Sandra Pawula

Hello! Welcome to my island of sanity and serenity. I’m Sandra Pawula – writer, mindfulness teacher, and lover of ease.  And I’m so happy you’re here.

I created this space for deep-thinking, heart-centered spirits who seek greater ease – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Each week, I share inspiration, skillful means, and simple wisdom to help you:

  • Calm your mind and enjoy the present moment.
  • Ease your heart by transforming unhelpful emotional patterns and healing your emotional pain.
  • Listen to your inner urges, intuition, and innate wisdom.
  • Live mindfully with clear intention and positive motivation.
  • Increase your love for yourself and everyone else too.
  • Step into your power.
  • Move through obstacles with grace.
  • Be a part of creating a more harmonious world.

This is not a light-weight or quick-fix blog.  My aim is to help you go to the root of your challenges.  And I like to ask thought-provoking questions.  But, we don’t have to be too serious either.  We can bring a sense of joy along on our evolutionary journey.

I’ve made a special effort to create an ambiance of simplicity, serenity, and beauty at Always Well Within – a refuge from the busyness, stress, and overwhelm of modern life.  A place where you can journey within and learn to transform your mind and heart, whether you’re bothered by minor irritations or want to address your greatest challenges.

My articles have appeared on Tiny Buddha, Good Life Zen, Be More with Less, The Bold Life, The Bridgemaker, and other popular blogs.  My readers say they enjoy the warm atmosphere, useful information, and excellent writing they find at Always Well Within.  Please read a few of the Top Articles and see for yourself.

There’s a new article once a week; occasionally two.  I emphasize quality over quantity and, it’s been said, offer a unique and provocative perspective.

I invite you to connect with me and explore my offerings to see if they might be helpful for you:

  • Sign up for Wild Arisings, my monthly soul-stirring letter and receive my free e-book, 21 Simple Stress Tips and access to all the other free resources in the Always Well Within Library.
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About Sandra

Bernie and Sandra

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii.  Sending you all my love and best wishes. xo Sandra

My background includes working as an executive director for non-profit organizations, fundraising consultant, and freelance copywriter.  Now, I write about personal and spiritual development, and instruct online courses on mindfulness, meditation, loving-kindness, stress reduction, and the universal teachings of Buddhism.

I live on a small farm in Hawai’i with my husband and three cats, Chitta, Tara, and Eleau.  I love nature, permaculture, meditating, writing, and soaking in the nearby lava-heated warm pond.

I’ve had the good fortune to receive teachings from some of the greatest spiritual masters of our time.  I’ve been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 25 years – which is all about working with your own mind to transform limiting beliefs, dissolve difficult emotions, and actualize your full potential.

Successes and Challenges – Some of my successes include raising millions of dollars for good causes, managing mega-events including public programs with the Dalai Lama, and completing a three-year meditation retreat. Post-traumatic stress, over-working, and chronic illness have been some of the big challenges in my life as well as important teachers.  I’m a highly sensitive person and an INFJ on the Jung Typology Test.  

Discovering An Inner Spring of Happiness and FreedomThrough working with my own life challenges and applying the skillful means and wisdom I’ve learned from my teachers, I’m progressively reconnecting with my own inner wisdom.  My wish is to pass on the inspiration, methods, and wisdom that I have received along with my own insights so you too can live fully with more confidence and ease.  These are simple, universal ideas and methods of benefit and relevance to almost everyone.

I’m not perfect.  I’m just like you with both strengths and weakness and my own day-to-day struggles.  I can say for certain, however, that I feel this is the best year of my life ever.

Because I’ve changed and so can you.  Close friends say I’ve become lighter, softer, and happier; more joyful, accepting, patient, and heart-felt.  I haven’t overcome all my challenges by any means.  But, I am moving in a good direction and growing each and every day.

Whatever your personal story might be, mental, emotional, and spiritual ease are within your reach.  They are your very essence and your birthright.  I’m here to support you as you journey closer and closer to your true self.

Please email me anytime with questions, ideas, or feedback. I’d love to hear from you:  alwayswellwithin (at) gmail (

Thank you for visiting!

With love and best wishes,

P. S. If  you like what you’ve read or are simply curious, please stay in touch by signing up for my bi-monthly letter, Wild Arisings and you’ll receive access to the free resources in the Always Well Within Library – my 21 Stress Tips ebook, Your Year in Review Workbook, and more mini-guides, worksheets, and ebooks to help you shine.