Always Well Within

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

Month: December 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

The Heart of December: Dream Carefully!


Welcome to my monthly collection of inspiring and helpful articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.

Outstanding Articles & Books

The first four articles offer insight and solace in response to tragedy and loss.  The next six will help you set a direction for 2013.  The others are simply my favorite posts on a variety of personal development topics.

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Best of Always Well Within 2012

Lotus_Water_FlowerIt’s been an important year for me, personally, and for the blossoming of Always Well Within.  I decided to say no to the Angel of Perpetual Giving and yes to a greater vision.

In essence, I made a commitment to stop holding myself back due to fear, resistance, and self-doubt.  Getting all wrapped up in those self-effacing emotions is just another form of self-clinging that detracts from one’s contentment and ability to serve others.

My aim in 2013 is to reach and encourage more people with the essential message of Always Well Within:  true happiness and freedom is within your reach.

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Remember the Goodness

Mirror“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Gandhi

An unexpected tragedy – like the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School – may initially throw you into shock.  Then sadness, depression, anger, hopelessness, and despair may invade your being.  These strong emotions may shroud you like a cloud and be difficult to shake.

Please, don’t lose heart.  As an antidote, remember all the goodness in this world.  It’s not healthy to suppress your feelings.  Let them rise and naturally release.  But, as a counterbalance, try to remember the goodness too.

Our mind is like a mirror that reflects whatever we focus upon.  If you feel enclosed by darkness, bring in some light.

This story tells of a team of golden retrievers who made an 800-mile journey to comfort the children of Newtown. These comfort dogs and their handlers remind me of all the love, care, and goodness that exists in our world.

Remember the goodness.  Let the goodness gradually mend your heart.

Have you seen goodness in the world of late?  I would love to hear about it!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing. If you are new, welcome – please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love,  Sandra

Photo:  Lutheran Church Charities photo / December 16, 2012


There’s No Time Like the Present Moment


“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … to leave the world a better place … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recently, one of my neighbors was killed on the spot when his motorcycle was hit by a car at an intersection.

I’m reminded, once again, that there’s no time like the present:

  • To love
  • To forgive
  • To cultivate kindness and compassion
  • To be patient, understanding, and tolerant
  • To let go of judgments
  • To resolve to change a negative attitude or habit
  • To train your mind to be present and aware
  • To be the “best possible you”

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The Secret to One Powerful Word: The Simple Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

star decorationEach year I choose a single word or phrase as my guiding star for the next 365 days.

A tremendous power seems to unleash itself when I place my attention gently but wholeheartedly on one designation, one destination.

You’ll find creative ideas for discovering your own perfect word and tips on how to bring it to life in my previous articles on the one word alternative to New Year’s resolutions.

But here’s a secret I haven’t yet shared.  One that I just realized for myself.

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A Treasury of Free Meditation Resources: 100+ Audios, Videos, & Articles

Want to learn to meditate or re-inspire your meditation. This collection includes more than 100 audios, videos, & articles on mindfulness, loving-kindness, and transforming emotions. Click through to see which ones might inspire you!

Updated on September 6, 2016

The more and more you listen, the more and more you hear; the more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper your understanding becomes.”  – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

You may have moments of peace and clarity, but do they last?

Chances are the upheavals of life are constantly sucking you into chaos, confusion, and uncertainty.  The small speed bumps you encounter on any given day may also slow you down and tip your mood for the worse.

Most of us would benefit from regular doses of inspiration.  Indeed, we need infusions of practical wisdom to maintain a sane perspective, keep an open heart, and see the utter ridiculousness of many of our trials and tribulations.

The Three Wisdom Tools

Meditation is one way to bring your mind home — to relax the stress, release the grasping and find greater ease.

But actually there are Three Wisdom Tools to help you discover and stay aligned to your true self:

  • The wisdom of listen and hearing
  • The wisdom of contemplation and reflection
  • The wisdom of meditation and application

Following are some of the most inspiring video, audio, and written teachings on meditation, compassion, and wisdom you’ll find in cyberspace.  And, they’re free.  They represent the first wisdom tool:  listening and hearing plus reading.

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