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...

Meditation and Chromosomes

TELOMERES is the scientific name for a part of the complex molecular structure that make up our chromosomes. We heard a lot about them at the presentation we organized with Dr Ian Gawler, in Coffs Harbour last month.    Dr Gawler is known as an author on meditation,...

IAN GAWLER the writer

Since we are hosting an EVENING PRESENTATION with Dr IAN GAWLER on 15th July here in Coffs – part of his tour of NSW and QLD – here are a few words on Ian, his teaching and work. Dr Gawler is a prolific writer. From soon after his ‘remarkable’...

MEDITATING, WALKING & KNITTING

“I meditate by knitting” or “Walking is my meditation” are assertions I often hear from people. Likewise “running”, “gardening” and a host of other activities. Sometimes these statements are made a little defensively, as...

Meditation in the media

Articles on meditation in newspapers and magazines, by and large, are remarkably superficial and under-researched. But they do seem to be increasing in number. USA online publication the Huffington Post, for example, has been running something of an avalanche of...

The Mind Matters (part 2)

Part 1. of ‘The Mind Matters’ was published here recently. It discussed some examples and ideas about mind being a powerful force in healing, even of physical diseases. The essay continues with Part 2., here: For over 50 years there has been emerging a field of...

The Mind Matters (part 1)

MIND-BODY MEDICINE I have recently written a short chapter for a local author/publisher’s book on health for older adults. My chapter is titled ‘The Mind Matters’, though I believe he will re-title it ‘Mind-Body Medicine’. He is not...