Always Well Within

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

Good Links for a Happy Life: from Love to Legendary

Sunset and Bare Tree

Welcome to my monthly (or so) collection of exceptional posts from around the web, a good book or two, and practical resources to help you live the best possible life.  Enjoy!

Exceptional Posts

Books and E-Courses

  • I created a new “Books I Love” page.  You’ll find some excellent reading there on happiness, getting past your past, stress relief and more.  I’ll be adding more books and more categories in the future too.
  • Would you like to start the day grounded, clear, and refreshed?  A meaningful morning routine could make a big difference in your life.  And you don’t have to be an early riser to create a meaningful morning routine or spend untold hours either! If you need help getting your day off to a good start, check out this excellent Micro-Course –  Create a Meaningful Morning Routine – from Courtney Carver.  [Affiliate Link].

Lava Update

My heart goes out to all those downslope of the Puna Lava Flow as it moves into residential areas and creeps closer to Pahoa Village Road.  Please keep sending your prayers and positive thoughts so the least harm occurs.  We’re safe – 10 miles away from the flow – and it’s not headed in our direction

I hope one or more of these articles helps or inspires you.  Enjoy and let me know what resonated for you.

Thanks for being here!  If you have a moment, please help me touch others by sharing this post.  Thanks!  If you’re new, please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love, Sandra


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  1. Hi Sandra, I feel so blessed to be included in your list. I always love reading them and am grateful to be here.

    I’m definitely doing as you ask and keeping all those downslope of the Puna Lava Flow in my heart and holding them save in my imagination. 🙂

    • That was such an amazing article, Elle. I’m delighted to include you in my list. I appreciate your clarity and dedication.

      Thanks for thinking of my community too.

  2. Darling Sandra,
    Thank you for including my post in this beautiful resource. I will have to check them all out 🙂 Always fun to learn.
    And I’m sending positive healing vibes to the people in the line of the lava. May they all remain safe and healthy.
    Lots of love,

    • You’re welcome, deer Zeenat! I was so inspired by my articles. You highlight many of my heroes and heroines. Much love to you.

  3. Thank you so much for including my post in your list! I’m definitely in great company – nice to see so many friends here! I’m sending love to you and also to Hawaii. XO

    • You’re welcome, Jodi. I could really feel your love last night. So many of grapple with worry, especially if we are sensitive. I think your clarity on this emotions will inspire many people. Thank you!

  4. Hi Sandra
    I’ve only recently stumbled across your blog (via Be More with Less) so thought I’d say hi 🙂

    Been reading some of your previous posts – very inspiring, especially the mini-mindfulness challenges.

    I’m now off to check out some of these links – thanks for sharing!
    Andrea x

    • HI Andrea,
      Welcome to my blog! It’s nice to connect with you. I’m glad you find my posts inspiring and like the mini-mindulness challenge. That was fun! Thanks for taking a moment to share your appreciate words. It makes a difference in my life. So thank you too! Hope to “see” you again.

  5. Many thanks for including Saloma Furlong’s guest post on why she couldn’t go to college until age 50. I enjoyed hosting her and learned much about the Amish in the process. Thought about you when I heard about the lava flow. So glad you’re safe!

    • Hi Debra,
      This was a fascinating story. I knew the Amish led a restricted live by choice, but I never realized how restrictive it could be.

      Yes, I’m safe, at least 10 miles from the flow. Thanks for thinking of me!

  6. Jean Sampson

    Our local news had a report with pictures on the lava flow, Sandra. It was really frightening and heartbreaking. I will keep praying that it stops and does not hurt anyone or take their houses. It looked really fierce in the videos. I am so glad that you are safe, but I feel so sorry for the ones who are in harm’s way.

    • Hi Jean,

      I was in Pahoa today, but I haven’t gotten near the lava flow. It does look intense in the photos and videos I’ve seen too! My heart also goes out to everyone in the flow path. Despite the intensity, there’s a lot of love, kindness, and acceptance happening and respect for the lava that created/creates this island. Fortunately, it’s not moving through a highly populated area of the town, but still 40-50 residences/businesses have been given evacuation notices and people have had plenty of time to move their belongings as the lava has flowed relatively slowly over the past few weeks. Thanks for keeping everyone in your prayers.

  7. hi Sandra – I really enjoyed that post about relationships from Elle so thanks for sharing that again here. And love everything from becoming minimalist so enjoyed seeing the latte article again – so easy to forget where and what many of unconscious spending decisions go. We don’t even realize we are spending money on these things but they tend to add up over the months and years!

    Your new book page is a delight – I’ve not read many of the books you mentioned so glad to have a new reading list!

    Thinking of the people near the lava flow – hope the situation has improved there.

    • Hi Vishnu,
      We seem to be flowing along in the same stream, enjoying the say writers and wonderful posts. I’ve heard of the latte idea before myself, but I so appreciated being reminded of it again.

      Thanks for your feedback on the book page! Glad it gave you some possible new reading material.

      The volcano is in deflation right now so the flow front has stalled, but that could change again in a few days. It’s a natural cycle. Thanks for your positive thoughts.

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