Podcasts

The Body as a Battlefield

Part 2 of 5: In the second part of his Edinburgh talk, Alistair runs through the history of our relationship with the body from early hunter-gathers to the Instagram age.

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What Turns Us Against Our Bodies?

Part one of five: Alistair gave a talk in Edinburgh in February entitled “The Body is A Buddhafield, Not a Battlefield”. In this first part he asks the question: ‘What turns us against our bodies?’

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Earth Descent

Content of Guided Meditation Earth Descent

Alistair leads you in a 30′ guided meditation exploring the somatic tool of the ‘Earth Descent’. The practice is done lying on your back, comfortably, with your hands on your belly and feet flat on the floor, knees together. [Excerpted from the Edinburgh Introduction to Embodied Meditation Weekend in February 2019]

What you’ll hear

  • relaxation of the whole body and brief PVT
  • using the breath to open the awareness downwards
  • softening the ‘back margin’ of the body
  • dropping down awareness into space of the “Earth” below
  • dropping deeper and deeper 
  • breathing up the qualities of the Earth-Space into the physical body

If you want to experience more of this

Check out Alistair’s Introduction to Somatic Meditation at Spa Road in London May 2018. 

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Polyvagal Tuning

Content of Guided Meditation Polyvagal Tuning

Alistair leads you in a 25′ guided meditation exploring the somatic tool of the ‘polyvagal tuning’. The practice is done lying on your back, comfortably, with your hands on your belly and feet flat on the floor, knees together. [Excerpted from the Edinburgh Introduction to Embodied Meditation in February 2019]

What you’ll hear

  • Some relaxing ‘vagal breathing’
  • relaxing the whole body
  • letting go of the ‘fight response’ in the arms, shoulders, jaw
  • letting go of the ‘flight response’ in the pelvis, thighs, feet
  • unfreezing the torso
  • warming up the pro-social system
  • toning the whole body with an “A-U-M”

If you want to experience more of this

Check out Alistair’s Introduction to Somatic Meditation at the Sanctuary, Dublin in September 2019.  

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Meditation is Growing Up and Not Growing Up is Donald Trump

A student at the 2018 Summer Retreat asked if meditation can be guaranteed to make you calmer, more self-confident and stronger. His answer was an emphatic “No”. Meditation helps us grow up and take on the full remit of being human. Something we all – including the POTUS – have to work at.

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The Ego is Not A Problem (Except the Fifth Bit…)

Alistair Appleton reveals that much of what we think about the ‘ego’ being a problem is wrong. Much of the ego is not a problem – just one aspect of it… Taken from the Summer 2018 Retreat on Holy Island. To find out about 2019’s retreat look here: mind-springs.org/courses/summer-m…y-is-the-ground/

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Crappy Thoughts are a Result of Bodily Tension

Exploring the interface of neurobiology and meditation, Alistair explores some of the ‘koans of the soma’, the nuts and bolts of our human bodies and how they effect our being.
This is an extract from the 2018 Summer Retreat on Holy Island. To book for this summer’s retreat, click here: mind-springs.org/courses/summer-m…y-is-the-ground/

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Our Addiction to Busy-ness

In his opening comments to the 2018 “Being Still, Still Being” retreat Alistair outlines the neurobiological underpinnings of our obsessive busy-ness and how we need to work with that not against it.
The Summer Retreat on Holy Island, suitable for all levels, is open for booking here.

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Sitting as a Tool For Not Exiting Life

Most of us exist in a frenzied haze of continual distraction from our real experience of life. The traditional posture of sitting meditation creates a framework that makes the distraction fade out, and life appear.

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