Always Well Within

Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Heart, Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

Month: August 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

Take a Step to Disarm Digital Distress

An Invitation to Look Within:


Is there one step you can take this week to begin to disarm any sense of digital distress you feel in your online world?  Are you ready to commit?

Need ideas?   Check out  The Step-by Step Guide to Overcoming Digital Overwhelm

This week, I’m adding a second day off from social media.  What will you do?  Please share in the comments.

The Magic of Hypnotherapy

Butterfly - symbol of change through hypnosis

Have you ever longed for a faster path to altering undesirable behaviors and emotions like smoking, weight gain, low self-esteem, or anxiety?

Hypnosis has proven to be a highly effective and relatively quick treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges.  It can also help you cope more effectively with a spectrum of common medical conditions.

The Mayo Clinic explains hypnosis like this:

“Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

Under hypnosis, you’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you’re more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don’t lose control over your behavior.”

Hypnosis is generally considered safeIt has been recognized as a valid medical procedure by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommends hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.

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What Would You Do If You Lived in Fukushima?

Sunflowers for Fukushima

In the midst of darkness, there is light.

Invisible Snow is the touching story of a Buddhist monk who initiated the planting of millions of sunflowers, which are believed to absorb radiation coming from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

If you have a few extra minutes (only 4), please don’t miss it.  Oh, and this blog post title is a good question for reflection too!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27860810]

Thank you to mike edelman  for sharing the link on Google+  // Image:  public domain

Please spread the inspiration by sharing the link.  With love, Sandra

A question for reflection:

Is there something I can do today to break my usual routine and experience a different aspect of my being?

Making Space to See the Purity of Your Being

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

One of my spiritual teachers – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – recently disappeared.  On purpose.

He was just entering into a three-year retreat.  Then, one day he vanished from his room leaving only a letter behind.  He left without money, credit cards, extra clothing, or smartphone.  No one knows where he is.

Rather than practicing in closed retreat in one location, as most dedicated retreaters do nowadays, he’s adopted the approach of a wandering yogi.  He says:

“As demonstrated by the great yogi Milarepa, there is also a tradition of wandering from place to place, staying in remote caves and sacred sites with no plans or fixed agenda, just an unswerving commitment to the path of awakening. This is the type of retreat that I will be practicing over the coming years.”

Not only is Mingyur Rinpoche an extraordinary spiritual teacher with a dedicated community of followers, he’s a New York Times best-selling author.

And he was one of the long-term meditators invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin in 2002, where Richard Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and other scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators.

In other words, he had all the trappings of ordinary success.

So why would a successful person drop their normal life and activities to pursue spiritual awakening in such a radical way?

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My current question and focus of reflection:

Do I want to live in the world of concepts or do I want to live in the world of direct experience?

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