Meditation

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a disciplined application of mind that involves deepening our familiarity with a chosen object or theme.
The term in Sanskrit ‘bhavana’ means ‘cultivation’ and the Tibetan equivalent, ‘gom’ has the connotation of ‘familiarization’.

These two terms, often translated into English as meditation, refers to a whole range of mental practices and not just, as many suppose, simple methods of relaxation. The original terms imply a process of cultivating familiarity with something, whether it is a habit, a way of seeing, or a way of being.

Meditation is aimed at cultivating the mind and healthy mental qualities that foster well-being.

A process of transformation

How does this process of mental cultivation lead to inner transformation and well-being?
From the contemplative science perspective, there are three levels of understanding. These levels are understanding derived through listening, understanding derived through contemplation and understanding derived through meditation.

We first learn by listening to someone talk about a topic or by reading about it. But unless we deeply reflect upon what we hear or read, the understanding remains superficial and closely tied to the knowledge of the meaning of the words.
At this level, the understanding of a given fact will be only an informed assumption.

However, as we reflect more deeply upon its meaning, applying analyses as well as dwelling mindfully upon a conclusion, a deep sense of conviction arises of the truth of the fact. This is the second level in the process of understanding.

Finally, as we continue to cultivate deep familiarity with the fact, our insight into it becomes internalized, making it almost part of our own nature. We reach then the third level of understanding which is characterized as experiential, spontaneous, and effortless.

This is something that occurs in our everyday life, for example, in the process of learning a skill, such as swimming or riding a bike.

There are two main types of meditation:

Analytical meditation or ‘vipassana’ in Sanskrit and single-pointed meditation or ‘samatha’ in Sanskrit.

Analytical meditation: a kind of analytic process by means of which the meditator engages in a series of reflections.
Single-pointed meditation: it involves concentrating on a specific object or objective and placing one’s mind upon it as if dwelling deeply on a conclusion.

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"THE INVITATION IN MEDITATION PRACTICES IS THAT WE CAN TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR BRAINS AND TRANSFORM OUR MIND TO REINFORCE VIRTUOUS QUALITIES AND HEALTHY HABITS OF MIND. MEDITATION CAN BE COMPARED TO A MENTAL WORKOUT; WE CAN USE IT TO TRAIN OUR BRAINS TO BREAK BAD HABITS. BUT AS WITH EXERCISING THE BODY, TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ENDURING CHANGE, ONE OR TWO SESSIONS IS NOT ENOUGH. WE NEED TO CONTINUE EXERCISING REGULARLY.
Richard Davidson

Neuroscientist

How to Meditate?

PLEASE JOIN ME FOR 4-week course

The intention behind this course is to share what I have learned during my studies in India.
It is an opportunity to learn and practice meditation.
It is an opportunity to cultivate certain healthy mental qualities that foster well-being.

COURSE STRUCTURE:
Week 1: Intro to Meditation
Week 2: 9 Rounds Breathing
Week 3: Patience & Equanimity
Week 4: Love & Compassion

Meditation practices can be compared to a mental gym. Just like we exercise our bodies to foster our physical well-being, the invitation in meditation is to exercise our minds to foster our mental well-being. We all know that it takes regular practice and consistency for physical exercise to produce positive and enduring changes in our physical health. Likewise, regular meditation practice is essential to foster our mental well-being.

Everyone who has an interest to know more about meditation is welcome.
No previous experience required.

Meditation in Fremantle, Perth

Meditation Sessions are held in collaboration with the Heart Place
When: Tuesdays - 7pm till 8pm - STARTS 27 FEBRUARY 2024
Where: 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

who is this course for?

who is this course for

18-year-olds and over

Beginners

People who have never meditated before

People who have just started meditating

People who want to improve their meditation skills

People who are interest in developing emotional awareness & regulation

cost

AU$ 100 for 4 one-hour sessions

AU$ 85 early bird until 30 January 2024

concession: (available to full-time students, holders of health care card and by arrangement)

If cost is still a barrier to attend the workshop please contact us to find out about our scholarships.

Together we can work out the best plan for you

Refund and Transfer Policy

Full refunds are available up to one week before a course starts.

Free transfers to other courses are available up to one week before a course starts.

Once a course has started, and you are unable to attend the course due to illness, payment will be credited towards future workshops.

For more details about our refund and transfer policy please read our FAQ.

 

"THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS PRACTICES HAVE BEEN STUDIED BY MODERN NEUROSCIENCE AND RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT MEDITATION CAN 'REWIRE' THE HUMAN BRAIN VIA NEUROPLASTICITY. NEUROPLASTICITY IS THE BRAIN CAPACITY TO REORGANIZE ITSELF BY FORMING NEW NEURAL CONNECTIONS THROUGHOUT LIFE. THUS, MEDITATION PRACTICES ARE VALID TOOLS TO ENHANCE OUR WELL-BEING."

Richard Davidson
Neuroscientist
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FAQs 'How to Meditate'

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Registration Form
Once you register for the course, there are some forms to be filled in prior to the first class. These forms will be emailed out to you. You will also receive course material throughout the course

On the day
Please arrive 5/10 minutes early.
Wear comfortable clothes and put your phone in silence mode.

  • Reflect on what you would like to achieve in this course.
  • Engage actively in the process.
  • Ask questions or privately approach course facilitator if you have any queries or concerns.
  • Take time to reflect between sessions on the contend and practices.
  • Practicing meditation daily is very beneficial to produce positive results. Effort into these practices is highly recommended.
  • Classes are only 60 minutes once a week. The extent of effort one puts into reflection and practices between sessions greatly supports the journey.
  • Enjoy the journey!

Refunds
We offer full refunds up until one week before a course starts.
We do not offer refunds within one week of a course starting or during the course.
If you are unable to attend the course within one week of course starting, you are eligible for a fee transfer to a future course.
However, we are unable to refund.

Can I transfer my ticket?
Transfers can be issued up to one week before the class starts at no cost. After that time, no transfers can be made as there may not be enough time to re-sell your ticket. The exception to this is if you have COVID or another illness, in which case we will transfer your ticket to a future course.

Can I get a refund if I can’t make the course or change my mind?
100% refunds can be issued up to one week before the class starts. After that time, no refunds are given as there may not be enough time to re-sell your ticket.

COVID and illness
If you get ill with COVID or other illness that prevents you attending the course, you are eligible for a free transfer to a future course. Please contact us to arrange this.
We do not offer refunds for COVID or illness within one week of a course starting or once a course has started. We do offer transfers as stated above.

If you get ill with COVID or other illness that prevents you attending the course after 1 week before a course starts, you might be eligible for a full refund if provided with a medical certificate. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Meditation Practices

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WHAT IS MEDITATION AND ITS BENEFITS

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INSTRUCTIONS: 9 ROUNDS BREATHING MEDITATION

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PRACTICE: 9 ROUNDS BREATHING MEDITATION

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“OUR BRAINS ARE CONSTANTLY BEING SHAPED INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY - MOST OF THE TIME UNINTENTIONALLY. THROUGH THE INTENTIONAL SHAPING OF OUR MINDS, WE CAN SHAPE OUR BRAINS IN WAYS THAT WOULD ENABLE FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUENTS OF WELL-BEING TO BE STRENGTHENED. IN THAT WAY, WE CAN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN MINDS."