Prime Minister Whitlam and me

Gough Whitlam has died; he was a towering figure in the Aussie landscape of my very young adult years. I am sure many people of around my age, young at the time of Gough Whitlam’s prime ministership, will be having all kinds of reflections on his impact upon...

Stress and Meditation

Stress appears to be one of the epidemics of  our age. Okay, I know it is not Ebola or AIDS but it does cause a huge amount of suffering, ill-health and loss of ability to function and be productive. It has appeared on the  cover of Time magazine and is prominent in...

What is Meditation? (1)

In classes I do spend a little time (very little) outlining “what is meditation”. And likewise, this wonderfully overused term, “mindfulness”. And the subject comes up when I am asked excellent questions like: “when I get really absorbed...

How popular is meditation & mindfulness becoming?

* WHO practises meditation (among people that are very well known to most of us)? * WHAT companies offer meditation classes to employees?  By the first question I mean people often in the news; publicly well known people. I recently had occasion to scan news stories...

PAIN and meditation

Can meditation be employed to reduce or manage pain? And from another angle: how can you continue meditation if pain intrudes upon your practice? As far back as the 1960s Dr Ainslie Meares in Melbourne described many case histories of great pain reduction using his...