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Pauline McKinnon

Pauline McKinnon –author, psychotherapist and Founding Director of the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre.

Pauline is internationally known as the author of her personal account of agoraphobia –“In Stillness Conquer Fear”, the well loved book for children Quiet Magicand and “Living Calm in a Busy World”, a contemporary commentary on meditation in the Meares’ tradition.

Life experience – Pauline’s own recovery from acute anxiety – is testament to the effectiveness of SMT(®). As a young married woman, while experiencing panic attacks and the severe symptoms of agoraphobia for eight years, Pauline sought relief from many sources, including doctors, psychologists and alternative practitioners. Results, if any, were temporary and made no lasting difference to her condition. Almost by chance, she discovered the pioneering work of Dr Ainslie Meares. This therapeutic model brought Pauline full recovery:

“I see Stillness Meditation Therapy as the absolute foundation of personal change. I’ve seen a vast range of individuals transform their lives. I’ve worked with families too, and pioneered meditation in schools. I’ve worked in hospitals and with critically ill patients, I love working at a corporate level and I’ve assisted many through workshops for anxiety support groups locally and beyond”. My teacher training course has produced dedicated SMT teachers who continue to raise awareness of this natural and powerful style of meditation”.

Among other enterprises, in 2006 Pauline initiated the formation of Meditation Australia (MA) and that flourishing organization is leading the way in bringing reliable information to the public, authenticity to meditation teachers and extensive knowledge relating to the practice of meditation in general.  Pauline is the Founding Patron of MA and has served two terms as President.  Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre is located in Melbourne, Victoria.

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