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FREE Weekly Community Meditation: Friday Lunchtime

With Dr Deb Roberts, Scott Edwards, Julia Neubauer and Megan Smoak

Date: Fri 19 April 2024 @ 12:30pm
Location: Online

Don’t miss out – join our weekly online Community Meditation on Friday lunchtime.

We’re excited to launch our FREE weekly meditation sessions for our community. We are living in turbulent times. At MMA we are committed to creating healthy, happy and inclusive communities. This is an opportunity to take a mindful break to connect to yourself and others during Friday lunchtime.

 

Meditation is a valuable self-care tool by itself, but is also useful for both preparing for and integrating psychedelic-assisted therapy (Eleftheriou & Thomas, 2021) . It can help us to cultivate mental clarity, self-awareness, emotional regulation, presence, and support the integration of insights. Through practices such as mindfulness, we develop the ability to approach psychedelic experiences with openness and clarity, while also gaining skills to navigate intense emotions and sensations that may arise during therapy sessions as well as in everyday life.

Please note that meditation complements psychedelic therapy, but it’s crucial to only engage in therapy under professional guidance for safety and support.

The benefits of meditation can be enhanced by practicing with others. This view, which is central to many meditation traditions is being validated in recent research (Hanley et al, 2021).

These weekly sessions provide an opportunity for all members of MMA’s community to join members of the MMA team to connect and sit in meditation together.

 

EVENT DETAILS

 

DATE: Weekly on Fridays
TIME: 12:30pm start, finishing at 1:15pm
DURATION: 45 minutes
LOCATION: Online – a link will be emailed to you with the viewing details. Please note that this is the same link for each session.

The Presenters

Dr Deb Roberts

Host of the Mind Medicine Australia Podcast

Deb Roberts grew out of a deep longing to share lived experience in various capacities through yoga, meditation, speaking and writing services to individuals, groups and corporates.  Deb has had a lifelong relationship with mental (ill) health yet been able to navigate a fulfilling existence through various means.

She has had two family members who have ended their life seeing no treatment pathway forward. One was her older sister who had tried countless medicine combinations, therapies and facilities over 30 years. Deb’s pathway is to continue a life worth living and advocate for treatment options including the use of psychedelics.

Scott Edwards

B.Mus

Executive Officer at Mind Medicine Australia

Scott has had a diverse career, working across a variety of fields. After originally training and working as a professional musician, he founded and bootstrapped a successful online music education company called Ear Training HQ at age 23. Ear Training HQ taught an innovative approach to skill development that he developed. He successfully taught this to thousands of students over 10 years. He has committed much of the last 10 years to introspective practice, with a central focus on Buddhist teachings. During this time he has trained and worked as a bodyworker, somatic therapist and meditation teacher.

Through his introspective practice and his somatic work, he has developed a deep interest in psychedelic and other altered state based therapies and the connection between these therapeutic approaches and the introspective process. Through the emergence of psychedelic-assisted therapy, he sees an opportunity for a deeper understanding of introspective practice emerge in our culture, with the potential to support greater happiness and wellbeing for all.

Julia Neubauer

B. A.

Design Consultant at Mind Medicine Australia

Pursuing her passion in the creative arts, Julia graduated in the UK with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Production. Developing her craft in the years to follow, she worked with e-commerce companies before launching her own business Merakiva in 2016. She has been supporting entrepreneurs in building their brand through content creation, designing websites, and building sales funnels.

Julia is an emerging Arts Therapist. She has training in arts therapy, somatic embodiment, nervous system regulation, and rites of passage facilitation. Her practice also incorporates the principles from Hakomi therapy. She is interested in the intersection between psychedelic medicine, ancient Buddhist meditation practices, and the creative arts. Fascinated by the healing power that altered states of consciousness can provide, Julia is driven by the profound impact these modalities can have on our collective well-being. She is a registered Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.

Megan Smoak

MAPS, FCCP

Clinical Psychologist

Megan started meditating a bit over 30 years ago and has had an amazing journey out of anxiety and poor mental health into accidentally exploring the mystical, but the main thing she has learned across all the different traditions that she’s tried is that the most important thing is to Do It. Not read about it or talk about it, but to actually show up and do it. She’s passionate about meditation and the container it builds for us to enjoy greater ease and confidence in our self and our capacity. In her work as a Clinical Psychologist and supervisor, she so often uses the fundamental skills of mindfulness and meditation to work with clients experiencing grief, loss, trauma or even the basics of depression and anxiety. She is a mother, an educator and a therapist and within all these roles has, at the core, her practice of meditation.

Disclaimer: Mind Medicine Australia does not encourage or facilitate illegal use of psychedelics or plant medicines. MMA focus is focused on clinical and legal use only supported by the emerging science and legislative processes. Mind Medicine Australia reserves the right to record and publish webinars on various social media platforms. You agree that you will not discuss any names, locations or specific details of illegal use of psychedelics both verbally or via any written forms of communication via Mind Medicine Australia social media platforms (for example Facebook, Instagram or Zoom private and public chat forms during a webinar). Breaches of these guidelines may result in not being able to participate in the event. We thank you for support and cooperation on these matters.

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