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Guided Meditation - Levels Of The Breath

4/20/2018
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Alistair guides you in a 25' meditation exploring the somatic tool of the 'three levels of the breath'. The practice is done lying on your back, comfortably, with your hands on your belly and feet flat on the floor, knees together. [Excerpted from the Scarborough "Tender is the Heart" course in March 2018]

Duration:00:27:45

Greying Out The World - 1: La-la-la-ing my life away...

4/16/2018
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This is part one of a talk Alistair gave in Scarborough on 23 March 2018 at the Samye Dzong at Londesborough Lodge. It's a light-hearted exploration of the human defence of dissociation, a subject close to Alistair's heart...

Duration:00:15:27

We'll All Go Together When We Go

4/8/2018
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An excerpt from the February 2018 "Time Terror" course at Spa Road in London. Alistair is unpacking the second of the Four Reminders, Tibetan Buddhist texts to bring us back to life. The 2nd Reminder runs: Remembering that death is real and comes without warning, / Recalling that this body will become a corpse,/ Knowing that my chance to practice dharma is brief,/ I undertake this practice.

Duration:00:12:30

Cardiff Talk 2018 - Is Meditation Enough?

4/5/2018
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This is a talk by Alistair Appleton given in Cardiff on 23rd February 2018 on the subject 'Is Meditation Enough?' - it's a wide ranging and relaxed introduction to Alistair's stance on the role of meditation in contemporary life: where are its limits? what can and can't it do? and what might we need to make it 'enough'?

Duration:00:36:48

British Museum Talk - The Pain Of Ego Constriction

10/12/2017
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This is an excerpt from the talk that Alistair and Ajahn Sundara gave at the British Museum in September 2017, looking at aspects of Buddhist practice and how they impact the contemporary mind.

Duration:00:07:20

Ego Is An Lethal Addiction To Painkillers

9/14/2017
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Taken from the September 2017 weekend retreat on "I see you, Mara", Alistair talks about how this problematic notion of the "ego" can be understood as an excess of thinking, a slipknot round your own throat or as Reggie Ray describes it, an lethal addiction to painkillers...

Duration:00:11:34

Why Doesn't The Ego Get Behind Us If The Open Space Is So Good?

9/7/2017
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An excerpt from the 2016 Samadhi retreat looking at the way in which ego arises and constricts the open space.

Duration:00:15:13

Definitions Of Mindfulness

8/28/2017
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Recorded at the August 2017 Gayles "Drawing on Mindfulness" retreat, Alistair gives a fundamental overview of the different streams of meditation coming out of the Indian Tradition and notes how mindfulness is unique and distinct from other forms.

Duration:00:15:40

A Bigger Frame

8/24/2017
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This is a recording of a chat between Alistair Appleton and the art teacher Isobel Dutton after the close of the Gayles 'Drawing on Mindfulness' retreat in August 2017. Over a cup of tea, they talk about the similarities between art anxiety and meditation anxiety and how making a mark and being your true self both require 'breaking the frame'.

Duration:00:12:45

10 Ways To Save Your Brain From Becoming A Web Zombie

6/26/2017
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This is the last bit of Internet related podcastery for a while. It's the 10 bits of advice I gave at the end of my 2015 talk on the Internet and Meditation in Scarborough.

Duration:00:08:50

The Dissociative Universe Of The Web And How Mindfulness Can Save Us

6/21/2017
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This is the second extract from a talk I gave in Scarborough in 2015 on the subject of 'Mindfulness in the Age of Twitter'. This part looks at the fascinating field of dissociation and how the Net really feeds into that desire to zone out from life.

Duration:00:13:53

The Neurochemical Net And Why Twitter May Be Eating Your Being

6/12/2017
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This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts on the effect of Internet use on the brain. It's excerpted from a talk I gave in Scarborough back in 2015. This part looks at how the Web fires up potent areas of the brain...

Duration:00:17:54

Playing With Plutonium - I, Me, Mine Thoughts

6/5/2017
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This is an excerpt from the 2016 Samadhi Retreat up on Holy Island where Alistair and the group discuss the nature of thinking and particularly those thoughts that 'scrunch' us away from openness.

Duration:00:12:28

"The Scrunch"

5/29/2017
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This is an excerpt from the 6 week course in Mindfulness taught in 2016 at St Mary's Church in Brighton. Alistair uses the image of the scrunched up scarf (which he, in turn learned from the Dharma Ocean teacher, Neil McKinlay)to illustrate how awareness becomes claustrophobic in direct relationship to the number of I-me-mine thoughts

Duration:00:09:24

The Seven Mammalian Emotions That Drive Us All

5/26/2017
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In memory of the great affective neuroscientist Jak Panksepp who died 2 weeks ago, I've extracted a short explanation of his brilliant work on human emotions and how we can understand them so much better by seeing their mammalian roots.

Duration:00:16:11

The Uncomfortable Truth Of Territoriatlity And The Radical Exit Strategy

5/22/2017
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This is an extract from the 6-week compassion course that I taught in Brighton in early months of 2017, looking at the demanding 'next step' of compassion practice.

Duration:00:11:14

Sex Is Not About Making Babies, It's About Making Friends

5/15/2017
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This is Part 2 of 2 from a talk I gave in Norwich back in 2012, looking at the alternative spiritual view on sexuality and sex. The Tibetan shamanic traditions and the Tantric deities give a different take on how to be sexual and spiritual.

Duration:00:18:58

Why Do Most Religions Grudgingly Tolerate Sex Rather Than Celebrate It?

5/8/2017
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This is Part 1 of 2 from a talk Alistair gave in 2012 exploring the nature of religious attitudes to sexuality. This part touches on some of the archetypes of the Old Man and Mother that prevent sex becoming central and explores the alternative notion of exuberance as a way of framing sex.

Duration:00:16:02

If Living In The Soma Is Like A Funfair Why Do We Resist?

5/5/2017
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This is an excerpt from the Mindsprings Holy Island retreat in October 2016. The theme of the retreat was Samadhi and here Alistair talks about our resistance to meditation...as well as his rather dramatic experience up in the snowy mountains of Colorado in 2016.

Duration:00:15:44

The Fifth Field

5/4/2017
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This is an excerpt of the 2016 Winter Eight Week course taught by Alistair at St. Mary's in Brighton. It's from the seventh week where we started to explore the experience of what Alistair calls the "fifth field": the stance of the experiencer to what is experienced. Enjoy!

Duration:00:08:10