RIP Jak Panksepp (1943-2017)

In memory of the great affective neuroscientist Jak Panksepp who died 2 weeks ago, I've extracted a short explanation of his brilliant work on our human emotions and how we understand them so much better by seeing their mammalian roots.

...and the Radical Exit Strategy

This is an extract from the 6-week compassion course that I taught in Brighton in early months of 2017, looking at the demanding 'next step' of compassion practice.'s about making friends.

This is Part 2 of 2 from a talk I gave in Norwich back in 2012, looking at the alternative spiritual view on sexuality and sex. The Tibetan shamanic traditions and the Tantric deities give a different take on how to be sexual and spiritual.

rather than celebrate it?

This is Part 1 of 2 from a talk Alistair gave in 2012 exploring the nature of religious attitudes to sexuality. It touches on some of the archetypes of the Old Man and Mother that prevent sex becoming central and explores the alternative notion of exuberance as a way of framing sex.

... why do we resist?

This is an excerpt from the Mindsprings Holy Island retreat in October 2016. The theme of the retreat was Samadhi and here Alistair talks about our resistance to meditation...alongside his rather dramatic experiences up in the icy snows of Colorado on retreat last year.