Positive Distractions

What are Positive Distractions?

I’m not sure if positive distractions is the scientific term, however as a former Buddhist monk I’ve been using these for many years and they really do work.

A positive distraction is something we can use or do to change our mood from a negative, sluggish mood into a more positive and energised attitude. Your own personal mood boosters if you like.

There are a few simple tasks and exercises that we can do to collect together some of these personal mood boosters. These then become our tools to battle when any negativity or dwellings on the past that arises in our minds.

I’m going to share Two with You Today!

This first task is all about realising you have more good happening in your life than bad. Unfortunately sometimes as humans we have the tendency to focus to much on the one or two problems we have in our lives, becoming consumed by these thoughts. We forget to look at the bigger picture and neglect to notice all the good we already have in our lives.

The One Bad Apple

Story demonstrates this point very well.

Finding the 7 Wonders in Your Life

Finding the 7 Wonders of your life will start to shift your perspective from those negative thoughts to focusing more on the positive we already have in our lives. Once this little task is completed we have our very first little tool to combat negativity.

Now let’s create an army of these tools so negativity has no chance to linger longer than needed in our minds.

The second Positive Distraction

There is a scientific rule discovered by Abraham Hicks called the 17 second rule. This means that if we bombard the mind with 17 seconds worth of positivity it has the ability to gather it own momentum and produce further thoughts of the same.

The 20 Second Meditation is using this same scientific approach and turning it into a meditation. For 20 seconds we saying positive things towards ourselves out loud and with passion. Really mean what your saying even if it feels a little alien at first. This is for just 20 seconds so keep going and after a few more moments you start to feel the belief that was your saying to yourself is true. Keep it up for 20 seconds and the mind has shifted into a positive state. It will also have momentum and start to generate its own positivity.

The 20 Second Meditation

A word of caution; even if your depressed this will change your mood, even if for a moment, the momentum will be there but it’s like pushing something heavy up a hill it will need a constant boost of energy now and again to get that momentum from stoping.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. A life purpose & Motivational coach who now teaches meditation and mindfulness techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.


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What is Your Personal Secret to Life?

The art of life or the secret to life is to breath and let go!


That’s it a simple as that!


Let me explain:


If you and me attach too, hold onto all those emotions and thoughts running through our minds, we suffer


The way out of suffering is simply not to hold on, just watch. Don’t attach to those angry thoughts, those self pity thought, just breath and be!


To achieve this ending of suffering, just breath and watch each moment as it arises and passes, arises and passes. Become present in the moment.


Meditation helps us learn this vital skill to just breath and let go, never holding onto that which causes us to suffer.


Just breath and be! Let go and watch each moment come and go like the tide in an ocean! Come and go!

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The 20 Second Meditation

I’ve got another little trick called the 20 Second meditation that I would like to share with you quickly today.

The reason why this is called The 20 Second Meditation is because a meditation is a one pointed concentration on something, generally we focus on our breath. The 20 Second Meditation however is a focus on positivity and similar to that of a mantra meditation.

There is no need to sit crossed legged on the floor, or with your eyes closed I do this walking in the countryside or taking a shower or simply wandering down the street.

Scientifically Based

When in negativity, science tells us that 17 seconds of continuous positivity changes our thought patterns and generates more positivity on its own.

How do I start

For the first time you do this 20 Second Meditation find somewhere quiet and private.

Now For 20 seconds I want you to tell yourself how amazing you are. And I want you to do this out loud, doing this exercise out loud works better than quietly in your mind. I want you to Just keep praising yourself, tell yourself how proud you are of yourself, how wonderful, how amazing, how great, and do it with passion.

Keep going for the full 20 seconds, and you will see the shift inside yourself. Keep going with praise of kindness and positivity for that full 20 Seconds.

Just 20 seconds

At first it feels a little hard and strange but keep going for just 20 seconds and you will feel the shift inside yourself

It’s a bit like pushing a car, the first bit requires effort to get the car rolling, but once moving it will keep rolling for a bit all on its own. Just like your mind, effort to start the shift keep the momentum up for 20 seconds and you can stop. Your mind will keep rolling for a bit with positivity. We have changed our negativity mindset into a positive in just 20 seconds.

I do hope you have fun with this little exercise, and if you follow this website it’s just another tool for you to combat any negativity that may arise.

Kind regards

Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Empowerment coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.


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The Man that Lost all His Money.

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The Man that Lost all His Money

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Once upon a time there lived a man, that from the moment he could speak, talked about his lost money. He told anyone and everyone who would listen about his lost money.

As he grew up the little boy spent all his days searching for that lost money. He would search here and there, up high and down below, he searched behind old tree trunks and under large stones but all his searching turn up nothing.

The little boy grew into a teenager and became obsessed looking for his elusive lost money. Most of the villagers thought the boy a little mad and didn’t give him much attention, all except for one, a little old lady always kept a keen eye on the young boy.

He had turned over every rock and searched behind every old tree trunk many times by now, but all still in vain. And all this time the little old lady watched on in deep thought.

As time went on, the boy grew into a man, found himself a wife, married and had three children. He worked as a local blacksmith and became very good at what he did. As he steadily grew ever older he gradually forgot about his lost money and all that endless searching.

For the first time our hero found a peace and quietness, and an enjoyment in his everyday life. He loved his wonderful children dearly and enjoyed his work as a blacksmith immensely. And the thought of his lost money was forgotten.

It was at this stage in our hero’s life, that the little old lady, who had watched with eagerness how our hero had searched for his money, was called away on official government business.

The little old lady was called to the long standing king of the area. She had been his most trusted advisor when young, and now he need her wisdom more than ever. The neighbouring kingdom were a blood thirsty and greedy bunch intent on trouble, and had begun to turn their eyes towards his kingdom.

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The old lady advised weapons of steel to be made and that every man and women in the kingdom who could fight must be armed. She also knew just the man to make those swords.

Our hero quickly became inundated with orders and before long was employing workers to carry out the work. His reputation grew and grew along with the size of his workshop. He soon franchised out his business and before long, the man who had lost all his money became the wealthiest man in the district.

The moment our hero stopped searching, and so desperately wanting that money, accepting things just as they were, it is then that money found him.

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Moral of the Story:

In our lives it seems the more we want something the more it slips further away from us. This is because of something called attachment. And in life we can either attach to either the negative or the positive. Both however are constructs of your intelligence. From imaginations and memories, memories of past events and imaginings of how it should or could be for you. We need to learn to let go and live in the moment.

As humans we all experience the world around us through our 5 senses, that of hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing or feeling. These experiences are felt in only 3 ways inside our consciousness, they can either be positive, negative or natural. The neutral has no effect on us but both the positive and negative do cause is problems.

We suffer in life because of this intellect of ours, we attach to either those negative or positive experiences based on memories of past or imaginings of future events. We are stuck in our heads and forget the wider world around us. We resist sometimes becoming consumed by the negative and consumed by the longing for the positive, we don’t like this, we like this, I want that but don’t want the other.

When it comes to money the attachment can be strong. For most of us this attachment is wanting for more. However if you truly want a fatter bank balance you need to learn to let go of your intellect and just be. Become rooted in this present moment and resist the temptation to wallow in past dramas or dream of futures yet to be.

The more we attach ourselves the more problems we create, the more we can let go and be happy with whatever comes along that’s when the entire world seems to open up and give her life altering gifts.

This is now known and understood in the west as the law of attraction.

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Motivational coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.


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Resistance to change

Things happen in life, sometimes we associate that with the good other times we think it’s bad. But things keep happening wether we like it or not.

The attachment or resistance to that change is what makes us suffer.

I Dhamma Tāpasā had one of those days yesterday, and if it wasn’t for my training and understanding of the human consciousness, it could have been a whole lot worse.

I have no monetary income and rely on the goodness and kindness of people, everything is freely given to me. I was given yesterday 150 euros from a very kind lady who I helped see clearly her suffering. She was so amazed how I willingly sat and listened without judgment that she gave me the entire contents of her purse.

Now where’s this going, that all sounds like a good day. 😂

Around 4 years ago I was given a car to help me get around and keep safe at night. Again freely given for help received. Yesterday was the day it decided enough was enough.

The car broke down on a very busy road and on a very nasty bend. Two lovely Portuguese people stopped to help and we pushed the car a little further of the bend and more out harms way. A tow truck was called and charged me €153.75 my entire money that was just given to me.

To add injury to that price tag, the tow company wouldn’t drop me on the land I’m living at the moment, because they didn’t want to go down the steep hill. So dumped me on a neighbours land at the top of the hill. But still charged me full price.

Now this is where resistance to change makes life so much harder. So why do we resist this sudden change? There is only one reason you resist this change and is also the reason as humans we suffer so unnecessarily.

We have Intellect, and our intelligence is being held too much in high a degree. We all want intelligence, right? We all want a sharp intellect so we can appear wise or smart, we as humans love intelligence and think this is our greatest advantage. Look at all we have created, we can fly like birds, sail the seas like a fish, and we invented all sort of contraptions to make our lives easier and better.

Yet surprisingly the most educated nations in the world are also suffering the most from mental health issues. The most educated nations are contributing to 80% of the destruction of the planet. Does this sound intelligent to you?

I’m here to tell you that your intelligence is causing you all of your problems and your greatest suffering in this life. You suffer because of your memories and imagination. As humans we stay within our intellegence living from memories or imaginations. Your memories from a moment ago to 5, or 10 years previous. We suffer from our imaginations of how life should be or how you want it to be.

We forget to stay in the present moment, and forget that it is only the present moment we have control over. In the present moment you have a choice, a choice to resist or accept.

What are you going to choose today? Accept or resist your day?

Amazingly I awoke this morning and stuck the keys into the ignition, turned it over and it fired instantly into life. I kid you not. Resistance and life is a whole lot harder.

Without resistance, instantly two Portuguese stopped to help, they organised a tow truck and made sure I was safe, I had exactly the money needed to pay the tow company, even though I usually have no money. I could of awoken this morning full of dread of the task at hand, I didn’t resist and the car started first time. No don’t get me wrong there is obviously something a miss with the car and will get it checked as soon as life allows.

Try this for just one day, notice how we resist change or unforeseen events, watch how your intelligence is fighting you with either memories of past events or imaginings of how it should or could be for you. Now try letting go! See what happens. Nothing will change the situation, but it will change how you feel about it. With a bit of practice you will see how instantly life is there to help you.

Now your intellect, if left alone will still be there, it’s part of us, and as humans it will always be there, and it doesn’t go blunt just because you don’t spend all day wrapped up inside of it. It’s very much like ever other part of your body. When we sit we rest our legs. We don’t let them wander around on their own accord, they also don’t complain we are not using them. And your legs are still there when you next choose to use them. Similarly this is how our mind works. Let it go and relax, it will be there when you ask.

Try it and see for yourself. Truth of life is there for everyone to see and not just for those in some religious role. We can all see this direct learning experience if we only try and observe the process.

Kind regards

Dhamma T

The answer to all your problems

How to end your suffering

I have a beautiful task for you this weekend or the coming week ahead, that I think your going to enjoy immensely. This is going to show you the true reality of Yourself, and free you from suffering.

Are you with me?

If you are suffering from a lack of self belief, self confidence, low self esteem, depression, anxiety or stress then this task will show you a life changing miracle. I’m going to show you that you are not suffering from the process of life.

What you are really suffering from are your memories and imaginations, your intelligence of your mind if you like.

Your problem is one of your memories and imagination, you suffer because of memories from 1, 5, or even 10 years ago and your imaginations of what and how life should be.

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Why is this?

Your body is constantly in harmony with life, and the energy of this earth, your body is continuously part of the universe, breathing in the air, processing the food we consume all perfectly in balance and in harmony with nature. And your not trying to control your body to do any of these things, it just happens naturally.

The same conditions apply to your mind. It’s a little thought factory processing and making thoughts from the input of your 5 senses. Our problems arise because we are always trying to interfere, trying to control. We don’t want the negative but want the positive. We have not learnt to let go and just let things be. We control it by trying to hold onto, grasp or attach to what we want and equally what we don’t want. We completely forget that this process of the mind is in complete harmony with the universe. This is the natural process of our consciousness.

And this is what I am going to try and get you to experience. To have a direct learning experience with, clearly seeing and understanding how those thoughts, memories and imaginations of past and future events and experiences are not really you. Just the natural process of your consciousness.

Once we have this direct experience, seeing clearly this process of mind and dance of consciousness that we have no control over, we naturally put a small distance there. We no longer attach we just let it be.

Your mission if you choose to except it

So this weekend or the week ahead, find the time to get deeply immersed in nature, walk, sit and observe. I want you to explore the structure of a leaf, why does that stone or rock look the way it does? how does that ant move it’s body? I want you to contemplate the immense world around you and see how we can never fully grasp nature in its full entirety, but how we can see this same perfect harmony and its entirety within us.

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I’m going to try and get you to see clearly how we can never understand the full entirety of nature, and how this mind is part of this exact same process of nature and in perfect harmony with it.

It has taken billions of years for evolution to create a mind this large, and we are suffering because none of us have bothered to read the operators manual (admittedly we were never given one when we arrived) 😂. We don’t suffer life, life is perfection, we only suffer our mind. It may seem like we suffer life because we become so preoccupied with our own thoughts, it can indeed seem like we suffer life, but life is just that, LIFE. And life is a miracle and so are you a true miracle of life.

This is going to be a wonderful task for you, I know you love nature a lot and I also know your feeling a little down at the moment. So no matter what, go and spend some time in one of your favourite places, nature. Look at everything around you and see how your body and consciousness are part of this nature. Your thoughts are as natural as the trees growing from the soil or the water flowing over the rocks. And our body and mind are one with this harmony.

If I can get you to look deeply into this, and see clearly this process, naturally we put a little distance between us and our thoughts! This will bring so much comfort and relief. We begin to not take those thoughts so seriously and this natural distance is formed.

This doesn’t mean we abandon our minds, no we detach ourselves from the process, after all it’s a never ending affair of thought after thought. We naturally rest our legs and arms when were not using them, so why not let your mind rest, it will be there when we need it.

So go out to the forests, fields and wild places, contemplate this process of the world around you. Enjoy the warming embrace as you discover the truths I’ve shared for yourself. Go immerse yourself in nature. Go get lost and only then can you find your true self.

How do we contemplate this wonder of life?

Go out and get lost in the wild forests fields or mountains around your area, examine the stones and rocks, the grass and trees. Close your eyes and watch yourself breathing, your heart beat, look at the first thought that comes in without judgement, where does it go? Did it disappear? or merge into the next thought? See the relationship of your body and nature, isn’t it the trees that breath in the carbon dioxide we breath out and then give us the oxygen for us to breath. Life is this symbiotic, a perfectly balanced world and so are you, you just need to see your thoughts aren’t you, just this process of nature.

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Ask yourself, am I, my thoughts right now? Can you truly say that this thought is me, mine or I? Can you see how every thought has the ripple effect to create another. Is this you? Or is it the natural process of nature? And can we truly grasp this nature in its entirety?

What this exercise is trying to achieve is a slight distancing from our thoughts.

This is what I’m trying to achieve for you, even if it’s for just a moment, that is all that’s required to truly see the reality of your existence. Just one moment of not attaching to your memories or imagination and you are free! Even if it’s for one moment, this is all you will need to see the truth in reality.

If you keep going down the same path

What happens when you keep taking the same path in life? A path that has kept you feeling, depressed, stressed, angry, anxious and with a lack of self belief and confidence.

It’s exactly like this analogy, If I were to give you a mango to hold in your hand, the first minute or two the weight of the mango doesn’t effect us. If you kept holding the mango for an hour, your arm is going to ache and start to feel soar. If you were to hold that mango for an entire day, your arm is going to feel paralysed. And the weight of the mango, which hasn’t changed, now feels a heavy burden.

This is the same with those negative thoughts. Thinking of your past bad memories for a moment isn’t going to effect us much, holding onto the negative for an hour and our mind starts to ache. A whole day and we can become paralysed by the weight now on our shoulders.

So I want to show you your true reality so you clearly see your perfect existence in this universe, a perfect symbiotic existence that we ourselves interfere with and try to control.

Imagine for a moment your stuck in heavy traffic going to work. How stressful it feels, right. Now imagine seeing the same traffic from above where you can’t hear the hooting of car horns, you just look at the traffic and it’s looks rather nice, no stress is there.

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So this weekend go out and free yourself, see for yourself the truth I tell. For this leads to a liberation of mind, body and soul.

I wish you much success over this weekend my noble warrior, for you are one of the true hero’s of earth.

Much happiness and kind regards

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Dhamma Tāpasā*

*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Empowerment coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.


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