Always Well Within

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

The Best of Always Well Within 2013


Writing for each one of you brings meaning and joy into my life.  In fact, it’s all I would do if I could!

I know I will never hear from the vast majority of you, but I feel an invisible connection to you and am so very grateful for your readership. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.

The Best Always Well Within Posts of 2013

As I browsed through my 2013 blog posts this morning, I felt pleased.  I feel my best posts dig deep, ask compelling questions, and present a unique view. I’m so delighted to share them with you.

Here’s the top twenty:

  1. Limits:  The Key to a Thriving Life
  2. 4 Reasons I Don’t Believe in the Law of Attraction
  3. A Bundle of Joy and Peace:  21 Inspirational Quotations from Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. The True Meaning of Non-Attachment and How It Sets You Free
  5. How to Cultivate a Spacious Mind
  6. What Hooks You and How to Overcome It
  7. How to Deconstruct Pesky Thought Patterns and Wacky Emotional Habits
  8. Three Essential Elements of Personal Power
  9. Are You Fighting or Flowing?
  10. Cultivating Compassion:  Begin with Impartiality
  11. Walking the Labyrinth to Your True Self
  12. How To Master the Art of Quiet Time Off
  13. Drop Into Your Heart:  It’s Easier Than You Think
  14. 108 Quotations to Inspire Love, Happiness, and Freedom
  15. Step Into Uncertainty
  16. What Are You Willing to Do to Save Another Person’s Life?
  17. How to Cope with the Suffering of this World
  18. A Simple Way to Balance Your Emotions and Revitalize Your Body
  19. Is It Always Smart to Follow Your Heart?
  20. True Happiness Begins with the Right View

More Goodness

For more Best of Always Well Within, check these posts:

Looking Ahead

I try to stay in the present moment and not look ahead too much.  But, I still have aspirations for Always Well Within in 2014, which  include:

  • Post a new article once or twice a week.
  • Offer my e-course Living with Ease:  21 Days to Less Stress once each season.  The next session starts Jan. 6th and you can register now.
  • Create at least one new course and/or write an e-book.
  • Check in with you through a reader survey.

Most importantly, underlying these practical wishes is this all-pervasive aspiration:  May whatever I write be of true benefit to others, helping to free them from suffering and bringing them more happiness and ease.

I’m immensely grateful for all the loving support I’ve received this year, especially during the launch of my new course.  Thank you for sharing my posts, commenting, connecting via email or simply reading my posts.  I’m so happy to be connected with you!

I’d love to hear your aspirations for 2014.  What’s ahead for you?

I’m so glad you’re here! If you enjoy my articles, please subscribe for free updates by email. With love, Sandra


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  1. Dear Sandra,

    Thank you for all that you do and embody! I will hold the intention in my heart of seeing you doing what you love *all the time* 🙂 May your new year be full of joy, health and inner peace, as you continue to add so much good and value to our planet.

    As for me and the new year…starting in a couple of weeks I will be signing off for the majority of the first quarter to go inward for a while, enjoy a yoga teacher training retreat, some vacation time and lots of stillness, reflection and introspection about where my heart and soul are calling me next with respect to my creations and creative outlets for being part of the continued positive change on our planet.

    Abundant blessings and hugs to you from me 🙂

    • Thank you for your good wishes, Evita!

      I’m so excited for your inward journey. It takes courage to go inward and to center in stillness for such an extended period of time. I’m so happy for you. I know it will be a time of personal growth, clarity, and the perfect directions for you. Wishing you the very best in the coming year.

  2. Jean Sampson

    Hey Sandra, thank you for all that you do to move the world toward love and non-judgment. You have attracted quite a wonderful community around you because of who you are. I love and appreciate you so much! I look forward to whatever you post during the new year. I am struggling with a chronic vertigo problem that I can usually keep at bay with something called Mucinex. However, it did not work the night after Christmas and I wound up going to the ER after crawling around on the floor all night and just staying in the bathroom on the floor the entire night, an experience that let me know exactly what is really important in life—–being able to stand or sit and not be sick! 🙂 The simple things in life, eh? I am taking antivertigo drugs now that make me dopy and sleepy but I am so grateful that these drugs exist and that there are such wonderful people who volunteer on the Rescue Squad AND such wonderful doctors and nurses. Wish me well on this one because I am committed to a very packed January (2 art shows to be in charge of and helping a dear friend through her mastectomy).
    Life is full of surprises and it has its way with you sometimes, doesn’t it? And much love and many blessings to both you and Evita. Both of you are precious gifts to life! I am so privileged to know both of you incredible people. Also, my sweet and precious Joy! Blessings to all of you and your loved ones! <3

    • Oh my goodness, Jean! What an intense experience. I had a similar experience of periodic vertigo attacks for a few months years ago. I remember sitting or laying still in one precise position and not moving an inch so the world wouldn’t start moving again. I’m glad you receive such good care from the doctors and nurses, are able to take the anti-vertigo drugs and are finding relief! When things go awry like this, we do realized how we take the most simple actions for granted, don’t we!

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I also feel privileged to know you! I hope all your plans for January come to fruition without hindrance, and of course, for the whole year too. Many blessings to you and thank you so much for your presence and support.

  3. Hi Sandra,

    I am so glad that you have compiled all your best posts for us. I am always humbled by your good gestures! Thank you so much for all the goodness and positivity that you pass on to us. Your posts have dragged me out of my hibernation to take a positive decision, to accept a bend and plan ahead.

    I shall be reading some of those which I must have missed. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Balroop! I hope it’s good to be out of hibernation and moving forward. 🙂 Thank you so much for your regular presence and contributions in the comments here. They mean so much to me and you often present a unique perspective that I appreciate as well.

  4. Aloha Sandra,

    It’s brought me a lot of joy following your blog over the years. What an amazing journey and development it’s been.

    I love your living with ease course which was so useful and motivating for me. I can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

    • Aloha Annabel,

      The feeling is mutual! I’ve enjoyed evolving together from the days of the “bird” on Get in the Hot Spot! Thanks for your kind words. I have many creative ideas about “next.” It’s just a matter of time! Much love to you and very best wishes for a wonderful year ahead.

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