Mindsprings is not a specifically Buddhist organisation but I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the paramount debt we have to the Buddhist tradition in our work. Mindfulness, in its modern manifestation, is a direct descendent of the practice carried out by the Buddha 2556 years ago.

The Buddha met a woman whose life was made miserable by her compulsive miserliness.
He gave her a carrot and taught her to give it from her left hand to her right and back again.
In this way she became familiar with generosity.

A keen monks asks the master:
"How long will it take me to get enlightened?"
"Oh, ten years", says the Master.
"But what if I study twice as hard, meditate twice as long? How long then?"asks the student.
"Twenty years", answers the Master.

The Eight Week Course is coming.

This was a public lecture Alistair gave to the Norwich Interfaith at the Octogon Chapel, 21st November 2012 on the subject of sexuality and spirituality.

In the current climate of wrong-headed intolerance and muddled debate over gay marriage, I'm really excited to be launching a course in 2013 aimed at LGBT men and women who might benefit from bringing a mindful perspective to the muddy waters of gay mental health.

i was sitting on the edge of the garden, watching the clouds darken then lighten then darken
and across the sky i saw words spelling out anxiety
the soil become foreign. distant below my feet
i drifted away from the smell of the approaching rain and rotting leaves

I often dream about falling. Such dreams are commonplace to the ambitious or those who climb mountains. Lately I dreamed I was clutching at the face of a rock, but it would not hold.