Hi, my name is Warwick Jones, I teach Vedic Meditation, an authentic mantra meditation technique.
I began to dabble with meditation in the mid-1980’s, trying out many techniques before eventually learning Transcendental Meditation (TM), of which I later trained under the guidance of the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to be qualified to teach TM.
If you learned Transcendental Meditation from me in Christchurch, Queenstown or Auckland ( or anywhere else in between) and you would like to catch up or have your meditation technique checked, I’d be more than happy to meet with you.
I currently teach Vedic Meditation independently of any organization. So if you would like to learn how to meditate without involvement in any particular group or organisation, and without the need to subscribe to any religious or philosophical points of view, give me a call, 09 419 5380
Learning to meditate
I began meditating in the 80’s when a friend, who spent hours listening to audio cassettes and seemed to really enjoy the benefits, suggest that I give it go.
Looking back, and with hindsight, when I tried this I think I spent my time ‘Listening’ rather than meditating. So when this didn’t work for me my friend gave me a couple of self-teach type books on how to meditate, I failed at that too.
Then one day a very colourful and cheerful young lady propositioned me outside the Civic Theatre on Queen Street and intrigued by her offer I followed her into a dimly lit stairwell to rooms above the theatre.
The air heavy with incense and mystical sounds through a Hi-Fi system, the walls mostly pastel shades of yellow and orange with pictures of Krishna and other deities, and a restaurant – not what I was expecting at all, a restaurant that is.
I became a regular visitor to this Hare Krishna centre over the following months, however, the meditation technique was more an outward experience and not what I was looking for, nor was the religious nature of their offerings.
I then drifted in and out of meditation techniques and centres trying to find a technique that delivered that much sort after ‘Calm’ and ‘Relaxation’ associated with meditating. But whether it was chanting – in the mind or out loud, or manipulating my breathing or simply having my awareness on my breathe, trying to erase thoughts or give direction or no direction to my thoughts, whatever was the instruction any benefit was brief.
Transcendental Meditation – TM
In 1991 my employer transferred me to Christchurch where I discovered Transcendental Meditation (TM). Actually, I had discovered Transcendental Meditation previously but was always put off by what seemed like very excessive fees.
But by this time I was getting a little weary of trying out the ‘Free and low cost’ techniques which were by now reinforcing the belief that you get what you pay for- ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’- etc. So I decided to give it a go and learn Transcendental Meditation and within a few meditations I experienced the deep meditative experience I was looking for and because the results are very cumulative, I have been practising Transcendental Meditation ever since.
What struck me was how easy Transcendental Meditation was to learn and to practice. Sure you need to put aside the time to do it, but this is not an issue when the results are seen on a daily basis. And how often do we actually spend time on ourselves
Shortly after learning Transcendental Meditation I became actively involved at the centre where I learned to meditate, which happened to be a medical centre. Over the next five years, I witnessed firsthand the benefits of meditating, as many of the people learning through the medical centre were doing so because of some illness – it is said 80% of all illness is stress related.
Meditation Teacher Training
On the 24 December, 1996 I arrived in the snow-covered town of Seelisburg, Switzerland, to begin a 5 and a half month TM teacher training course supervised by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation organisation.
On my return to New Zealand, I taught Transcendental Meditation, mostly full time, in Christchurch until the end of 1999, when I moved back to Auckland. In October 2000 I opened a Transcendental Meditation centre in Milford and successfully taught many people how to meditate over the next few years.
Then at the end of 2003 with an unfavourable change of lease and other issues associated with renting shared commercial premises I decided to move my teaching to a studio at home, which has worked out really well.
On the 29th February 2008, I resigned from the Maharishi Foundation of New Zealand, the controlling body of the Transcendental Meditation technique, in order to pursue other personal activities of self-development. However, the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation remains very much the core of these activities.
The process which we call Vedic Meditation is as old as human-kind. It exists in many religious and mystical traditions throughout the world. Some people and organisations claim to have exclusive knowledge and right to the technique.
However, it is discussed in medieval terms in a 14th century English book of devotion, “The Cloud of Unknowing“. It is also described in the “Sefer Yetzirah“, a third century Hebrew book first translated into English in 1877. It is known to be part of the verbal-traditions of certain Muslim and Christian mystical orders. It was known among the monks of at least one of the Hindu religious orders.
If you would like to learn how to meditate without involvement in any particular group or organisation, and without the need to subscribe to any religious or philosophical points of view, give me a call, 09 419 5380
The first step in learning how to meditate is to attend an “Introduction” session.