Always Well Within

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

Month: May 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

Release Yourself from The Tyranny of Thoughts & Emotions

I see vividly – in my own mind – how painful emotions are so often preceded by a thought*.

That thought – along with all the others – is just a story I create about my experience.  It doesn’t really exist.  Like a rainbow, a dream, or mirage, the thought appears and, sooner or later, it disappears.

Knowing this – truly knowing this – is an essential aspect of securing true freedom and putting an end to suffering.  Do you believe you can put an end to suffering?

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Heaven and Hell: A Zen Parable

If we truly understood how much damage negative emotions cause – for ourselves and others – we wouldn’t indulge in them for a moment.  This Zen parable perfectly illustrates the potential dangers that occur when we fall prey to negative emotions.

A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. But the monk replied with scorn, “You’re nothing but a lout—I can’t waste my time with the likes of you!”

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Summer Calls: Setting Aspirations, Clarifying Dreams

Are your thoughts drifting towards summer as this luminous season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere?

Do you have aspirations or dreams?  Will you capture them or let them float by?  The secret is to catch them, set an intention, and gently nourish them to be.

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How to Practice Mindful Eating: Insights from Thich Nhat Hanh

How often – if ever – do you eat mindfully with full awareness?

These days, many of us are busy reading email, texting, or consuming blog posts while we eat.  Multi-tasking at meals is not beneficial for optimal digestion.  It also makes our life feel stressed and crammed and diminishes the richness to be experienced in each moment.

For those of us who have forgotten, this is an exquisite primer in eating with awareness:

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31 Inspirational Quotes from Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was the great political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. His philosophy and life were deeply rooted in the view of non-violence (ahimsa), and have inspired movements for civil rights and freedom throughout the world.


“The future depends on what we do in the present.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”

“To see the all-pervading Spirit of Truth, one must be able to love the meanest of all creation as oneself.”

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver.”

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Manifesting or Unfolding?

A Star is Born The Visions Oracle CardFrom time-to-time, I use The Visions Oracle cards for inspiration, guidance, and direction.

Recently, I received a card called “A Star Is Born”, which said:

How have your thoughts and imaginations shaped your surroundings?
Take the time to create your own reality on the inner planes, first.
Trust you can manifest your intentions.
Let go.”

I immediately thought:  “Why would I want to manifest something other than this perfect present moment in which my karma is unfolding seamlessly before my eyes?  This karma – the fruit of my past actions – if understood correctly – is replete with boundless insight and potential for transformation.”

Isn’t it human nature to always want something different than what is?

Will I trample this moment and attach to creating something I perceive as better, more suitable, and more to my liking?  As soon as I begin wanting something different – improved health, more security, the dissolution of pain, a new gadget, the perfect house, or anything else – I’ve entered into the realm of attachment and grasping, the very source of suffering.  I’m living in the future or motivated by the past.  I’m living on the fuel of hope and fear.

Wouldn’t it be exhilarating to be completely free of hope and fear, attachment and aversion?

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