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. More
Research on meditation
Research on the processes and effects of meditation is a growing subfield of neurological research. Modern scientific techniques and instruments, such as MRI and EEG, have been used to see what happens in the body of people when they meditate, and how their bodies and brain change after meditating regularly. These studies have shown substantial bodily changes as a consequence of regular meditative practice. For instance, one study by Richard Davidson and Jon Kabat-Zinn showed that eight weeks of mindfulness-based meditation produced significant increases in left-sided anterior brain activity, which is associated with positive emotional states. Positive emotion may be a skill which can be achieved with training similar to learning to ride a bike or play the piano. Read more.
ATMA (The Australian Teachers of Meditation Association) is a nationally registered not-for-profit association. It has been established as a peak body in order to represent the various paths, styles and techniques of Australian meditation teachers.
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
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.
Australia ranked ‘happiest’ developed nation again
Australia has been ranked the world’s happiest nation among developed economies for the third year running. More.