|All of the spiritual traditions of the world incorporate
meditation and contemplation as part of their spiritual practice. They
do so in the belief that the journey of personal development cannot be
undertaken in the absence of such a practice.
This workshop will look at the purpose, role, and practical effects of a
daily meditation practice as part of our personal development and
It will use, by way of a case example, the meditation program implemented
in Australia by an Enneagram community actively focusing on spiritual
and personal development.
This study will examine the basis on which the meditation program was
established – principally, in the belief that those involved should meditate
to assist themselves on the journey of self awareness, and to experience the
divine and awaken to the world and its needs.
The workshop will involve active discussion by participants regarding
various meditation practices and experiential exercises.
Dr. Margaret Buring graduated from Sydney University with Honors, and
began a career in General Pathology and later General Practice. Margaret
completed her Masters in Health Administration in 1994. Margaret joined
the Red Cross Blood Service in 1991 and became the Chief Executive
Officer of the South Australian Blood Service in 1996. Margaret became
Senior Medical Manager for the Queensland Blood Service in 2001.
Stimulated by a mystical experience in Canada Margaret resigned after
12 years of full-time work with the Red Cross. She returned to General
Practice at the beginning of 2003 to concentrate on her holistic, integrated
Margaret is an accredited Enneagram teacher, a director and member
of the faculty of the Australian Institute for Enneagram Studies, and
responsible for the meditation program at the Institute.