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December 2019

Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

December 14 - December 15
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£65 – £110 2 tickets left
Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies at Spa Road, London, 14-15 December 2019

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.  Effective…

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January 2020

Maitri Meditation and Internal Family Systems

January 11, 2020 - January 12, 2020
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 29 tickets left

What is maitri meditation?  Maitri meditation offers a really powerful and useful practice for understanding what makes us tick. It also gives us the means to love ourselves wisely. This weekend is drawing on Alistair Appleton's work as a therapist and his experience as a meditator in the Buddhist tradition.  Much of Buddhism is grounded on an exploration of love. The Tibetan teacher, Chögyam Trungpa calls appreciation of others "compassion". Appreciation of our selves is called "maitri". The one without…

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March 2020

Sitting with the Body – Somatic Seated Practice

March 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 27 tickets left

Sitting With the Body Meditation practice usually conjures up images of people bolt-upright in full-lotus with beatific smiles. For many of us coming to meditation as beginners, it's cramping legs, sore backs, busy minds, and needles-and-pins.  It's a shame that sitting meditation comes with all these ideas of stillness and perfect poise, because properly inhabited, the sitting body can be a space of enormous joy and fascination. By following the steps of somatic practice - starting with full relaxation and…

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May 2020

Tapping and Meditation in London

May 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 30 tickets left

Why tapping and meditation?  One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of "tapping" or - more formally - energy psychology (EP). Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. Alistair Appleton has found that combining tapping with meditation is particularly powerful. What is tapping? Since the 90s different therapists have been combining therapeutic practice with ancient wisdom from the East.…

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August 2020

The Somatic Path through Anxiety and Panic

August 29, 2020 - August 30, 2020
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 30 tickets left

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.  Effective…

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November 2020

Loving from the Open Field – Somatic Compassion

November 14, 2020 - November 15, 2020
London – Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Rd
London, SE16 3SA United Kingdom
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£60 – £120 30 tickets left

Somatic Compassion is effortless Many of us, especially Buddhist practitioners, feel that we need to work at being compassionate. Subtly or not a sense of effort and tension creeps into our loving. Shoulds and shouldn't start popping up.  Exploring the Buddhist path of compassion or 'awakening heart', Alistair Appleton reconnected to the effortless quality of truly embodied or 'somatic' loving. He draws on the teaching of Chögyam Trungpa who makes a distinction between 'maitri'  (appreciation of self) and 'karuna /compassion'…

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