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5 Things You Need to Know for a More Enlightened Life

Life Lessons

I like to track my life lessons from birthday to birthday, the time it takes the sun to go through the entire zodiac and return to the position of my natal sun, astrologically speaking, rather than by the calendar year.

Astrologically, things tend to shift around your birthday each year, when you may become aware of new directions, opportunities, or challenges.  In fact, you may notice the change up to three months in advance of your birthday, or even as late as three months after your birthday, depending on whether you’ve processed the themes, issues, and life lessons from the previous year.

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18 Before 2018: A Year-End Goal Setting Challenge

18 Before 2018 End of Year Goal Setting Challenge

I’m excited to participate in Lisa Jacob’s end-of the-year goal setting challenge:  18 Before 2018.  If you’ve lost touch with your goals or feel they need to be refreshed, you’ll love this challenge.

I have a different relationship to goal-setting than I did earlier in my life.  I’m less focused on material accomplishments and care more about personal and spiritual growth.  But you can use this goal-setting challenge in whatever way you’d like.  Your 18 goals could be exclusively focused on your work or business, if that’s what you need.

I’m also far more relaxed about achieving goals these days. That’s because I don’t want to live a pressured and stressed life.  But you might be more goal oriented than me. You might be in a different stage of life or need to pay the bills. Whatever your situation, relate to this end-of-the year goal-setting exercise in the way that best suits you.

If it isn’t clear yet, this challenge involves setting 18 goals you would like to accomplish before 2018.  You could renew goals you already have in motion, let go of ones no longer relevant, or set brand new objectives.  Life changes, let’s adjust our plans accordingly.

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How to Soften Anger with Tender Mindfulness

How to soften anger with tender mindfulness.

Anger is complex, isn’t it?  You want a peaceful world, but you don’t always feel peaceful inside.

Sometimes your anger burns so strongly that you explode, and then find you’ve made matters worse.  Other times, you try to restrain your fury.

But what happens when you bury displeasure inside of yourself, especially if you do so consistently?  Research shows that anger, when overly expressed or suppressed on a regular basis, can damage your physical or emotional health.

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37 Fun Activities That Will Re-Introduce You to the Power of Play

How adults benefit from play

Do you play every day?  If not, consider the powerful boost play could give your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Most notably, play can:

  • Relieve stress when endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, are released.  As an added bonus, endorphins can reduce pain too.
  • Enhance brain function when you engage in cognitively challenging games like puzzles, word games, memory games, or math games.
  • Boost your creativity and stimulate your imagination.
  • Reduce social isolation, mitigate depression, and increase connection, trust, and intimacy.
  • Improve your social skills if they happen to be rusty.
  • Inject more vitality into your relationsip, deepen your feelings of intimacy, and help you to heal resentments and wounds.
  • And finally, playful communication can lighten up a heavy situation, break through anger and help you move through an impasse

Seems like play is just what we need, doesn’t it?

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How to Free Yourself from Unhappy Personality Patterns

Personality Patterns

Do you sometimes feel like you’re stuck in the same place, repeating the same personality patterns, and reacting to others in the same tiresome ways?

Deeply held proclivities from childhood exert a powerful influence on adult life, far more than you might imagine.  After years of repetition, certain ways of thinking, speaking, and acting become automatic even though they constantly create distress, drama, and discouragement.

There is a way out. It begins by getting to know your core wound and the specific survival strategies you embraced as a child and brought into your adult life.  That might seem impossible or too complex, but I have good news for you.

Steven Kessler’s new book, The 5 Personality Patterns (affiliate link), provides a lucid description of the main emotional survival styles used by most people, as well as a clear map showing how to heal and transform them. It’s written expressly for the normal peeps like you and me rather than clinicians— easy to understand, but not sparse on details.

Let me tell you, I resonated so strongly with the information presented in this book.  The insights I’ve gained have accelerated my self-understanding as well as my understanding of those close to me.  I’m keeping this gem close at hand, re-reading and studying the relevant sections and using the healing exercises for my particular patterns every day.

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Do You Need a Break?

Relaxation | Break

Do you need a break? I do.

With all the challenges I’ve faced and continue to face this year, I’m finding I don’t have the juice to write.  I could force myself to write, but the words wouldn’t be coming from my soul right now. Not that they always must, but I want them to, at least a good part of the time.

This year seems to be challenging many people.  According to one system of astrology, Saturn governs the year from March to March.

Saturn is known as the teacher, taskmaster, and lesson-giver, especially life lessons that result from past karma. Saturn doesn’t make things easy.  It confronts you with your patterns.  While that might be good on the long run, on the short run you might want to run away.

If your life has been rocky too, you might want to consider how you’re relating to the lessons that Saturn may be unceremoniously shoving in your face.

  • Are you shrinking from them?
  • Are you opening to them?
  • Are you being true to yourself?
  • Are you giving yourself extra care?
  • Do you need a break?

I know I need to care for and strengthen myself because I tend to be fragile and shatter easily.  However, I also bounce back, so don’t worry about me.  In the coming months, I especially want to see how I can become more resilient.

In terms of writing for you on Always Well Within, I’ll wait for my muse to return instead of pushing myself.  I want to write an in-depth article on emotional survival patterns, but I don’t know when.

I’ll still write and send out my monthly e-letter, Wild Arisings, at the New Moon. If you want to stay in touch, sign up here.  You’ll also receive access to the Always Well Within Library of free self-discovery resources — ebooks, mini-guides, and worksheets.

Here’s a list of some of the best posts from the last 12 months, in case you need extra support while I take a break.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  Ironically, once I let go of any pressure to write, I often receive a deluge of inspiration.  Space and creativity strongly interlink in my life.  We’ll see how it goes this time.

Do you need a break?  Are you ready to take one or is something holding you back?

Thank you for your presence, I know your time is precious!  Don’t forget to sign up for my e-letter and get access to all the free self-development resources (e-books, mini-guides + worksheets) in the Always Well Within Library. May you be happy, well, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra

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