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Dealing with toxic relationships

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Alistair discusses toxic relationships and how to empower yourself to change things.

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Managers, firefighters and exiles

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We’re not made up of one coherent self, Alistair explains, but instead, there are different parts of us at play or at war. When our internal managers, firefighters and exiles are fighting we suffer. Loving our different parts is a route to finding inner peace.

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Real-life Maitri

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Alistair discusses Maitri with his students. Maitri meditation is kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. He says it starts with recognising the knarly patterns within ourselves that get in the way of loving other people.

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Looking for blessings in the right place

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Alistair remembers his mother saying ‘People who ask don’t get.’ Yet, he says, in Tibetan traditions asking for blessings is an act of devotion. This discussion with students centres on the differences between western attitudes and religion where prayer and asking are supreme spiritual activities.
Can you ask for help or are you afraid of asking?

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The Genesis of Parts

Alistair talks about Internal Family Systems. The different parts inside us, identified by therapist Richard C Schwartz. We all have parts playing out an internal role, some are vulnerable, whereas other parts of us are protectors or managers. Learning to recognise these parts and understanding how they interact is key to understanding ourselves.
After listening, do you recognise any internal systems within yourself?

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On being a punchbag

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How do you react when someone hurts you?
In this recorded teaching, Alistair says it’s not ok to be a punchbag. A healthier way is to acknowledge our pain and then try to understand where it is coming from in the other person.

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Being OK with the not OK

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It’s easy to be compassionate with yourself when you’re feeling OK but we are often very mean to ourselves. In this recorded teaching, Alistair says the essence of self-compassion is being OK with whatever our experience is. Even if that experience is crazy-nuts.

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Oiling the Cogs with Love

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We don’t meditate to become good meditators. We meditate to become kind human beings. In this recorded lesson, Alistair discusses steadying the mind and the benefits of different mediation teachings.

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We don’t meditate to become good meditators. We meditate to become kind human beings. In this recorded lesson, Alistair discusses the benefits of meditation with his students.

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Thoughts ride the Windhorse

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From a recorded lesson: Alistair discusses thoughts and thinking with students. It is not thoughts that make us unhappy. Thoughts come and go but it is unconscious thinking, ego thoughts that cause suffering to arise. Soothing our minds soothes our thoughts. If the body is unified our thoughts ride the Windhorse of the bodys energy.

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Bulldozed by thoughts

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In answer to a students question, Alistair discusses thoughts and feelings. Instead of being bulldozed by our thoughts, we can learn to dance with them. Gentle familiarisation of the inner landscape increases our wisdom and reduces suffering.

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