Author Archives: Mataji

About Mataji

I am the spiritual director of the Australian College of Classical Yoga. We teach reality based spirituality.

Resilience vs Meditation

Meditation is fantastic, but leaves out direct work on the mind processes that account for your outbursts and moods in the first place. Learning Resilience at Blackburn Meditation and Mindfulness overcomes that. Continue reading

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Handling Christmas Stress

Four hacks for handling Christmas Stress – and change your life 1.  Shift from  Christmas Stress by Clearing Your Thinking When you begin to feel stressed – particularly Christmas stress –  and you feel frustrated, put upon, rushed, angry, remember … Continue reading

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Scientific Meditation Research

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION RESEARCH There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. The first foray into meditation research came with Herbert … Continue reading

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Spring, Growth, Equinox, Balance, Satsang

Spring – Time of Renewal and Growth – and the Equinox Spring has come to Melbourne with it burst of lush and colourful growth. And with it, a magical moment – the Vernal Equinox.  Two fantastic aspects of the  natural … Continue reading

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Starting Your Meditation Practice – Part 1, Time

New to meditation?  Here are some tips on getting yourself established.   1. Decide on the period in which you will be able to meditate every day. 20 minuutes is a minimum to be effective. If you think you will … Continue reading

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Physical Body, Spiritual Body

Your physical body, spiritual body… can it be so, or do you suppose that the body is totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual? That the mind is spirit while the body is only the vehicle?. There  could be something quite back-to-front … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

Hello, here is a brief rundown on Christmas 2016 I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful. Here is Rob relaxing on his ACTUAL 70th birthday  Here are some non-human companions I asked (nicely) to leave the house   and … Continue reading

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Uncertainty, Control, Stress

Uncertainty is a major stress factor for most people.  It goes hand in hand with lack of control, which often freaks people right out. We can face uncertainty in a strong and empowered way, or we can be irrational, inept … Continue reading

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Unchallenged Assumptions Lead to Poor Outcomes

Here is a conversation I had recently with a student: Nothing external can cause an internal response What causes our emotional reaction is the black box full of assumptions (in the mind) by which we make inferences about how we … Continue reading

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Thinking about Choice

Thinking about choice…do you take responsibility for the choices you make? To become aware of the choices we make and being upfront about them – this is one way of getting to know ourselves better. Our choices are a clear … Continue reading

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