Submitted by alistairappleton on Thu, 27/10/2016 - 7:57am.
The defining emphasis of samadhi is on dropping down into space. Practice here is relentless and repetitive from the ego’s point of view but refreshing and delicious from the point of view of real life.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Tue, 25/10/2016 - 8:22pm.
Energetically, the lower belly is the arising-point of this fundamental space of life. This is where we train our awareness to drop into. It’s a much more healthy and intelligent place to rest your guiding awareness day-to-day.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Tue, 25/10/2016 - 8:43am.
This is not mindfulness practice which encourages a wide field of awareness and a growing comprehension of all the phenomena that unfold with in it. Nor is it visualisation that tries to change mind-states through thinking.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Mon, 24/10/2016 - 12:19pm.
The other day over lunch, Sussex acquaintance of mine - a “shooting, hunting’n’riding” type - was pointing out to me how his hippy and Reiki master brother wouldn’t do anything to help him if he were in trouble whereas the cantankerous, old farmer he hunted with would go out of his way to help
Isobel's take on the Drawing on Mindfulness retreat
Submitted by duttonisobel on Tue, 06/09/2016 - 12:07pm.
I’ve been thinking about writing this blog all week, to be honest writing isn’t my thing. I tend to overthink it and end up with a rather clunky interpretation of my thoughts. The retreat I co-taught with Alistair was an amazing experience, a hard to describe mix of meditation and art.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Tue, 30/08/2016 - 4:26pm.
There was a lovely moment this Sunday morning where I was sitting in a room full of art - paintings hanging from the rafters, portraits stacked up against the wall, charcoal sketches on the floor - and looking around at the 15 people who had been working for the previous four days to make it.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 12:29pm.
"Surrender also means acknowledging the raw, rugged, clumsy, and shocking qualities of one's ego, acknowledging them and surrendering them as well. Generally, we find it very difficult to give out and surrender our raw and rugged qualities of ego.