THE role of meditation as part of a healthy lifestyle will be the focus of a presentation by Order of Australia recipient Ian Gawler this weekend.
Dr Gawler is at the forefront of meditation and mind-body medicine in Australia and was awarded the OAM for his services to the community in this field.
Tomorrow he will host a day-long presentation at the Crossley Hall sharing the knowledge he has gathered from almost 40 years of meditation practise and teaching.
Dr Gawler will speak of his personal experiences after his right leg was amputated in 1975 as a result of bone cancer.
He will draw on the writings included in his six self-help books and will discuss a range of lifestyle and health sciences, including telomere research and epigenetics.
Rosemary Gleeson, from Integrated Health Services, has organised Dr Gawler’s visit.
Ms Gleeson runs meditation classes weekly in Warrnambool and was inspired to learn the craft after attending a training session with Dr Gawler five years ago.
“Dr Gawler has a very holistic approach to health and it is an approach that does appeal to a lot of people and this is a good chance for others to see what it is all about,” Ms Gleeson said.
Dr Gawler said meditation had become much more accepted as people struggled to find the time to achieve a healthy life balance.
He said meditation could provide a deep rest in a short space of time and create similar effects to a profound sleep.
“It is a modern dilemma that everyone is so busy and have different priorities,” Dr Gawler said.
“Meditation provides a clearer and calmer mind which has a direct influence on the mind-body condition.”
Anyone interested in attending Dr Gawler’s presentation tomorrow can contact Rosemary Gleeson on 0447 617 768. It will run in the Crossley Hall from 10am to 4pm.