My Anxious Life

In an excerpt from ‘Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety’, Alistair’s explains his journey with anxiety and his inspiration in creating the online course. He explains what caused his frightening insomnia symptoms, night-time terrors, low energy and stress. Why at aged 40, he found he was living a life riddled with horrible fear and panic attacks. […]

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Grief and Love

Jane asked about how to receive love from someone who you’ve also lost. That is to say if you remember them as loving you but also have to remember how they died suddenly or violently, how do we stop that trauma and grief interrupting the in-flow of love? Alistair answers. Join Alistairs live lessons at […]

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Ram Dass and the love from outside

We had been practising receiving love into our heart-centre and, after practice, Dameon asked if this was also the way to generate love for oneself. Which led Alistair to ponder whether the ego is ever able to generate true love. Or whether we need an external agent, like a guru or spiritual being to show […]

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Love and Anti-love

Alistair introduces Love and Anti-love practices to the Mindsprings meditation class. Many of us think we don’t deserve love and have forces within us that push love away. The forces of anti-love are our habits of mind and our controlling ego’s that can shut down our ability to feel love. We have to relax the […]

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The negative news industry

Responding to a student’s comment on the distractions of the news media, Alistair speaks about the nature of news as an industry and the myth of ‘being informed’ that drives it. What if we were to question the mechanism of news and what it means for us? If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: […]

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Don’t fix Tallulah!

In this recorded teaching, Jane spoke about her confusion around “awareness being aware of itself”. Which is a difficult but potent step in practice. But Alistair went on to discuss the “emotional body” as a meditational analogue to Philip Pullman’s brilliant creation of the ‘daemon’. Holding this playful idea of your emotional body with a […]

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Awareness, the full-time feast

Following a question from Ailsa in Australia, Alistair recaps in a very succinct and digestible way the teaching around awareness. Some housekeeping about the language we use and why awareness of awareness is considered the ultimate gateway experience for Buddhist meditators. What’s your awareness of awareness? If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You […]

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The rings of Saturn

Veronique spoke of her love of both meditation and science in a Mindsprings meditation class. While we were talking about neuroscience generally, she pointed out that much of her mind was wrapped up in fear and survival tactics. Alistair spoke about how we can navigate this better with a wide-open awareness of the space of […]

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Underland & the Earth

In this recorded teaching, Alistair is chatting with a student, Zana about the impact of the Earth meditation that we had just finished. Alistair speaks about Robert Macfarlane’s book ‘Underland’ and the physical dimension of space below us. An imagined awareness of that depth and magical space can allow us to access a real sense […]

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What do we mean when we say ‘Mind’?

Jane spoke about the dialogue in her mind between a part that was trying something different and another part that was objecting to that change. Alistair picked this up and spoke about the confusion that reigns in meditation circles when people talk about the mind. Is the thinking-mind that is meant? or rather the Mind […]

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