07 May 2012

Ian Gawler Blog: Remarkable online changes

In breaking news, following a mail out to GPs, over 1,000, yes 1,000 have asked for information and brochures so they can recommend Mindbody Mastery as a way of practicing meditation to their patients.Three months after release, the evidence is that the online, downloadable Mindbody Mastery program is helping people to meditate more often, for longer periods of time and with greater satisfaction.

This week, we share those results, but first,

Thought for the Day: Who are you?

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can love unconditionally,

Who are you???You are probably the family dog!!!

or a meditator!!!

Recently we surveyed Mindbody Mastery participants asking how often they meditate, what they thought of the program, and whether they would refer it to others. The results are very confirming and show that two months after commencing Mindbody Mastery, people are meditating substantially more, for longer periods, and feeling much more satisfied with their meditation practice.

About three quarters of those who have taken up Mindbody Mastery have done some meditation before. On average only 16% of these people meditated once or twice daily before starting the program. Two months later over 60% , nearly four times more, are meditating that often. Also, 24% were meditating more than 20 minutes daily before, two months in and that figure has doubled to over 50%.

We are hoping that the support package with its email and SMS reminders, webinars and so on will keep this trend going and look forward to the next survey in a few more months.

What we do now from published research in other fields is that this IT based support system does help people to significantly change lifestyle habits. So if you are keen to meditate more regularly, perhaps Mindbody Mastery is for you. It is something I am proud to be able to recommend and promote.

Check out the survey results:

Prior to Mindbody Mastery
2 months after commencing Mindbody Mastery
Frequency of meditation
Once per week
3-4x per week

Daily or twice daily

Duration of each meditation session
<5 minutes
5-10 minutes

10-20 minutes

20-40 minutes

40+ minutes

Self-reported satisfaction with meditation practice
Very unsatisfied


Very satisfied

 Also, we asked people about their satisfaction with the program and again the results are very encouraging:

a.       89% said that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the program,

b.      86% said that they thought it was good or very good value for money, and

c.       95% said that they will refer the program to their family and friends!


Brisbane workshops in June open for registration

Ruth and I will be in Brisbane at the Relaxation Centre from June 14 – 17. It is always good to meet up with familiar faces and to meet those of you we have not met in person as yet.

One particular word of encouragement. On the Friday I will be presenting a day workshop on the topic of death and dying. This will follow a similar format to the day I presented recently at the Happiness and its Causes conference with Sogyal Rinpoche and I highly recommend it.

A good death is something we all deserve; while to be able to help someone else to die well is an extraordinary gift. However, experience tells us that if we are not prepared for death, it may not go so well. This day covers so much that can help us to die well, and in the process it teaches us how to live well too; it is one of the workshops I most value to present.

 June 14th  Evening public talk:
 Eating Well Being Well –Including the latest research findings (I just attended and spoke at the International Nutrition in Medicine conference) as well a comprehensive guide to how to prepare really healthy food that is easy and tasty. Lots of time for questions, and good for those on the healing path too.

June 15th Day workshop:
Understanding Death & Helping the Dying - A day workshop for Health Professionals, caregivers and others.

June 16th & 17th Weekend workshop
The Mind that Changes Everything - A weekend focusing on using the power of the mind along with meditation and imagery techniques using ground breaking scientific research.

Where: The Relaxation Centre, 15 South Pine Rd, Alderley, Brisbane, 4051 Hide/Show Map

Bookings & Info: Click on the links above, or call The Relaxation Centre on (07) 3856 3733

1 comment:

  1. Those results are extraordinary!How do we get people to realise how useful this course could be for them. I find it so sad how so many people are stuck with a negative state of mind and don't realise that there are ways of being that are so much more at ease and comfortable. It's like our society is addicted to misery.