Meditation can support you to develop *self awareness *mental clarity and focus *emotional resilience
Self - awareness can support you to* observe and recognise negative patterns * create and cultivate positive patterns.
Whilst my approach to meditation is informed by both yogic and Buddhist teachings, I personally experience profound inner states most often when I am immersed in the deep silence of nature. I relate deeply to Buddhist descriptions of the mind as blue sky, which is obscured by the ever changing temporary weather patterns of our habitual thoughts and emotions. As many of my yoga students are atheists, or practice a faith other than Buddhism, I like to use the metaphors of nature and the weather to inspire my students to make the time to befriend their emotions, beneath which resides their own unchanging essential radiant nature.
I find inspiration in the writings of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, longtime yogi and meditation teacher Sally Kempton, the poetry of John O'Donohue, Coleman Bark’s translations of 13th century Persian poet Rumi, as well as the poetry of artist Michael Leunig.
I regularly attend retreats with my teachers including:
Prem Rawat - www.wopg.org
Saraswathi Vasudevan - http://www.mariekesartofliving.com/
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda - http://www.shantimandir.com
I have also attended meditation retreats with:
Rita Young - www.sydneymindfulnesstraining.com.au
Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche - Shamatha Retreat, Blackheath