When we first become interested in Meditation we often approach it for a benefit, or from curiosity. The ‘benefit’ approach may be for better mental performance, or it may be to overcome a stress factor or anxiety. Depending upon your motive for starting Meditation, there are at least seven principal meditation techniques practised across the world by those serious about meditation. And whether for curiosity, performance, or stress-relief, we have an approach for you here at Melbourne Yoga & Meditation Centre.
Malcolm has found first hand from teaching 16 years full time in his Melbourne studio, preceded by many years personal practice & research study, that Private Tuition is by far the best approach to sharing his work. There is little true value in group classes, although some would concede that they enjoy a group atmosphere. In the end, becoming attached to the group, rather than the meditation discipline and its deep experience, is unhealthy for true development.
Malcolm offers Private Tuition and Consultations to those who truly wish to learn a meditation discipline which suits them uniquely.
Let’s use an analogy. At the ice cream counter, looking at the choices is not much fun – it’s only the taste which counts. If you knew enough about which flavour suited you best, wouldn’t you go for that flavour? Well Malcolm asks you some questions before he starts to teach you a Meditation approach, and as you answer he helps you select the best flavour for you. You can always go off later and try all the others, but the start is important most of all. Be informed about your predispositions and which approach will give you the best results for what you need, right from the start.
Meditation is an art, an art of the mind. It requires proper technique and practice. With Private Tuition you’ll be offered both. It will be up to yourself how much practice you are prepared to undertake outside of class time. More practice, more advancement.
- Meditation is a mental discipline.
- It doesn’t involve physical body preparation if you can already sit still.
- It does involve developing an ability to concentrate, and a proper procedure of approach to help concentration.
- Western Meditation involves training the mind in precise logical procedures.
- Eastern Meditation involves depth sensitivity and central focus.
- With Private Tuition, you are taught an approach which suits you personally, and by which you have the greatest success.
Meditation is an active, positive, conscious process. It is not hypnosis or sleep. When understood & practised properly it brings a high degree of alertness. It does not lead you into fuzzy dreamy passive relaxation on the verge of falling asleep.
Be aware that many modern techniques are just ‘distractions for the mind’ and are ingenuine. This is part of why many people give up trying to meditate, and feel little or no benefit, or only gain progress very slowly.
Some of the false & hypnotic techniques which nowadays get passed off as meditation include…
Meditation IS NOT…
- body relaxation
- visualisation producing emotional fantasy
- abstract partial concentration by use of mantra and chanting
- distractions for the mind (techniques of trickery for the mind inducing alternative forms of serial thinking)
- suppression techniques on agitated unhinged mental content
- simple breathing techniques which relax the nervous system or induce negative hypostasis
- scanning techniques of the body which induce looping of consciousness around a common centre, confining consciousness to the substance of the physical body and inducing conscious ‘stupidity'(a technical term not a derogation)
- various states of sleep and part-sleep/drowsiness.
Real Meditation is something far more valuable & important than all of these, and we owe ourselves to not be deluded by pseudo techniques.