Meditation

I have been meditating for over 20 years, I started back in 1997 training with Swami Shantananda (Mataji) who was known as Jani Baker at that time. She taught classical still mind meditation, using different methods to quieten the chattering mind. I took to it like a duck to water, going very deep in the first session. After completing a beginner’s course, I together with other students were invited to participate in a one-year Meditation teachers’ course. During that time, we studied different philosophies from different religions and cultures that gave students clues on the connections to life and meditation, pointers if you like. They came from such books as the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, Tao Te Ching, Zen flesh -Zen bones, Greek Gnostics, Meister Eckhart, and more. Matagi ran quarterly weekend retreats which we all attended and of course we meditated a lot.

This is a recent photo of me, it was actually taken for the purpose of me potentially getting work as an extra in television or movies. Though my first love is to help people.

One of my favourite quotes is from the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tze

A journey of a thousand miles, must begin with the first step

Since completing the teachers’ course back in 1998, I have realised that the knowledge that I had gained at the time was just the tip of the iceberg. I had been practicing moving meditation whilst practicing Karate kata’s (forms) and Taiji forms as well, where I experienced moments of stillness, where time seemed to stop. More recently, I discovered more deeply mindfulness meditation, where being mindful during our daily actions is practiced. You could say that the practice of Kata’s and Taiji are forms of mindfulness. Your mind must be present during such practices or mistakes will be made. To further my understanding of Mindfulness, I am currently studying an online course called Body and Mind are One, with Thich Nhat Hanh.

If you or your group would like to learn meditation with me, the cost is $200 AU for ten lessons. Please email me at keith.smoult@gmail.com or mobile 61 416 241 231, in Australia 0416 24 1231.