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Tales from Holy Island

What you’ll hear

This is an excerpt from the 2017 “Being Earthed” Holy Island Retreat led by Fay Adams and Alistair Appleton. In it, Fay and Alistair share personal stories about the power of the island. And Fay reads the words of Tai Situpa about the geomancy of Holy Isle

Experience the magic of the Island yourself

If you’d like to visit the Island and experience a Mindsprings retreat yourself then why not take the leap and book on to one of our two retreats there this year. 

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Greying Out the World – 2: Freud-Oedipus vs. Janet-Osiris

This is Part 2 of Alistair 2018 talk on dissociation from Scarborough. Here he starts to discuss the fascinating cover-up of the work of Pierre Janet in the “lineage of psychotherapy” and how the myths of Osiris and Oedipus cast further light on the power of dissociation…

 

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Guided Meditation: Three Levels of Breath

Content of Guided Meditation Three Levels of Breath

Alistair leads you in a 25′ guided meditation exploring the somatic tool of the ‘three levels of breath’. 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 Scarborough “Tender is the Heart” course in March 2018]

What you’ll hear

  • intro and brief ‘polyvagal tuning’
  • exploration of the physical breath (outer)
  • experience of the energetic breath (inner)
  • the subtle or secret breath of awareness
  • the lower belly as a special area of awareness
  • lower-belly breathing to purify and clear this space

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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Greying Out the World: 1: La-la-la-ing my life away…

This is part one of a talk Alistair gave in Scarborough on 23 March 2018 at the Samye Dzong at Londesborough Lodge. It’s a light-hearted exploration of the human defence of dissociation, a subject close to Alistair’s heart…

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“We’ll all go together when we go”: the terrific reminder of our deaths

An excerpt from the February 2018 “Time Terror” course at Spa Road in London.
Alistair is unpacking the second of the Four Reminders, Tibetan Buddhist texts to bring us back to life.

The 2nd Reminder runs: Remembering that death is real and comes without warning, / Recalling that this body will become a corpse,/ Knowing that my chance to practice dharma is brief,/ I undertake this practice.

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“Is Meditation Enough?” : Cardiff Public Talk, February 2018

This is a talk by Alistair Appleton given in Cardiff on 23rd February 2018 on the subject ‘Is Meditation Enough?’ – it’s a wide ranging and relaxed introduction to Alistair’s stance on the role of meditation in contemporary life… Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy Alistair in full, off-the-cuff flow….

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