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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 with a capital M? And what is the difference?

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The karma of staying put

Introducing the mantra-shamata meditation, Alistair recaps the important use of this practice. It helps us stay present to the present moment assemblage of phenomena and gives us a precious window of intentional input that can lead to positive patterns (bright karma).

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Alistair Answers: Is meditation religious?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating.

Alistair answers questions he gets asked regularly. Question number Five: Is meditation religious? No, he explains, meditation isn’t a religious practice. Anyone can meditate. It’s a way to put mind and body together and look inside.

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Alistair Answers: How can I slow down?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating.

Number four – I’m too restless. How can I slow down?

We live in a world that drives us insane with its busyness; it can be exhausting. But everyone comes to meditating feeling something – grumpy, tired, happy, stressed. Alistair explains the point of meditation is not to make yourself feel different, just to notice how you are feeling.

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Alistair Answers: How much time does meditation take?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating.

Question No3 – I’m busy, how much time does meditation take?

Meditation is not an instant fix, Alistair explains. You do need to dedicate 20 or 30 minutes each day to practice. It can take a long time, months or years to feel the full benefit of a spacious mind that comes from regular meditation. But try it, even for one week, he thinks you’ll be inspired to continue.

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Alistair Answers: Am I doing it right?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating.

Question No2 – How do I know if I’m doing it right? Alistair explains why there is no right or wrong in meditating and he gives us an easy tip to feel if meditating is working.

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Alistair Answers: Too much thinking

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating.

Number one – Too much thinking. My head is so full of thoughts, how could I ever control them?

This is the question he is asked the most often. People describe themselves as having too many thoughts. Thoughts that race at 100 miles an hour and are impossible to control. Alistair says lots of thoughts are a great reason to start meditating. The more we turn our awareness inside, our thoughts and emotions become easier to manage. 

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The value of practice – Is meditation in the real world better than meditation at home?

Is meditation another thing you do or is it part of your everyday life? From the car park of M25 Services at Cobham, whilst away filming for Escape to the Country, Alistair answers Jane’s question about the benefit of formal practice vs. everyday practice.

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On being ill

How do you react when your body is ill?
Teaching while recovering from illness, Alistair talks about a different way of being. He discusses the strange almost mystical intensity that comes when we really stay with our experience of illness.

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Mantra is Mental Air Freshener

In this short video, Alistair is teaching from his car while on location filming for Escape to the Country. He explains to a student that repeating a Mantra can be a useful tool of the mind, like a mental air freshener. Using a mantra to paper over legitimate emotions can be problematic. But filling your mind with a beautiful mantra rather than ugly thoughts means the mind becomes less polluted and the heart will naturally brighten.

What is your favourite mantra?

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