be gentle // Truth Tribe interview: Sandi Pike Foundas

What does true comfort look like?

What would happen if you gave yourself permission to feel . . . everything? What if, in times of deep ache and wild joy, you treated yourself with gentle acceptance?

Sandi Pike Foundas intimately knows both loss and healing. Through life's unpredictable ups and downs, she clings to "love and gratitude," continually choosing "to keep [her] eyes and heart wide open." 

I'm so grateful to welcome Sandi into the pages of The Phoenix Soul, collaborating on our latest edition of Truth Tribe interview. Comfort and Sandi are synonymous in my mind. Although we've never met in person, Sandi has become a gentle beacon in my life. She is light. She is kindness. She is comfort.

Sandi's a long-time member of our TPS community (even back when we were known as Sprout). We connected over a single penny, a strange glitch of a charge when she purchased an issue, in what now feels like pure serendipity.

painted stone by Sandi Pike Foundas; etsy.com/shop/lovefromcapecod

painted stone by Sandi Pike Foundas; etsy.com/shop/lovefromcapecod

I've long been a fan of her enchanting painted stones, imbued with "peaceful, vibrational energy tumbled from the sea" in her beloved Cape Cod.

Sandi is no stranger to heartache; in recent years, she became caregiver to her beloved husband when he was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. She says,

Two years ago, I lost both my husband and our 15-year-old ‘fur baby’ Tibetan Terrier within seven weeks of each other. My world changed drastically.

Since that time I have done my best to give myself ‘permission’ to do what calls to my heart to allow my spirit to heal. I will sometimes actually say the words aloud: ‘I give you permission to do this.’ (The six-year-old is very much alive in me, and this can sometimes be something as simple as taking a little break to go outside and blow bubbles, swinging on a rope-swing on a favorite walking trail, or occasionally having a brownie and ice cream for breakfast.)
— Sandi Pike Foundas, Truth Tribe interview, TPS: Comfort
Spirit sticks and stones crafted by Sandi Pike Foundas

Spirit sticks and stones crafted by Sandi Pike Foundas

Sandi also finds soul-deep comfort in visiting her beaches, gathering sea stones and other bits of beauty. In our interview, I said, "The sea is clearly a place of great comfort and inspiration for you. Would you share more about your relationship with the sea?"

Yes . . . the sea calms me . . . the feel of the sea breeze against my skin, the smell of the ocean, the tactile feelings of walking barefoot on the sand and putting my toes into the water . . . the sounds of the gulls, the lapping of gentle waves against the shoreline—all of it soothes my spirit. The quiet gathering of the sea stones puts me into a tranquil state.
— Sandi Pike Foundas, Truth Tribe interview, TPS: Comfort

Phoenix soul, where do you find comfort lasting and true?

When do you need to give yourself permission (to rest; to feel; to heal)? What stops you from saying yes?

What are some simple ways in which you can comfort your phoenix soul--here, now?

When you care for yourself (richly), you are able to extend that same grace and care to your loved ones and the world around you. Better yet, you'll be giving from a sustainable place, a soul-deep well that is full and fresh.


THANK YOU for this month’s issue of The Phoenix Soul . . . like a care package from heaven, straight to the raw places in my heart.
— Jennifer Richardson

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Amanda
your fellow phoenix