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#078: How to train your mind with meditation – Manoj Dias

By Jordan Michaelides

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
  • Exercise
  • Meditation and healing explained
  • Where beginners should start meditation
  • Anxiety, listening and understanding
  • Healing & burn-out

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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