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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.

Four meditation superpowers – why meditation matters

The real point that meditation addresses, and that makes it quite relevant and universal, is this: You have a mind but you are not the boss of your mind, often your mind is the boss. Your mind is your most valuable asset. What’s going on in your mind can make you happy or miserable, successful or [...]

2017-07-05T17:20:54+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

Risks and adverse reactions to meditation.

Whilst the benefits of meditation practices are extensively researched, it is unfortunate that little research has been directed towards the potential risks. It is ironic that the meditative practices that research has shown can greatly improve mental health difficulties can, in rare cases, trigger mental health problems. Meditation can reduce anxiety, stress and depression and [...]

2017-07-07T17:25:45+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Melbourne Meditation Pod Launch

Professional development event for meditation teachers Happy Melon Studios, 1252 High St Armadale, Sunday 13 August 2017, 1-3pm Click here to register It is with great pleasure that the Board of Meditation Australia (MA) invites meditation teachers, meditation teacher training students and health and wellbeing professionals to attend the inaugural Melbourne Meditation Pod meeting. The [...]

2017-07-05T18:14:36+00:00 June 30th, 2017|

Music as Meditation – The Power of Sound

Music is the great mantra tradition of our own culture and I’m including in this all the different kinds of music we hear each day – popular, jazz, rock, classical, dance, rap, military and film music. The word music is derived from the word muse which means “to meditate on something”. So music is a [...]

2017-06-08T07:21:43+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Tags: , |

The matter of mind

How often do we stop to consider that magnificent faculty – our mind? Tucked away somewhere within our marvellous human brain, somehow there dwells our mind – the centre of our thinking. Are the thoughts that we’re thinking good thoughts or otherwise? Are they relevant, useful, productive, peaceful, reactive – or even distressing thoughts? To [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:00+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Tags: |

The Art of Decluttering

In the words of Yoko Ono: ‘Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance’ Escaping to the country is always a source of solace and sanity for me. Precious time to experience moments of pure [...]

2017-05-02T11:47:06+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Tags: , |

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:00+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:00+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

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, objectives and activities over the next two years. To give strength to process, a list of values was added to the organisation’s guiding principles. Representing the quality of process [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:00+00:00 February 25th, 2017|

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:01+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , |