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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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Cultural addiction to suffering

In this recorded teaching, following a question from Jane one of the Mindsprings students, Alistair speaks to the prevailing Abrahamic sense that we, as humans, are meant to suffer in this life. And contrasts it to the tantric belief that life is bliss.

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Thoughts as Jelly

In this short Q&A Alistair answers a student who is worried that her thoughts are all messy, hazy and unfocused. He says he rarely thinks in fully-formed sentences usually his thoughts are smeary swishy and jelly-like.

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Thoughts and thinking (Vitakka-Vicara)

In this recorded teaching, As part of our series on Thoughts and Thinking, Alistair explores the Buddhist teaching of the seed thought (vitakka) and proliferating thinking (vicara).

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The truth about Worrying

In this recorded teaching, Alistair responds to a question about worrying. Is worrying positive for the person that you’re worried about? He suggests there’s a lot of ‘self’ in worrying but does that help?

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Freud

In this recorded teaching, in answer to Tamsyn’s frustration with Freud, Alistair launches into an exploration of why Freud was ahead of his time; the ego and superego, free energy principle and the flaw in attachment theory. He suggests Freud was right and current neuroscientific thinking would agree.

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Guided practice – Energy Workout

A ten-minute energy workout to start your day. With or without a dog!

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Guided practice: Complete 3 objects

In this recorded meditation Alistair guides us through the core practice of shamata-vipassana meditation. Using three objects of awareness to train ourselves to know our own mind’s working and open space inwards. 50′ lying and sitting.

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