Always Well Within

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

Month: March 2012

Lessons from a Miracle

Jiro Murai, founder of Jin Shyin Jyutsu

Jiro Murai

I’m always intrigued by stories of miraculous healing.  This is the story of Jiro Murai, a consummate over-eater, when he was on the verge of death:

“…he had a reckless nature and overindulged in food and drink – even to the point of entering eating contests, in which he was awarded cash prizes for consuming huge quantities.  By the time he was 26, he was seriously ill.  A succession of doctors treated him, but his condition only worsened until he was pronounced incurable and given up for terminally ill.  As a last request, he asked his family to carry him on a stretcher to their mountain cabin and to leave him there alone for seven days.  He asked that they return for him on the eight day.”

“There in the cabin Murai fasted, meditated, and practiced various finger postures.  During this time he passed in and out of consciousness.  His physical body grew colder. But on the seventh day he felt as if he had been lifted out of a deep freeze and thrown into a blazing furnace.  When the intense heart subsided, he experienced a tremendous calm and inner peace.  To his great surprise, he was healed.  He dropped to his knees, gave thanks, and pledged his life to the study of healing.” – from The Touch of Healing, Energizing Body, Mind and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shyin Jyutsu

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Bee Wise

My neighbor’s honey bees have died.  All of them.

She said, in a friendly, but sarcastic tone, “Don’t worry, we won’t have bees but we’ll all have cell phones.”

There is a fantastic die off of bees all around the world, which could have a dramatic impact on the production of fruits and vegetables that require pollination.

In her article, A World Without Bees, timethief reports:

“Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off.  They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the 80% of fruits and vegetables that require pollination may not make it to market.   Places bees can forage for pollen without being poisoned by pesticides have dramatically declined, and the cause of CCD appears to be related to diseases from pesticides, but no one is certain.”

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The Essence of True Power

Why do we admire great leaders and thinkers like the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Aung Sang Sui Kyi, and Albert Einstein?

Yes, they radiate the heart of love, compassion, courage, and conviction.  They stand for “truth”.  But what is this truth?  Isn’t it a larger view of reality that goes beyond the limits of material imagination?  Isn’t it an irreversible understanding of the way we are all inextricably linked to one another for better or for worse?

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Introverts: Quietly…Take Back Your Life!

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Are you secretly – or even unknowingly – an introvert trying to adapt in an extrovert-favored world?

Studies show that one-third to one-half of Americans are introverted.

But given the overriding “culture of personality” – which does not value  introversion and all its positive qualities – you may be constantly trying to live up to the “extrovert ideal”.  In fact, you may not even fully realize or accept that you are an introvert at heart.

In the second grade, I receive an honorary certificate – gold stars and all – for having read 32 books.  That’s likely a sign of my true disposition.  But as an adult, I took on high stress, high profile jobs that were not necessarily a good fit for an introvert, who typically needs to retreat periodically from over-stimulation.

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Cannot Stop Talking by Susan Cain took my breath away  Just a few pages in, it became a life changing read for me.  Cain shares this aspiration as a core purpose of her book:

If there is only one insight you take away from this book, though, I hope it’s a new found sense of entitlement to be yourself.

In Quiet, Cain shares the cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology that underpins our current understanding of introversion, turning on one light bulb after the other as she proceeds.

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Inspiration for Cultivating Your Voice

I am honored to be among 15 extraordinary women sharing their insights and wisdom in Joy Holland’s beautiful new complimentary e-book Cultivating Your Voice.

Conceived as an offering in celebration of International Women’s Day, there’s quite an inspirational story behind the birthing of these pages.  The process illustrates how love and clarity have the power to carry us through the inevitable obstacles that arise when we attempt to do something new, different, and significant.

Please enjoy this “symphony” of wise voices that will uplift, encourage, and inspire you to free your own voice.  Equally relevant for women and men.  Just click on this link to read about the e-book and download it as a gift, no subscription or sign up form required:  Cultivating Your Voice.

Please share the link with your friends!  With love, Sandra

How Far Would You Go to Save a Tree?

Worldwide, the equivalent of 27,000 trees are flushed down the toilet everyday, adding up to almost 10 million trees a year.

Astounding, isn’t it?

That’s only 10% of the 270,000 “trees” worth of paper-related products that are discarded each day in landfills and water systems.

On top of that, according to Treehugger:

“Making a roll of toilet paper uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water and 1.3 KWh of of electricity.”

How can Mother Earth possibly keep up with us humans?

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