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A Meditative Approach to Anxiety in Edinburgh

November 24, 2018 - November 25, 2018

£50 – £90

What this course is about

This November we’re exploring the meditative approach to anxiety in Edinburgh.

Anxiety is a ubiquitous human experience. And part of the reason it’s so problematic is that we demonise it and don’t know what to do with it. It helps if we understand how anxiety works in our bodies and develop embodied tools to tolerate it. And embodied meditation gives us exactly that framework. We can learn to have a different relationship with anxiety. 

The teacher

Alistair Appleton is a qualified, UKCP accredited psychotherapist with more than 5 years clinical practice. Working with anxiety in all its form is an area of special interest. He’s also been practising meditation in the Buddhist tradition for more than 18 years and for the last 5 years has been studying with the esteemed Western teacher Reginald Ray.

Reggie’s emphasis on the embodied elements of meditation offered  Alistair a bridge between the therapeutic understanding of anxiety in the body and the meditative space. This weekend offers this meditative approach to anxiety in Edinburgh. It is not a Dharma Ocean course. 

The structure of the course 

Over the course of the weekend we will look at: 

  • the difference between anxiety and fear
  • the neurobiology of the human fear response and why it’s healthy
  • the difference between fear of danger and the fear of abandonment
  • the emergency ‘tool kit’ for dealing with anxious feelings of overwhelm
  • lying down practices for grounding our body and feeling safe
  • sitting up practices to open the ‘window of tolerance’ 
  • practical steps for changing our relationship to anxiety

How to book the Meditative Approach to Anxiety in Edinburgh

Mindsprings courses are a mix of teaching, experience and discussion. It’s a friendly group of 20-25 people with plenty of time to practice, discuss and troubleshoot. By the end of the weekend we will have a useful tool box of practices to work with anxiety in an embodied way. 

The course cost £90 and there is a concessionary rate of £50. This rate is for students, the unemployed and those are unable to pay for the course through financial hardship. Those who pay the full price subsidise these less expensive tickets. Please use your discretion when booking. 


November 24, 2018
November 25, 2018
£50 – £90
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Edinburgh Samye Dzong
Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, 25 Bernard Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6SH United Kingdom
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0131 225 8359


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