The Inner Geography of the Spine

This is a transcription from a live teaching session with a question from a student about physical pain and the energy spine. You’re very welcome to join these 3x a week live sessions and participate in the meditation instruction and the discussions afterwards. They’re great… You can try out the re- and discharging the spine […]

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The Asymmetric Self

Alistair Appleton Mindsprings The Asymmetric Self

There’s a question that comes up often in the Mindsprings meditation sessions: “When I am sitting or lying doing these body-based practices, I often notice that one side of my body is completely off-line or dull compared to the other one. Is this normal?”Judging by the number of times the asymmetric self arises, I would say […]

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On being ill

Mindsprings On being ill with a chronic complaint

I have a chronic complaint – nothing too serious – that comes back time and time again through my life. When I feel it coming on, I have in the past descended into a depressed state because it feels so unfair. The symptoms are mild. Irritating more than anything else. But they linger and they […]

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The power of the spine/ 3: Feeding the spine

But how do you feed a spine? When I noticed with horror – and not a little bit of shame –  that my spine was so chronically starved of energetic food. I was fortunate enough to be at the beginning of a wonderful Buddhist retreat with the teacher Rob Preece and his wife Anna.  They are extremely good […]

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The power of the spine/ 2: The desiccated spine.

The Spine - Mindsprings

I needed to replenish my beautiful spine from top to bottom if I was going to be meaningful in this world. We can look to the line of the spine for a more realistic report of our aliveness. But it doesn’t mean we won’t be shocked by what we find. I’ve just been on a […]

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The power of the spine/ 1: Hide-and-seek with the self.

Mindsprings The Spine 1

For a couple of weeks at the end of November 2020, I’ve been looking with the on-line community at the exhaustion and depletion many of us are feeling along the line of the spine. This is the energetic core of the self and it’s frightening to see how under-resourced it can be. The following are […]

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Trudy Morrison Interview with Alistair in ‘Yoga Scotland’ Magazine, September 2019

This is an interview with Alistair in the September 2019 Issue of “Yoga Scotland Magazine” by Trudy Morrison. Thanks to Trudy for her permission to reproduce it here.  from ashtanga to ayahuasca, the passionless quest of alistair appleton by trudy morrison I live in a small, dark cottage in the middle of nowhere. The only […]

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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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