MEDITATION, NOT JUST FOR HIPPIES – JUST ASK MICK MALTHOUSE

I nearly fell off my chair the other day, listening to Mick Malthouse talk about the power of meditation and how he has come to value it as such an important part of his life, his game plan and his player’s performance.

 Now I’m very pleased that the concept is even being discussed out there on a such blokey mainstream level, but had it not come from a such a respected sporting icon such a Mick, I can’t help but think it would be largely written off as a useless past time pursued by a bunch of hessian wearing hippies, who need to reach for the deodorant bottle.

 And please note, on this misconception about hippies being a bit whiffy and furry around the pits, I would like to say I have met some beautifully dressed, non lentil loving types who appeared to be smuggling hamburgers, but let’s move on.

 Meditation is actually becoming more and more a mainstream concept, and that’s great, because we westerners don’t spend nearly enough time shutting our traps and calming our minds. 

 Any wonder so many of us are ending up depressed or anxious!   We don’t spend nearly enough time blocking out incoming verbal traffic.  There’s a 20 car ‘thought’ pile up in our heads, which causes panic because the brain can’t process and file. It just gets jammed.

 Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly the face of meditation, I have however slowly introduced versions of it into my life.   

 For instance a walk along Henley beach with my dog Marley, phone off and in the moment. Simply noticing the formation of clouds, feeling the breeze, and watching the sparkling of the sun on the water.  That’s meditation.

 Even in the shower, visualising the water washing away any bad thoughts and energy, and setting an intention to be grateful for everything I have, and for a great day ahead is now part of my routine.  Taking time to check for negative thoughts that I may have carried over from the day before.

 Silence is golden, and it’s becoming the fashionable thing to do.  Silence retreats are popping up everywhere and yoga studios are everywhere.  Anything that promotes quiet minds and breathing lungs is becoming uber-cool!

 At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month we’ve grown up taking a minute’s silence to remember our fallen soldiers. Think about the power we know that 1 minute can have?

 Picture this then, on a little island not too far away, a place close to many of our hearts –  called Bali – one day a year around Easter, the whole island is expected to be completely silent to honour what they call Nyepi.   Nyepi comes from the Balinese sepi, which means “quiet”.

 For a whole day and night everyone and I mean nearly everyone, goes into silence and seclusion.  No TV, no cars, no iPods, no electricity, no travelling, no nothing.  Not even any sex. No matter how quiet you might be.  That falls under fun and fun is a no-no for a day.

 The two beauties I see with this tradition is the full discipline of shutting down every distraction known to man, literally and pulling everyone into the vortex of reflection and peaceful inner dialogue.

 The fact that this is a Hindu tradition but if Nyepi falls on a Friday, the island’s Muslim population is allowed to attend prayers but out of respect for Nyepi, will make their way to church quietly and without conversation which really gives a glimpse of a world in religious harmony. Can you imagine that?

 Even the Christian Balinese have cancelled Sunday masses if Nyepi falls on this day and encourage their parishioners to pray quietly at home.

 Hearing Mick Malthouse and the radio host talking about meditation the other day was exciting to me.  Two very Aussie grown men thrashing around the power of ‘quiet’.   And wonderfully from a man that has the ability to make the non-meditating types, actually shut up and listen.   

ARE YOU A MEDITATOR?  HOW DO YOU DO IT?  HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE?

 

57 thoughts on “MEDITATION, NOT JUST FOR HIPPIES – JUST ASK MICK MALTHOUSE

  1. Meditation has been a lifesaver for me. It creates peace amongst running my business, five kids and a very busy lifestyle. Without meditation I’m sure I’d go back to being grumpy, stressed, sick and unproductive. When I meditate everything just goes better for me, my creativity is fabulous and even lovemaking goes to a whole new level. I usually meditate myself, but when I do a class I do it at my healing centre Flying Souls in Brighton to get an angel message at the end. It’s just the best.

    • I couldn’t agree more. That combined with me recently getting into regular yoga has just been mindblowing in it’s effects on my mind and my body. I’m losing all the weight that I’ve been carrying, which I didn’t think yoga would do. I feel so much calmer all the time and just really clear and happy. I’m not stressing about stuff that just isn’t worth my time. Yoga just kept coming up in readings I was having so i finally took notice and I just love it now. And I’ve just thought about ‘your love making’ comment….although I haven’t perhaps gone quite that far….single right now….I am howver feeling much softer and more ready to love than ever before and I think yoga and meditation have kicked that along. I’ll be sure to tell people to head to you if they’re interested. I had by the way i very very big shift after seeing your Mark one day. it was intense but amazing. I will be back sometime very soon. Lots of love.x

  2. Because I am a chatterbox I could never sit still long enough to do Yoga. If I was I an room with others I would turn around and start making friends..

  3. Because I am a chatterbox I could never sit still long enough to do mediation. If I was I an room with others I would turn around and start making friends..
    I like a lot of noise around me..

    • Oh darling Annette, you are very cute but you would be put in the quiet naughty corner in a Meditation Class. Although I get why people do the meditation with other people in a class for the push and discipline, i get easily distracted by other people’s energies being in the room or wondering what their story is, so I’m better on my own.

  4. I love to meditate and also have slowly introduced ‘versions’ of it, into my life. Sometimes it is as little as taking three long breaths in and out and counting the time as I breathe in and out. Other times it is just being really still and quiet for as long as I can manage and every time random thoughts appear in my mind, I wave them away by saying in my mind ‘oh, there’s a thought, now be quiet please’ – which works for me!
    I think meditation is about what works for you. Finding your best way to be quiet and to shush your mind even if only in bursts of 2 minutes to start.

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