About

Hello and welcome. My name is Dey Alexander.

Quiet Mind Meditation is a way of connecting with fellow meditators in the area. I started in early 2016 with a weekly meditation group.  And since mid-2018, I’ve been offering meditation courses.

If you’re not in Kyabram, you can meditate with us online, via Facebook Live.

Meditation courses

Mindfulness-based stillness meditation

“If you truly want to change your life, you must first be willing to change your mind.”

Course outline

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:

  • Benefits of mindfulness meditation
  • Preparation for meditation: environment, relaxation, posture, attitude
  • 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.

Facilitator

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.

Materials

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 7 to 8.30pm.

Next course dates: 31 July to 18 September 2018.

Location and parking

The workshop runs at Kyabram Town Hall. Free parking is available at the rear of the Town Hall in Bradley Street.

Cost and registration

$77.00 (incl. GST), plus 30c booking fee.

Book online now.

 

Meditation group

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, I host a small group sit a couple of times each week. You’re very welcome to come along and sit with us.

The meditation is usually a guided mindfulness practice followed by either a guided intentional practice (such as loving-kindness or gratitude) 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: July 8, 15, 29 (July 22 we’ll be going to the Atisha Centre in Bendigo)
  • Mondays: 6.00 to 6.30pm (note the earlier time)
    Next dates: July 10, 17, 24, 30

How to participate

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My meditation room

Call me on 5852 3853 or 0419 556470 or respond via Facebook so I know how many are coming. If it’s your first time, you’ll need to call to get the address.

For the Atisha Centre trips, I may have space in the car for one or two people, but call to check first. We leave here at 8.15am and return after midday. The meditation at the centre is from 10am to 11am.

Beginners are welcome (however, my meditation course will provide a more structured approach to learning to meditate).

What to bring

I 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.

Meditation on Facebook Live

Facebook Live: Online mindfulness meditation. Wednesdays at 6.30am

On Wednesday mornings, I host a meditation via Facebook Live video stream. This allows us to join together to support each other’s meditation practice, even though we’re not in the same physical space.

The meditation is a silent sit, with occasional mindfulness bells (and the random sounds of the morning). We start the meditation at 6.30am AEST, but the stream starts 10-15 minutes earlier with some music so you can tune in and get settled. You’ll see a view of my meditation room during the live stream.

To join us, go to our Facebook page any time after 6.15am and you should see the live stream.

Live streaming days and times

Check here each week or so for changes to this schedule, or follow us on Facebook.

  • Wednesdays 6.30 to 7am
    Next dates: July 11, 18, 25.

Contact

If you’d like to come along to one of the meditation group sits or a course, please give me a call. I’ll tell you what to expect and answer any of your initial questions.

Phone: Dey on 5852 3853 or 0419 556470 (Sundays and Mondays are best).

You can also find me online at: