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Finding a Deeper Relationship to the Sacred with Sarah Bamford Seidelmann M.D.

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A Fine Time for Healing

A Fine Time for Healing


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After two decades in the study and practice of medicine, today's special guest Sarah Seidelmann took a three-month sabbatical to search for a way to FEEL GOOD again. Having witnessed human suffering early in her career, and within her own family, she longed for a way to address more than just the physical needs of her patients and to live in a lighter, more conscious way.

Her new book, Swimming with Elephants, tells the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother and wife undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period of answering her call, she met an elephant who would become an important companion on her journey, had bones thrown for her by a shaman in South Africa, danced with sacred stones, and traveled to India for an ancient Hindu pilgrimage, where she received the blessing she had been longing for. She discovers an entirely different kind of healing, one that enables her to help those who are suffering in the way she had always aspired to.

Sarah was a board certified Physician specializing in Surgical Pathology at a tertiary care Multispecialty group  in the Midwest. While she thoroughly enjoyed her wonderful practice and partners, after 13 years, she felt a strong pull to do transformative work and to be creative again. By that time, she had four children and her life had become “complicated”. 

She took a 6 month sabbatical from being a doctor and found herself wandering deep into the woods. Sarah was re-awakening her own deep connection to Nature and to herself. At the end of 6 months, she determined that her path was to continue on in the field of personal transformation. Sarah completed Martha Beck’s Coach Training and got certified by Martha herself, who is s a former Harvard Professor and writes the Life Coach Monthly piece for Oprah’s O magazine.