We asked Sue Fuller of Wellbeing World online a few questions about how she got started in the world of meditation.
Here are her answers - and a 25% discount on the entire range of her website.
How did you discover meditation?
I discovered meditation through yoga. I began with short sittings at the end of my yoga practice. Meditation provides me with a time and space to develop mental clarity – it kind of blows away the cob webs!
What is your favourite thing about helping others meditate?
I love the positive changes that begin to percolate through into peoples lives.
What is one thing you wish everyone knew when they started to meditate?
Ten minutes a day goes along way, sometimes meditation is hard and we look for reasons to put it off. Maybe there are not enough hours in the day….. don’t give up – just ten to fifteen minutes a day will have an extremely positive effect.
It is also important to remember that everyone’s experience of meditation is different. Do not worry about what did or did n’t happen during your session it is extremely positive to be meditating.
Is there any products in particular you’d like Mydiamonddays follows to know about?
It would be great to mention our meditation category. Especially the Learn to Meditate – The Metta Bhavana and The Mindfulness of Breathing and also Chakra Meditation, Seated Relaxations and Inspirational Relaxations. They are really popular and excellent for people just starting out in meditation.
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We caught up with Alison Keane – A Brisbane Based stress Reduction Teacher and asked her some questions.
Here’s her answers:
How did you get started in mindfulness?
I have always had a deep spiritual connection, even as a child. Not easy to spell out in a few words here. But suffice to say that looking back this was deeper and more all-encompassing than simply going to church. Mindfulness came through this connection and a deep longing to find peace at a difficult time in my life. I believe that when we’re ready the teaching or support we need shows up – providing we have our eyes open! And so it did, firstly in the chance opportunity to practise hatha yoga and a short while later Buddhist insight meditation. Around this time my discovery was complete when ‘out of the blue’ a friend showed me Jon Kabat Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living. There was to be no going back.
What is your favourite thing about teaching mindfulness?
The amazing and at times downright extraordinary stories and insights that people share in our groups – like what happened when they decided to meditate on the rocks at Maroochydore beach, using mindfulness to manage a panic attack in Brisbane’s big underground tunnel, to the relief felt when focusing on the breath during a difficult job appraisal, or a life-threatening health challenge. Perhaps most importantly, witnessing significant personal growth and delight at the return of inner peace, and people’s deep appreciation for the gift they’ve just given themselves of really ‘showing up in their lives’.
What is one thing you wished everyone knew when they started meditating?
That it’s normal for the mind to wander – and even wander a LOT! If your mind is everywhere or going to the same old places it doesn’t mean that you’re no good at meditation! The most important thing is ‘showing up’ so that you can observe what’s going on and then have some more choice about whether or not you want to go there, particularly if it makes you feel awful.
Alison Keane, one of our most popular experts is taking bookings now for the 2014 Brisbane Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course (27 Jan-17 March). The 8-week group course helps us to discover a deeper sense of ease and well-being. It’s also a great way to learn how to use holistic, life-enhancing practices like meditation, hatha yoga and tai chi so that we can take better care of ourselves when life throws a ‘curve ball’ at us.
MBSR is a great launching course for other mindfulness courses that Alison runs such as Listening from the Inside Out.(4 Feb-4 March) This 5 week programme builds on the mindfulness training of MBSR to help people develop skilful, harmonious relationships in their lives, and with themselves.
There’s a great discount for this interpersonal mindfulness training if you’ve done MBSR with Alison but the 8-week course is not a pre-requisite.
Manish Singh of the Brisbane Meditation Centre is offering some wonderful mindfulness courses over the next few months.
Term 4 courses (9 weeks) started recently in Ashgrove and West End, this Sat (Oct 26) is a Mindful Parenting wkshp, and there’s a Mindful Eating wkshp on Sat Nov 23. Manesh is also planning a summer (Jan) intensive, and Term 1 (Feb-Apr) courses.
Hailey Bartholomew, a Brisbane based photographer and one of the first people I interviewed for Mydiamonddays, has released a fabulous book about gratitude – and is being supported in her efforts to get the word out by Sam Worthington (pretty cool huh?)
Hailey’s tussle with depression began in 2008.
“I felt like there was not much meaning even though I had two cute kids and a nice husband,” she says. “I just didn’t feel much for them. I call it ‘blah’. I had no passion or excitement for anything. It was really affecting how I was mothering. It was affecting lots of things.”
The turning point came when Bartholomew sought advice from a nun who told her the secret of happiness was reflection and gratitude. She was given an assignment to write down what she was grateful for at the end of each day.
“I did that and was amazed at the stuff I was noticing so I started a photographic project called 365 Gratefuls,” says Bartholomew.
“It made me see what I had in my life rather than what I was running towards. It also made me be really present to my children and nature and the delight of little things like … ugg boots on a cold morning or a great cup of tea and a good conversation with a friend. It’s the sweet stuff of life but when you’re in a hurry getting somewhere you don’t notice.”
Hailey book (co-written with her husband Andrew) is utterly wonderful. You can find out more about it here.