In February 2015, the members of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association (ATMA), first formed in 2008-2009, voted to adopt a broader mission for the association. In practical terms, this meant extending ATMA’s purposes beyond serving meditation teaching to also directly serving the wider community of meditators.
A new vision, mission and purpose also required a new name to encapsulate the broader outreach, a new logo to inspire, and finally, a new website with all the capabilities that would be required to genuinely be of service to people wanting to learn or practice meditation.
Despite being known as ATMA, the association had been using the URL www.meditationaustralia.org.au since the beginning, so the natural choice for the new name was the ‘Meditation Association of Australia’, or Meditation Australia, for short.
The original ATMA logo concept had been designed by our first president, Dr Craig Hassed, featuring a fibonacci spiral as seen in the geometry of the nautilus shell – everywhere in nature in fact – as the satellite image reminds us.
Apart from the inherent connection to the natural world of the shape, this spiral is also of symbolic significance to the practice of meditation. For example, following the spiral inwards can represent the movement towards the still point of consciousness or the centre of being, and following it outward can represent the unfolding of life originating from consciousness and into physical manifestation.
However for the new logo, we knew that we needed a more modern, fresh look, somehow honouring the organisation’s heritage while expressing currency and preparing for the future. In addition to the many young people now discovering the benefits of meditation, we felt this was also important for the many new teachers of meditation who are much younger than some of our founding members!
We were also aware that the new logo needed to be sensitive to meditation teachers and practitioners representing a wide range of meditation practices – in order for us to be relevant as an organisation to the full spectrum of meditators. Likewise with our choice of a new primary colour (changing from orange to blue), and in this case also introducing a gradient of blues into the spiral.
Importantly, while the spiral of the nautilus shell is nature’s way of bringing the fibonacci sequence to life, we wanted to place our focus on the expression of the sequence rather than the underlying mathematics; recognising the antiquity of both the laws of nature and of the practice of meditation. And also recognising the sense of connection with nature and non-duality of self available to us all through meditation, hence the clear symbolism of the nautilus shell itself in our new spiral.
We hope you feel as excited as we do by Meditation Australia’s new purpose and presence, and will come on this journey with us as we strive to introduce more people to meditation and to support those who already meditate regularly.
For inquisitive souls, our inspiring new Vision, Mission and Purposes are below. We hope you like them!
Lastly, our thanks to Crealo Design for helping us achieve all this and our bright shiny new website to bring it to life.
Meditation as an integral part of life.
To develop, promote and support the teaching and practice of meditation.
To develop, promote and support the teaching and practice of meditation by pursuing the following aims and objectives:
- Meditation teaching:
- To define criteria for those wishing to be recognised and registered as meditation teachers or meditation teacher training organisations, including but not limited to, knowledge, skills, competencies, prerequisites, categories and scope of teaching, and
- To uphold professionalism and ethical standards, and to foster continuing professional development, networking and community amongst meditation teachers, and
- To act as the peak body for meditation teachers; to advocate for and represent their interests as a group.
- Meditation practice:
- To encourage uptake of, and foster development in, meditation by members of the general public, and
- To encourage organisations, including but not limited to businesses, companies, educational institutions and government, to incorporate meditation into organisational culture and policy, and
- To act as a public voice for the practice of meditation, including but not limited to the benefits of meditation and advocating for meditation as an integral part of life.