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july 19th 2019
hi everyone :)
we've had a month of change
and continue to meditate upon the nature of impermanence in our lives
continuing to meditate upon opening our minds
continuing to be wiser and more understanding
continuing to practice to support our intention to grow and learn...
come join us at land of yoga :)
sad news at land of yoga
many of you know buttercup - a permanent fixture on the front chair or
otherwise under the heaters - we're sad to say she died this week.
we took great care to guide her all the way to the end, it was quite a special experience
thanks to those who enjoyed her company and we'll miss her in class
special 3min techniques
here are 2 excellent and completely "do-able" techniques which you could
add to your day. try to do this every day for one month... then see if you
discover something new...
3min breathing space:
1min: mind and emotion check. weather report on how you feel right now.
2min: abdominal breathing, small resting breath, count each one.
3min: body check. weather report on sensations, tensions, pain, cold, heat...
3min calming space:
1min: slow deep breathing, counting up and then back down, getting bigger each round
2min: abdominal breathing, small resting breath, count each one.
3min: body check in detail. head, breath, neck, breath, shoulders, breath, etc...
special tip: there is an excellent free phone app which works really well for these practices:
Insight Timer (click here to download)
we're doing these most days in class at the centre. to learn more, come along!
special 'urban retreat'
saturday july 27th
8.30am - 5.30pm
cost: $50 (drop-in, no bookings req'd)
a chance to deepen your practice
last month's urban retreat was such a success that we've decided to run it again.
the normal saturday program runs, 3 yoga classes... and in between we
will go deeper, with a strong focus on meditation - all guided by toby
- as well as appropriate times for rest and lunch.
the idea of an urban retreat is that you can set your normal 'worldly
dramas' aside, and put a solid block of time into investigating and
developing the nature of your own mind. then you can go back home to
your friends and family and see if you have new perspective... new
it's not difficult. we pace ourselves comfortably. you can rest any time.
it's also great to share the experience with a group of like-minded people, in a quiet environment.
there's a feeling to be gained. you can't imagine it until you get
there, at the end of the day. it comes from taking the time to practice.
no bookings required. just pay on the day. try it and see?
||change to the sunday class
the 10am sunday 2hr class will now be considered 'advanced yoga'.
not advanced in terms of physical difficulty - just a more mature apporach to the mind-based aspects of yoga
for years now we have had a regular group of participants, working
together on our personal yoga practice. this class includes discussion,
deliberate practical and theoretical learning, on a more advanced level
than 'just stretching' or relaxation-type yoga. we focus on sharing our
personal experience as we try to develop the tools, particularly
breath-work and meditation.
this is a class for people who want to
become part of a group, who want to take their practice to a new level.
it's not about zoning out or drifting off. in this class we are focused on personal and
spiritual development - and engaging. all are welcome and we'd love new members to join our close group :)
- note: we are starting a book club again, looking at the buddhist teachings of 'how to be your own therapist' by lama yeshe -
suits any level
10am - 12
more free meditation downloads!
toby has just uploaded a new meditation and breath training program called PATH Meditation
so as well as his 18 part series: path to enlightenment which can be downloaded for free on apple podcasts and spotify
there is now a new one month training course as well
this path meditation course is designed to teach from the absolute
beginning, starting with just 5mins each day. it's very relaxing and
to search for the new 5min course, look for 'path meditation'
to search for the 22hr longer course, look for 'land of yoga meditation'
please try them. any feedback will be welcome, thank you.
|at the start of the year i wanted to try to meditate every day...
the amazing calendar training method
this is an ongoing study into setting up your own meditation practice.
see how toby developed his own routine, and then try your own!
|month one (january)
the beginning was simply about trying to learn new things, meditate more, open and expand myself more.
the keys were: intention, making of commitment. organising myself. then taking action.
month two (february)
month was about expanding from the original idea, into something even
more exciting and more committed. the practice grew... my confidence
grew... and the results boomed!
|month three (march)
can easily see from this 3rd month how much momentum my practice has
gained. i'm doing five times more than my original intention, which of
course feels great. now it's all about consolidation - continuing on
the pathway, going further, and sticking to the commitment with a
one thing i've become more mindful of is addressing the days where i
can look back in the calendar and see a slippage... some patterns where
i regularly miss practice. then i can decide to make extra effort on
these days :)
|month four (april)
was the most telling month so far: i got to a point where i was pushing
too much, and i got exhausted and even sick for a few days. i started
dropping my meditation sessions, subconsciously telling myself i needed to take a break.
it was good to recognise this tendency to drive the practice too hard.
i lost perspective, partly through excitement and enthusiasm, partly
through a deeper urge to get free fast. i should know by now that a
more temperate approach is the wiser way.
having learned this, i backed off and settled into a more comfortable
rhythm. the motivation was still there, and i could renew my approach
without the urgency. (i learned that i need to stop being short-term-minded, and to allow space for things to grow naturally)
|month five (may)
the practice is strong. by the end of the month i was
comfortably meditating every morning and night - a fantastic
considering my initial hopes at the start of the year. twice a day
meditation brings great reward - so much more clarity, connectedness
it's something i am thankful for. and i can recognise that i had to build this strength over a fair period of time.
thursday breath class
toby runs this session.
breath-work is the quickest practical way to open up change in the body
and mind. the yogic tools of 'pranayama' range from very basic, to very
advanced. most people know the breath is important, but few understand
the real implications of what this means.
this session suits any level - it's ideal for those with anxiety
because it is deeply relaxing (and freeing). it's ideal to unlock all
mental health conditions. it's a gateway to deeper meditation.
give it a try?
6.15-7.15pm drop-in sessions cost $10
all levels. no bookings required.
why meditate every day?
seem like the never-ending questions for the modern person. we have a
new western culture of doing 'eastern things', such as yoga and tai chi
and meditation and mindfulness, eating slower and smaller
serves, talking about managing anxiety and stress by breathing...
yet where does it usually end up for most people? nowhere different.
that's because few of us really understand how vital it is to meditate
it's totally delusional to think that going to meditation or yoga once
a week will produce real change in our lives. once a week practice is
stress-release at best, and certainly not a real development of mental
and now we have a new phenomenon, of people using 'mindfulness' apps, listening to guided meditations, etc... yet still not meditating on their own,
using their own mind! this is a dangerous development
which disguises a huge misconception: we can't use mindfulness as
entertainment. we can't use it just for relaxation.
we need to look at our own mind. we need to do the work. we need to do this ourselves.
unfortunately no-one will believe me until they actually do meditate
every day for a good 6mths or more. until then, we just can't see it.
we simply do not realise the cost of not doing this.
and so we go on, becoming more tired, more stressed, more anxious, more
depressed, more self-absorbed, more co-dependent in our relationships,
more attached to objects and money and other people... worrying more
and more, stressing out our kids, screaming at each other in traffic...
and still we think we don't need to meditate... definitely not every day...
now you may not agree with me. you may not believe me. it's your mind
and life and i'm just making a suggestion that to be ignorant or in
denial of these ideas may be very costly. it may cause cancer. it may
cause dementia. it may just keep you unhappy.
and my goal is to encourage people to have a really good look - just in
case - to see what meditation could do for you if you did it every day.
(please note: this newsletter was written by toby and is not necessarily the view of other teachers at the centre)
mother nature is always right on cue, delivering us precisely the
correct foods we need relative to the climate and season - that's
unless we have become so sick that our body develops intolerance to
what is natural.
all the root foods are fantastic right now, potatoes, turnips, leeks, brussel sprouts...
plus the vitamin C of oranges, mandarins and kiwi fruits to ward off colds...
apples seem great at the moment too... plus walnuts...
when i go to the nuts and grains store, or the vegetable and fruit market, i need to check that i'm getting fresh local produce as much as possible - because these are what we need to be eating.
it's ridiculous to buy pineapples or mangos from queensland!!!
how's your diet?
ego, attachment and liberation
by lama yeshe
overcoming your mental bureaucracy
very important to recognise that all desire, hatred and other delusions
and the problems they bring come from attachment and ego. actually, of
the two, it's ego that comes first. delusion starts with ego;
attachment follows. how is this? the concept of ego builds a projection
of "i" and paints that polluted projection with a veneer of qualities.
then, when the "i" - superficial, artificial and illusory - starts
looking at the pleasures of the sense world, it labels certain objects
as desirable. from this, attachment arises, sticking, or clinging, to
these attractive objects. this, very briefly, is the evolution of
the moment your ego says "i", you automatically identify yourself as
totally separate from other atoms, other people. on the basis of this
view of two different things - self and other - you automatically see
"i" as the most important one. then, with attachment, your narrow
mind chooses one particular atom as a source of sense pleasure. this
then makes you view all other atoms as either irrelevant or as objects
of hatred. that's the way it all starts."
book is available for free (by donation) from the mahayana buddhist
centres around australia. it's so helpful, so direct and clear. usually
we have to read these books more than twice to fully understand them -
first you have to get used to the challenging ideas. then you have to
be able to see yourself doing things you usually are oblivious to. then
you can be ready to take great steps towards freedom after that. by now
you recognise you need to meditate every day.
you are going to meditate in the morning, it's best not to look at your
phone beforehand. the great advantage of morning meditation is that
your mind is quite fresh and clear after sleep. it has spent hours
processing the past dramas and issues, and has taken rest. it is
probably more free of distraction than at any other time of the day.
therefore, the worst thing would be to look at your phone - which
brings in a flood of new ideas, concepts, all of which will send you
spiralling into new thoughts, and emotional reactions.
keep it quiet. enjoy the minimal data. then have a good look at your fresh clear mind and see what it's up to :)
new saturday afternoon class!
sat afternoons 4.00pm - 5.30pm
gentle yoga class run by jacqui. restorative hatha yoga, slow, meditative,
with plenty of stretching and breathwork and meditation, yoga nidra
too... suits any level. drop-in class costs $15.
we have a meditation class every wednesday night 6.15-7.15pm. cost $8.
the place to explore more deeply the nature of our own minds, the
stresses we create for ourselves, and the simple solutions
connected to awareness, clarity and letting go...
Be your own doctor!!
the cold weather usually highlights old tensions - the ones that were
never properly addressed in the past - the ones we managed but also
ignored to some degree.
lots of people have aches and pains in the joints, and the modern
solution is to take tablets! but in yoga we are not so lazy, not so
childish :) we take responsibility to look after our body every day -
helping it... listening to it... learning from it...
knees tell a really simple story: the psychosomatic tension that lies
within our mind (psyche). the leg allows the body to step up and over
obstacles in the way to where we want to walk. so if in life we become
preoccupied with an obstacle (it could be a person, a government rule,
a system, or even our own sore knee) - if we become frustrated and
resistant to the obstacle... if we wish it would really go away... if
we totally resist it and refuse to open our mind on being flexible with
ideas... then we'll tighten in the area of the knees.
usually our frustration gets so strong that our knees get really really
tight and sore (seemingly for no reason). this is where a good
meditator is smart and listening to what's happening in the body.
after all, obstacle teach us about life. if we refuse to listen, we
will not mature or grow. in taoism there is a great saying: "whatever
is in the way, is the way"
once we learn to let go of frustration, of the pushy resistant mind
that is over-reacting to a problem, we should find the knee pain
disappears (seemingly for no reason at all).
be your own doctor, your own health physician, your own inspiration.
to ask doctor qua'c a question about illness or injury, email toby.
great meditation learning tool!
"path to enlightenment"
guided meditation cd series
does the mind work? how does it affect our day, our emotions, our
ability to be happy, our ability to connect? what's going on? how do we
get healthy? how do we unlock our past? how do we learn to manage
stress and fear and insecurity?
we just need to learn about meditation, it's tools, and its
logical wisdoms. we just need to practise a new way of thinking and
being. This cd course explains how.
each session goes for 60mins and is deeply
relaxing. each session involves simple discussion, breath practices,
meditation techniques, and rest periods. there are 18 sessions in total.
perfect for beginners and advanced as well, this takes one's
mind to a whole new level of awareness and knowledge. available
from the centre, for free.
available for free on-line!
|to download this whole course for free, search for 'land of yoga' on itunes, spotify or google podcasts.
remember that meditation (like life) is all about learning!
come on down to land of yoga where 7 days a week we are always practising :)