This blog is mostly about meditation and its outcomes

Meditating with me takes the perspective of stillness. When the mind is still, consciousness is uncluttered by thinking.

Thinking requires consciousness, but thinking does not create consciousness. Consciousness is always there. When identification shifts to consciousness rather than thoughts, the mind and its concepts become as easy to see as the hand in front of your face, and that makes a big difference to how life is experienced.

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! It’s not something we have, it is what the personal self actually is.

That changes – a little at first, then a lot, as awareness grows. 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.

Meditation times with me in first term 2021:

Note that all programs will be Covid safe in line with Victorian Health Department guidelines

Learn Still-Mind Meditation and Mindfulness

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.

Next Meditation times available: First term 2021

Online only: Sessions are at 11.00 am or 7.00 pm
6 weeks starting Wednesday January 13, ends February 17
6 weeks starting Wednesday March 10, ends April 14
(Melbourne Daylight Saving time till 3rd April, Eastern Standard Time after that)

On Campus: At Waverley Yoga Studio
Tuesday February 16 – March 23 at 11.00 am
Thursday February 18 – March 25 at 6.00 pm

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Still-mind Meditation Retreat

A weekend of immersion in peace of mind. Finding out more about how to live from the new perspective where the ego is object and self is quiet awareness.

At Aligning Health Centre, Axedale (near Bendigo): 4.00 pm Friday 12th February to 3.00 pm Sunday 14th February

READ MORE HERE

To get in early on either the Learn Still-mind Meditation and Mindfulness program, or the Bendigo retreat, contact me through the form below, or else [email protected]

Blissout: Friday 26th February, 7.00 -10.00 pm

3 hours of still-mind meditation
This longer meditation gives you a chance to settle in a very stable way. Over 20 minutes, or half-an-hour, or even over one hour, the mind wanders and attention often wanders with it. Over a longer period, the experience of stillness that underlies mental wandering may seem closer.
Each hour will be marked by a 2-minute break to stretch and move.

At Waverley Yoga Studio
2/6 The Highway, Mt Waverley

Shivaratri: Thursday 11th March, 11.00 pm – Friday 12th March, 7.00 am

The night in which transcendence of mind and personality is said to be easy… but are you willing you sit up all night in meditation? Transcendence also means dropping your self-serving ideas and being truly ok with what is, rather than demanding what you think it should be….

Over this much longer period, each person is welcome to move, stretch, hydrate, etc at any time. The session will start and end with a chant, and a light breakfast will be available in the morning.

At Waverley Yoga Studio
2/6 The Highway, Mt Waverley

NOTE:
For any one with mental health issues, active-mind meditation, which keeps the mind focused on something to do, is more appropriate.
Longer periods of stillness are not recommended in such a circumstance.
Please see your mental health provider and bring a reference from that person if you are thinking about these longer programs../

Read more: Precautions in Undertaking Meditation

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