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The topic for tonight is “Meditation and Mens MANtra night” with Multi-instrumental musician and composer Haitch. Now just because you have to use your voice, I expect you to come as this will be a very powerful experience with a group of men sitting together in circle.
With spiritual practices like yoga and meditation becoming more popular, it seems like everyone is talking about mantras. But what exactly is a mantra and how are you supposed to use it?
In our westernized, modern-day spiritual practices the word “mantra” has become as mainstream as “intention.” But the two are actually quite different. The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.
Haitch is a South East Queensland musician and composer. Bringing a fresh twist to the world music, devotional and yoga scenes, his style is expansive and deep. Looking to nature for inspiration and world cultures for instruments, his uniqueness lies in the moving fusion created with both uncommon and classical instruments. Including Native American flutes, Yidaki (didgeridoo), slide Didge, Suling flutes, Mellophone, Trumpet, electric Indian zither, vocals and synthesizers. Sharing music and movement in ‘Yoga Soundscapes’ classes, holding devotional ‘Chanting to Bliss’ concerts & facilitating ‘Soundwaves’ sound healing journeys.
Join us Tuesday the 14 March (held fortnightly) to share our knowledge and life journeys, offering each of us tools to take away and use in your own life…. gaining understandings about spirituality, relationships, health, vitality, sex, career, awareness….. and more.
REAL MEN? Woo Woo or Wise? When we men think of meditation, mens groups and spiritual growth, there’s a risk it will be seen as ‘woo-woo,’ or ‘flaky.’ Essentially, ‘being spiritual’ means connecting with your OWN wisdom, your OWN strength and your OWN truth. This is what we will explore in a practical and everyday way, with those of you who are interested in wanting more out of life.”
The mantra of our Gold Coast Mens Group is I am fully responsible everything I feel and I am totally accountable for everything I do .
I am doing my best to be authentic and I am doing it from the heart and I’m opening up the opportunity for us all to get together and evolve while having some laughter, fun and f-ups along the way. I’m willing to open up & stand up and risk the chance of falling and making a fool of myself. Who really cares what other people think? I don’t think I do any more.
I’m not quite sure exactly where we are going to go with this, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be good. I know that authenticity is a good place to start. I invite you to join me each month, as we map out where we are going to go on this journey of evolution. Here is my vision.
Why me and why join a men’s group now?
Let me tell you something magical happens when a group of men get together and are brutally honest about what’s going on in their lives.
I remember sometime after my divorce, my ex had demanded from me, “you gave up alcohol for Lyza but you would not do it for me” to which I retorted, “Darling, you were the reason I drank”. But who was I kidding, to be brutally honest I was so unhappy with myself, my life and all the poor choices I had made, I would snatch any opportunity I could get to escape that feeling of….? So many words I could use to describe my sense of emptiness, anger, frustration, worthlessness, I could just go on. I think you know what I’m trying to say.
My typical daily ritual was 6 to 8 cups of coffee a day to keep me up, then from 6pm – 9pm. Not one minute before or one minute after, I would drown my sorrows of the day with 15 to 20 nips of Scotch.
Back to being brutally honest. My moments of “feeling” were fleeting, as anytime an emotion would arise I would reach for the first available distraction I could lay my hands on to drown it back down again.
I knew I had to make a choice. Stay the same in the “who am I kidding” life or make a change. Letting go was scary. As unpleasant as my life was, there was a comfort in knowing what was going to happen tomorrow. The same shit .
There were moments down the track when I use to just begin to cry. WTF I didn’t even know why I was crying. After a while I stopped fighting these emotions as I began to realise that it was just me starting to feel. All my pent up shit began to ooze out.
If you’re a man and you find yourself on any part of this journey, then You’re Awakening, You’re growing and you’re ready for change. When we men think of meditation, men’s groups or spiritual growth, there’s a risk of seeming “woo-woo” or “flaky”. Essentially, “being spiritual” means connecting with our OWN strength and our OWN truth. Out of this chaos, I created “The Infinite Connection” where we invite guest presenters to share different paths through the quagmire to transform from confusion to awareness. In my Mens Groups we explore life in practical and everyday ways for those who are wanting more out of life.
1999 Brewarrina Police Station (Back of Bourke).
After leaving the police force for private enterprise, I experienced life in the fast lane, high stress, 18 hour days, 50 staff, 100 phone calls a day. I used 6-8 coffees a day to keep me up and a minimum of two bottles of scotch a week to bring me down. I was not only in the fast lane in business, I was in the fast lane for a heart attack! Something had to change. “I know that many men shy away from meditation and conversations about REAL issues for fear of being labelled soft or airy-fairy, but I am living proof of its life saving benefits. You can be both blokey and stress free. Cameron Monley
I am now committed to bringing quality experts from the alternative health, yoga and meditation, healthy eating and wellness, and spiritual growth industries together. I have called this regular gathering of like-minded locals from the Gold Coast, ‘The Infinite Connection,’ an organisation that promotes and networks with people wanting more out of life.
Alex Vesey : I have had the pleasure of knowing cameron for over 24 years, he is loud, a big presence, high energy wicked sense of humour and brutally honest. I trust him and I trust his judgement. This phase of Camerons life is seeing Cameron put back what he has been given in his life experiences. My experience as a psychiatric Nurse has allowed my self to see many a man in emotional distress and unrest, having the option to safely visit a man cave, like being proposed by Cameron, is wonderful option to experience a safe environment to learn, grow, mature and finally look at your self as honestly as I see cameron do. “ Cant wait to sit in the cave mate”.
Statistics about Men, Stress:
• STRESSED FOR TIME – In 2007, 35% of men always or often felt rushed or pressed for time. – Australia Bureau of Statistics
• DIVORCE RATES INCREASE – At the turn of the 20th century, divorce was virtually non-existent, but by the end of the 20th century it was estimated that 32 percent of Australian marriages would end in divorce (ABS, 2000). Journal of Sociology, Vol. 41, No. 2, June 2005
• ANXIETY – Anxiety is the most common mental condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety. There are many types of anxiety, each consisting of a range of specific symptoms. www.beyondblue.org.au
• SUPPORT GROUP BENEFITS – Being in a support group can also help you develop new skills to relate to others. In addition, the members of the group who have the same problems can support each other and may suggest new ways of dealing with a particular problem. WebMD
• The University Of Wisconsin found that experienced meditators exhibit high levels of gamma wave activity, meaning they are automatically able to control their thoughts and reactions.
• AFL Premiership Sydney Swans Coach, Paul Roos, credits meditation with Sydney’s success, citing that 90% of success happens above the shoulders.
Cameron Monley and Lyza Saint Ambrosena are committed to bringing quality experts from the alternative health, yoga, meditation, healthy eating, wellness and spiritual growth industries together and call these regular gatherings of like minded locals from both Gold Coast and Brisbane, The Infinite Connection – an organisation that promotes and networks with people wanting more out of life.
Phone Cameron on 0414714948 suggested donation is $20
Location The Holy Rood Family Centre 192 Oxenford Tamborine Road Oxenford. Cross Street is Old Tamborine Road
We are connected with many of the best psychics, psychic mediums; Spiritual, Reiki and Crystal Healers that the Gold Coast and Brisbane has to offer, as well as make contact with numerous spiritualist churches We have a wealth of information to share with anyone seeking more information pertaining to spiritualism and psychic readings and to meditate.