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12 Top Personal Growth Posts – Always Well Within 2017

Was 2017 as intense for you as it was for me?  It turned out to be one of the most challenging years of my life.

I know challenges can help us grow if we know how to work them. Still, I’m eager for respite.  How about you?

Because I’m going to relax or spend time in my creative nest for the rest of December, I’m sharing my annual “best of Always Well Within” post now.

This year on the blog, instead of just going with my flow, I especially focused my writing on the topics you favored in my last reader survey:

  • Self-Kindness, Self-Acceptance, and Self-Love
  • Intuition and Heart-Centered Living
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Spiritual Practice
  • Emotional Healing and Emotional Balance
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation and Ease

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How to Capture Your Most Important 2017 Life Lessons (with Free Workbook)

Personal Year End Review

Each year I share a series of compelling questions to help you capture your year-end life lessons and confidently move into the new year.  This simple practice of year-end reflection and integration can be a powerful way to become more aligned with your true self each and every year.

While it might seem early to start on your personal year-end reflection, I personally like to plant the questions like seeds in the back of my mind and let them naturally germinate for awhile before I start journaling about them.

You can use these questions as writing or journaling prompts and dig deeply. Or you can work with them lightly to paint an impressionistic picture of your year.  There isn’t one right way.  One word answers are fine if that’s what suits you, or you can pour your heart out if that will help you make the most of the year.

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11 Sure Signs You Need to Strengthen Your Boundaries

11 sure signs you need to strengthen your personal boundaries

Personal boundaries are essential for a happy, healthy, and meaningful life.

You need clear personal boundaries to:

  • Make good choices
  • Stay aligned with your values, goals, and personal mission
  • Keep out of danger
  • Avoid unhealthy relationships
  • Foster honesty, understanding and respect in all your relationships
  • Set limits with yourself so you’re not run by false beliefs and unhappy personality patterns
  • Allocate your money and resources wisely
  • Take good care of your physical health and emotional well-being

And those are just some of the ways personal boundaries can help you.

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12 Things You Cling To That Block Your Inner Peace

A guest post by Steve Waller.

Take a deep breath and try to hold it for as long as you can.

Go on… do it now.

The longer you go, the harder it becomes. Not only does it begin to hurt physically, you have to fight against your natural urge to release the breath; to let go.

A single breath, when held for too long, symbolizes one of the biggest psychological and spiritual challenges we face as beings of consciousness. It captures the desire almost all of us have to cling on to something for fear of losing it, even when it is to our own detriment.

In Buddhism, it’s known as upādāna which literally translates as fuel. This clinging is the fuel for dukkha, another Buddhist term that means suffering. So the more you cling to things, the more you fuel your own suffering.

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How to Go from Discouraged to Empowered in a Scary World

Light

Do you worry about the explosion of fear and violence around the world today?  It might seem like there’s no way out – the human race will implode, destroying everything else along with it.  In this scenario, attempts to foster love, compassion, tolerance and other spiritual values seem futile.

The humanitarian leader and spiritual teacher Sri Prem Baba sees the world differently.  He says we’re in the midst of a planet-wide transition from fear to trust, from isolation to union, from hatred to love.  If you were able to look through the eyes of spirit, you would see an increase in light in our world.

Prem Baba uses the metaphor of being asleep in a dark room to help us understand the outbreaks of needless violence that shock us again and again.

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7 Top Books That Will Help You Heal Trauma 

7 tops books on trauma

Trauma is far more common than you might imagine, both development trauma, which originates in childhood, and shock trauma, which occurs in response to an overwhelming event that occurs at any time during your life.  You may not even realize how the imprints of trauma silently direct your life because trauma sometimes remains hidden within your unconscious mind.

These statistics on abuse begin to illuminate the scope of the problem, and they do not include the emotional damage that occurs from development trauma, which can occur from not having your emotional needs meant during your early years.

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that one in five Americans was sexually molested as a child; one in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body; and one in three couples engages in physical violence.  A quarter of us grew up with alcoholic relatives, and one out of eight witnessed their mother being beaten or hit.

Let’s look at the difference between developmental trauma and shock trauma, so we can better understand our own emotional wounds and also extend a hand to others who have been impacted by trauma.

Developmental Trauma and Shock Trauma: What’s the Difference?

You may associate trauma with catastrophic events, but a different form of trauma, developmental trauma, can occur early childhood.  Both types of trauma can effect your capacity for nervous system regulation.

Developmental trauma ranges from not getting your basic emotional needs met during specific stages of childhood development to full-on abuse or neglect, often called C-PTSD or Complex PTSD.  Complex PTSD may also involve misattunement and/or shock trauma as described below.

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