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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.

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: , , |

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 [...]

2017-02-07T12:05:38+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Tags: , |

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:01+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Tags: , |

“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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:01+00:00 January 10th, 2017|

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:02+00:00 January 4th, 2017|