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
Member Meditation Australia
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
General Yoga Seniors Stretch and Smile
Moment by moment real awareness of our sensory state is part of Mindfulness. Ordinarily, we act as though our “self” is what the mind does. So we’ll have a cup of coffee but 10 minutes later, we wonder if it is time for a cuppa. Because the mind can conceptualise so easily, we may feel as though the body drags on us instead of keeping up. Or we might have a disconnect between how the body truly is – older than “we” would like, fatter, less strong, etc. Yet the truth may be that “we” are a psycho-physiological organism and our notion of being a mind that rules a body separate from itself is fanciful. If anything, the mind’s notion of what “we” are is the fancy, that finds no footing in a realist experience of self. Read more at Spiritual Body by Mataji.
Some ways of developing sensory awareness are offered through our body-mind classes, which are small and intimate.
General Yoga, done Mindfully
Small, mindful classes. Working at the level that suits you, becoming aware of sensory shifts and shifts of inner state as you go.
Resumes 8th January 2018, start whenever you like. Single class or 10 week pass
Time: Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00pm to 9:30pm Teacher: Danni Brown, B.Ed.(Deakin) Dip Classical Yoga, Dip Meditation and Mindfulness Location: The Blackburn Room
RELIEF FOR YOU BODY - Moving mindfully to rediscover the feeling of ease - experience your body in a way you haven't before
Somatics Workshops 2018
Monthly workshops to fine tune your body and sensory awareness
When: First Sunday of every month - Starts March 4
Time: Sunday 10.00 am - 12 noon Teacher: Jani Jamieson B Graphic Design (Swinburne) Dip Classical Yoga, Dip Meditation and Mindfulness Location: 6A Main St Blackburn
Seniors Stretch and Smile
Maintaining suppleness throughout life. Work at the level that suits you, whether stronger or adapted
There are no stairs at this venue.
Starts: Resumes 8th January 2018, start whenever you like Length: 6 weeks Time: Tuesday 5.pm, Thursday 11.15 am Teacher: Danni Brown Dip Ed (Deakin) Dip Classical Yoga, Dip Meditation and Mindfulness Location: 6A Main Street.
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