Manoj Dias ( @manojdias_ ) is a meditation teacher, speaker and co-founder of A-Space, Australia’s first multidisciplinary meditation studio. He’s been featured across multiple sources of media including Channel 9, Postcards, Broadsheet, and Vice Media. Manoj has worked with high performing teams and individuals on a range of topics including brands you may know like Lululemon, Melbourne Storm, BHP, and Mercedes Benz. As a spiritual teacher, he’s learnt from many of the greats including Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield.
I’m definitely a Type A individual. Industrious and hard working to the point of neuroticism - which is not a healthy long term pursuit in this modern world. It’s teachers like Manoj, that show me the way to contentment is not necessarily self-management, but self-awareness. You may not be as manic as me, but I’m absolutely sure that there will be principles to learn and benefit from with an introduction to meditation.
I’ve since visited A-Space after interviewing Manoj. I would strongly recommend our listeners or visitors in Melbourne to go check it out for as little as $20 for a drop-in lesson.
We discussed a lot including:
His sneaker collection
Growing up in Sri Lanka and the culture shock of immigrating to Australia
Mindfulness and meditation for children
Yoga and his life-changing teacher
Meditation and healing explained
Where beginners should start meditation
Anxiety, listening and understanding
Healing & burn-out
Enjoy the episode!
01:15 - Introduction
04:32 - Sneaker collection, spending habits
07:01 - Earliest childhood memory, spirituality
10:09 - Sri Lanka, immigrating to Australia, culture shock
14:34 - Mindfulness & meditation for children
19:05 - Lessons learnt from his parents
21:50 - Yoga and his life-changing teacher
27:28 - Exercise, mindset, hip injury
31:14 - Anxiety, listening and understanding
35:10 - Being better at understanding
38:01 - Meditation & secular mindfulness
45:48 - Healing
49:13 - Leading meditation, training beginners
57:39 - A-Space and workplace meditation
01:03:27 - Burn out and contemplating death
01:08:00 - On gurus
01:10:36 - What worries him
01:12:47 - Morning & evening rituals
01:14:10 - A book he’d gift someone
01:14:24 - What is difficult to find middle-ground on?
01:14:56 - If he could have a billboard anywhere in Australia
01:15:23 - Best purchase under $200