Welcome to Day 20 of the Feast with Sarah McLean! Sarah’s guided meditation today is to recognize and allow the full spectrum of your emotions. Using the RAIN practice and mindfulness learn how you can be present with what is truly going on inside you. Override the reactivity and discover how you can respond to difficult or painful emotions – yours or those of others.
Sarah is a contemporary meditation and mindfulness teacher who has been inspiring people to meditate for over 25 years. With kindness and humor, Sarah shares her secrets to creating a successful meditation practice and how it can lead to increased self-compassion, clear communication, and a more peaceful life.
She is dedicated to doing what she can to create more peace on this planet, for every living being. She believes that when people learn how to meditate and practice every day, they expand their awareness and realize the interconnectedness of all beings. They also cultivate personal peace. She believes that when each one of us is peaceful, it creates a more peaceful planet for everyone. Sarah’s been teaching meditation since 1993 and her students come from all walks of life. She founded the McLean Meditation Institute in 2006, which offers meditation and mindfulness classes, meditation retreats, and in 2011, she began to offer the 300-hour teacher training certification at the Meditation Teacher Academy®, a post-secondary educational institution that trains meditation and mindfulness teachers worldwide.
Sarah first learned about meditation while training in the U.S. Army as a Behavioral Specialist learning to help soldiers address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the Army and graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Sarah took a nine-month mountain bike journey from Europe to Asia seeking secrets to peace and fulfillment. When she returned, she began her daily meditation practice and studied mind/body health with Dr. Deepak Chopra in Lancaster, Massachusetts at the Ayurveda Health Center, a Transcendental Meditation community. After Deepak moved to California, Sarah became the Program Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She lived in a traditional ashram in South India for six months and was a two-year resident at a remote Zen Buddhist monastery for two years. She now lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Sarah is a popular facilitator at retreats for the Chopra Center, Esalen Institute, 1440 Multiversity, The Art of Living Retreat Center, and many world-class destinations. She has been interviewed on national television, featured in a variety of award-winning movies, and her work has been touted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.
Her best-seller, Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation (Hay House 2012), has inspired study groups worldwide. Her latest release, The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation (Hay House 2017) has received rave reviews. You can contact her at