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Sandra Pawula

Sandra Pawula

My aspiration is to help others find true happiness and freedom. I write about personal transformation at Always Well Within (dot) com and instruct online courses for the Rigpa Distance Learning Program.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 07:58

Using the Senses to Relax the Mind

Whales - with their dramatic presence and playful spirit - always captivate my attention.  Suddenly, all my thoughts drop away.  My mind is wholly attuned to watching the water, waiting for the next appearance of these magnificent creatures.

When this happens, it's almost as though meditation has naturally dawned in my mind. Wouldn't it be wonderful if meditation were always so easy?

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 02:04

Mindfulness Saves a Lot of Hassle

When was the last time you missed a turnoff, misplaced your cell phone, lost your car keys or overlooked an important detail at work?

If you counted the number of times these small errors of mindlessness occur in a single day, you might be taken aback.  In fact, a great deal of time, energy, and money can be lost through these simple mishaps of mis-attention.

Mindfulness is not just an esoteric practice for monks ensconced in Himalayan caves.  It actually has a very powerful and practical application at work and in daily life.  It can increase your effectiveness and productivity, bring more presence into your interactions, and foster more joy in your family life.

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:23

Profound Encounters with the Essence of Mind

If you like intrigue, adventure, and an enticing spiritual quest, chances are you will be captivated by In the Shadow of the Buddha, Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet by Matteo Pistono.

For more than a decade, Pistono skillfully eluded Chinese security forces while gathering heart-wrenching accounts of torture and atrocities regularly and repeatedly committed by the Chinese government in Tibet.  However, Pistono didn’t set out to be an espionage agent, nor did he train as the protégé of James Bond.

He journeyed to Tibet in 1999 on a pilgrimage following in the footsteps of an unconventional nineteenth-century Tibetan mystic named Tertön Sogyal.  Pistono's spiritual odyssey involved numerous trips to Tibet and, in total, it stretched over a 10-year period of time.

Even before his travels to Tibet, Pistono was actively pursuing the practice of meditation in order to bridge the great divide he felt between his frenzied political work and the serenity he found on the meditation cushion. He wanted an effective means for addressing the turbulent emotions that engulfed him as he sparred with his political adversaries. 

Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:00

The SMART Way to Successful Meditation

In business, people who take the time to establish clearly defined goals, write them down, and periodically evaluate their progress are far more successful than those who do not.

The same holds true in meditation.  If you don't know which mountain you want to climb in your meditation, you probably won't get to the top.

The mnemonic SMART is often used in project management, performance management, and personal development as a framework for goal setting.  While there's no agreed upon consensus for the meaning of each letter, following is one of the common interpretations and how you can apply this to establish or strengthen your meditation practice.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 07:12

Overwhelmed by Thoughts and Emotions?

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle

There are times when my mind seems to turn against me.  It brews up a tumultuous storm.  Gnarly emotions trying to get my goat and succeeding from time to time - or so it seems.  Even meditation seems like a Herculean feat.

Does that ever happen to you?

One day, as my mind was bombarded by an onslaught of strong emotions, I wandered down to the ocean’s shore. Sitting on the firm black sand, watching the waves roll in again and again, this is what came into my mind.

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