Pauline McKinnon

In the eight years she was battling the crippling symptoms of anxiety, Pauline McKinnon searched endlessly for answers and in formation to no avail, leaving her feeling more alone and helpless. As a result, following her recovery, in 1983 she wrote her own story “In Stillness Conquer Fear” aiming to help and inform others in similar situations. Soon after the publication of her book, at the invitation of Dr Meares, she established the Stillness Meditation Centre and began to teach SMT to the public.

In Stillness Conquer Fear is now a ‘ classic’ with the 30th anniversary edition NOW released and is internationally recognised as a‘ first in raising public awareness of anxiety disorders.

“As I experienced and practiced stillness meditation more and questioned it less, I began to glimpse the right idea, and the experience itself became freer: the letting go of tension, the letting go of happenings around me, the pleasant feeling of deliberate effortless being, inwardly removed from distracting sounds, thoughts or memories. Soon, during meditation, I began to come upon a velvety stillness and an at-one-ness with my-self and my surroundings, very calm, very natural, a feeling that transcended discomfort of any kind. And an inner ‘ knowing’ of the essence of the stillness and strength of life evolved – something that had not been part of my everyday experience …”Pauline McKinnon, In Stillness Conquer Fear.

In 1990, with awareness of childhood issues and preventative health in mind, Pauline published Quiet Magicand Help Yourself and Your Child to Happiness, to assist children and their parents with anxiety and stress management. She conducted the first Pilot Program in a school environment and has created a teaching pack including audio CD’ s for children and adolescents. Her programs are used in some Australian schools.

  • In 2011 Pauline published “Living Calm in a Busy World”, a contemporary commentary on Dr Meares work explaining Stillness Meditation Therapy alongside other types of meditation. Simple and easy instructions in its application are provided, highlighted by case studies from many of Pauline’ s clients who successfully overcame their own issues of anxiety. She offers services and directs activities at the SMT Centre as follows:
    • Pauline directs activities at the SMT Centre and specialises in Stillness Meditation Therapy
    • She is also trained in Solution Focused Family Therapy and offers individual counselling and psychotherapy as an adjunct to SMT if required
    • Skype or phone consultations for those unable to attend the SMT Centre
    • For those interested in teaching Stillness Meditation Therapy, please see Teacher Training

Pauline is a Clinical Member of AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapy), she has assisted in the development of a meditation teaching module with the Australian Catholic University and was instrumental in the formation of MA (The Meditation Association of Australia), serving for two years as President. She is a frequent presenter at all educational levels and to community centres, hospitals, corporate and service organizations – especially supporting ADAVIC (Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria).

Please contact the Centre for further information

Public Speaking Engagements

Pauline McKinnon is an experienced and sought after speaker and presenter. She often presents for ADAVIC, Duneira, numerous schools, Mental Health organisations and corporate bodies.

Her presentations are suitable for a range of events – from Professional Development days for teachers and health professionals, to anxiety sufferers, and both secondary and primary students.

SMT sessions offering a welcome break from a heavy program at conferences and seminars are also available.

Please contact the Centre for further information


    New fully revised 30th Anniversary Edition of Pauline’s McKinnon's success story In Stillness Conquer Fear is now available

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