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5 Simple Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Friends, I’m exhausted.  I’m ready to slow down for awhile.The car accident in February, followed by a broken toe, our sick cat (going on two months now), and other unmentionable shocks have colluded to drain my reserves.

If you feel overwhelmed, burned out, or just too buzzy, maybe you’d like to try out a season of slow living too — at least for a little while.

You don’t have to stop completely.  You can slow down just a little, a little more, or a lot — whatever makes sense for you and your life right now.  If you do, you’ll likely find more enjoyment, more connection, and more relaxation awaiting you. Your health may even begin to improve too.

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How to Reverberate Love – Hawaiian Style

Wise Secrets of Aloha

I recently attended an intimate “talk story” gathering with Harry Uhane Jim, a Kahuna (Hawaiin priest), healer and teacher, to learn about the Hawaiin practice of Ho’oponopono, which centers on forgiveness, gratitude, and love.  Here’s a little piece about Harry:

“Harry was born and raised on the island of Kauai, and was trained as an apprentice by the best known native Kahunas of the last seven decades.  He carries a distinct authenticity and is know for unveiling profound ancient truths with a delightful dose of wit and laughter.  As the author of Wise Secrets of Aloha and a revered Kahuna, Harry travels far and wide sharing a wealth of ancient Hawaiin teachings.”

The evening, which was presented by the Wellness Institute of Hawaii, offered a sampler of “Ho’oponopono:”

“…an ancient Hawaiian tradition that is utilized to bring balance and harmony into one’s life.  At its root, Ho’oponopono is a technology of forgiveness, and allows us to release that which keeps us feeling stuck in negative thoughts and patterning.”

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How to Take Care of Yourself When You Don’t Feel Grateful

When you don't feel gratitude, practice self-compassion

As we approach the obligatory day of gratitude in the U. S., some of you may not feel particularly grateful.  I understand.  I faced an entire decade of challenges when my heart wasn’t overflowing with gratitude.  I just wanted it – all the challenges – to all go away.

There are countless reasons why you might not feel grateful at the moment:

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A Simple Way to Feel Happier, Healthier, and More Optimistic

Research has consistently shown that cultivating gratitude can lead to greater happiness, more optimism, and even a reduction in physical symptoms.

Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis explains:

“We’ve discovered scientific proof that when people regularly work on cultivating gratitude, they experience a variety of measurable benefits: psychological, physical, and social. In some cases, people have reported that gratitude led to transformative life changes. And even more importantly, the family, friends, partners, and others who surround them consistently report that people who practice gratitude seem measurably happier and are more pleasant to be around. I’ve concluded that gratitude is one of the few attitudes that can measurably change peoples’ lives.”

Simple, inexpensive, doable.  Here’s how:

  • Kickstart or reboot your personal happiness revolution with 100 rays of gratitude, a simple list of all that you feel grateful for right now.  Check out my own 101 rays of gratitude for inspiration.
  • Continue to cultivate gratitude by keeping a daily gratitude journal.
  • Express your gratitude, appreciation, and love to friends, family, and anyone your encounter as you go about your day.

Today, I’m deeply grateful to each and everyone of you, dear readers.  Thank you for being a part of my life and allowing me to write for you and encourage you in my small way.  Thank you for supporting Always Well Within, sharing my articles on social media, and encouraging me as a writer.   May you always be well, happy, and safe!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing.  If you liked this article, please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love,  Sandra

Source:  Pay It Forward by Robert Emmons / image credit

Open Your Heart and Drink!

This amazing video was recommended by my friend Joy as one of the most beautiful things she’s seen in a long time.  Enjoy!   Thank you so much, Joy.  You are one of the brightest stars!


Please pass on some happiness and joy by sharing the link with a friend.  With love, Sandra

I encountered road work as I was driving to town today.  Suddenly, my heart swelled up as I realized, “These people are working for me.”   The flagmen standing in the heat of the sun.  The heavy equipment operators encased in noise.  The ones shoveling all day long.  They are working on my behalf.

It was a perfect moment.  A moment of openness, love, and gratitude that enriched my life.

People are working for you in every moment in so many different ways.  Do you notice?  It might enrich your life if you do.

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