Always Well Within

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

Month: September 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Read This When Uncertainty Strikes

Lava Moving Toward Pahoa

Lava flowing toward the town of Pahoa, Hawaii •  September 18, 2014

Transitions always occur around my birthday. Have you noticed that too?

A few months ahead, I start to (metaphorically) itch.  Inevitably, several aspects of my life, ones I used to love, begin to feel like a prized shirt mistakenly washed in hot water – too tight.  It might be my connection with a health care provider, a business consultant, or a personal relationship that needs to change.

I tend to be insanely loyal.  It’s not easy for me to release what I’ve previously cherished even when signs appear like newborn criticism, irritation, or anger.

In the past, I didn’t release these elements gracefully.  I needed to create a drama to inflame my righteousness and thus buoy my courage.

Now, when the clues appear, I know I’m shedding so I can step lightly into the new.  I do my best to let go with kindness.  I honor all the goodness I’ve received from the person or situation without making a ruckus about my new-found infantile irks.

I understand, it’s time to step into uncertainty.

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Mini-Mindfulness Challenge: Mindful Walking

Mind-Mindfulness Challenge

Welcome to Week 4 and the conclusion of the Mini-Mindfulness Challenge.  I’m so glad you’re here!

The Mini-Mindfulness Challenge offers a simple prompt each week to help you remember to be present in the moment and in so doing find better health and more ease.  If you missed Week 1 – 3, here they are:

This week we’ll explore walking mindfully.  I won’t bemoan the dangers of a sedentary life style.  But it’s shocking to consider that a sedentary lifestyle – one with little or no physical activity – can contribute to many preventable causes of death.

Let’s not go there!

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Four Steps to Joyful Work

Wildflowers, Joy

I’m delighted to welcome Dan Zandt from Stillmind today.

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~ Rumi

The word “spirituality” is banded about a lot these days. To be called a “spiritual person” is a compliment. Bookstores have dedicated sections, usually next to the one labelled “New Age.” We talk about spiritual paths, disciplines and teachings without a second thought.

Yet do we really have a clear idea of what the word means?

In his book Seeking Spirituality, Ron Rolheiser writes that human nature is marked by a “fundamental dis-ease, an unquenchable fire that renders us incapable, in this life, of ever coming to full peace.”

We can, I think, see this truth wherever we look.

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Mini-Mindfulness Challenge: Drink Up!

Mind-Mindfulness Challenge

Welcome to Week 3 of the Mini-Mindfulness Challenge.  I’m so glad you’re here!

The Mini-Mindfulness Challenge offers a simple prompt each week – for 4 weeks – to help you remember to be present in the moment and in so doing find better health and more ease.  If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, here they are:

The mindfulness focus this week is water, a prompt I personally need!

Did you know that up to 75% of North Americans may be chronically dehydrated?  Over time, failure to drink an adequate amount of water can contribute to many health challenges like:

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Do You Need A Sanctuary?

Sanctuary

A few days ago, on my birthday, my friend Bo Mackinson pulled a Desert Wisdom Card on my behalf.  See what appeared!  The perfect message.

Sanctuary means:

  • A sacred or holy place
  • A place for tranquility and introspection
  • A place of refuge, protection, and safety

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Mini-Mindfulness Challenge: Dispel Worry

Mind-Mindfulness Challenge

Welcome to Week 2 of the Mini-Mindfulness Challenge.  I’m so glad you’re here!

The Mini-Mindfulness Challenge offers a simple prompt each week – for 4 weeks – to help you remember to be present in the moment and in so doing find better health and more ease.  If you missed Week 1, here it is:

Now, onto worry.  Did you know the average person has 10,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day?  Most of them are unnecessary and many of them are unhelpful –  like worry, anger, and self-recrimination.

The purpose of mindfulness isn’t to eliminate thoughts entirely.  That would be impossible.  But mindfulness will help you:

  • Discover more calm, serenity, and peace
  • Take charge of your mind so you’re no longer a slave to your thoughts and emotions and suffering as a result

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