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: , , |

Meditation gateway: personalised meditation app

In these modern times, many teachers and students are looking to Apps for both instruction and on-going inspiration and support. However, to create a good App takes a great deal of time and effort and can be very expensive. The Meditation Gateway provides an elegant solution. Developed by one of MAA’s founding members, Ian Gawler, [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:08+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Tags: , , |

What people still get wrong about meditation

When people talk about meditation, it often conjures visions of remote monasteries nestled away into a lush mountainside or expensive retreats with incense, silence, and possibly even crystals. Oh, and loads and loads of paid time off. No one has time for that, which often equates to people thinking they don’t have time, or the [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:08+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Tags: , |

Mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance

Mindfulness deals with intentionally paying attention to each moment. Being fully engaged in what is occurring at that moment in time is the essence of being mindful. There are benefits that come from practicing mindfulness including reduced stress, improvement in mental health and it helps enhance personal and professional life. This six-week course explores the science, [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:09+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

No blueprint, just love

In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program. Now, more than 35 years later, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and its offshoots have entered the mainstream of health care, scientific study, and public policy. Read more...

2016-10-04T13:51:32+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Serenity Now! Is there really an app for that?

Meditation and mindfulness apps are all the rage these days. There are literally hundreds. I’m not particularly interested in debating the merits of these apps. What I am curious about: is something lost when we use an app versus going to a meditation center in person? What is different about using technology to understand our mind [...]

2017-05-21T16:51:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Catalyst: The science of meditation

From infamous criminals, to powerful corporations, to some of the world’s most successful athletes, meditation has never been so popular. But can it really make you smarter, happier and healthier? New research shows that it can affect the body as well as the mind, slow down the aging process, and even alter the structure of [...]

2016-06-23T11:43:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The 5 biggest meditation myths, debunked

If thinking about mindfulness and meditation ends up creating, ahem, less-than-peaceful feelings in you, you’re not alone. “I’ve met more people who are stressed out by their meditation practice than I can tell you,” says Jeff Cannon, a New York City-based meditation teacher who takes ancient practices and applies them to modern life. Read more...

2016-06-23T11:35:14+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Tags: , |

Yoga, meditation better than memory games

Yoga and meditation are more effective than memory exercises for combating the mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer's, research has shown. Scientists from Australia and the US compared the two approaches in a group of 25 volunteers over the age of 55 who had reported memory issues such as forgetting names and faces, missing appointments [...]

2016-05-16T16:21:22+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |