Still-mind meditation allows us to see our mind objectively.
When there is awareness of the mind, the “me” behaves better, because the quiet self sees the mind’s pains and pleasures objectively. Most of the fuss in life comes from a total investment in the likes and dislikes of “me”, and we see life constantly in terms of Me…. ME – and you; ME – and the rest of the world; ME – and my friends; ME – and the people who don’t like me; ME – and my ego…
It sets itself at the centre of all, and even giving itself a second person in there somewhere, called “my ego”. But the I/Me is the ego! There is no “me + my ego”… The ego is not something we have, it is what the personal self actually is.
That sense of self changes – a little at first, then a lot, as awareness grows. There is an awareness that the I-ego is not really the centre of anything… and one’s life plays out without the dramas of the “me” holding its ground against every other “me”.
As persons, we become more robust to the ups and downs of life, more tolerant of others, and much much easier with our own life and how the world is. And yes, a quiet awareness notices that, too.
Note that all programs will be Covid safe in line with Victorian Health Department guidelines
In Brief: The learner’s program is a six week course to learn the practice and outcomes of meditation and mindfulness. The focus is on stillness of mind while meditating, and keeping a meditative awareness – that is, being mindful – while active. And by the end of the six weeks, if you practise as suggested, you will be able to meditate without being dependent on an app, or on anything, or anyone, else.
Meditation times with me soon
Learn Still-Mind Meditation and Mindfulness
ON-CAMPUS, IN PERSON: AT WAVERLEY YOGA STUDIO, 1/6 THE HIGHWAY MT WAVERLEY
6 weeks starting Tuesday 10th August at 11.00 am OR
6 weeks starting Thursday 12th August at 6.00 pm
Sessions are at 11.00 am or 7.00 pm
6 weeks starting Wednesday July 21, ends August 25
Learn Resilience with me soon
Resilience training is a perfect companion to meditation. It gets us to examine our habitual thinking patterns, and to become flexible in our range of responses to everyday ups and downs. It actively calms us down.
An example that recently occurred to me (grrr!) was when someone with a poor understanding felt entitled to visit veiled and not so subtle derogatory imputations about my relationship with my guru on to me. What to do in such a situation?
Well, if I ever had only one choice for changing my life, it would certainly be meditation. Meditation observes it all! But in the moment of responding to another person, the processes of resilience are purposeful. For instance, who made any rule that the other one shouldn’t be like that? Or that Mataji should always have clear and fluid communications with other persons?
Whereas earlier in life I might have reacted with anger, now there was a response formed by understanding the thought processes that lead to anger and conflict, and the means to avoid it.
Not buying into annoyance and argument is a cognitive skill, which can be learnt. And non-thinking – the surprising stillness of meditation – enables the deeper experience of connectedness that is bigger than personalities. The overall experience is peace and love – there is a oneness about the action and the actors.
Develop Resilience Skills at the forthcoming Retreat
MEDITATION AND RESILIENCE RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 10 -12
at Healesville, Victoria
Meditation is keeping the mind still; resilience is having a mind with the skills to think well when it is appropriate. All too often, even meditators react with poor skills when faced , for instance, with a situation where they feel uncomfortable, or with an overbearing person. Having the thinking/talking skills to handle it is helpful in the moment, while sitting to meditate is not an option at that time. Being a meditator helps you stay cool as you think your way through the situation, though!
Early bird and concession: $450