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The Emperor’s old mind

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In this lively recorded teaching Alistair discusses how we can stay in love with our mind and be happy in the here and now.

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Panksepp’s Wheel

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In this Podcast, Alistair discusses Jaak Panksepp’s Wheel of emotions. Emotions, which pre-date thoughts aren’t bad or wrong but all animals share them. Panksepp identified seven primal emotional patterns, as well as negative emotions such as fear, sadness and anger there is also caring, lust, seeking and play.

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Selfing V Being – Too much self is like too much salt

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In this podcast, Alistair discusses Selfing V Being. It’s a bit like salt, a little bit for flavour but too much is bad and it spoils everything. Too much self gets in the way. When we limit ourselves to our idea of ourselves, we run into problems.

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Don’t talk about injured limbs

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Alistair discusses the Lojong slogans – Don’t talk about injured limbs, translates as don’t focus on other peoples wounds and defects. Don’t be judgemental.

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Yoga V Buddhism

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This recorded teaching is from a Mindsprings meditation lesson. Alistair discusses the differences between Yoga and Buddhism. He suggests that what the Buddha called poisoned food, the desire to improve oneself is in fact the main emphasis of Yoga.

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Freud

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From the Live Sessions in February 2021. Tamsyn mentioned her dislike of reading Freud during her therapy training, and Alistair jumped to his defence.

Was Freud right – is it all about sex?

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Illuminating Preferences

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Recorded teaching from the Mindsprings mediation school: Thoughts, feelings and unexamined beliefs become visible during the practice of the Four Fields. We become aware of all the clutter we have in our experience and the tragedy of spending years disassociating from life. Alistair explains to a student, having preferences is part of being human. It’s ok to feel bad and ok to prefer not to feel bad.

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The Ego is not (always) a problem

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In answer to a question from a student at The Practice Space, Alistair explains that having an ego is part of being human. Our sense of ourselves, our reality, rests on activity in certain parts of the brain. But identifying as only ego can be problematic. When the ego believes it is the only thing, we can become fixated, leading to self-absorption and paranoia.

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Automatic Arising Compassion

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It’s not the experience that’s the problem, we can’t control that. It’s the stance we have towards the experience that generates the suffering and negativity in our lives. In order to reach an openhearted space of awareness without preference, we need to be compassionate to ourselves first.
Alistair discusses compassion in this recorded teaching.

Do you treat yourself with compassion?

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Burning the creepy cocoon


Recorded teaching from Alistair: Many of us live our lives inside a well-oiled cocoon and run on autopilot like zombies. Others find the cocoon creepy and diseased and experience a calling to find out what is outside of it. Outside the cocoon, we can find a sense of aliveness and the fullness of life.

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