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
The Wisdom Writings of Traditional Meditation
Third Sunday of the Month from February 18 to November 18
First Sunday of the Month from March 4 to December 2
The Wisdom Writings of Traditional Meditation
Inform your understanding of meditation
A monthly two hour workshop on writings at the heart of what each tradition points to. Find out about a world view that might be common to all, while each path might express it differently - and it is a world away from what most people experience in everyday life in 2018.
* $45 per session
**$200 for 5 sessions
***$350 for all 10 sessions
Ten workshops in Wisdom Writings of Traditional Meditation
Understanding the Yoga Sutras : February18
Understanding Zen Mindfulness : March 18
What is Traditional Meditation : April 15
Understanding Rumi and Sufiism: May 20
Understanding the Shiva Sutras : June 17
Understanding Christian Mysticism : July 15
Understanding Greek Mysticism : August 19
Understanding Funny Stories, tales and riddles : September 16
Let's Talk about Buddhism : October 21
Understanding Self from a Meditation Perspective : November 18
Each workshop will give an introduction to the wisdom-point of each path, and we'll talk together about what each might imply for living. Then we'll have a meditation from that perspective. Ample notes will accompany each workshop, and may be a guide to your further exploration.
FEBRUARY 18: UNDERSTANDING THE YOGA SUTRA
Yoga - a unitary state
This workshop introduces you to the way Yoga was described in the very famous work, The Yoga Sutras.
The first sutras give a surprising definition of Yoga and at the same time offer a stunning insight into how your mind works.
And then there are the Eight Limbs of Yoga, equally famous... but what were they about? The Sutras suggest the mind is afflicted, in some very particular ways, which the author describes. The Eight Limbs are intended to cure those afflictions.
These two great Zen teachers of our time had plenty to say about mindfulness, in two famous books - Thich Nhat Hanh's The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Suzuki's Zen Mind Beginner Mind. They are the foundation of what we now know as mindfulness. But what is that? Is mindfulness the same as meditation or is itdifferent from meditation? Is it traditional or is it modern? See what they said, in their own words.
April 15: WHAT IS TRADITIONAL MEDITATION, ANYWAY?
Many traditions, many paths
Indeed there are many traditions and many paths - yet where do they lead to?
A common image is that there are many paths up to the top of the mountain, but at the top there is no path and all paths have led to this pathless point. Well, whatever could they be talking about?
Climbing the mountain (or is it an outline of Queensland with stick figures on it?)
MONTHLY SOMATIC WORKSHOPS
First Sunday of every month, starting 4th March to 2nd December
Dates for Somatics Workshops
First Sunday of every month, from March to December
10.00 am - 12 noon
Fee: $35 per session
$250 for 10 sessions
Teacher: Jani Jamieson
The Somatic Workshops
Experience your body in a way that you might not have before - the sensory experience of self
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