About

IMG_Sandra_Outside CroppedHi, I’m Sandra Pawula.  I’m so glad you’re here!

Always Well Within is an unconventional personal development blog for people who are willing to think deeply, explore their inner landscape, and create positive change – for themselves and for the world.

I’m here to help you tap into your own inner spring of true happiness and freedom.  I share practical tips and simple wisdom to inspire, support, and help you to:

  • discover your true self;
  • realize that true happiness is an inside job;
  • make friends with your own mind and emotions;
  • understand and gradually transform pain and suffering;
  • loosen the grip of challenging emotions like anxiety, fear, self-doubt, irritation, anger, impatience and other dissonant states of mind;
  • release self-defeating patterns;
  • beat stress;
  • develop your capacity for mindfulness;
  • learn to love yourself and everyone else too;
  • explore healing in its deepest sense;
  • see challenges as opportunities;
  • live in concert with the environment;
  • taste genuine freedom;
  • and be part of creating a more harmonious world.

This is not a light-weight or quick-fix blog.  My aim to to go to the root of our problems.  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 minor irritations as well as make headway on your greatest challenges.

My articles have appeared on Tiny Buddha, Good Life Zen, Be More with Less, The Bold Life, The Bridgemaker, What Meditation Really Is 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 on Sunday.  I emphasize quality over quantity and, it’s been said, offer a unique and provocative perspective.  If you’d like, you can sign up for free updates by email.

About Me

Sandra CroppedA writer, teacher, and advocate of mindfulness and ease, I help others connect with their innermost essence, where true happiness, wealth, and freedom abide.  Through gentle encouragement and thought-provoking questions, I offer a supportive ambiance in which life-altering change can take place.

I value kindness, compassion, integrity, and living wisely on this earth.  These are the qualities I seek to express in my life, relationships, and work.

My background includes working as an executive director for non-profit organizations, fundraising consultant, and freelance copywriter.  Now, I write and instruct online courses on mindfulness, meditation, and stress reduction and write about true happiness and freedom.  Check out my signature e-course:  Living with Ease:  30 Days to Less Stress.

I live on a small farm in Hawai’i with my husband and three cats, Chitta, Tara, and Eleau.  I love being in nature, learning about permacutlure, writing as often as I can, soaking in the nearby lava-heated warm pond, and meditating everyday.

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 long meditation retreat. Post-traumatic stress, working too much, and food and environmental sensitivities (a case of wacky mast cells) have been some of the big challenges in my life as well as important teachers.  I’ve discovered I’m a highly sensitive person, and am learning how to embrace both the limitations and special qualities this involves.

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 learning to reconnect with my own inner spring of true happiness and freedom.  My wish is to pass on the inspiration, methods, and wisdom that I have received to you 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.  Trauma has deeply etched unhelpful grooves into my brain and being.  I can be fearful, insecure, opinionated,  emotional, edgy, and a perfectionist.  Yikes!

But 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, true happiness and freedom are within your reach.  They are your very essence and your birthright.  I’m here to support you on your own journey to your true self.

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

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With love and best wishes,