A certified meditation teacher, with a doctorate in philosophy (in law, religion and philosophy) from the University of Technology, Sydney, I have been practising meditation continuously since 1984 when I first began attending lunchtime meditation classes twice a week at Unity of Sydney, a New Thought centre. My regular attendance at those classes continued for 6 or more years.
I studied Meditation, of various kinds, in my four-year Diploma in Religious Studies course at the Australian campus of the Liberal Catholic Institute of Studies. I was awarded the diploma "with Distinction" after submitting, among other work, two theses, one of masters, and the other of doctoral, length and standard.
BMIMC seeks its inspiration in the Buddhist Theravādan tradition and aims to develop an Australian Buddhism. I also attended weekly sessions of the Sydney group of BMIMC, meeting in Glebe, New South Wales, for a period of time.
I have also received formal training in Centering Prayer, another form of meditation, from, among other places, the Apostolic Johannite Church in Sydney, NSW. Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer and meditation practices of the Christian contemplative heritage. However, I generally prefer the practice of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation because of their naturalness and their proven benefits as regards improved health, empowered leadership abilities, and so forth. Other training in forms of meditation received over the years includes training in New Thought meditation and spiritual mind treatment at Unity in Sydney, Australia, training in various forms of meditation and spiritual healing at Chatswood Spiritualist Church in Chatswood, NSW, Australia, as well as training in Christian meditation (in the way of the late John Main OSB) at Christ Church St Laurence in Sydney, and at Christ in the Desert Monastery [pictured below] in Abiquiú, New Mexico, USA.
A retreat leader, spiritual director and counsellor, interreligious collaborator and meditation master, I have a special interest in exploring the spirituality of the moment. I also have an abiding interest in native Hawaiian spirituality and healing, having attended classes on those topic areas in Hawaii.