Sheila Webster is passionate about exploring and inspiring others. As an outdoor seeker, she craves discovery and connectedness through nature. As a divine change maker she strives to inspire others through respect, compassionate listening and the offering of views on ordinary things that will shift your perspective, radically! Sheila’s gift and life purpose is to live consciously, in the present; to support women who seemingly have it all but who are struggling quietly from within, and who want to go from simply surviving to outright thriving.
What do you BELIEVE in? I believe in simplicity. I believe in feeding my body foods that nourish me at the cellular level. I believe in a good night’s rest and playing outside. I believe in laughter. I believe in keeping perspective. I believe in Stephen Covey’s Habit 5 “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” I believe in courageous conversations; the type of talks where you are open to your vulnerabilities being exposed whether you are the sender or receiver. I believe in treating others as I wish to be treated. I believe nature is one of, if not, THE greatest teachers on this planet. I believe in living in the present, consciously. I believe in touching, kissing, and sweet sexy whispers 😉
How does LOVE show up/present itself in your life? Mostly through gratitude. I can pick up an apple and love that apple. It’s color. It’s fragrance. It’s shape and texture. I can get a drink of water and feel so much gratitude for it coming out of a tap and ready to drink. When you live in gratitude there is so much love. Love shows up in my life through my family of origin. I’m no longer physically close to my family but I know they’ve got my back no matter what. Thanks to my brother Bruce, and 3 sisters Phyllis, Cindy, and Kim. I’ve literally got hundreds of cousins and they are a pretty special bunch of people. I’m honored to be part of this family tree. I’ve got some pretty special friends as well. My daughter is love. She’s an incredibly sensitive little person who reminds me every day what love looks like and needs to look like in this world.
Who or what INSPIRES you? I wouldn’t say I’m star struck but Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon always seem to catch my attention with their clean and fun humor. They are both so multifaceted in their talents and I love the way they max out those talents for all of our benefit. People who speak their truth inspire me. I like things real. Nature’s beauty completely inspires me. A sunset, sunrise, calm body of water, trees – the bark, the roots, the branches, the leaves, a rainbow, animals, seasons, clouds, blue skies, flowers. It’s just never ending really. My daughter inspires me. She lives a wee bit differently in this world and I’m inspired by her kind spirit, honesty, humor, perspective, creativity, and her gentle way of loving.
How do you, or can you, SERVE your community? Initially, I interpreted this question as physically showing up somewhere to do something but I think of it differently. I believe I serve my community in very subtle ways. First, I pay it forward to my community by raising my daughter to high moral and ethical standards. I do my best to set an example and hope she shows up in her adult life in this community with honesty, integrity and a willingness to help others. Last year I had a neighbor who was terminally ill so I told my daughter we were going to make homemade chicken soup and bring it over to the elderly couple. Not only for the man who was sick but for his wife too because she needed nourishment as the primary care giver. We delivered it together so she could see what that looked like and felt like. Other ways I suppose I serve are through our community school PAC, donating blood, and pitching in with the yoUnlimited and Victoria Yoga Conference when I’m able to.
What does it mean to you to SURRENDER? For me it means to bow down to the sadness, hurt, loneliness, and feelings of loss that go so deep. My mom died when I was 11 years old. Back in 1978 there were no support groups and this loss was new to my family and I believe for the most part we all emotionally stalled at that point but our physical bodies kept moving forward. I’ve done varying degrees of grief over the years but last year in August I can say with certainty I surrendered to it. It took 35 years for that to happen and the trigger was a marital separation that evoked those childhood feelings of loss. Surrendering to it means for me to allow those feelings to exist. I need to acknowledge them when they arise. Losing my mom is not something that “happened to me”. Losing my mom is “part of me”. On the opposite end of the spectrum it also means to bow down to the love and compassion within me and extending that to others.