Luminary Profile: Tara Sophia Mohr
Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, coach and teacher who embodies a rare combination of intellectual brilliance and deep, intuitive wisdom. She is a true luminary in the field of women’s leadership. Her teachings have personally inspired us to bring our work into the world in a bigger way.
If you could share a piece of wisdom or comfort with a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
Be more of yourself, for the joy of it. Do what you really love, honey. Don’t worry what other people think. Don’t worry if they think you aren’t good enough. Go for your dreams.
What is the simplest change you’ve made in your life that has had the biggest positive impact?
Honestly? Giving up sugar and refined carbohydrates in 2005, after years of being addicted and compulsive with both. Doing that caused me to “sober up” and no longer use food to numb out or to compensate for exhaustion. Without the food crutch, I saw my life in a much more level-headed way, and that caused me to make many other changes.
Reading inspirational and spiritual literature helps me tremendously – even when there is only time for a few pages. I began browsing in the “spirituality” and “inspiration” sections of bookstores as a teenager and I am so grateful for the voices that, through their writing, have re-centered me and comforted me again and again.
Check-ins. My husband and I have a practice we call “check-ins.” Here’s how it goes. One of us goes first and simply shares what’s happening. I might share how I’m feeling, what I’m worried about, what I’m grateful about – whatever is present. My husband simply listens and periodically reflects back what he has heard from me, “I hear you are feeling grateful about x. I hear you are feeling worried about y.” Then we switch roles. The practice is an amazing way to communicate without reacting to, judging, or trying to help each other. It’s just a way of checking in with ourselves, voicing what is happening and getting more connected.
“To be” list: I figure that if I am going to write “to do lists,” the least I can do is also write “to be lists.” At night I write a short list of the qualities I want to embody the next day. Today it was: focused, active, kind-to-self, kind-to-others. The practice causes me to pause and think about: how do I want to be tomorrow? And it gives me a kind of guidepost for my choices through the day.
Foods? Greens. Green tea. Green juice. Protein.
What experiences nourish your soul when you’re feeling depleted?
Dance. Calls with my dearest friends. Spending time in groups of women. Looking through a beautiful photography book or wandering through a beautiful place. Sleep!
I am passionate about helping visionary women bring their voices forward to change our world for the better. I see a world of brilliant, gifted women – women who see how things could be different and could make it happen – but who aren’t quite seizing their power yet. I love to help women do that seizing – and take that leap into bringing their ideas into the world. That is what I teach through my Playing Big program and workshops for women.
And I am passionate about helping every human being on the planet come home to peace and wisdom they hold within. That’s what I write about in my poems and meditations.