Podcasts

The Negative News Industry

What you’ll hear

The negative news industry.

Responding to a student’s comment on the distractions of the news media, Alistair speaks about the nature of news as an industry and the myth of ‘being informed’ that drives it.

What if we were to question the mechanism of news and what it means for us?

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The eight consciousnesses & the 45th

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Jane asked: “Is awareness the same as consciousness? And how do you deal with someone with a lot of shame or someone with no shame, like Donald Trump?”
Alistair discusses how the definitions of awareness and consciousness are different in Buddhism and Psychotherapy and where the notions of self crossover. He explains the Buddhist view of there being 8 consciousnesses and how these are different from awareness.
What do you think the difference is between consciousness and awareness?

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Thoughts are like toothpaste

What you’ll hear

In this podcast, Alistair, (after being interrupted by Ben the dog 😀) discusses distractions with the Mindsprings students. He says tension is the motor of distraction. The tenser you make the mind the more thoughts and thinking arise. Just as the more you squeeze the bottom of the toothpaste the faster it comes out of the top.

Do you get distracted by thoughts when meditating?

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The Infernal Waltz

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Alistair chats with Mindsprings students about the three things that dance the waltz of Samsara – Delusion, Wanting & Hatred 

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Is the word ‘self’ meaningless?

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From a Mindsprings meditation Zoom class discussion. Buddhists take aim at the fixed nature of our sense of selves. They believe suffering is caused when we try to keep ourselves in a fixed state. Alistair says at Mindsprings we are exploring if there really is an unchanging person within us, a ‘self.’ Perhaps we will find out the Buddhists are wrong.

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Don’t look for chocolate at the ironmongers

What you’ll hear

Alistair discusses lasting happiness following a question from Jane, a Mindsprings student. We have to look in the right place for bliss. Blissful happiness is in the field of awareness, not in our emotional bodies.

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The truth about worrying

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Are you a worrier?
In this Podcast recorded from a Mindsprings meditation lesson, Alistair busts the myths around worrying.

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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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