Mataji’s Meditation Experience

She likes a cup of tea! And she loves teaching meditation

Mataji is someone of unique background and experience, and is rare in her capacity to teach and explain meditation in all its varieties.

Her personal practice is 35 years of traditional, still-mind meditation, Her first and preferred method is Still-mind meditation which leads to a non-dualist understanding and appreciation of every day life.

Immersed in the practice, she has been also immersed in the teachings of. the no-mind, no-self philosophy of non-dualism that is common both to Yoga and Zen.

At the same time, she has been trained as a teacher of the health-enhancing practices of guided visualisation and stress-reducing meditation, at the Gawler foundation, with Ian himself as her mentor. And as the founding Secretary of the Gawler Foundation, she observed at first hand the effects of the modern methods on helping people optimise their physical and emotional well-being.

From her time at the Gawler Foundaton, she learnt of the experience of Dr Herbert Benson whose ground-breaking research into meditation in the 1970s virtually brought meditation into the Western world as a stress-relieving health adjunct, and gave it legitimacy in an otherwise skeptical medical fraternity. From Gawler, she also understood the the practice and influence of Thich Nhat Hanh’s MIracle of Mindfulness, which is now seen as the founding teaching of Mindfulness that is so commonly practised today as a variant of meditation.

On beginning to teach Meditation, she returned to university to get an undergraduate qualification in Psychology followed by a Postgraduate Diploma of Health Psychology, the latter from La Trobe university, There she learned research-based academic perspectives on the links between stress, illness, meditation and mindfulness. Thus she understands well the health perspective of stress and learning to release stress. She sometimes teaches a Resilience course on those aspects alone.

From her time at the Gawler Foundaton, she learnt of the experience of Dr Herbert Benson whose ground-breaking research into meditation in the 1970s virtually brought meditation into the Western world as a stress-relieving health adjunct, and gave it legitimacy in an otherwise skeptical medical fraternity. From Gawler, she also understood the the practice and influence of Thich Nhat Hanh’s MIracle of Mindfulness, which is now seen as the founding teaching of Mindfulness that is so commonly practised today as a variant of meditation.

On beginning to teach Meditation, she returned to university to get an undergraduate qualification in Psychology followed by a Postgraduate Diploma of Health Psychology, the latter from La Trobe university, There she learned research-based academic perspectives on the links between stress, illness, meditation and mindfulness. Thus she understands well the health perspective of stress and learning to release stress. She sometimes teaches a Resilience course on those aspects alone.

 

While the above is solid learning and practice, as it happens she also understands people from less formal and certainly less academic group practices – eg ashrams, spiritual groups and even spiritualism – her experience of meditation and meditators is very broad-based.

Mataji is a member of  Meditation Australia as well as a life member of Yoga Australia.

You might enjoy reading Physical Body, Spiritual Body and Meditation – Being Comfortable with Reality