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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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mindsprings Feb 15
QUOTE: Reggie is obsessed with with work of the English Romantic poets, especially Wordsworth. I put up a favourite episode from Wordsworth's autobiographical poem, "The Prelude"...
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mindsprings Feb 13
NEW BLOG: Alistair Appleton starts his report from his 2019 retreat with a description of Winter on the Island and how he meditated in a blizzard...
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mindsprings Feb 8
NEW BLOG: "Ben the Protector Dog" - Alistair and his husband have a new puppy - a very big one. And he acts like a Tibetan Protector disrupting ego and letting Life with a big L in...
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mindsprings Feb 5
NEW BLOG: On the first day of the Tibetan New Year, Alistair meditates in the garden with his dog and vows to cut himself more slack...
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mindsprings Jan 31
I'm so sad to share the death this Monday of the incomparable Jane Lash. Many Holy Island retreatants - if they were lucky - will know this incorrigibly wonderful Canadian octogenarian. She was a jewel of a woman. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.
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mindsprings Jan 30
Just released a few more tickets for the free talk in Cardiff on Friday 8th March, "Can Buddhists Have a Self?" It's free but there's a collection for the Cardiff Samye Dzong...
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mindsprings Jan 28
NEW PODCAST: "Meditating is Growing Up and Not Growing Up is Donald Trump" Meditation helps us grow up and take on the full remit of being human. Something we all - including the POTUS - have to work at.
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mindsprings Jan 21
NEW PODCAST: "The Ego is Not A Problem (Except the Fifth Bit...)" Alistair Appleton reveals that much of what we think about the 'ego' being a problem is wrong. Just one aspect of it is a problem... Taken from the Summer 2018 Retreat on Holy Island.
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mindsprings Jan 13
NEW PODCAST: "Surviving Families and Relationships, Somatically" During a discussion in 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.
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mindsprings Jan 9
FREE TALK in EDINBURGH: "The Body is a Buddhafield not a Battlefield". At 7.30pm on Friday 15th February to raise money for the Salisbury Centre. All welcome. It's free - and more on the subject here...
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mindsprings Jan 6
NEW PODCAST: 'Our Addiction to Busy-ness'. 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.
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mindsprings Jan 5
NEW PODCAST: 'Our Addiction to Busy-ness'. 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.
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mindsprings Jan 4
NEW COURSE: In November of this year, following his retreat on the subject on Holy Island, Alistair is teaching in London on 'maitri' or the somatic practice of self-acceptance.
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mindsprings Dec 22
Happy Christmas Everyone. The dogs know... [Maria Scrivan]
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mindsprings Dec 16
BLOG: "Surviving Family Christmas" - Alistair revisits some thoughts on how family dynamics come to the fore at festive times - and they don't need to paralyse us. Maybe there's a way to do something different - or at the very least to be kind...
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mindsprings Dec 15
NEW PODCAST: 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.
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mindsprings Dec 15
SMELLING SALTS #5: "When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. " HENRY THOREAU
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mindsprings Dec 14
NEW COURSE: This Autumn Alistair is bringing his anxiety and panic workshop to London. For more than 6 years, he has been working with and researching this topic. This weekend gives us effective tools for reducing anxiety, and surviving panic and fear.
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mindsprings Dec 9
NEW COURSE: Alistair is sharing his knowledge of 'tapping' this June. Energy psychologies like AIT, EFT and EMDR are used in therapy to untie the knots of trauma. How can we use them in our personal meditation to clear the path to peace and liberation?
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mindsprings Dec 9
NEW PODCAST: 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.
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