Always Well Within

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

Month: February 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Deepening Our Connection: Reader Survey

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I sometimes write spontaneously prompted by a life experience, a calling from my heart, or a subtle message from my subconscious mind floating upward in the early hours of the morning.

At the same time, my dearest readers, your needs, challenges, and aspirations reign foremost in my mind.  I always wonder, “How can my blog posts and courses, help you in the best possible way?”

I would love to hear from you.

Will you help me tune my writing to your desires, hopes, and dreams by taking this short Reader Survey?  It should only take about 5 minutes of your time.  I would be so grateful!

Thank you for reading my blog, sharing my posts, and connecting with me through your emails.  Writing for you makes my heart sing.  Whether you’re active on my blog or remain quietly in the background, I appreciate our connection and your presence at Always Well Within.

Click here to take my Reader Survey.  Thank you so much!  With love,  Sandra

Thank you again for your presence and for sharing my posts.  If you’re new, please consider subscribe for free updates by email.  With love, Sandra

Inspiring Quotes on Life, Love, and Passion from 75 Brilliant Women


Nobel Peace Laureates: Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Would the world be different if women were in charge?  Read these 75 inspiring quotes on how to live a rich and meaningful life from the some of the most amazing women of our times and see what you think.

Then, consider, for a moment, the wars, violence, poverty, starvation, corruption, human slavery, drug trafficking, environmental devastation, and other unsavory realities that plague our world under male domination.

Does any of the above give you confidence in male leadership?

This earth could provide enough for everyone if we chose cooperation instead of competition and generosity over greed.  There is another way if we embrace an “us” mindset instead of a “me” mindset.  But, I don’t think this sensible approach is foremost in the minds of our predominantly male leaders and its certainly not the prevailing marketing philosophy.

Is it time to listen to women for a change?  Is it time to elevate more women into leadership positions?  Not just a few, but many?

75 Quotes to Celebrate the Wisdom of Women

I’m offering these 75 bold and inspiring quotes from famous female writers, scientists, leaders, and spiritual luminaries to remind us that women have important wisdom to share.

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How to Understand Interdependence, The Key to True Happiness

Be at Peace

Isn’t it intriguing that the definition of ecology reflects the natural principle of interconnectedness that lies at the very heart of many of the world’s wisdom traditions like Buddhism?

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines ecology as “the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.”

It appears that ecology and spirituality agree: we are all inextricably linked – for better or for worse.

We are not independent. What we think, say, and do has an impact. Is it a positive impact or a negative one? The choice is always yours.

According to the principle of interdependence, our impact is like a boomerang. Our actions go out and touch others, helping or harming. Then the impact bounces back to either harm or help us too. It’s impossible to escape the effects of our own actions. Therefore, your interest and my interest are intimately connected.

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This Is Love

The Essence of Love - White Rose

Genuine love does not depend on externals or a relationship with someone else.  Love is a force that resides within each and everyone of us.  Love is a wondrous quality that can be awakened and cultivated through joyful diligence and a dash of patience.

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9 Important Things to Know If You Want to Heal Yourself

Candle Lit Healing Environment

One evening, I went to visit my husband in his meditation space.  Two candles illuminated the darkness and soft music caressed the air.  Laying upon a fold-out futon, snuggled under a light blanket, he was quietly engaged in a body-scan meditation, a mindfulness-based stress reduction technique.

I smiled, thinking, “He knows how to create an especially relaxing and healing environment, doesn’t he!”  I even felt a wee bit envious.

Why Do We Neglect Our Own Healing?

Why do we neglect our own healing?  Although most of us need healing on one level or another – emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual – often we’re held back because we:

  • Don’t believe we can truly heal
  • Don’t feel we have the time
  • Feel guilty when we take time to relax

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How I Became a Former Workaholic

Workaholic No More - Yoga

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Debbie Roes.  It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.

I was raised to be a high achiever and to excel at everything I did. It started with getting good grades in school and progressed on to graduating with honors from high school, college, and graduate school. This work ethic transferred from school into the work world and I found myself rapidly climbing the corporate ladder in Silicon Valley during the days of the dot-com boom.

Although I liked my job, it took up far too large a space in my life. For years, it was common for me to work ten to twelve hour days during the week, and I frequently spent time at the office on the weekends as well. In the high-tech world, it was completely normal to work this way and such a schedule was basically expected of any employee who wished to get ahead.

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