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: , , |

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: , |

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|

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|

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:02+00:00 December 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:02+00:00 December 7th, 2016|

10 ways to teach mindfulness to our kids without even trying

As parents we want to see our children “flourishing”—the opposite of depression, avoidance, and disengagement. Finding little moments to help your children check in with their experiences, rather than check out of, builds emotional intelligence, leading to happier kids and families. No matter how we practice it, mindfulness offers the gift of calm and clarity [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:03+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Investigation of study – meditation surpasses the ‘vacation effect’ on immune system

Due to the popularity of the post last week about meditation and the 'vacation effect'  Meditation Australia thought it important to give more information about how this new study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, was completed. The premise for investigation was based on previous studies that show meditation to improve cellular health; however, previous studies had [...]

2016-10-04T13:44:39+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

Brainwaves and the science of meditation

To appreciate the science of meditation it is important to first have a basic understanding of the brain and the electrical patterns or “brainwaves” the brain produces. Brainwaves are produced in the cerebral cortex, which is the cerebrum’s (brain’s) outer layer. Differing brainwave patterns reflect different states of consciousness ranging from highly alert, through to [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:06+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|Tags: |

Five ways to mindfully manage your email

What if you could press “pause” on your day at any moment? Email is a great form of communication – when used wisely. However, that is often not the case, and the results are email addiction and email overload. According to a new work titled In One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:07+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Tags: |