Alistair Appleton reveals that much of what we think about the 'ego' being a problem is wrong. Much of the ego is not a problem - just one aspect of it... Taken from the Summer 2018 Retreat on Holy Island. To find out about 2019's retreat look here: https://mind-springs.org/courses/summer-meditation-retreat-2019-the-body-is-the-ground/
During a discussion in the Summer 2018 Retreat on Holy Island, Alistair speaks to a mother's worry that she has over-mothered her children and explores the way somatic practice improves relationships. You can book for the 2019 Retreat here: https://mind-springs.org/courses/summer-meditation-retreat-2019-the-body-is-the-ground/
Exploring the interface of neurobiology and meditation, Alistair explores some of the 'koans of the soma', the nuts and bolts of our human bodies and how that affects our being. This is an extract from the 2018 Summer Retreat on Holy Island. To book for this summer's retreat, click here: mind-springs.org/courses/summer-m…y-is-the-ground/
In his opening comments to the 2018 "Being Still, Still Being" retreat Alistair outlines the neurobiological underpinnings of our obsessive busy-ness and how we need to work with that not against it. The Summer Retreat on Holy Island, suitable for all levels, is open for booking here: https://mind-springs.org/courses/summer-meditation-retreat-2019-the-body-is-the-ground/
Most of us exist in a frenzied haze of continual distraction from our real experience of life. The traditional posture of sitting meditation creates a framework that makes the distraction fade out, and life appear.
In a second excerpt from the 2018 Summer retreat on Holy Island, Alistair looks at the potent connection between Tibetan Buddhism and poetry. Touching on Trungpa and the Beatniks and Reggie's strange love of Wordsworth.
In this talk from the 2018 "Being Still Still Being" retreat on Holy Island, Alistair lays out the fundamental principles of "retreat". What needs to happen for us to really sink into our experience? How do the constraints of the Container free us up?
This is the second excerpt from Mindsprings' 2017 Compassion Course on Holy Island. Alistair explains how the strategies we come up with as children to survive might not be ideal as adults - but they did their job. We shouldn't feel bad about them not working now...
This is the second excerpt from 2017 Holy Island course on Compassion, where Alistair explains that our bodies are actually perfectly tuned to be compassionate and that we are successful as a species because of it.
This is part one of excerpts from the 2017 Compassion course on Holy Island in Scotland. Alistair talks here about the evolutionary roots of compassion and why human sensitivity is the key to our success as a species... To experience the Holy Island course 2018 please look here: https://mind-springs.org/courses/beating-heart-compassion/
This is the final part of Alistair's talk on the cross-pollination of therapy and Buddhism in the contemporary world. Summing up his talk in Dublin, he talks about the best practices when it comes to working in these two mighty "lineages of the mind".
This is part 2 of Alistair's 2017 talk in Dublin on the intertwining of therapy and Buddhist meditation. This part is considering the long lineage of Buddhist teaching and touching on the 'sidelined' teachings of Vajrayana master Chögyam Trungpa.
This is the first of three sections from Alistair's public talk in Dublin in October 2017 looking at the relationship between psychotherapy and Buddhism. This first part looks at the 'lineage' therapy and what is often dissociated from that history...
This is an excerpt from the 2017 "Being Earthed" Holy Island Retreat led by Fay Adams and Alistair Appleton. Fay and Alistair share personal stories about the power of the island and Fay reads the words of Tai Situpa about the geomancy of Holy Isle