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
Not just any summer Meditation Retreat
Gardens at Mairtripa
This Meditation Retreat gives you the chance to interact with people who practice meditation and/or mindfulness, from varied backgrounds, traditional and modern.. It is open to long-term meditators and people who are thinking about starting; to teachers, – mingle with other teachers if you are already one – and to anyone who might consider one day becoming a meditation teacher.
January 19 -21 at Maitripacentre Healesville
I just want to hang out in a meditative environment
Never meditated before? Not sure how to meditate? Perfect, in this meditation retreat you will find out what it is about and what practice is.
Not sure what sort of meditationthis retreat will do? All sorts. This meditation retreat is t he perfect way to figure out one style from another
I don’t want any spirituality? Fine, there is an abundance of nature to contemplate instead.
I want spirituality? Fine, Maitripa itself is a
Buddhist centre, and the convenor of this retreat, Swami Shantananda, is a sannyasin from the Yogic tradition. A perfect time to meditate from the ancient perspective.
Want mindfulness rather than meditation? Mindfulness is meditation while active. We can eat mindfully, walk mindfully. and we can practice mindfulness as a form of meditation, starting with deep non-critical sensory awareness.
I’m a meditation teacher, what’s in this meditation retreat for me?
Three things in particular:
Expand your focus: Most of us become teachers through a specific route, whether that is Yoga, Buddhism, Mindfulness, Stress Management, Meditation as a Complementary Health adjunct, or some other route. And, sadly, most tend to feel dismissive of all the others. This is an opportunity for us to mingle, share without any attempt to dominate, and to understand the perspective that other teachers are coming from.
Mingle with learners and ordinary meditators – as an equal, rather than as someone looking for attention
Attend workshops specifically on teaching, for teachers
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