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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 Sep 5
NEW BLOG: Alistair realises - via a cartoon - that he's spent 40 years looking in all the wrong places...
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mindsprings Sep 1
SEPTEMBER LONDON WEEKEND: "Sitting With Emotions" - Alistair is back from Colorado and kicking off the Autumn season with a 2-day course looking at how we work with emotions. Using somatic meditation we can tap into the huge power of our emotional life.
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mindsprings Aug 31
NEW BLOG: Working with Emotions using Meditation. We are fundamentally emotional creatures. Emotions predate thoughts by several hundred millennia. And yet most of us suck at living with our emotions.
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mindsprings Aug 17
If you're in or near Newhaven and feel inspired to volunteer for the BirdBath project - there are some slots that still need 'guardians'....
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mindsprings Aug 17
My friend Alice and I have created a beautiful installation in our local church. St Michael's Newhaven will be filled with field recordings of birds for the next week, starting this Saturday (18th) at 10.30am. Feel free to pop by if you're in E. Sussex:
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mindsprings Jul 21
So I'm about to head off to the Rockies for three week's intensive practice with Reggie and the Dharma Ocean sangha. Mindsprings will be taking a break while I'm away. But I thought it might be good to say a few things about this mysterious Reggie...
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mindsprings Jul 16
NEW BLOG: We often look to meditation to make us comfortable but increasingly I'm realising that comfort may be the enemy of life. This is apparently true as I learn to live with husband-to-be...
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mindsprings Jul 14
NEW BLOG: Watching the England-Croatia semi final, I was moved by the suffering of one of my colleagues who loved his football so much... It made me wonder about that particular form of suffering and whether Buddhists encounter it too....
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mindsprings Jul 13
UNCOMFORTABLE QUOTES #8: "The longing for order is at the same time a longing for death, because life is an incessant disruption of order." Milan Kundera
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mindsprings Jul 11
In the scorching Summer heat - here's a quick update of Mindsprings news and upcoming events... It's too hot to type so much! Hope you're keeping cool...
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mindsprings Jun 29
NEW BLOG: Following our 10-days in Croydon with Reggie and before Mindsprings Holy Island retreat, I share a few thoughts about the nature of pain and why it really, really matters...
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mindsprings Jun 27
FREE EVENT: This for Sussex folks. Early on August Bank Holiday Sunday, Alistair's leading a free meditation workshop on the chalky uplands at Newhaven. 26th August, 8am at Newhaven Fort carpark. Deets here:
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mindsprings Jun 23
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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