Meditation Defined

Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualisation, the breath, movement or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation and enhance personal or spiritual growth.

When we meditate, we are in relationship with self, taking the time to relax and quietly sit and stay in a state of attention, being present with ourselves. However there are many ways of meditating and many reasons to do it… to relax, to manage stress, to manage pain, contemplation of an issue, spiritual growth, adapting to change and more. Often people decide to learn meditation after a time of extreme busyness or stress, or after a period of distress or life change, recognising that ‘something has to change’ for life to be and feel different.

As we meditate, we learn to use our awareness of breath, sound, dis/comfort, thinking… developing the awareness to notice the thinking of the mind and bringing it back, continually bringing it back to the present moment, so that gradually a sense of peace and stillness exists… a calmness that goes beyond our sitting time, into and influencing our daily lives. To meditate regularly, is to develop a greater sense of personal strength, equanimity and calm.

It is particularly helpful to maintain a regular practice through times of challenge and stress.

More and more, scientific research is providing us with a great deal of evidence of the many benefits of meditation, medical and non-medical.

 

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Meditating

To Meditate…

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem

To meditate means to observe

Your smile proves it

It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,

that the sun of awareness is shining in you

that you have control of your situation.

You are yourself,

and you have acquired some peace

Thich Nhat Hahn  

Meditation Groups:

The ancient practice of Meditation is fast becoming a popular stress management tool for western society as the current pace of life places increased and sustained demands on both mind and body.

Mindfulness Meditation as a style has gained worldwide acknowledgement as a powerful way of achieving a calm state both during a sitting practice but also during daily activities of life.

Welcome to the Tuesday Meditation Group: 

  • Venue: Habitat Centre for Spiratuality, Minona St, Hawthorn East.
  • Time: Every Tuesday, 12 – 1pm
  • Cost: $10

This is an established Meditation group that has been meeting for approximately 5 years with new members ‘continually coming on board’. We’d love to have you join us.

This hour long session is a guided Mindfulness meditation for the first 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of silent stillness. Please note that while this group is not a class, there is time allowed for discussion afterwards. We welcome regular meditators & those new to Meditation.

This is a sitting Meditation and there are chairs provided plus we have a few cushions available. Loose comfortable clothing advised and perhaps a small rug or shawl for knees or shoulders.

No registration is necessary, however if you would like to talk to me before attending, please contact me via the contact form

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“There must have a place in your house or in your mind or a moment in your day where you can go, where you do not know what you owe anyone or what anyone owes you. And you do not know who you are married to and you do not know who your children are and you do not know what your career is. And you go there… not to leave any of those responsibilities behind but to go to a place of first hand remembrance, where you can sit back in conversation with yourself and have a real relationship with yourself.

And this will help you to have a real relationship with your spouse and children and your work and they won’t feel as if they are a burden that you are carrying”.

Joseph Campbell

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