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The Ego Is Not A Problem, Except The Fifth Bit

1/19/2019
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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/

Duration:00:09:29

How To Survive Families And Relationship Somatically

1/12/2019
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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/

Duration:00:13:01

Crappy Thoughts are a Function of Tension

1/4/2019
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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/

Duration:00:15:13

Our Addiction to Busy-ness

1/4/2019
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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/

Duration:00:10:13

SItting As A Tool For Not Exiting Life

12/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:07:25

Our Terror Of Stillness

12/8/2018
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Most of us are compulsive do-ers and actually afraid of being still and silent. Alistair explores the three interlocking states of being-enjoying-doing and how they can help us relax.

Duration:00:12:27

Introverts, Extroverts And The Blessing Of Being Uncomfortable

12/1/2018
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In an excerpt from the 2018 Summer retreat on Holy Island, Alistair explores some of the current thinking about introverts ruling the world and how discomfort can often bring wisdom.

Duration:00:05:47

Entering The Realm Of Non - Thought

11/19/2018
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Alistair starts to explore with the retreatants on Holy Island the realm of "non-thought". If we no longer identify with our thoughts then what is left? What is our true identity?

Duration:00:05:09

Emotions Are Not Thoughts

10/31/2018
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In this excerpt from the 2018 Retreat 'Being Still Still Being', Alistair looks at the experience of thinking as a phenomenon. What is thinking? And how does it feel?

Duration:00:09:50

Beatniks, Blake And The Body In Space

10/31/2018
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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.

Duration:00:10:34

All Your Thoughts Are Garbage

10/30/2018
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An excerpt from Alistair Appleton's 2018 Meditation retreat up on Holy Island. Do our precious thoughts actually add up to that much? Can you remember what you were thinking 5 minutes ago?

Duration:00:07:31

The Container Of Retreat

10/21/2018
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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?

Duration:00:14:17

Compassion 4 - Topsy Turvey Logic Of Tonglen

6/17/2018
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In the final chunk from the 2017 Holy Island Compassion retreat Alistair introduces the mind-boggling practice of tonglen, one of the classic Buddhist techniques for rousing the compassionate heart.

Duration:00:17:00

Compassion 3 - The Heath Robinson Self

6/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:16:26

Compassion 2 - The Prosocial Roots Of Compassion

6/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:10:27

Compassion 1 The Evolutionary Roots Of Compassion

5/30/2018
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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/

Duration:00:14:12

Therapy Vs Meditation - 3 - Interpollination Of The Two And Best Practice

5/27/2018
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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".

Duration:00:18:14

Therapy Vs Meditation - 2 - Lineage Of Buddhism And The Trungpa Outlier

5/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:17:21

Therapy Vs Meditation - 1 - Lineage Of Therapy And Its Outliers

5/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:14:36

Tales From The Island

5/6/2018
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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

Duration:00:12:27