical movement as yoga, and also meditation, I like that that’s very, very helpful to have


Sara Troy 8:35

to remember to breathe. That’s very important to breathe.


Patrice Badami 8:39

All right, so um, what are some upcoming projects that you’re working on


Sara Troy 8:43

my book. I’m actually taking time out this summer, which I normally do not do. But I’m shutting down for almost a month of actually producing shows I considered the 3000 up that there’s plenty for people to keep them occupied. And I’m in the process of writing my own book, which is very difficult when you are doing shows editing and because I can do anything from four to eight shows a week. So plus, I’m the present moment being looking after my grandson two days a week, which is you can’t do anything else other than 15 months old running around. Yeah, so yes, the book, my project, and then coming out in the fall, the mentorship program and the practitioner program is is up there, but there’ll be a relaunch of that. And also the gathering of the the people who will be writing the Forgotten children series book. I’ve already got the list they already know and but then you know the chapters will start coming in to put that book together. So two books, mentors and practitioners and also the shows will continue on


Patrice Badami  9:50 

right so the to go back to that book though. You have two books coming out. The one I think you mentioned before it’s about gifted children and about forgot what is the


Sara Troy 9:59

Forgotten children And series. So it’s, it’s where we’ve let our children down and education or foster care or it because we don’t support the parents, they can’t support the kids. And it’s it’s areas that desperately needed to be addressed so that we can be a part of the solution.


Patrice Badami  10:16

Sure, I get that. It’s very common for me from advocating for families, that when the parents are overstressed, and they’re not really aware of what their children need, and they assume that the school district near them is going to end, you can’t, you have to actually facilitate and advocate. It’s very stressful, and it’s hard. So it’s great that you’re writing that series, because it’ll allow people to be validated for whatever they’re not able to do, and to support them.


Sara Troy 10:46 

And the people and the people contributing, you know, I hope you as well contributing a chapter so it’s, it’s coming from the people that are working in fields that are you know, that, that understand the problems and know what we need to do as a solution. And, you know, until we address the problem, then we aren’t going to find a solution or realize that we can be every single one of us a part of the solution.


Patrice Badami  11:11

I get that, and I think that’s gonna be an amazing resource. Is that going to be an ebook? Or what do I


Sara Troy 11:16

know, it’s, I call it a podcast, but so it will be audio ebook, and written book. And plus, there’ll be a collaborative, like webinar video, I’m going all out on it. So I will be doing some major fundraising for that in the fall. Because I’m not charging the people who are contributing, they’re contributing their wisdom. And so I’m gonna be raising money in order to put that book together. And then the money that’s raised from that will go and be divided into the organizations they represent.


Patrice Badami  11:45

And you’ll also probably have that as an audible downloadable book type.


Sara Troy 11:48

Oh, yes, yes. It will be all of it. Yeah,


Patrice Badami  11:51

that sounds really great. So what I wanted to ask you also is self discovery media has many platforms. What would I know that you’d have the actual self discovery network, and then you have fortunate wisdom, but what other branches you’d have to your?


Sara Troy 12:09

Well, the orchard of is where the you will find the mentors and the books. And where we do all the while we’re branching out on all the programs for self discovery media is Canada, mainline podcasts, I’m all I’m also affiliated with the hub of discovery, along with survives while G. And that is just another platform where we’ve combined both of our platforms into one. And so and I also have my juice positive living site, which is more my site and the program that I used to do, which is soft self discovery, through various gone blank key platforms that a program that I have that helps people discover their personality types and how they perceive and interact in life. So interesting, to me, it is extremely, because when you actually understand what your key personality trait is, and how you actually listen, hear or receive information, it’s much easier for people to then you know, pick up those cues and talk to you in a way that you’re going to understand instead of talking to you and you from your own language, and the other person doesn’t get you. Yeah, so it’s like it’s a communication type platform, but it’s also of knowing oneself, and how to make your own signs.


Patrice Badami  13:29

Amazing. There’s a book I recently read called, it’s called a highly sensitive person. And I think with your platforms, and what you’re offering, it’s a lot of validation for people who have certain ways of viewing the world. years ago, if you will, being told You’re too sensitive. You’re too


Sara Troy 13:51

Yes. Did you know that? What’s my life?


Patrice Badami  13:54

A highly sensitive person. Actually, I don’t know the author offhand. But he has two books. The thing about the book is that I found it’s interesting because there’s not just a emotional piece to being highly sensitive. As far as you know, your feelings, your emotions, there’s actually there’s also sensory a lot of sensory has to do with it like noises. Yes. It’s very interesting and how that’s what I find is children that I’ve worked with that have, they have behavioral issues, they also have the sensitivity. They also everything overlaps. A lot of the traits for children with autism overlap into children with behavioral and then children with emotional, so it’s important to slow down, take note, be self aware, which I think your platform is going to be very instrumental in helping a lot of people. Definitely, because it’s not just in order to help yourself. And so rather, in order to help your child you must help yourself. Let yourself know who you are and be self aware, it’s kind of like when you’re on an airplane, yes, to put your mask on yourself before you try to help someone else, your child or someone else. So I think that it’s a perfect thing at a perfect time, especially after COVID You’re doing is very important. Because people try to appear strong. A lot of people I’ve known a lot of the children, like the parents that I’ve been caught, they’re just trying so hard to have this hard shell and look like they got it together. But deep down, not even deep down right below the surface, a lot of people are really nervous and really uptight. They’re feeling overstressed and they’re questioning the type of parent they are, because they’re so tired. And can I


Sara Troy 15:42

address that, can I address that, as you know, I am, I am a very spiritual person and have been for many lifetimes. And you know, one of the things that is happening right now the volume has been turned up on our sensitivity, our consciousness, to start being aware of more senses, in and around us and with each other. And you know, that our little indigo children are born with it, and they, they feel it and sense it and they can react to it. But a lot of other people have been turned on to this higher vibration, higher frequency, higher energy platform, which has made them more conscious, which also makes them repel a little bit the static in the world, the the, the density of of the hate, or the confusion and everything else, and you just feel it so much more. And so you want to retreat from that kind of energy. And you want to go into an energy that has a more of an equilibrium. And so this is why people are more sensitive to sound to crowds, to negativity, and more sensitive to you know, to pressure, you know, people putting pressure on you. And if we can work with people on that level, we will actually understand that the door openness, they are the reveal, as they are the conscious ones that are here to share the wisdom. But we must come to their energy plain, and not trying to bring them down to a different energy level that quite honestly is fighting to stay alive. The negativity is fighting to stay alive. That’s why there’s so much out there. Because they know, they know that that day is coming to a close, and actually pay more attention to our sensitive ones, and to the wisdom and the knowledge and the equilibrium, the peace that they can bring within. Because that is the piece that we need out. So don’t look at as sensitive and think they have an issue or a problem. They don’t, they are just so more finely tuned in to really the true loving vibration of existence of light. Wow, that’s abundance.


Patrice Badami  17:55

Powerful, what you just said, You have no idea how powerful that is, and how that really touched me what you just said. You know, that’s very interesting. And what I want you to just for people who don’t know, could you explain what indigo children are? Explain that to


Sara Troy 18:09

indigo children. And a lot of people kind of, say autistic are children with with different type of learning abilities. Their indigo children are so finely tuned in to this higher consciousness. And what is the higher consciousness, it they have a beautiful open heart. And the higher consciousness is they’re able to channel download, receive wisdom from the universe, and it comes through them through the heart into truth into the spirit. Action, and the mind will know what it needs to know when it needs to know it. They are divine truth, nothing to do with religion. They are divine truth, and the what they see what they feel. And the words that they speak are beyond their years. And beyond. They’re beyond, you know, many people’s ears. And if we could listen to them and learn from them, we will realize they are the teachers. And a lot of times it comes out in autistic children. And it’s you know that again, because we love to label. But are they so autistic? You know, are they just beautiful indigo children that work on certain channels? You know, work on other channels, right?


Patrice Badami  19:21

Yep. I want to say this. Having a son who’s on the spectrum who’s now 23 He is the truth teller. He has always been the truth. Exactly. He doesn’t like things that when things people do things that are not right. He’s always able to analyze the situation. He’s quiet. He’s a viewer we watch. And he’s able to sum up people’s intentions and to understand what’s the right thing to do is he’s That’s right. Yes.


Sara Troy 19:47

Yes. And if we paid more attention to them and looking at them as as faulty or broken, and we actually paid more attention to them as what do they see? What do they observe? shift do they see in it because as you said, they can pick out a light very quickly. And a lot of that is because they can see different frequencies.


Patrice Badami  20:08

Yeah, another thing that’s interesting about what’s going on with what you’re saying is I taught a lot of children with autism, children who are nonverbal children while they verbal. And they, the thing is, because it’s an interesting thing, because they don’t give up on social cues. Okay? A lot of social cues aren’t that great in the sense that people sarcasm, nasty face facial expression. It’s in a way, it’s almost in some ways, I remember I’m trying to I was trying to teach children social skills and one on one, like behavior, whatever. But by them not being able to pick up on the negative quickly. They keep that honest piece of themselves. And that sweetness, if you will, and that loving part of themselves, because one of my son’s friends was just like that you didn’t pick on you didn’t pick up when someone rolled their eyes at him, or he didn’t know what that was. He just went on his path, which was a good he was a nice kid. And it’s very interesting. So in a way, it almost shields them from some of the cruelty. In some ways, yes. So that’s one thing that people have children with autism, keep that in mind. Take who they are, and guide them with what they are and who they are in that


Sara Troy 22:22

listen to them. Yes, beneath me, they have wisdom in this simplicity. To hear, they aren’t going to come out of of all highfalutin equation, just quiet on this honest simplicity. And if you paid attention to truly what they’re saying, you would realize exactly how wise it is.


Patrice Badami  21:43

So like, for example, if like, they might not also understand figurative speech, but a lot. Again, finger to speech also goes hand in hand with sarcasm. Yeah. And by being sarcastic people think that if you’re sarcastic, it means you’re very humorous person, it actually means using irony to patronize so by a child not picking up on that, right? It’s a good thing. So good. Yes.


Sara Troy 22:04

Because it’s a bad habit. Right? their self esteem,


Patrice Badami  22:08

and they can continue being who they are. Yeah. So that’s something I’ve learned firsthand. Definitely, yeah. So I think that what you’re offering with your self discovery, media and your orchard of wisdom, it’s going to be a, you know, a positive thing, after a very difficult time with COVID. I think it’s a support system that will provide people the opportunity to not just heal their hearts and their souls, but their bodies. Yes, by taking a minute.


Sara Troy 22:36

We’re all intertwined. Everything, you know, it’s all a part of the system. If you don’t take care of all of it, you can’t just go I’m just going to talk to my mind and forget my body know, the whole thing. That’s one of the problems is the Chi, the energy is not running through it with fluid creatures. Everything about is the wind, the water, everything has to move, the oxygen in our body, our blood, everything the energy needs to constantly be moving. If it’s been blocked, then what is the issue that’s blocking it? And very often it’s an emotional one that manifests itself in a disease. Yeah,


Patrice Badami  23:08

and it’s definitely I mean, if when I get stressed, if I feel my heart starts to salivate a little bit, I say, stop it. Yeah, honor your body. We all during COVID are not all of us. But a lot of people that they didn’t take care of themselves, they gain weight and whatnot, and people are really down on themselves. And you don’t want that to be passed on to your children, that negative body image. So what you need to do is say, okay, so I gained some weight, it’s fine for me to love to think of it this way, this body of mine got me through COVID got me through the challenges in life, honor your body, accept it and work for it to you know, work forward now. To strengthen it emotionally physically. Yeah, yeah. So I think this is just came perfect timing for me, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna read all the resources, I’m gonna listen to all the resources and look at everything on your sites, because I think it’s very helpful. Having said that, so what other type of things would you like to mention and that you know, concerning the topics just in closing, about mindfulness,


Sara Troy 24:12

you know, the, if the heart is not open, the souls wisdom cannot come through. And the spirit can’t be ignited and the mind won’t know what to do. And we’ve got to understand that if we’re only going to be in our minds, just in our minds, we’re not utilizing all the other intellect, the soul, the heart, the spirit. They has its own intellect, each one of those has its own purpose. And if we’re not working with it, we are constantly kind of being on a treadmill of expectation in the mind, because the mind can play tricks but there’s we’ve got to remember the great deal of it is programming. And its programming from from childhood or even before we’re born. And most certainly from the the atmosphere of media. Here say everything And our mind gets affected by that. And you kind of don’t know what is the truth anymore. But if you can really open up your heart to receive your soul and let the Spirit fly, as I said, the mind wandering what it needs to know when it needs to know it, in other words, clarity. So don’t think you can have clarity mind alone. Yeah, and I say you’re one of them.


Patrice Badami  25:21

By being self aware, you’re able to be more authentic. Yes. And you’re able to not only support your children, but you’re able to put out into the world, as people are also looking for jobs or struggling with their jobs. You’re able to relate better to people, and they’ll trust you more and the work you’ll be able to do better in your business and in your home. By being authentic, it’s hard. But


Sara Troy 25:44

it isn’t when you stop thinking about it, and you start feeling it. Fair enough. Fair, right. And the thing is, by becoming that person who feels like it feels the force fields life in a way that you really are all completely switched on and tuned in. You have now become an incredible role metal model for your children, because they’re not going to buy into society’s expectation. Social media is expectation everybody else saying you’ve got to be like this to be liked. Right? Instead, you’re telling them you are enough.


Patrice Badami  26:18

Exactly. And that’s really important, especially as children start reaching the tween years. Yes, the seniors and the young adult years, because we’re all in, we’re all inundated with the social media. And we don’t want their self their self image to be painted by by different negative forces and things and there’s so


Sara Troy 26:36

much of it out there. And so if they’re confident going into the tweens of knowing who they are and why they are, they’ll go into those tweens and they won’t buy in to the Boulder Dash that’s been dealt out to them. Yeah,


Patrice Badami  26:48

yeah, definitely. Okay, well, listen, everyone. Thank you so much. Sarah SRI


Patrice Badami  26:57

Troy. Once again, she’s with self discovery media podcast, and actually,


Sara Troy  27:02

that’s self discovery. go to the Sorry, go.


Patrice Badami  27:07

Let’s do that. Again, self discovery orchard of Check out these wonderful resources. And I’m so happy that we had Saara here today. And I think that one, one by one we can start becoming stronger and ourselves and guiding our children. Thank you so much, sir, for joining. Thank you very much.

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