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Yorkshire Compassion Retreat – Loving All Our Parts

Yorkshire Compassion Retreat. March 2020

Alistair is back for a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat Following last years Tender Heart retreat, Alistair is back to lead a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat at Londesborough Lodge in Scarborough. The focus of this retreat is “Loving All Our Parts” – the somatic meditation of ‘maitri’. This 4-day intensive practice course is designed to deepen […]

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Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies at Spa Road, London, 14-15 December 2019

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are […]

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Maitri: the Buddhist practice of self-acceptance

What is maitri?  The Buddhist conception of compassion is profound. On one level there is a strong drive to let go of ‘self’ and put others first. But, before we can truly do that we need profound self-acceptance. Otherwise we might waste our life-energy in self-hatred. Or worse still,  our ‘compassion’ will be eaten up […]

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Maitri: Holy Island Compassion Retreat 2019

compassion retreat on Holy Island Oct 2019

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat on Holy Island is again looking at the subject of compassion – focusing particularly on the experience of loving our complete Self. Taught by Alistair Appleton and  Kirsty Davidson. This retreat is a more intensive practice opportunity for experienced somatic practitioners. It allows us to go […]

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Busy-ness: It’s a Manager Thing

Busy-ness comes from old managers from the past

The Summer busy-ness is getting amplified I’ve been away. Or rather I’ve been away from my computer. And therefore away from this. But I have been doing good nourishing things, so I hope that I come back a little warmer, wiser, with some things to say.  Traditionally (and by that I mean for the last […]

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The Ego is Just a Phase…

[This is a second excerpt from the recent ‘Tender Heart’ Scarborough Retreat held in March 2019. The first is here.  This is a transcript from day 3 looking at the ego phase we all need to grow through… Alistair has just been talking about how when things feel ‘too much’ in meditation we lurch towards […]

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Leaving the Toddler Mind at the Porch of the Church

An art historian with a spooky and potentially kinky relationship I was just reading a lovely article by the New York composer Nico Muhly in the London Review of Books. He was describing his method of composition – which seems to involve a dizzying array of folders and layers and copies and projects which he […]

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THE BEATING HEART OF COMPASSION

Our annual Compassion retreat on Holy Island  This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion. Taught by Alistair Appletono with yoga taught by Kirsty Davidson. Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is called the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into […]

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Joys of a real Scottish meditation retreat

This summer (and again in October) Mindsprings is hosting our annual Scottish Meditation retreat on Holy Island. So I thought I’d take a moment to wax lyrical about this most special of places and most special of events.  It’s like a vast granite crystal. And the power of it throbs up through your feet when […]

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