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Mindsprings is dedicated to exploring different ways in which mindfulness can combine with therapy to help people be happier and more at ease in the world.
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UNCOMFORTABLE QUOTES #7: Bernard from 'Westworld' on mistakes... "Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool: Mistake."
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mindsprings Jun 17
NEW PODCAST: The final excerpt from last year's Compassion course up on Holy Island looks at the unique and mind-boggling Buddhist practice of tonglen... To come to Holy Island this October for more compassion training, please look at the COURSES PAGE
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mindsprings Jun 13
NEW PODCAST: Part three of the exceprts from Holy Island 2017 explores a central ground of compassion. That is, forgiving yourself for the cobbled-together strategies your developed as a child which are now causing you pain.
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mindsprings Jun 9
NEW PODCAST: This is the second excerpt from last year's Compassion course up on Holy Island. If you'd like to come this year then take a look at the COURSES page on our website...
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mindsprings Jun 8
Today, I head off to Somerset for 10 days of retreat with my Dharma Ocean Friends. So Mindsprings may well sound a little quiet.. Nonetheless there are podcasts, blogs and of course courses you can book while I'm away. Sending blessings to you all!
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mindsprings Jun 6
“People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy” SENECA
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mindsprings Jun 3
NEW PODCAST: I've put together some excerpts from last year's October retreat on Holy Island. This first one looks at the evolutionary roots of compassion and why it's natural to love...
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mindsprings Jun 1
So happy that my teacher Reggie Ray and his wife and co-teacher Caroline Pfohl have safely arrived in the U.K. before their three weeks of teaching here. Happy Dharma Days!
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mindsprings Jun 1
"By standing for justice, you must be disobedient" LaDonna Brave Bull Allard. This is a thought-provoking celebration of the power of mindful disobeidence.
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mindsprings May 30
NEW COURSE: So happy to announce the first Mindsprings weekend in Edinburgh! On the 24/25th November 2018, Alistair will be teaching the Meditative Approach to Anxiety at Samye Dzong Edinburgh.
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mindsprings May 26
NEW PODCAST: The final part of Alistair's 2017 lecture on psychotherapy and meditation. In it he explores the wonderful cross-pollination that can happen when these two things collide but also outlines some of the best practice around using them...
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mindsprings May 25
UNCOMFORTABLE QUOTES #4: angel Kyodo Williams “White culture affected — for example, the focus on meditation. This, in fact, is not the primary practice for most of the world’s Buddhists. It's a non-relational way of developing community....
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mindsprings May 23
Just found this video from BBC Scotland on my favourite island. If you feel inspired...
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mindsprings May 21
Replying to @pattizonit
Thank you and Happy Birthday Gremlin-Hunter-in-Chief!
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mindsprings May 21
GOOD NEWS: there’s still some places left for Reggie’s day of teaching in London in Saturday 2nd June. If you weren’t able to get on the Somerset retreat - this is a chance to see him and Caroline in the U.K. (link: )
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mindsprings May 20
NEW PODCAST:part 2 of Alistair's Dublin lecture on Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy. It explores the 2,500 year-old story of Buddhist 'therapy' and again looks at the 'outliers' that have been dissociated by the current fashion for mindfulness...
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mindsprings May 19
NEW BLOG: With a triple shudder, I realise I'm living in God Realm and I've got all the information about the other 7 billion people on the planet completely wrong...
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mindsprings May 18
UNCOMFORTABLE QUOTES #3: MLK on poor thinking: “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think…”
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mindsprings May 16
NEW PODCASTNEW PODCAST: This is part one from Alistair's 207 talk in Dublin 2017 on the tangled skein of psychotherapy and Buddhism. This first part looks at the 'lineage' of therapy highlighting the figures have been 'airbrushed' out of the story...
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mindsprings May 12
HOLY ISLAND VIDEO: This is a classic. Beautiful video clips I filmed one Autumn up on the Island with music by Lama Gyurme and Jean-Philippe Rykiel “Rain of Blessings: Offering Chant”
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