We warmly invite all those seeking to enhance the quality of their lives and all Australian meditation teachers to join us in serving the community and promoting the benefits of meditation.
by Pauline McKinnon, President ATMA
One of the most frequent causes of depression involves the matter of loss and grief and the sadness it brings. Unless the tremendous depth of pain and the range of emotions that accompany such events have been experienced, it is unlikely that even some experts can bring any degree of consolation to those in this situation. Read More
Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools
At first glance, Quiet Time - a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area - looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can't sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I've spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it. Read more.
by Pauline McKinnon
From AGM – 18th October 2013
It’s very exciting to report tonight on an extremely productive and energetic year for ATMA, with a significant increase in membership and the development of a number of important factors which make up the bones of a functional organization. There is tremendous energy and enthusiasm in our ranks and a great deal of work has been accomplished. Read more.
Meditation's Positive Residual Effects
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University, and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced. Read more
Meditation is practiced in many different forms and for many different purposes hence ATMA has developed three broad membership categories under which meditation is commonly practiced and taught.
Member benefits include:
- Recognition of your teaching and meditation experience through high Association Entry standards
- A website presence that reflects current trends and news about meditation and its benefits
- Referrals for prospective clients and students
- Current information about recent scientific research on meditation
- A vehicle for increasing the availability and influence of meditation in Australia More.
Can we build a better child?
It is a hot, dry Tuesday afternoon in a country Victorian classroom. As they do every day, the children of 4D are talking about their feelings.
Nine-year-old Evie Kuchel is feeling confident and enthusiastic. Looking at her ''mood meter'', she gauges she is a 3+ for energy and a 2+ for feelings. On the chart, divided into red, yellow, blue and green quadrants, she plots herself in the yellow. But not every day is like today. If school's been tough or someone's been mean to her, she might find herself in the blue. If she is feeling particularly chilled out, she could be green. Read more