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Three Levels of Breath Sitting Up

11/18/2019
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This is a short guided meditation from the Brighton 2019 Somatic Course where Alistair guides the practice of "Three Levels of the Breath". To read about Alistair's process in teaching this, see the Mindsprings blog entry: https://mind-springs.org/blog/is-my-finger-pointing-at-the-moon-from-where-youre-sitting/

Duration:00:17:01

Earth Descent Sitting Up

10/20/2019
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GUIDED MEDITATION: From the 2018 'Being Still, Still Being' retreat on Holy Island. Alistair guides the group in an evening sit. Exploring the practice of Earth Descent in the sitting up position.

Duration:00:21:06

Somatic Sitting Practice - 16 Points

9/26/2019
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This is a 24' guided meditation of the Somatic Sitting Practice, guided by Alistair Appleton. It's extracted from the 2018 'Being Still, Still Being' Holy Island retreat.

Duration:00:24:08

Sit the Downs - Audio Guided Meditation

8/26/2019
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This is the guided meditation (audio) from Alistair Appleton's "Sit the Downs" meditation. Using somatic meditation to connect with the energy and wisdom of the landscape. Full 25' video is available here: https://mind-springs.org/blog/mindsprings-tv-sit-the-downs/

Duration:00:17:05

Tapping - the Big View

6/12/2019
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This is an excerpt from Alistair Appleton's course in London on the 1st and 2nd of June 2019, on 'Tapping into Freedom'. It came at the end of the weekend when Alistair was exploring the deepest motivations of using tapping in the Buddhist context.

Duration:00:12:35

Reggie's Lineage Of Embodiment

3/19/2019
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5 of 5: In the last extract from Alistair's 2019 talk in Edinburgh, he talks about the here-and-now possibilities opened up by the teachings of Reggie Ray, his teacher. The somatic path allows us to love our bodies and find freedom.

Duration:00:07:37

The Body As A Buddhafield

3/19/2019
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Part 4 of 5: In this fourth section of his talk in Edinburgh, Alistair explore the alternative history of tantric Buddhism which treats the body as completely sacred and as the pathway to Liberation.

Duration:00:11:26

The Current Age Of Disembodiment

3/19/2019
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Part 3 of 5: Continuing his Edinburgh, Alistair considers the way that contemporary culture paradoxically makes us more and more unhappy with our bodies. The internet allows for total disembodiment and consumerism welcomes it.

Duration:00:06:11

The Body As A Battlefield

3/19/2019
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Part 2 of 5: In the second part of his Edinburgh talk, Alistair runs through the history of our relationship with the body from early hunter-gathers to the Instagram age.

Duration:00:11:59

What Turns Us Against Our Bodies?

3/19/2019
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Part one of five: Alistair gave a talk in Edinburgh in February entitled "The Body is A Buddhafield, Not a Battlefield". In this first part he asks the question: 'What turns us against our bodies?'

Duration:00:07:02

Earth Descent

3/18/2019
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This is a 35 minute guided meditation by Alistair Appleton exploring the Earth Descent practice taught by Reggie Ray.

Duration:00:32:43

Polyvagal Tuning

3/18/2019
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This is Alistair Appleton's guided meditation 'Polyvagal Tuning' based on the neuroscientific work of Stephen Porges. It's 25 minutes long.

Duration:00:26:47

Meditation Is Growing Up And Not Growing Up Is Donald Trump

1/26/2019
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A student at the 2018 Summer Retreat asked if meditation can be guaranteed to make you calmer, more self-confident and stronger. His answer was an emphatic "No". Meditation helps us grow up and take on the full remit of being human. Something we all - including the POTUS - have to work at.

Duration:00:05:27

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