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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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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 [...]

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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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Book release: Freedom from stress and anxiety

Australia has an anxiety crisis, according to author David McRae. One in three people suffer serious stress and distress in their lives and one in five experience a mental health condition in any year, according to the Australian Psychological Society. Anxiety is the most common of these conditions. Surveys show the incidence of anxiety has [...]

November 4th, 2016|
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Book release: In stillness conquer fear

by Pauline McKinnon This new, revised edition is published by Garratt Publishing, 2016.    (First published in 1983 by Collins Dove Publishing) Groundbreaking Thirty-something years ago Pauline McKinnon’s groundbreaking book, In Stillness Conquer Fear (1983) pioneered public understanding of anxiety as a social problem. This updated and revised edition sheds new light on the escalating phenomenon [...]

November 4th, 2016|
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Convert frustration into calm

You’re running late for a meeting and you are stuck in traffic. The little old man in the car ahead is driving at a bullock cart speed. You can feel the frustration building when he crawls across an amber light and leaves you at a red! So here you have a choice. You can either let [...]

October 4th, 2016|
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Meditation and the authentic self

In an era when it is becoming increasingly evident to quantify that meditation reduces stress and supports mental and physical health, there is another value proposition that is also worth considering. Although not as easy to measure, meditation allows us to become more true to ourselves in the way we are and the way we [...]

September 3rd, 2016|Tags: , |
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Support the United Nations International Day of Peace

On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations invites us to remember our common humanity. Annually, many events are held around the world to commemorate this day, each offering opportunity for people to gather and reflect upon the shared goal of peace. The International Day of Peace was established 1981 by the United Nations General [...]

August 11th, 2016|