Always Well Within

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

Month: August 2012

The Importance of Charting Your Progress

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”Georgia O’Keeffe

Aspirations tend to pop into my mind spontaneously.  Does that happen to you?  I eagerly capture them on paper and then leave them to germinate in the background of my life.

I don’t focus on my intentions in a tense or religious way.  But, I occasionally check back on them.

Why?  So I’m able to:

  • Reset my course if I’m off-track or find that a particular intention no longer resonates for me.
  • Allow new possibilities to incubate.
  • Declare and celebrate my accomplishments.  This always gives me a natural high and thus becomes fuel for further growth.

In these times of high distraction, it’s essential to chart your progress occasionally or you could end up in Timbuktu!  That means dissatisfied with a long trek back to your real passion.

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The Amazing Power of a Little Girl’s Wish

This short video will touch your heart and uplift your day!  If you are like me, chances are a gush of tears will flow too.

This is the story of a nine-year old girl who made a wish that came to fruition in a powerful way.  It illustrates how our thoughts, words, and actions ripple out to touch others for better or for worse.  Rachel reminded me that the way to transform our inner and outer world is to choose our thoughts, words, and actions carefully, and infuse them with positive motivation for ourselves and others.

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A Simple Way to Cultivate Generosity

A lack of generosity often stems from fear and insecurity, especially in these economically challenging times.  Yet giving is the path to letting go of attachment, which is crucial for a happier and healthier life.

Whatever the root cause of stinginess, the eminent spiritual teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche shows us how to perfect generosity, one heartbeat at a time, in this simple guide to learning how to give.

“If we persist long enough, we can learn to do anything.  Once a rich man came to see Lord Buddha, suffering from such miserliness that he was unable to give away even the tiniest thing.  To accustom him to generosity, the Buddha taught him to consider his right hand as himself and his left hand as someone else, and to think that he was making gifts while passing small objects from one hand to the other.  When the miser had slowly become used to the idea of giving in this way, Lord Buddha told him to make small presents, such as fruit, grain, and the like, to his wife and children.  Then the Buddha told him to give charity, first to the poorest of his neighbors and then to others more distant.  Eventually, he became capable of giving away all his riches, clothes, and food to the poor of the whole province, and at that point the Buddha told him that he had achieved true generosity. ”  ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

These are the essential lessons, I’ve gathered from this story:

  • We can change!  We have the capacity to train and transform our mind.
  • Start where you are.
  • Start small.
  • Persistence pays off.
  • Apply this same approach to eliminate any negative pattern of thinking, cultivate positive qualities, and overcome bad habits.

Do you find value in generosity?  How does generosity help you?  What blocks generosity?

Thank you for reading and sharing!  If you enjoyed this post please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love,  Sandra

Discover the Power of Writing Your Personal Fairy Tale

Fairy TalesWriting a short fairy tale of your life is a potent way to examine, understand, and change the entangled stories that may repeatedly diminish your happiness.

The process can expose the truth, sometimes with a jolt,  On the other hand, it contains the power to unleash a wave of self-compassion and self-acceptance.  This is especially so when you write in the third person and experience your personal suffering almost as though it belonged to another.

Like medicine, recognizing and owning your story can soothe long-held bruises and abrasions.  At the same time, capturing your saga gives you the chance to see and reinforce your strengths and celebrate your victories.

Exploring your embedded patterns through fairy tale illustrates where you are headed.  Is that where you want to go?  Grab the opportunity to exert rightful dominion over your existence  Imagine yourself in new, empowered ways  Drive your fable to a satisfying and meaningful conclusion.

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3 Essential Elements for Living with Ease

The ‘Busy’ Trap is an outstanding personal essay that explores how busyness has become a badge of honor in the 21st century.  Telling others, “I’m so busy” is a “boast disguised as a complaint”, claims author Tim Kreider.

Do you really want the busy badge in your collection?  I want to throw mine away!  I still get caught in the busy trap from time-to-time, but the balance is moving toward living with ease.

So how do you break away from this hard-pressed entrapment, which may be entangled with your sense of worthiness and positive self-esteem?

How can you step away from working 24/7, constantly promoting, skimming the net, or speeding along without feeling anxious, guilty, or ill at ease?

Here are the essential lessons I’m learning as I bounce between busyness and ease.

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Let the Forest Find You

Ironwood Tree

Inspiration for a quiet moment…

Lost

Stand still.
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes.  Listen.  It answers.
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost.  Stand still.
The forest knows Where you are.
You must let it find you.

An old Native American elder story rendered into modern English by David Wagoner, in The Heart Aroused – Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by Davide Whyte, Currency Doubleday, New York, 1996.

 

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