We can make our lives beautiful

by choosing where we place our attention

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We can create lives of freedom and peace

when we open our minds and senses to all the good around us

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We can choose the best for ourselves

when we know what we value most highly

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Articles about issues of confidence, worth, self esteem

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The first question I received to help me share from my library of already published articles (scroll down to see explanatory article or click here) was about the above issues. I did a search on the word "esteem" and these 4 articles came up.  I hope they are helpful!

Conscious of Self

If you find yourself feeling self-conscious today, you are most likely judging yourself too critically. But you can use any feelings of inadequacy to point the way toward improvements you can make to feel better about yourself.  For example, if your clothes aren’t fitting the way you’d like, you can make a choice right now to change your habits. Then be conscious of the choice you’ve made for your self and make that your new definition of self-consciousness.  If you don’t think what’s bothering you can be changed, then accept it as one of the small quirks that give each of us character. Embrace what makes you feel different from others today and immerse yourself in the splendor of your own uniqueness. 


We can turn self-consciousness into self-esteem when we remember not to compare ourselves with others, but instead to appreciate our own wonderful qualities. Write down what it is you admire about others. Then look at the list again and remember that the traits we admire in others are really the recognition of the beauty of our own reflection. Like attracts like, it is universal law. We can always cultivate ourselves, like flowers in a garden, but it is care and nurturing that will make us bloom, not criticism. The most beautiful gardens are those with wondrous variety, so there’s no need to try to be just like anyone else. Be kind to yourself today, and remember the truth of your true magnificence.

Acknowledging Validation (edited down for relevance)

If we constantly seek the approval of others, we will always be disappointed because people want so many different things. But when we make our inner guidance our north star, we follow it because it is ours to follow. From that place, we do our work knowing that is our contribution to the world, based on our given talents and abilities and our inspiration from the universe. Then we can enjoy accolades as a bonus as we walk our path today. 

When we have been given the gift of respect and validation, it can make us remember to share our thoughts of esteem with others. There are days when we may struggle, questioning if we are following the right path. When others appear to validate our choices, we may feel like an angel has spoken to us. We can be that angel for someone else when we sincerely express praise for the work of others.  When we encourage others to walk their paths, we create an atmosphere of support for ourselves as well. When we are given the gifts of acknowledgement, we can choose to circulate the wealth of good feelings by sharing it with others.

Persuasive Confidence (edited down for relevance)

Though you may not intend to be, you may find that others consider you compelling. Confidence can be so elusive in a world of competition and comparison. But we can look beyond all of that when our confidence is based on our connection to self. When we are anchored in the truth of our being, there is little that can sway us. Today we choose to observe the affect we have on others, and give the credit to our inner source.

Comparison will only cause us false confidence which will eventually falter. Our most constant source of confidence is our connection to the universe. When we come from that unchanging center within, we know that we have unique gifts to bring the world in our own unique way. Then our journey becomes finding our best opportunities to let our light shine, and that is when we are the most persuasive. When we come from our highest selves, we are compelling for all the right reasons, and we show others the truth. When we let our confidence shine today, we show others that being ourselves fully and freely is the way to lasting self-esteem.

Worthy And Valuable (edited down for relevance)

Confidence comes from believing that you are valuable and worthy of achieving what you desire. That same belief attracts good to you, helping you to reach the heights you seek. It all begins with the belief in yourself, your abilities and your uniqueness. As you find that this is reflected and confirmed by the world around you, it feeds your confidence, making it easier and easier for you to reach your goals. We all create our experience from our beliefs, so when you believe the best about yourself today, you create your best life.

This is the law of attraction at work. We create what we believe and draw it to us at the same time. Whether we believe positive or negative things about ourselves, we will attract the situations that prove that we are right. We don’t do this by comparing ourselves with others, but by appreciating ourselves for all that we are, and by becoming all that we can be. Our goal is to be our best self and to share the gifts that are uniquely ours with the world. By taking the time to go within and listen to our inner guidance, we get to know our heart’s desires and know what direction is ours to take. When we know the power of our thoughts and beliefs, we can begin to make sure we use them carefully, wisely, and positively. Today you know you are worthy and walk confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Let me know if you found these helpful, and if you’d like to read more on another topic!

[Originally published by The Daily Om as horoscopes. Experience more OM at www.dailyom.com ]

Advice Columnist for Practical Spirituality?

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Here’s a new idea I had: I’ve got hundreds of articles that I’ve written and published that might be useful to people, but I can’t figure out the logistics of organizing them to make them available. 

As I was updating my page at SelfGrowth.com it came to me. So I posted the following there:

If you need a little inspiration or some new ideas about how to interpret and experience life, you can choose from the variety of articles I’ve posted here at SelfGrowth.com and at my website, MalaynaDawn.com. 

If you find you still need a little something extra, feel free to e-mail me! Describe your challenge and I’ll search through my articles for different ways that you can entertain the possibilities!

I’ve got hundreds of already published spiritual advice articles that combine the messages and metaphors of the world we live in with widsom of spiritual laws that I’d be happy to share with you.

I will post the aticles that apply to my blog and perhaps help others at the same time who are going through the same thing. Life’s lessons tend to happen in phases along certain themes that resonate with those on the same wavelength, so you can be sure that you are never alone.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the spiritual adventure of life with you!

What I like about this is that I’m not actually giving personal advice. That seems way too know-it-all to me, and it turns out that I don’t actually know it all. Instead, I’m offering information that I’ve already written about whatever the subject may be, and I’m just sharing it in the hopes of being helpful.

So if you’d like to help me take this idea for a spin, please e-mail me at malayna@malaynadawn.com and I’ll post the articles that apply here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

One of My Recent Daily Mantra’s

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Environment Of Attraction: Using The Law Of Attraction To Replenish The Environment

by Malayna

I was watching The Secret (again) a few weeks ago and a thought came to me that we can use the Law of Attraction for the good of the environment.

Law of Attraction teacher Lisa Nichols, who is featured in The Secret, says "In our society, we’ve become content with fighting against cancer, fighting against poverty, fighting against drugs, fighting against terrorism, fighting against violence. We tend to fight everything we don’t want." This, she explains causes people to look at the things that they don’t want and give just as much energy, if not more energy, to the problem, with the idea that they can stamp it out, eliminate and obliterate it. "How much sense does it make for us to give the problem all of the energy?" Instead, she says we can focus on the solution: trust, love, living in abundance, education, and peace. Doesn’t that sound like a much happier place to live?

Self-styled "success coach" Jack Canfield elaborates on this concept. "You know the anti-war movement creates more war. The anti-drug movement has actually created more drugs. Because we’re focusing on what we don’t want: drugs. Mother Theresa was brilliant. She said ‘I will never attend an anti-war rally. If you have a peace rally, invite me.’ She knew…she understood The Secret. I mean look what she manifested in the world."

And then Hale Dwoskin of the life-changing Sedona Method brought it home. "So if you’re anti-war, be pro-peace. If you’re anti-hunger, be pro-people-having-more-than-enough-to-eat. If you’re anti-a particular politician, be pro-his opponent. Often elections are tipped in favor of the person that people are really against, because he’s getting all the energy and all the focus." This information is a good reminder in the days running up to the American presidential election, too. We should keep our focus on the he or she that we want in office, not the one we want to go away. We can also claim our power to choose the one that champions the environment, and all that we want to see more of in the world, instead of focusing on the defeat of those we don’t feel will bring us what we want.

If we apply all of this to making a difference with the environment, we will use the information that Al Gore has shared with us in his Inconvenient Truth as a way to shine the light on where our positive attention is needed. And instead of bemoaning our fate and blaming our predecessors, we can begin to appreciate the beauty of the icebergs and all that they offer our planet. We can learn to be grateful for all of the diversity in the lush rain forests around the earth and the ecosystems that flourish in coral reefs. And as our appreciation grows and spreads, not only will we create more of the good that has our focus, but others will grow to appreciate them as well.

As Lisa Nichols says, "Recognize the beautiful and wonderful things around you, and bless and praise them. Embrace everything that you want so you can get more of it!"

I, for one, am grateful for clean air and water, abundant greenery to help us breathe, wildlife that teaches us and helps us to balance our ecosystem and the awareness that we all have our own part to play in the gorgeous symphony of life.

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Galle Literary Festival 2008

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I attended the Galle Literary Festival (that there’s a link to the site, as are all the other colorful underlined words from here on out) here in Sri Lanka mostly because I really wanted to rub elbows with two of my favorite authors.


One author, Shyam Selvadurai , I first read when I departed from L.A. to move to Sri Lanka. My dear friend Aaron gave me his book Cinnamon Gardens as a going-away present, and over numerous readings it has given me greater and greater insight into Sri Lanka’s people and history. His other books, Funny Boy & Swimming in the Monsoon Sea continued my education. Shyam lives in Canada now. And I’m laughing so hard because I’ve just told him I’m not a stalker and his answer was "Of course not, you’re too sweet" Aney, sweet, no?


The other author, Karen Roberts, was similarly educational. She gave me insight into the same important and divisive periods of time in Sri Lankan history as Shyam: when the British left 60 years ago with Flower Boy, and the Tamil riots of 1983 with July. Karen now lives in California, and we’ve been able to engage in a correspondence that I hope will continue.


Along with getting them to autograph my copies of their books, I offered them each a copy of mine. They were both kind enough to accept it, as was the only other author I gave a copy to, a Candian-Sri Lanka author I had only just discovered, Randy Boyagoda. (The banner at the edge of the stage is a quote from Sri Lankan resident Arthur C. Clarke that reads "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible". Cool, huh?)

I had only brought 3 copies of my book to give away, since I was attending as a fan and not for promotional purposes. 2 were for the authors I mentioned above, and one for the festival’s organizer, who had said I might be able to be involved next year. But I felt such a connection to so much of what Randy said in his accent that sounded like mine, I really wanted to give my last copy to him. So I did.

You can read a bit of the panel’s discussion on "Longing and Belonging" here:


I could describe the town of Galle to you now, but since I included a description in my book, I’ll just paste an excerpt here and save my fingers a few extra thrusts on the keyboard:

…they walked around the large mossy stones of the seventeenth century Dutch Fort.

“It must be so peaceful because it’s a weekday,” Pravin noted.
“And it’s still morning,” Mara added, marveling at the grass that carpeted the expanses between walls. Climbing to a castellated plateau, their gaze was drawn to the lighthouse in the distance and the sea beyond the clock tower that continued to mark the time.
“Imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday,” Talal mused. “Did you know the Dutch built brick-lined underground sewers that got flushed by the tides twice a day?”
“Cousin,” Mara said, her hand on Talal’s shoulder, “you retain the oddest information. Interesting, but odd.”
“Some scholars believe it to be the Tarshish of the Old Testament,” Pravin said, trying to top Talal, “where King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and where Jonah fled.”
“Reference to ancient Biblical lands,” Mara said, “now we’re getting somewhere.” They turned from the view to examine the fort itself. A posted sign in three languages read No Loitering or Bad Behavior.
“Consider me duly warned,” Mara said grimacing.
“Last time I was here, I shot a picture of a couple kissing beneath an umbrella next to that sign,” Pravin shared.
“Does that count as bad behavior? Or just loitering?” Talal asked.
“They must have added the sign once this place became a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” Pravin said….


Of course, my book has many descriptions of Sri Lanka that my friend Cecilia says "are not too touristy and at the same time, not too terroristy". Or something to that effect – listen to the radio interview (links are listed below if you scroll down) for her exact wording.

Ta ta for now, friends!

Categories: Behind the Scenes

Radio Interview to podcast

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On the 9th of January my radio interview finally aired!

I say finally because it was supposed to air shortly after the launch at the end of August, but somehow was erased before it was broadcast. So when I returned from the US in November, we did a re-take, this time with friends. Dilhan, who MC’d the launch and Cecilia, who contributed a reading. This made it more fun for me & hopefully for you as well — if for no other reason than the smorgasbord of accents! 2 Sri Lankans, an American and a Scot. How international!

You can hear it/download it (or however it works) at the following locations:




Or at:

http://www.switchpod.com/users/malayna.dawn/feed.xml  if you know how to do that. I don’t.  Yet.

Or you can go to my facebook page! The link is beneath my photo on the right of the page. Facebook rocks!


SLBC was fascinating because like a number of organizations here, seems not to have been significantly updated since the British left. And since the 60th anniversary of Sri Lankan Independence is coming up on Feb 4th, you know it’s been a while.

Check out the mic! Isn’t it cool?  Radio3

Chanakya, the guy who was nice enough to interview me, had asked me to bring 3 songs that I thought represented the book and myself.  I supplied them, but they just kinda plopped them in the middle of the interview, without introduction or segue.

So now I shall ‘splain to you, in order to reduce the shock:

The first song I chose was "Elsewhere" from Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Toward Ecstasy album. I chose it for the lyrics "I believe this is heaven to no one else but me, and I’ll defend it long as I can be left here to linger in silence if I choose to, would you try to understand it?" (The full lyrics can be found here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/Radio2blogs/sarah+mclachlan/elsewhere_20121944.html )

The second song was Dishwalla’s Counting Blue Cars for the lyrics "Tell me all your thoughts on God, cuz I’d really like to meet HER." 

(The full lyrics are here:


And the final song was Alanis Morissette’s "Thank U" for a lot of the lyrics, but especially "How ’bout remembering your divinity?" and of course, "Thank you India," a country that also features fairly prominently in the book. (The full lyrics: http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/alanis-morissette-lyrics/thank-u-lyrics.html)

So there you have the tale!  Now listen and share the joys! Feel free to write with questions too. 

Categories: Press Coverage

An In-Depth Interview – Yay!

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Author Interview: Malayna Dawn on Echoes Across Time

by Lael

DM_Echoes.jpgThe Daily Mantra recently had the pleasure of conducting an intercontinental interview with novelist and Daily Mantra contributor Malayna Dawn. Malayna has recently relocated from Los Angeles to Sri Lanka, a country that figures prominently in her first novel, Echoes Across Time. Described on its cover as "modern day myth" and "[p]art spiritual adventure, part feminist fairy tale," Echoes is right up our alley and likely to resonate deeply with readers attuned to dreams, reincarnation or cross-cultural experience.

Malayna has written extensively about the Law of Attraction in her Daily Mantra posts so we were curious to learn, first of all, how her knowledge of this universal tenet figured in her approach to writing and getting published. Malayna had plenty to say on other topics as well, including the place of dreams and reincarnation in American and Sri Lankan culture, the inspiration she has received from writers like Julia Cameron and Joseph Campbell, and how writing nourishes her spiritually. If you are looking for creative inspiration Malayna’s answers to our questions are a good place to find it!

DM_Malayna.jpgDM: Do you have any Law of Attraction stories related to bringing this project to fruition?

MD: Financially – not yet! Actually, I have attracted wonderful relationships into my life, which after the long period of time writing alone is a much appreciated dividend. I’ve found that so many people are willing to help me, and it’s been such a blessing. First, friends who were willing to proofread and lend their opinions; then my friend Jeff Gelb who I worked with in my music industry days, referred me to his writing partner Mike Garrett (both have long lists of credits in the horror genre) – Stephen King’s first editor – to help me edit. He was a huge, invaluable help in bringing the story to life. And then the book launch in Colombo was such a gift! From Ajai Singh, CEO of Grey Advertising in Sri Lanka who organized it, to my talented friends who MC’d, did readings, and helped in every way imaginable. Now I’m getting to play with all the things I dreamed of when I was young – being interviewed for press and radio, seeing stuff published in magazines that I didn’t pursue myself. It’s all so fun!

DM: How much (if any) of the novel is autobiographical?

MD: I like to say it’s a highly fictionalized version of my life. I’ve heard often to write what you know, so much of it is based on my reality. Many of the themes come from experiences that I’ve had myself or that someone I know has gone through. But having said that, I’ve mixed it liberally with ideas that I just thought were fascinating to make it more of a metaphorical journey than a true-to-life one.

DM: If it is somewhat autobiographical, which parts, in particular?

MD: I know what it’s like to be from two cultures, and I’ve found there are quite a few people of mixed Sri Lankan origin, not to mention many of other mixed origins, and we share lots of things in common. I visited Sri Lanka a handful of times with my family as tour guides before I moved here, so much of that is based on my experience to some extent. The rest of it dances between the real and the imagined so much it would take too long to separate here.

DM: Also, if it’s autobiographical, why did you choose to write it as a novel?

MD: There are a number of reasons I chose to write a novel rather than a memoir, but mostly because I have always loved myths and been fascinated by how myths instruct people about how to live life. Joseph Campbell rocks my world…even from the beyond. And that’s how I’ve always interpreted the messages of movies and books and songs.

DM: The story seems very cinematic and I know you have a background in television production; did you ever think about writing it as a screenplay?

MD: I initially started writing it as a screenplay, but it wasn’t coming out that way. Now that I’ve developed it as a novel, I have been asked to write a screenplay from it so that a film can be produced here in Sri Lanka in conjunction with a Bollywood producer. Living here has given me a chance to fall in love with Bollywood, so I’d love the chance to work with some of my favorite stars and introduce them to American audiences. But I’d also love to make different versions – because the sensibility of each audience is different.

DM: What other fiction writing have you done?

MD: The bulk of my writing experience has been somewhere between fiction and non-fiction in a genre that I guess can be called "inspirational." By that I mean that it’s poetic prose that is meant to uplift and ignite a spark inside so that you can do your own seeking. Even the non-fiction articles I’ve done have been less hard journalism and more of a symbolic study of life.

DM: Who are your favorite writers and which are your favorite genres?

MD: I love Anne Rice for mixing the real and historical with the mythological and creating worlds of depth that make both darkness and light beautiful and rich. I love Isabel Allende for much the same reasons. She, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, speaks about the spiritual realm and people’s beliefs as an integral part of life. I read any book that allows me to experience and really feel different times and places – whether real or imaginary. And though I resisted the hype at first, I did fall in love with Harry Potter and his world, which reminded me of the books I loved when I was younger – Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony books my mom and I shared.

DM: Which, if any, most influenced Echoes Across Time?

MD: I think it was movies that influenced me more. I wanted to read something like Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Tomb Raider, but after I read Celestine Prophecy I wanted more than just adventure. I wanted a deeper meaning. I found Isabel Allende and read practically everything she wrote, but nothing else seemed to grab me when I went trolling book stores. I read The Count of Monte Cristo and kept looking for sweeping adventures. So then I wrote what I was searching for.

DM: What did you learn most from working on this project?

MD: I started this project in the midst of a void that I don’t think most people have the opportunity to experience. I had moved to Sri Lanka and had no job and no friends, no car and nothing to do. I didn’t need to make money to support myself, so I had the opportunity to see what called to me most when everything else was stripped away. I played with all the things I thought I would want to do when I had the chance, but I found that all I really wanted to do was write, so now that I’ve dedicated myself to what really makes me feel fulfilled, I feel so much happier every day of my life.

DM: What do you like best about writing?

MD: I like that I can share who I really am, fully connected to my center, without having to worry about how I look or sound or if I fit in. I don’t have to be prettier or thinner or taller or darker or have a different accent or worry about my nerves making my voice wobble. Because I started from there, now when I go out to promote the book, I still don’t worry about any of that because I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything. I’m not trying to get a job or wow during an audition. I’m just sharing what comes from within. It feels good. Peaceful. Joyful. Free.

DM: Besides being entertained, is there anything else that you hope or expect that readers will take away from Echoes Across Time ?

MD: I’d love for people to learn about Sri Lanka, but more importantly to find a new way of thinking about their lives. To pay attention when a song pops into their heads or a plot line from a movie gives them a new perspective. I want them to listen to their inner guidance and find their true purpose.

DM: How has your spiritual life influenced your creativity or your relation to your creativity?

MD: It’s really the purpose for my wanting to share ideas with people. I want people to find and experience spirituality in everything they do. Not in a pious or righteous or limiting way, but to be able to feel spirit in the music they listen to and the places they go and the movies and books they take in. I love the way that Julia Cameron made the connection between spirituality and creativity in The Artist’s Way. We are all artists and our creativity is expressed in the creation of our lives: our own personal works of art.

DM: Succinctly, please give Daily Mantra readers a sense of differing places of dreams in the Sri Lankan and American cultures.

MD: I think in Sri Lanka, people are still really open to the concept of spirits and ancestors and a sort of magic being part of life. So dreams of such things might have more meaning than to someone from a Western culture who has rejected anything but the material and sensory and writes off weird dreams as just being because of something they ate. Unless they are Jungians, or people who have learned to look at everything as a metaphorical message from the universe, like me.

DM: Please do the same with the two culture’s differing attitudes toward and ideas about reincarnation.

MD: Because Sri Lanka’s main religion is Buddhism, reincarnation is really central in their belief system. The second largest religion here is Hinduism, which also recognizes reincarnation. I think this may be part of why Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates-they may see it as something like hitting the reset button on a video game that you are clearly losing. In America, I’ve seen a lot about reincarnation being about soul mates and finding your one true love. The more Western Judeo-Christian idea is one life and off to heaven or hell. I wanted to play with the idea to say none of us really know what goes on, but what if it’s something different than any of us can imagine, or better yet, what if we’re all right? I think examining all the possibilities should leave us all a bit more open-minded which may also help create peaceful co-existence in our world-really the ultimate goal, don’t you think?
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Categories: Press Coverage

2007 in Review

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In looking back on the year that has just passed, I saw how far I came in the last 6 months or so. Here’s what I posted in my previous blog:

July 4th, 2007 – American Independence Day! yay!

The printed books arrived on my doorstep on the day before I left on a trip to L.A.

July 27th

I met with the inimitable Ajai Singh to discuss promotional strategies.

July 30th

Did my first magazine interview! Now I only hope it gets published…

August 2nd, 2007

I dropped the boxes off at the distributor’s office, Perera-Hussein Publishing House,  and had a goooood chat with Sam Perera.

Aug 9th

Met for a pre-interview for a radio chat to be recorded on Aug 16th and played soon after the launch.

Aug 20th post:

With the book launch date secured for the 30th of August, invitations are rolling out and preparations are being made.  Fun! 

By a lucky coincidence, August 30th is my SEVEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the day I left L.A. to move to Sri Lanka.  So we’ll have all the more reason to celebrate together.  I might even bring champagne!  ; ) 

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Entry for September 5, 2007:

I’m still reeling from the wonderfulness of the book launch!  Thank you to all who attended and to all who helped make it possible.  Ajai Singh is really the man who made it happen, and Sanjo & Mizan at Zanziba were very gracious for letting us use their space. 

Readings done by Annika Fernando-Singh, Navin Ratnayake and Cecilia McGuire were so well done and heartwarming, it really brought my little book to life! What a gift they all gave me by offering to help out with that.

Azhara and Anjuli from Grey Advertising were also incredibly supportive and invaluable. And thanks to all the press that came out to help spread the word. It was such fun having you there!

I will do my best to post photos very soon, and keep everyone updated on where you can find articles.  The September edition of ADOH! has a lovely article – thanks Minoli! 

This is an exciting journey and I’m so very grateful to everyone who is supporting and encouraging me along the way.  THANKS!

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In October, Lanka Woman ran a nice article too.

(For the full article go to

www.malaynadawn.com/LankaWoman.pdf )

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And then…

Entry for December 8, 2007
FINALLY!  The book is available on Amazon.com ! Here’s the link: 
It’s a moment I’ve been awaiting for some time and I’m so glad it’s here! YAY!

New Promo for the New Year!

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The Daily Mantra has included ECHOES ACROSS TIME in their list of books that "inspired The Daily Mantra’s writers over the past year".  It’s their big finish!  See?

And finally, with full disclosure that this is by one of our own…..

Echoes Across Time by Daily Mantra contributor Malayna Dawn
For reincarnation buffs, dreamy Pisces and loyal Daily Mantra readers, a "spiritual adventure" and "feminist fairytale" that’s right up our alley and is likely to resonate deeply with readers attuned to past-lives, dreaming or cross-cultural experience.

I love that my book is shown next to EAT, PRAY, LOVE, which is one of my favorites of the year and has served as an inspiration in so many ways. Read the full article at:


Categories: Press Coverage

Catch Up Newsletter for 2006

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I realized I hadn't sent a newsletter since April or so, and in the spirit of embracing new technology, I am trying it this way! 

In June my dad & Sydelle arrived to attend my cousin Nazra's wedding.


(I love it when ghostly balls join us in the photos!)

Then in July, Kshemendra & I flew to


for the sole purpose of taking a sailing course in Marina Del Rey.



Then when we got back to

Sri Lanka

, we used our skills to crew the newly refurbished sailboat! (Kshemendra lovingly refurbished his late father's boats over the last year.) He wanted to use this photo of his boat as our desktop photo, but I thought it should represent us both somehow, and had some photoshop fun with it.


I had about 6 weeks upon my return to

Sri Lanka

to get my newly printed books to the distributor and organize a book launch and any publicity I could. Those pictures are on my website at www.malaynadawn.com/page5.html and the tale of the roll-out & press coverage is at my new writing blog at http://malayna-dawn.typepad.com. Do check them out!

Once that was done, we had a few days to go on a trip with friends to the cool hill country, with its tea plantations, misty mountains and waterfalls. Aaaahhhh….




And then I flew back to the


for a friend's wedding in




Where I was honored to perform the ceremony …

along with enjoying the only sunny Seattle weekend of the year!

and my high school reunion…



That's Kris Fong, Quynh Nguyen, Jonathon Murray and Wendy Wong there with me.

Let me know if you want to see more photos and I'll send you a link.

Then in October, Kshemendra came for a visit and squeezed a lot into his two weeks, including Cirque du Soleil!


Cirque This is what my flyboy would look like if he were a Cirque du Soleil performer. See the wings?


And after he left, I squeezed in a few more fun things: like seeing "Wicked!"




…going to the Getty Villa to enjoy some ancient works of art (or porn as the case may be…see the buns of stone?)


and generally enjoying



Now that I'm back in

Sri Lanka

, I'm busier than ever, adding another client to my freelance roster, trying to figure out how to promote my book and when to squeeze in time to work on the ones piling up in my head.

I hope your 2008 will be more than great, and keep in touch!





He wanted to use this photo of his boat as our desktop photo, but I thought it should represent us both somehow, and had some photoshop fun with it.<span style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Tre

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My first OM story!

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My very first story for DailyOM, written on Oct 18, 2005, now graces page 161 of the DailyOM book!


Being Aware November 14, 2005
Stepping Into Consciousness

Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves. One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can. Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.

Awareness is when we are able to realize what we are doing. We observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. We can then begin understanding why we are doing what we are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because we are no longer asleep to the truth behind our behaviors. We also begin to realize that, just as much as we are the root source behind the causes for our behaviors, we are also the originator for any changes that we want to happen.

There is a freedom that comes with awareness. Rather than thinking that we are stuck in a repetitive cycle where there is no escape, we begin to see that we very much play a hand in creating our lives. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviors and choices are always ours to make. Our past and our present no longer have to dictate our future when we choose to be aware. We are then free to move beyond our old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, our paths can't help but wind us forward in our lives while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously evolve.

written by Malayna Dawn for DailyOM.com – see it at http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/870.html

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