Quiet Mind Meditation is based in Kyabram. We offer meditation courses and the opportunity to practice regularly by coming along to our meditation group. And if you’re not in Kyabram, you can sit to meditate with us online, via Facebook Live.
Mindfulness-based stillness meditation
“If you truly want to change your life, you must first be willing to change your mind.”
This 8-week course, designed by the Gawler Foundation, is structured to gently lead you into the practice of mindfulness meditation. We’ll go step by step through the process, providing a little theory and an opportunity for guided practice.
During the course, we’ll discuss:
- Preparation for meditation: environment, relaxation, posture, attitude
- Benefits of mindfulness meditation
- Obstacles to mindfulness and how to deal with them
- Two primary modes of being; stress response, relaxation response
- Two aspects of mind: thinking and awareness
- Awareness and the contents of awareness
- Qualities of awareness
- Emotions and the ACE factor (attending, connecting, expressing)
- Two aspects of emotions: cognitive and affective
- Movement and stillness
- Mindfulness in daily life
Over the 8 weeks, we’ll practice mindfulness of sounds, breath, body, emotions and thoughts. This will lead us to the complete practice of mindfulness-based stillness.
The course is facilitated by Dey Alexander. Dey has been meditating for 17 years. She trained as a meditation teacher through the Gawler Foundation and is registered to offer this course.
Why learn mindfulness meditation?
Because it works! Hundreds of scientific studies show that mindfulness helps:
- reduce stress and psychological distress
- decrease anxiety and depression
- increase emotion regulation and self-control
- improve general health and ability to deal with illness
- boost resilience
- enhance social and relational skills
- improve a range of cognitive functions.
As part of the course, you’ll get:
- Weekly course handouts
- Access to download further reading
- Guided meditations recorded to help you work your way through the course.
Time and dates
Classes run over 8 weeks. All classes are on Tuesdays, from 1 May to 26 June (no class on Tuesday 15 May). Each session runs for the full 90 minutes. Enrol in one of 2 sessions:
- Afternoon session, 1-2.30pm
- Evening session, 7-8.30pm.
Location and parking
The workshops will be held at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, 21-25 Lake Road, Kyabram. Free parking is available at the rear of the centre.
Cost and registration
$77.00 (incl. GST), plus 30c booking fee.
Many of us find it hard to establish or maintain a meditation practice. We do a course or go to a retreat, and come home with good intentions. But days and weeks pass and we’ve not made the time to sit and practice each day.
To help you get into the habit of regular meditation, we sit for meditation as a (small) group a couple of times each week. You’re very welcome to come along and sit with us.
The meditation is a guided mindfulness practice (for 20-30 minutes), followed by a guided intentional practice (loving-kindness, gratitute etc) or a silent sit.
There is no charge to attend the group sits.
Sitting days and times
Check here each week or so for changes to this schedule, or follow us on Facebook.
- Sundays: 8.30 to 9.15am
Next dates: May 27 (1 hour meditation at Atisha Centre, Bendigo. Departing Kyabram at 8.15am, returning at around 12.30pm). June 3, 10, 17, 24
- Mondays: 7.30 to 8.15pm
Next dates: May 28. June 4, 11, 18, 25
How to participate
Call Dey on 5852 3853 or 0419 556470 or respond via Facebook so we know how many are coming. If it’s your first time, you’ll need to call to get the address.
Beginners are welcome (however, our meditation course will provide a more structured approach to learning to meditate).
What to bring
We have a few meditation mats (zabutons) and cushions (zafus) if you like to sit on the floor, and chairs are available. You’re also welcome to bring your own meditation cushion or seat.
In the cooler months, you might want to bring a shawl or blanket to keep warm. And wear or bring socks because you’ll remove your shoes before you come into the meditation room.
Training our minds
Meditation is the practice of familiarising ourselves with our minds, and training our attention.
Many people think that to meditate, you have to stop thinking or make your mind go blank. That’s mission impossible! Others think meditation is about relaxation. That’s not quite right either. Though meditation does help us relax.
Regulating our attention
Instead, meditation is about learning to be aware of what our minds are doing and what we’re experiencing, as it’s happening. Over time, we learn to notice our mental and emotional state without being carried away by it. We learn to train our awareness so it becomes steadier and more spacious.
Of course, this takes practice.
We begin by learning to quieten a busy mind. We do this by giving it something to focus on. The usual starting point is to pay attention to our breathing. The mind can go on chattering in the background, while we focus our attention on our breathing. When we notice we’ve become distracted by our thoughts, as we inevitably will, we just turn our attention back to our breathing.
Being present in our lives
Developing a mindful awareness helps us function better in daily life.
Instead of having knee-jerk reactions to things or situations, we can develop a presence of mind that lets us stop, breathe and notice how we’re feeling before we respond.
And instead of being lost in the past or worrying about the future, we can be here now.
Over time, meditation and mindfulness help us see and overcome the conditioning and thinking patterns that cause our anxiety and suffering. Our minds become more peaceful and pliable. And we become more loving and compassionate.
If you’d like to come along to one of the morning group sits or a course, please give us a call. We can tell you what to expect and answer any of your initial questions.