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'Editor' is a reclusive bookworm, rarely seen in real life, but always reading the latest research and current affairs, writing blog posts and feature articles to bring you the most interesting content. Editor doesn't have any other interests but always starts the day with a coffee, usually a long black, but sometimes a strong soy latte.
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Is your “Happy Place” really a happy place?

In my role as a meditation teacher, I’m privy to many assumptions about the practice. Such assumptions are most frequently expressed when I’m invited into a workplace, where, not surprisingly, I’m bound to share the room with a number of sceptics. Typically, such people have not explored meditation in much depth, and tend to view [...]

March 5th, 2017|
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A beginner’s mind isn’t “Beginners Mind”

Zen master Shunryū Suzuki encouraged his meditation students, even the advanced ones, to practise with Beginner’s Mind (Shoshin). Beginner’s Mind means having an attitude of freshness, curiosity, openness, receptivity, eagerness and humility. In Beginner’s Mind there is a lack of expectations, preconceptions and judgements. But beginners at meditation don’t often come with Beginner’s Mind. They [...]

March 5th, 2017|
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Meditation Australia Strategic Plan 2017 -18

Earlier this year the board of the Meditation Association of Australia (MA) met to formulate a Strategic Plan, aiming to guide the Association in its vision, values, objectives and activities over the next two years. Meditation as an integral part of life. The board reaffirmed both the vision statement of 'meditation as an integral part [...]

February 25th, 2017|
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Andre Agassi on life, tennis… and being in the moment

Meditation Australia member David Packman had the opportunity to speak to tennis legend (and Lavazza ambassador) Andre Agassi during the recent Australian Open and he brought up the concept of mindfulness and meditation. Here is what the former world No.1 and eight-time Grand Slam champion had to say:   “When I played, as you look [...]

February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , |
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New Study: The effect of meditation on generalised anxiety disorder

A new study published in the January 24th edition of Psychiatry Research, confirmed that eight-weeks of mindful meditation can be crucially beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center selected 70 people who suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) to undergo one of two different forms of treatment. One group took an [...]

February 7th, 2017|Tags: , |
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Become a meditation teacher in 2017

Looking for a stress-free career? Then consider becoming a meditation teacher. If you enjoy working with others and deeply value the positive impact meditation has made on your own life, then perhaps the next step in deepening your practice is to train as a meditation teacher? Meditation teachers make a difference in people’s lives. They [...]

February 3rd, 2017|Tags: , |
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“Hidden in Plain Sight” – Finding Your Warrior Within

What is it to be a man in modern society? It’s a complicated question, but I would hazard a guess that many of us are just going through the motions as husbands, colleagues, fathers, sons and brothers. Perhaps all of these things and more. But the truth is that these are all simply part of [...]

January 10th, 2017|
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Writing a business plan for meditation teachers

So, you’ve completed your meditation teacher training and you are ready to start a business as a meditation teacher.  No matter what type of business a person chooses to commence, writing a business plan is absolutely essential to the business’s success; that goes for meditation teaching too.  A business plan solidifies an idea and creates [...]

January 4th, 2017|
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How mindfulness empowers us: an animation

Mindfulness allows us to see our thoughts and feelings as they really are, freeing us from old ways of thinking. This simple animation by happify captures the heart of mindfulness, as told through American Indian tradition.  The story unfolds with and old shamanic master assisting a child learn about the varying aspects of self [...]

December 7th, 2016|
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How to keep calm and carry on with meditation

Practicing meditation is a great way to keep yourself calm not just during the meditation period, but throughout the rest of your day as well. Bupa Life Insurance recently called upon Meditation Australia to offer advice on keeping calm for a recent article. Our answer was simple: meditation. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about [...]

December 7th, 2016|