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Month: October 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

What To Do When You Can’t Decide

When I feel uncertain about a decision or situation, I sometimes use a system of divination to gain clarity.

Divination is a means to gain insight into current and future events and to access hidden knowledge and inner resources.

The process of divination dates back thousands of years and is embedded in a variety of spiritual and cultural contexts.  The I-Ching (Yijing) is one of the most well known forms of divination.  But there are many others like the use of other sacred texts, mala beads, a mirror, or tarot cards.  Feng shui and numerology are also considered methods of divination.

In my tradition, many great spiritual masters rely upon divination to make important decisions.  They usually formulate a question and request a divination from another spiritual master.  One who has developed the ability to practice divination for the benefit of others through years of rigorous training, study, and specific spiritual practices.

Divination can be employed to ask questions about work, illness, financial issues, major decisions, relationships, love, family matters, spiritual practice, challenges and obstacles, and other events or situations.

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Making Magic Happen

Magic Wand

Someone told me that I have a magical wand, a very magical wand.  But I need to use it fancifully not prosaically.

That prompted this week’s Question for Contemplation!

Do you feel like you can make magic happen?  If you had a magic wand, what would you transform within yourself or in your life?

This could be quite a profound question.  Of course, there might be practical things that pop immediately into mind.

But I suggest letting this one simmer a bit.  What would really make a positive difference in the deepest or strongest way?

Of course, if you just want a new car, I won’t object!  Sometimes, a practical item is the order of the day.  There’s no right or wrong answer, just what’s true for you.

Have fun.  And please share in the comments.

~ This is part of my – more or less – weekly series that asks a compelling question, inviting you to look within. ~

If you enjoyed this article, please share the link with your friends.  Thanks for your support!  You can also connect with me on Google+ or the Always Well Within Facebook Page.  With love, Sandra

The Ultimate in Self Care

Mind, meditation, and the ultimate self care

I’m delighted to have a guest post today at the Deva Coaching blog as part of Sandi Amorin’s fabulous month-long series on self-care.

Here’s a taste of my article:

“There’s nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Shakespeare in Hamlet

The ultimate way to care for your self is to make friends with you own mind.

Why?  Because the mind is the creator of happiness and the creator of suffering; the creator of goodness and the creator of harm.  How you experience your world – your internal world and the external one – all depends on how you perceive.

Who’s the Boss?

Simply said, there are three avenues through which we create happiness or suffering for ourselves and others:  the body, the speech, and the mind.  But which one is the boss?

I’ll let you in on the secret right away.  It’s the mind that’s running the show.

You might say, “Hey, wait a minute.  I suffer because my body hurts. Isn’t it the body that’s the culprit?”

Please continue reading at the Deva Coaching blog.  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments there.  Did I get it right?  Is this really the ultimate in self-care?  I would really appreciate it if you shared a link to the post there too.  With love and gratitude, Sandra

Rising Tides

Bangladesh - Climate Change Impact

“More than a third of the world’s people live within 62 miles of a shoreline. Over the coming decades, as sea levels rise, climate change experts predict that many of the world’s largest cities, including Miami and New York, will be increasingly vulnerable to coastal flooding. A recent study of 136 port cities found that those with the largest threatened populations will be in developing countries, especially those in Asia.”

I was stunned by these facts as I read “The Coming Storm” in the May 2011 issue of National Geographic while waiting to have my vision checked.

What grabbed my attention in particular was the life of the “char dwellers” in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  Char dwellers are:

“…the hundreds of thousands of people who inhabit the constantly changing islands, or chars, on the floodplains of Bangladesh’s three major rivers—the Padma, Jamuna, and Meghna. These islands, many covering less than a square mile, appear and vanish constantly, rising and falling with the tide, the season, the phase of the moon, the rainfall, and the flow of rivers upstream.”

Yes, these islands are constantly disappearing.  And so char dwellers are constantly moving – as often as once a year or more.  Since the islands can suddenly disappear, they are prepared to move in a matter of moments.  They create highly portable homes that can be taken down, moved, and put back together at a new location in a matter of hours.  They live with their suitcases at the foot of their beds.  The char dwellers are the epitome of resiliency and adaptability.

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Open Your Heart and Drink!

This amazing video was recommended by my friend Joy as one of the most beautiful things she’s seen in a long time.  Enjoy!   Thank you so much, Joy.  You are one of the brightest stars!

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Please pass on some happiness and joy by sharing the link with a friend.  With love, Sandra

September 2011 Review: Change

Autumn leaves symbol of change

Tammy Strobel and Gwen Bell have inspired me to try out a monthly review.

It might help me keep my feet on the ground!   And I hope it will help and inspire you in some way too.

Sudden Change

Like a sudden, dramatic fall storm, change seems to be popping out of nowhere and everywhere.  Is change touching or disrupting your life too?

Listening to one of the interviews in the Earth Changes series at Evolving Beings gave me a new perspective on change.  Apparently, there are many powerful planetary and astrological shifts in play at this time – like the Comet Elenin and the Uranas – Pluto Square (2011 – 2016).  These forces are shaking things up quite a bit for individuals and society.  Witness the Wall Street protests as one example.

It seems like a really good time to learn to dance with change, don’t you think?  We’re in this together so let’s support one another.

Trust, receptivity, living consciously, being responsible for your actions, coming from the heart, and realizing a sense of connectedness with all others will help you navigate these stormy seas.  Change itself is not good or bad.  It just is.  We can decide to flow with it or resist.  My initial temptation is to resist, but my aspiration and intention is to flow.

Flowing with Change

On a personal level, change threw me for a loop in September.  Believe me, anything you think will never change can and may indeed change.  It can happen in a flash.  What seemed familiar can instantly seem oddly unfamiliar and even foreign.

I felt the rug pulled out from under me, but it woke me right up to the truth of impermanence.   How could I have forgotten?  Holding on to a cozy, happily ever-after scenario will never work.  Everything changes at one point or another.

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