Always Well Within

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

Month: June 2014

22 Books Worth Reading Twice

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Would you like to get cozy with a good book or two?

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends,

What is one book that you would love to read again?

As you can imagine, they shared their most deeply cherished selections – ones with the capacity to transfix you in wonder, transport you to another time and place, or transform your confusion into clarity.

Maybe one of these titles will spark warm or wondrous memories for you too!

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What’s Ahead? How to Strengthen Yourself for Whatever’s Next

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Many would agree we live in trying times.  An undercurrent of anxiety clouds their lives.  People wonder, “When will an upward shift occur?”

Do you have these worries too?

What Does the Future Hold?

According to some spiritual guides, there’s more love and light permeating our world in each moment that passes.

In Connect with your Angels, A Guide for Everyone, the Angels tell us –  through Jenny D’Angelo – that negative emotions and behaviors will continue to dominate our world for a while. But, don’t be discouraged, they say, because negativity doesn’t have a fighting chance on the long run.

The Hindu and Buddhist traditions believe we currently live in a dark age.   Known as the “Kali Yuga,” this  period is characterized by perpetual conflict.  Run by turbulent emotions like anger, desire, ambition, ignorance, pride and jealousy, many people are ill-intentioned and deceitful.

According to these Eastern traditions, there are four different ages that occur in cycles.  But, no one seems to know for certain whether the dark age lasts 432,000 years or 3,000.

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How to Balance Work and Play

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I probably have a relatively relaxed life compared to the average person. I sleep late, meditate, and soak in the hot pond almost every day.

That’s a major improvement from when I worked 6-7 days a week and took phone calls from Europe in the middle of the night, completely messing up a restorative sleep pattern.

So you can imagine the surprise I felt when recently, during a Lomilomi treatment (a healing practice from native Hawaiian healers), my friend suggested I needed more play time. He recommended a 1:2 work to play ratio for me.

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Can We Get There From Here?

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Editor’s Note:  I’m delighted to share a guest post today from the brilliant Sandi Amorim and an opportunity to receive a free spot in her new program the 100 Day Promise.

That’s what I asked myself the past few months as I explored the process of change. Because change is what most people want, and whether or not we admit it, most of us have a list of things we’d like to change about ourselves.

The problem with change isn’t that we want to change. Change is natural and inevitable; nothing in life is static.

“Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.” – Saigyo

The problem with change is that we beat ourselves up when we fail to change in the way we envision. And we do it so often it becomes a cycle that creates the future; an endless loop of disappointment and self-recrimination.

When we really want to make a change, but feel defeated before we begin, is it possible to reach our goal?

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You Can Beat Stress with Mindfulness

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What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means being aware in the present moment, disentangled from thoughts or emotions about the past or future.

Everyone has the capacity to be mindful.  But, due to habit, we lose ourselves in thoughts, emotions, sensations, and the whirl of life around us.  Often, our thoughts and emotions lead to stress as we respond to internal triggers or external circumstances.

For example, you can probably remember moments when one of these torrents dominated your mind:

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