Mindsprings TV: The Sea! The Sea!

The second offering from Mindsprings TV is about the sea. Here in England we are a sea-fringed nation, constantly relating to the wide water that surrounds us. That’s not the same the world over. Although I have grown up with the sea a constant feature in my world, there are spiritual traditions where the sea […]

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Mindsprings TV: “Sit the Downs”

    It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally combined my broadcasting skills with Mindsprings.  A 70 mile long snake of British chalky downland As part of the Newhaven festival I mentioned in my last post, I also ran a repeat of my “Sit the Downs” session from last year.  Twenty of us […]

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Sit the Bay

One of the glorious things about being a meditation teacher is that you get asked to teach it in the most unusual places.  It’s the Newhaven Arts festival at the moment in my beloved Newhaven.  And the wonderful organiser Rhoda, who is the galvanic force that propels most things round here, asked me to repeat […]

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Busy-ness: It’s a Manager Thing

Busy-ness comes from old managers from the past

The Summer busy-ness is getting amplified I’ve been away. Or rather I’ve been away from my computer. And therefore away from this. But I have been doing good nourishing things, so I hope that I come back a little warmer, wiser, with some things to say.  Traditionally (and by that I mean for the last […]

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Is Tapping anti-Buddhist?

 In the early summer, I ran a course at the Spa Road Buddhist Centre in Bermondsey, London on the subject of tapping and meditation. It was the first time I had taught on these two subjects together, despite having practised and taught meditation for a couple of decades and used tapping in my personal life […]

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The Ego is Just a Phase…

[This is a second excerpt from the recent ‘Tender Heart’ Scarborough Retreat held in March 2019. The first is here.  This is a transcript from day 3 looking at the ego phase we all need to grow through… Alistair has just been talking about how when things feel ‘too much’ in meditation we lurch towards […]

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Tapping and Meditation: Coming Out as a Practitioner of Both

statue with tapping marks on face and torso

Tapping and meditation are my guilty secret There’s a thing that I have been keeping quiet about and I’m not sure why.  Many years ago, when I was finishing five years of therapy with my wonderful therapist, Ruthie, she looked at me and said: “You realise that we’ve been working together all these years and […]

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From the Scarborough Retreat

looking down Scarborough Promendade towards the castle and across the bay

[This is an excerpt from the recent ‘Tender Heart’ Scarborough Retreat held in March 2019.] Q: You mentioned the  Earth being already enlightened and that it was the Earth that made us enlightened, not our own efforts, Can you elaborate on that? A: The truth is that the thinking mind, the ego, can’t get anywhere […]

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Alistair Appleton LGBT video: Survival of the Gentlest

Alistair Appleton LGBT video Survival of the Gentlest A few people have mentioned this YouTube clip of me giving a ‘sermon’ at the wonderful Brighton Metropolitan Community Church a few years back. So I thought I’d post it here since I didn’t put it up here the first time around!    

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From Retreat 2019: Winter on the Island

Friends whispered that Winter on the Island was the most magical  I’ve been going to Holy Island for almost two decades – sometimes twice or three times a year. But until this January I had never been there in the Winter.  Most of the Mindsprings retreats take place in the Summer and Autumn when vivid-green […]

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