MELBOURNE’S PREMIER MEDITATION DESIGNED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Stillness Meditation Therapy (SMT®) is the authentic therapeutic meditation originated by psychiatrist, Dr Ainslie Meares.
This unique form of meditation is characterized by stillness. In this there is an absence of disturbance – an absence of intellectual activity, an absence of sensory experience and an absence of emotion. Dr Meares described this practice as mental ataraxis which means absence of disturbance of the mind. In this experience there is a complete regression to a very simple mode of functioning. The meditator may be aware of his or her existential being but little else. In this form of meditation there remains an absence of anxiety, and even more importantly, the meditator remains with a low level of anxiety for some time after the meditation concludes, resulting in an on-flow of a low level of anxiety into daily life. Long term evidence at this Centre reports that, for a majority of people, the regular practice of this form of meditation results in a profound and lasting reduction of anxiety. An Australian innovation, Meares meditation is entirely natural and is not related to mindfulness or other styles of meditation. Its aim is the natural regulation of the nervous system through the repeated experience of mental rest.