What is STILLNESS MEDITATION THERAPY (SMT)?
Ainslie Meares (1910-1986) an Australian psychiatrist used stillness meditation to relieve stress and anxiety in his patients. Stillness meditation differs from other meditations such as mindfulness and concentrative or contemplative meditation as it is characterized by lack of technique.
Stillness meditation therapy (SMT) is about resting the body and the mind. During SMT there is no trying to do anything, such as mantras, breathing or focused attention. The body and the brain are allowed to rest. The intention is to experience ‘being’ not ‘doing’.
This form of meditation is characterized by extreme simplicity and a profound naturalness. The mind is simply allowed to be still. There is no intellectual activity. Background noises become less significant and there is an effortless, ease quality associated with this form of meditation. Stillness meditation is founded on a medical model. The purpose of stillness meditation is to allow or let yourself to rest the mind and body in order to lower anxiety and the effects of stress. This rest lowers the activity of the SNS (sympathetic nervous system) and increases the activity of the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system), leading to mental calm and gradually restoring balance to the central nervous system.
Stillness meditation is therapeutic because it allows the body to heal itself through resting the body and the mind, effortlessly. SMT restores balance in the nervous system and can lead to inner calm. The wider benefits of SMT are clarity of mind, insight and understanding, more energy, release of creativity, spiritual growth, greater resilience and better well-being.
Stillness meditation nourishes our wellbeing.
It provides the body and mind with stillness, silence, space and simplifies life. It allows us to experience the present moment. As the stillness experience deepens effortlessly, the meditator experiences their own inner calm, their own inner peace.