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About Paul Hawkwood

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Paul Hawkwood has been following the Siddha Yoga path for twenty-nine years. From 1982 to 1992, Paul and his wife Achala Woollacott hosted a Siddha Yoga meditation center in their home in Eugene, Oregon. Currently, Paul offers seva as a writer and editor in the SYDA Foundation Content Department. He also serves on the leadership team for the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Eugene and as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher in Sadhana Retreats in the United States and Europe.

Paul has a bachelor’s degree in religion and English from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a master’s degree in composition and rhetoric from Eastern Washington University. Paul recently retired after teaching English at Linn-Benton Community College for thirty years. He lives in Eugene with his wife, Achala Woollacott.

Participate in Meditation Session II

Mantra Japa: The Resonance of the Heart

Taught by Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher Paul Hawkwood

In Session II, participants will practice chanting and silently repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya as a means to access their innermost Heart in meditation.

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After participating in the second Meditation Session, every morning during meditation I have been focusing on the mantra om namah shivaya, feeling drawn toward peace and supreme bliss.

Naples, Italy

As the meditation session began, I experienced the depth of my gratitude for having the opportunity to offer seva. This palpable gratitude took me deep into the heart. Inside, I saw Gurumayi walking by me. My breathing became deep and slow. I no longer felt that I was breathing, but rather I felt that I was being breathed. Spontaneously, the breath would move in deeply and slowly, and the body would retain the breath. After some time, the exhalation would come. I was in a thought-free state. It was expansive and restful. I remained in this state throughout most of the meditation.
As the meditation concluded, I became aware that I was experiencing colors moving and reflecting within me. I realized that I was experiencing Gurumayi’s Message Artwork within my being.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the invaluable gift of these Meditation Sessions.

New York, USA

My meditation was joyful and sweet. I felt content and at peace with myself. After the session, I felt gratitude for my life, my Guru, my path.
Thank you for making these online sessions possible, for offering this strong support for my sadhana, and for the opportunity to engage again and again with Gurumayi's Message!

Hindelang, Germany

There was excitement in the air as I prepared for this meditation session. I sensed that today would be a day to celebrate. The meditation drew me into a place beyond thought. It was so powerful, so tranquil, so still. I feel very blessed. 

Zurich, Switzerland