Meet Meditation Australia member Jason Partington, you may have seen him on the beach …
My name is Jason, and I have been studying and practicing meditation for over 25 years.
I was originally taught by Gita Bellin, who taught me a form of transcendental meditation. I have been fascinated by mindfulness and meditation since learning it, and it has taken me all over the world (Ashrams in India have been drawing me back for many years) and I have studied and practiced the wonderful array of styles under some very experienced teachers.
I teach a range of meditation types that include body scan, breath, mindfulness, transcendental, loving- kindness, compassion and gratitude to mention a few. I originally started teaching in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, but now my business is online and global – with many students coming from the UK and USA.
As a teacher, one of the most powerful things I have learned is to ground myself prior to doing any teaching. Taking 10-20 minutes to allow myself to come present, has enabled me to manage myself more effectively and better equip myself to adapt to any situation. It also allows me to be open and receiving. I also pride myself on being organised and planned ahead of time. being planned allows me to relax and once again be open and adapatable to any situation. It also assists in managing people’s expectations.
What’s the story behind your first meditation experience?
I was guided to my first meditation by a dear close friend. I was 28 years old, and feeling a little lost, lots of questions about who i was, why Im here and lacking some connection. I am now 52 years old, and have been meditation for over 24 years, 2 x per day.
She introduced me to a 4 week course called ‘lifting the veil’ in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. It was an immersive TM (transcendental meditation) course.
Life has never been the same since – in such a beautiful way.
What or who inspires you?
I absolutely love Russel Brand and what he stands for, his life, lessons and the way he authentically expresses his meditation journey.
All the normal and usual suspects are also on my list…including Jon Kabat Zinn, Deepak Chopra, Eckhardt Tolle, Joe Dispensa, Brene Brown etc
Cushion time: How long did you meditate for today?
I meditate 2 x 20 minutes everyday as a minimum. Sometimes slightly more than this, if i feel the need. Today I meditated down the beach for sunrise at beautiful Avalon Beachin the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I meditated sitting in the sand, however my normal routine is to meditate in my comfortable space at home.
Tools: Meditation Apps, yes or no?
I love to use all of the tools provided.
Although I feel deeply rooted within the original practice that I was taught, I regularly lean into available resources which open up a world of incredible meditations by wonderful teachers.
You’re the voice: Do you sing in the shower?
Oh yup. I sing a LOT in the shower, very badly. However, I rock it out, and dance a little as well.
Anyone in earshot is probably going to be shocked and amused at the same time 🙂
The getting of wisdom: What’s the best, or most important thing, you’ve learned as a meditation teacher?
Remain open to growth and learning – you never know it always. Be a student of life. Learning can come from the most unlikely places and situations – so be ready to receive it.
Be present, and in the now.
Always pause, then listen to your intuition and higher self for guidance on what comes next.
What makes your heart sing and what you have come to value most?
I created a meditation Charity called meditationHQ which provides FREE weekly meditations to the community for sunrise every Saturday. We have grown to 15 locations and over 60 leaders. It attracts hundreds or people every week.
Seeing the community gather every week… seeing numbers grow, watching people that are coming down for the first time – just falling in love with meditation, witnessing young and old generations, people from different backgrounds and cultures – all sitting together in silence, as ONE. That makes my heart smile and gives me hope for the future.
The best thing today: What’s the most inspiring or loveliest thing you’ve seen or experienced today?
I currently live aboard a boat on a marina in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and I get to watch sunrise most mornings coming up over the water. It is truly spectacular and makes me feel very grateful for life.
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