Always Well Within

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

Month: September 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

Creating Calm After a Storm of Work


I just completed an engaging work project, a memoir manuscript evaluation.

What do you do when you finish a big project?  Do you shoot directly into another?

This is what I did:

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Listening to Your Wishes: Survey Results

I’m so grateful for your responses to my recent reader survey.

Your feedback and suggestions are incredibly invaluable.  The sense of appreciation and encouragement you expressed in your specific comments touched me deeply.  Thank you!

More than 10% of you responded!  That seems a healthy response rate to a blog reader survey given the busyness of modern life.  I appreciate that so many of you took the time to complete this survey.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, it’s not too late.  You can share your thoughts in the comments of this post.

Following are your wishes, my corresponding thoughts, and how I will incorporate your suggestions going forward on Always Well Within.

1.  What three post topics do you enjoy the most at AWW?

  • Spirituality & Wisdom – 71%
  • Mindfulness & Awareness – 70%
  • Personal Development – 40%
  • Inspiration – 38.3%
  • Happiness – 35%
  • Health & Wellness – 28.3%
  • Eco-Friendly & Green Living – 15%
  • Other (please specify)

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Happiness Habits

In this engaging and uplifting Ted talk, Matthieu Richard, former molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, photographer, and author of Happiness, A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill (among other books) explores these questions:

  • What is happiness?
  • Is it possible to create the habit of happiness?
  • What does neuroscience tell us about the brain’s ability to overcome negative thought patterns and embrace positive ones?

Ricard also shows us a direct method for dissolving any negative emotion when it appears.  Enjoy!  If you are reading by email, click here to visit Always Well Within to view the video.

P. S. My 5-minute reader survey will close soon.  Have you had a chance to take it yet?   If not, I would love to hear from you.  Your input will help me tailor my posts so that they are more relevant and useful to you.  The responses I’ve received so far have been incredibly invaluable.  Just follow this link to the survey.  Thank you so much!

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

Finding Freedom & Happiness in Simplicity

Do you ever long to escape all the complexity of life?  If you’re like me, simplicity sounds appealing at times, but it can also feel impossible to achieve or overwhelming to begin the process.

Lucky for us, Tammy Strobel, creator of the Rowdy Kittens blog, has produced the perfect user-friendly blueprint for simplifying your life.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap), How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too explains the logic and freedom of simplicity and shows you doable step-by-step actions that will help you get a handle on all that is “too much” in your life.  Replete with engaging stories, honest, and intelligent, this simplicity guide is easy to embrace.

Don’t worry about that word “radical” in the title.  As Strobel assures us, there are many different versions of simplicity and the key is find your own level of simple comfort.

Materialism and Its Link to Depression and Low Satisfaction

Strobel bought into the “American Dream” at a very early age.  Ever since she was a kid, she says she wanted,

“…a house in the suburbs, with my own washing machine and dryer, a big kitchen to cook huge meals, and an extra bedroom for guests to stay in when they visited.”

After graduating from college, she took a job at a financial investment firm and set out to achieve her fantasy of the good life.

Soon Strobel found herself sinking into depression despite having a promising but not fulfilling job, a nice car, a closet full of clothes, and a great husband.  To alleviate her feelings of dissatisfaction, like many of us, she went on regular shopping trips to the nearby outlet mall.

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How to Extract Wisdom Pearls from the Scenes of Your Life

Stillwater Pearl

Every week, hundreds of “scenes” occur in your life offering rich material for personal transformation.

If you stop, look, and listen.

The next time you encounter challenging circumstances, entangled communication, or a moment of explosive excitement be sure to take some time to extract a pearl of wisdom from the drama.

First, we need to make a conscious effort to step back and inhale.

You may be lost in a storm of emotional reactivity if your buttons have been pushed or status quo has been threatened.  Or, you may be so entranced with enthusiasm that your mind is pumping on high speed creating ever-more more attachment.  Our knee-jerk reaction is to blend with strong thoughts and emotions, or to judge ourselves for having them.

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Getting to Know You – Reader Survey

Thank You!

My purpose for writing at Always Well Within is to help you live with more confidence, happiness, and ease.

I would love to get to know you more so I can tailor my blog posts to address your most important needs, challenges, and aspirations.

Would you help me help you by answering 5 simple survey questions, mostly multiple choice?  It should take no more than 5 minutes.

Please follow the link and share your responses in my  Getting to Know You Survey.  I would love to hear your feedback on post topics and any suggestions you may have about Always Well Within.  If you are receiving this by email, just click here to visit the survey.

I’m so grateful that you read my blog and have joined me on the path to becoming Always Well Within.  I appreciate your engagement through comments, sharing my posts, and sending me hellos via email.  Writing for you is the highlight of my day.  Whether you are active on my blog or quiet in the background, I appreciate our connection and your presence at Always Well Within.

Thanks so much for responding to my survey!  With love,  Sandra

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