As taught by Mataji (Swami Shantananda), either Meditation and Mindfulness , or Resilience, is a game-changer in your life.
Meditation and Mindfulness
The Meditation and Mindfulness course gives you methods to establish your own practice of still-mind meditation, and to be mindful in everyday life. In this era, the biopsychosocial effects of meditation have been scientifically researched, and it is unquestionable that undertaking the practices as suggested will have the effect of lowering your pulse and very likely lowering blood pressure. You would expect to become able to relax your muscles and relieve body tension. With these outcomes, we tend to be less uptight in relationships, and handle social situations more easily.
Beyond those undoubted benefits, still-mind meditation can eventually take one to the deeper outcomes written about for centuries – millennia – by traditional meditators: a very easeful sense of the connectedness of all, and a comfortable acceptance of our place in the whole. And beyond even that, an experience of Being that is not a product of the thinking mind.
What lurks below messes up your mindfulness
For most people, meditation does not reach the profound depths for many, many years. In the meantime, meditation is sometimes more like a bandaid or a warm bath – it makes you feel better and let go of anger and worry for a while. But then, before you know it, there you are reacting in the same old way, over and over, and then you meditate to soothe yourself. Wouldn’t it be good to figure out once and for all where the anger or worrying is coming from? Resilience as taught by Mataji helps you recognise the topology of your mind so that you know in advance what the bumps and obstacles are, and how to manage them.
The Resilience program is cognitive (that is, you’re allowed to think!) while the Meditation and Mindfulness course is about dropping thinking for a while.
BA Grad Dip Arts (Social Studies) Postgrad Dip Health Psychology
Personal Meditation Practice – 35 years
Teaches Meditation, Mindfulness,
Trains teachers of Meditation and Mindfulness
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When teaching, Mataji brings the insights of 35 years of profound meditation along with an understanding of the cognitive and biological processes of stress.
What People have said about the Resilience program
Joëlle , Lawyer
(has done only the Resilience program, has formerly had counselling elsewhere)
Getting valuable tools to leave old habits and replace them with new habits that are nourishing, non-reacting and compassionate – of myself and others. I’ve already experienced how different it feels to step back and breathe – and to be able to see my old reactive patterns and not to succumb to them. It is truly empowering! It gives me a whole new outlook and an opportunity to let the filter (black box) and rule book go – the “should”, etc. and respond to situations in a more present way. These are tools I’ll have for the rest of my life! Thank you so much
Amie, Social Worker
(has completed the Meditation and Mindfulness program and several meditation retreats prior to the Resilience program)
This course allowed me to begin to see my “rocks under the blanket”, those hidden mental processes that hinder my flexibility or resilience. The realism profile developed by Mataji allowed me to delve deep into long established mental process that I was previously unaware of. This course is a rare opportunity to experience a parallel process; with Mataji who shares her own life experience of doing this self-reflection and exploration work.
I found the course challenging, but the spaciousness that came from becoming aware and letting go outweighs the difficulties.
Highly, highly recommend! I have had years practising psychological counselling which didn’t get me as far as 6 weeks with this resilience course!
Thank you Mataji
Alison, Library Assistant
(has previously completed the Meditation and Mindfulness program, and has formerly had counselling elsewhere)
The resilience course has profoundly changed my day-to-day life for the better. It is a very practical course with time for discussion and practice, and the initial quiz gave real insights into my personal patterns. Mataji explained, with wisdom and common sense, the processes I use every day to twist my experiences into my thought patterns, and vice-versa, and how I can untwist them and be OK with reality. I can now see the patterns in the way I think and act and I can set them aside. My family notice that I have a lot more patience for the irritations and frustrations of family life.
Thank you very much, Mataji
A position or posture. In Yoga classes, it has become synonymous with yoga exercises. Originally it meant the position you take to meditate. In the Yoga Sutras (ca 500 CE) it is defined as "a position of steadiness and ease". It is pronounced AHSana, not aSAHNa
Old English or Anglo Saxon word for air taken into the lungs. The Latin word for the same thing is "spirit". Inspiration = breathing in, expiration = breathing out, aspiration = breathing towards something.
Being dissatisfied with stimuli coming from outside yourself. The opposite of self-containment or mindfulness
CLASSICAL YOGA Yoga that is based on the Yoga Sutras, from the Classical period of the development of Yoga and Classical Sanskrit. It takes meditation to be central to any practice of Yoga. The original meaning of "yoga" is the unity of individual being and universal being.
The end of the mind's idea of itself
Sitting to meditate every day
a meaningless word. No "light" turns on or comes in. The word has been invented by English speakers who didn't understand. In other literature the state is called Self-Realisation, or Liberation - Liberation from the person, not of the person.
Chasing happiness instead of realising that happiness is a choice. Situations happen often without our intention, but our mental state is ours to choose.
The English word for Kaivalya - Absolute Freedom - the purpose and result of Yoga, according to the Yoga Sutras.
GENEROSITY A broad-minded acceptance of others and their stuff
A state of contentment (santosha in Sanskrit) which is a choice, not a result. Such a chosen state may also lead to broad-mindedness, generosity, problem-solving and optimism.
Etymologically the word holy means "whole, entire, uninjured, perfect". This is curiously similar to an ancient Sanskrit word, "purna" meaning "perfect, whole, entire". It is repeated over and again in a chant that means, This is perfect (or whole, or complete, or entire), that is perfect, from the perfect comes the perfect; take the perfect away from the perfect, only the perfect remains... OM.. peace, peace, peace" And curiously again, this seems to point to the more common English notion of "holy" meaning "related to the divine".
The mind's idea of itself, the ego
A state of profound contentment and pleasure with life, generally acquired after relinquishing ego, that is, the mistaken notion that "I"am somehow separate from mind and body and much more important
KNOWLEDGE The mind's conviction that its concepts are facts
KARMA A sequence of causes and effects, usually in a chain more complex and longer than you can seeL
KNOWLEDGE The mind's conviction that its concepts are facts
KARMA A sequence of causes and effects, usually in a chain more complex and longer than you can see
LAW An inevitable, predictable and irrefutable sequence in the natural order, eg the Law of Gravity. No moral aspect to it, only intrinsic certainty
LEVITY A Zen-like quality in one's approach to life, not getting dragged down by personal discomforts such as illness or bankruptcy
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