• Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness

    December 3, 2016 | admin
  • 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.



    About Mataji

    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

  • Mindfulness has also been called “awareness”, or “witness consciousness”.  These are traditional ways of describing an aspect of meditation that is about observing the mind while it is active, observing the mind creating its sense of self and others while it is actually doing it. From meditation, we recognise that thoughts are not facts, and so the thought-constructed ideas of who we are, and what others are like, have a fanciful element in them. Through mindfulness we recognise that judgments and reactions based on our thoughts and opinions only spoil our lives and relationships.

    Sitting in a Mindfulness and Resilience group is a very safe and supportive place to venture into mindful awareness and mindful exploration of our reactions and judgments. We develop a more flexible, more robust capacity to deal with whatever our situation happens to be. We also become more resilient.  If you wish, you may take the Learn Resilience course - Mindfulness and Resilience go hand in hand!

  • Starts: Monday 12th February or Tuesday 13th February

    Length:  First term 6 weeks, other terms 8 weeks
    Time:  Evening Group 6.30 pm Mondays,  morning group 11.30 amTuesdays
    Teacher: Mataji
    Location:  Monday 6.30 pm at 6A Main St Blackburn ; Tuesday 11.30 am at 1/6 The Highway Mt Waverley

    Term Dates:

    The program is continuous through the year, though with term breaks


    Term 1

    Monday: 12th February - 26th March excluding Easter Monday / Tuesday: 13th February - 20th March

    Term 2

    Monday: 16th April - 4th June / Tuesday: 17th April - 5th June

    Term 3

    Monday: 23rd July - 10th September / Tuesday: 24th July - 11th September

    Term 4

    Monday: 12th October - 10th December Excluding Cup Eve / Tuesday: 13th October - 11th December Excluding Cup Day

  • Starts: Wednesday 14th February
    Length:  6 weeks
    Time: 10.00 am OR 6.30 PM
    Teacher: Mataji
    Location: 6A Main St Blackburn

    Term Dates:

    The course consists of a six-week program, and will run 4 times through the year


    Term 1: 14th February - 21st March

    Term 2: 18th April - 23rd May

    Term 3: 25th June - 18th August

    Term 4: 14th October - 20th November