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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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Addiction to suffering

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In this recorded teaching session, Alistair discusses suffering and pain. We are conditioned to believe that we should be suffering but the best way to end the struggle is to remove the ‘me’.

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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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