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
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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
Meditation teacher training with us is comprehensive
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Meditation teacher training
Meditation teacher training is often aimed at a single modality and from a single perspective. Meditation or Mindfulness? Health or Spirituality? Goals or empty mind? Still-mind or visualisation? Therapeutic or personal? Religious or Secular? Traditional or scientific? How remarkable would it be to have a training that encompassed the whole perspective, where you find out clearly what the differences are – and the similarities – and teach the way you want, with a clear understanding of your position?
Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness
The diploma course gives you a qualification to teach meditation, from whichever perspective you prefer, and mindfulness. It is a rigorous, 200 hour program, plus a requirement for meditation practice of one hour daily. “Oh no,” you say, “I’m much too busy for that!” Then now is the time to consider what you really feel about the benefits of meditation, isn’t it? And to consider whether the changes in the mind and brain that come of meditation are best delivered by someone who has only a minimal personal practice?
Content of the Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness teacher training course
The content of this meditation teacher training course is thorough – from the history and purpose(s) of meditation from its distant origins to the modern day – and where mindfulness fits in, both anciently and recently. You learn how to teach from both perspectives and to be clear about what you are offering.
Biological factors in meditation: Research
You will learn about the body-mind-meditation connection and how to look for, read and understand scientific research on the subject. Research on meditation often points to changes in the brain (You can find a good overview of meditation in relation to research in this link ) You will learn the difference between talking from an idea of meditation and being able to support your point of view from proven methodologies and/or respected sources.
Methods and methodology
You may choose health-oriented mindfulness, or goal-oriented visualisation, or still-mind meditation, or whatever you feel drawn to. The meditation teacher training course covers tools and methods for teaching, according to your preference, within a framework larger than the single approach that you like best. If you wish to specialise, you must also understand the broad scope of the discipline you wish to teach.
Methodology of Teaching
The methods that you will teach – for example, mantra, still-mind, visualisation, mindfulness or others – are one thing, the methodology of teaching is another. Learning how to refine the specifics of your class plan, and how to know whether you have achieved what you intended, will be an eye-opener for most. And you will find the teaching methodolology component exceedingly valuable!
Mind-self, No-mind – no-self
This is where there is sometimes a conflict between proponents of ancient and modern approaches. To some, the no-mind, no-self approach is like a Zen riddle, and indeed, Zen is the epitome of learning by riddles. But there can be a rational approach to the non-rational and ineffable. Through this meditation teacher training course, you will understand no-mind, no-self at least intellectually – to get it from experience, you may need more than one year’s practice. Your principal teacher (Swami Shantananda) is one of the very few with the competence to teach this aspect of meditation, and to assist those without out experience to a useful level of understanding. That understanding allows all to find what suits them, without prejudice one way or another, yet with clarity and comprehension.
Meditation and Contra-indications
Is meditation good for everyone? There are clinical and critical issues to be discovered here, before you run off to enlighten the world and make your fortune. What is the difference between a psychotic state and a transcendent state – or is there a difference at all? When would you refer someone on to a mental health specialist instead of teaching them yourself? You had better understand what “duty of care” entails.
Towards the latter part of the program, you will teach your own learner’s course, testing out in real life the methodological processes and understanding that you will have acquired through the course. Getting to that point includes how to set up a class and manage the diversity of responses you are likely to come across. You will consider issues of role boundaries and fee-setting, amongst other things.
Meditation teacher training in 2019 will commence in March. It entails 20 Saturdays spread between March and November, along with weekly programs in group practice. Minimum requirement for entry is at least one year of meditation practice in one form or another. On acceptance you will commit to a practice of one hour of still-mind meditation per day (and see what a difference it makes to you!).
Completion of meditation teacher training will result in a Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness. It may be issued from Blackburn Meditation and Mindfulness, or from the Australian College of Classical Yoga, whichever you prefer.
The meditation teacher training program more than meets the requirements of Meditation Australia.
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