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  • Tuesday Meditation for Anxiety

    Hello! This Tuesday 6pm UK session is a chance to plug into the Mindsprings methods for soothing the nervous system and unpicking the mechanisms of anxiety. We'll be practicing body-based techniques, breathworks and energy psychology each week. There'll be clear instruction each session so anyone can join - even (or especially) complete beginners. We practice for about 30 minutes and then have some time to talk and discuss what's going on. Many people find sharing their anxiety a great boon. Come along and finally do something about your shredded nerves.

  • Thursday Meditation

    Hello! This Thursday 7am UK session offers anyone a chance to experience some Buddhist-flavoured practice. It's ideal for people who are interested in Buddhism but don't know all the jargon. And it's a chance for the Mindsprings community to anchor their dharma practice. There'll be clear instruction each session so anyone can join - even (or especially) complete beginners. We practice for about 30 minutes and then have some time to talk and discuss what's going on. I'll use the last portion of the session to chat about some of the Buddhist ideas and clarify any questions people have.

  • Monday Meditation

    Hi everyone! Make a date to practice with the Mindsprings gang every Monday morning at 8am UK time. This is a chance to use the mind-cleaning Beingfulness practice to steady our awareness, see all the phenomena that are making up our experience and learn to love them! There'll be clear instruction each session so anyone can join - even (or especially) complete beginners. We practice for about 30 minutes and then have some time to talk and discuss what's going on. It's a lovely communal way to start the week.

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  • OPEN LIBRARY | Mindsprings

    VIDEOS Tauchen Sie ein in diese kostenlose Bibliothek mit Videounterricht von Alistair. Diese Videos stammen aus Live-Sessions und beinhalten: ​ geführte Meditationen (normalerweise ca. 30-40 Minuten) Lehre zu verschiedenen Themen: Körperbasierte Meditation, Mitgefühl, innere Familiensysteme und vieles mehr.. Alistairs Antworten an Studenten ​ Wir haben die über 150 Videos in verschiedenen Kanälen und Kategorien organisiert. ​ Klicken Sie unten, um ein Thema zu erkunden, das Sie interessiert. Films and Fun Things Good for Beginners Tips and Talks on How to Meditate Bringing the Body Online Untangling Thoughts & Thinking Soothing & Centring the Body-MInd Maitri: Loving Your Inner Parts Opening the Heart to Others All the Guided Meditations All the Teaching Community Favorites Films and Fun Stuff This is a collection of some short films and documentaries Alistair has made: ​ An Introduction to Holy Island Green Tara Island Thoughts on the Sea Sitting the Downs Video abspielen Video abspielen Kapalabati unpacked Another nuts and bolts explanation of a practice we often do in Mindsprings sessions, Skull Brightening Breath (Kapalabati). This is potential energy clearing breath practice #pranayama #explanation #kapalabti #meditation #short Video abspielen Video abspielen 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, .From the carpark of M25 Services at Cobham, I answer Jane's question about the benefit of formal practice vs. everyday practice. #short #meditation #practice #dzogchen #shamata Video abspielen Video abspielen Images for suffusing awareness As we practice the rising-descending torus meditation, the question of how to describe the process of 'suffusion' in energy leads to discussion of various images #short #imagery #awareness #meditation #suffusion #Pali #Tripitika Video abspielen Video abspielen The purpose is not to be calm Jane speaks about John Kabat-Zinn's refutation of meditation as a 'calming' thing. And I agree... It's much more powerful than that. Video abspielen Video abspielen Intro to the Practice of Five The introduction to my shamata-vipassana meditation called 'The Practice of Five'. This involves an alternating practice of calm abiding and beingful awareness, measured out by the fingers of each hand #explanation #practiceoffive #shamata #vipassana #meditation #teaching Video abspielen Video abspielen Practice of Fives unpacked From the car in Pembrokeshire, I unpack the practice of fives, which combines shamata and vipassana in an alternating sequence. #teaching #shamata #vipassana #explanation #meditation #guide Video abspielen Video abspielen The aerated sense of self Following on from Valerie's description of her experience in the four fields practice, I talk about the 'aerated' sense of self which comes when we learn to see our self as constructed of discrete phenomena. #fourfields #beingfulness #noself #self #teaching Video abspielen Video abspielen The Three Stages of Shamata Following Dameon's question about the shamata / self-soothing practice (without mantra) I go through the three stages of the practice and outline some of the benefits. #teaching #meditation # shamata #soothing Films & Fun Stuff Video abspielen Video abspielen 01:55 Without string a violin is just a box A snippet from our Tuesday evening live sessions where the focus is on stress-reduction and anxiety. This was a wonderful exploration of grief. Come and join us - the first month is completely free : https://www.mind-springs.org/online-live Video abspielen Video abspielen 06:55 The Island For those who have never been to Holy Island, Alistair gives some introductory pointers and a little taste of why it's so magical... Video abspielen Video abspielen 07:32 Green Tara Island Alistair speaks from Holy Island about the need for clean, compassionate action in the world, represented by the Tibetan figure of Green Tara. Video abspielen Video abspielen 07:23 Caves Alistair continues his exploration of Holy Island. In this video he ponders the magic of meditating in caves. Video abspielen Video abspielen 05:40 The Sea! The Sea! Alistair ponders the role of the sea in spiritual practice Video abspielen Video abspielen 23:12 Mindsprings - Sit the Downs Alistair Appleton teaches us how to open to the landscape below us using somatic meditation Video abspielen Video abspielen 07:49 Head-in-the-Sand Land Alistair speaks to the psychological underpinnings of climate change denial. We can find a way of empathising with that desire to dissociate the unthinkable. Beginners Good for Beginners Here are a dozen practices that give you a good taste of embodied meditation. Many of them done standing up: ​ Starting with a lovely set of energy practices, bring energy into the standing body Then moving into the classic Mindsprings relaxation, Polyvagal Tuning . Then a brace of practice looking at tracking the energy around the somatic circuit And three practices working with awareness and stillness: 3 Objects , Mantra and the Practice of Fives Then there are two tasters of Beingfulness and Tonglen Finishing with a recap of the energy workout with my dog, Ben. Video abspielen Video abspielen 39:37 GM Kaleidoscope Returning to a classic Beingfulness practice, in this Monday session from Spring 2024, we enjoy sitting in the four fields like a child playing with a kaleidoscope. #kaleidoscope #beingfulness #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 42:23 GM Expanding Through the Senses Video abspielen Video abspielen 39:38 Three Objects 2024 Starting 2024 with the classic meditation for sharpening our experience of awareness and how we have the power to move it at will. A wonderful practice for any occasion. #threeobjects #Beingfulness #Monday #awareness Video abspielen Video abspielen 36:59 The Four Ingredients From January 2024, we take a fresh look eat the Beingfulness practice of the Four Fields. A great meditation for sorting out all the elements of our life in order to live more joyfully. #beingfulness #fourfields #joy #clarity Video abspielen Video abspielen 35:33 GM Three Objects III Continuing our exploration of the first Being, Being Aware we look more deeply into the mysterious quality of awareness and how we can move it around. #beingfulness #threeobjects #awareness #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 40:55 GM Three Objects II From the Coronation Bank Holiday in May 2023, we look again at the crucial experience of awareness in our life. How phenomenon + awareness = experience. #threeobjects #beingfulness #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 38:12 GM Elephant Path From our 2023 sequence looking at shamata or calm abiding, this session Thursday 6th April introduces the famous Tibetan diagram of the Elephant Path and how we can use that to navigate the mind's tendency to distraction #shamata #guided #elephant #calmabiding Video abspielen Video abspielen 20:53 GM Bodhicitta Breathing I Starting the New Year of 2023 with some bodhicitta work, I lead the group in a 20 minute exercise using the breath to explore our kindness, compassion and blocks to both. #bodhicitta #practice #breathing #compassion #selfcompassion #thursday Please do come along to our Thursday Morning sessions - they're free for Baobab members.https://www.mind-springs.org/online-live Tips and Talks on How to Meditate After and during many of the live Mindsprings sessions, Alistair talks about some of the misconceptions and common questions arising for meditators. These 13 short talks address a potpourri of subjects: ​ Eyes shut or open during meditation? Not identifying with our thoughts The goal of the 'aerated' self Meditation on the cushion vs. meditation in the 'real' world Not falling into the pitfall of looking for calm Some practical unpacking of practices like kapalabati and the practice of fives How to Meditate Video abspielen Video abspielen Kapalabati unpacked Another nuts and bolts explanation of a practice we often do in Mindsprings sessions, Skull Brightening Breath (Kapalabati). This is potential energy clearing breath practice #pranayama #explanation #kapalabti #meditation #short Video abspielen Video abspielen 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, .From the carpark of M25 Services at Cobham, I answer Jane's question about the benefit of formal practice vs. everyday practice. #short #meditation #practice #dzogchen #shamata Video abspielen Video abspielen Images for suffusing awareness As we practice the rising-descending torus meditation, the question of how to describe the process of 'suffusion' in energy leads to discussion of various images #short #imagery #awareness #meditation #suffusion #Pali #Tripitika Video abspielen Video abspielen The purpose is not to be calm Jane speaks about John Kabat-Zinn's refutation of meditation as a 'calming' thing. And I agree... It's much more powerful than that. Video abspielen Video abspielen Intro to the Practice of Five The introduction to my shamata-vipassana meditation called 'The Practice of Five'. This involves an alternating practice of calm abiding and beingful awareness, measured out by the fingers of each hand #explanation #practiceoffive #shamata #vipassana #meditation #teaching Video abspielen Video abspielen Practice of Fives unpacked From the car in Pembrokeshire, I unpack the practice of fives, which combines shamata and vipassana in an alternating sequence. #teaching #shamata #vipassana #explanation #meditation #guide Video abspielen Video abspielen The aerated sense of self Following on from Valerie's description of her experience in the four fields practice, I talk about the 'aerated' sense of self which comes when we learn to see our self as constructed of discrete phenomena. #fourfields #beingfulness #noself #self #teaching Video abspielen Video abspielen The Three Stages of Shamata Following Dameon's question about the shamata / self-soothing practice (without mantra) I go through the three stages of the practice and outline some of the benefits. #teaching #meditation # shamata #soothing Bringing the Body Online Bringing the Body Online Mindsprings grounds a lot of the meditation we do in the body and this is a great selection of somatic practices: We start with two simple energy exercises which you can use before any practice session. Then there's little talk on the specific nature of somatic practice. Two practices introduce Alistair's Polyvagal Tuning which is a great somatic practice for bringing us into a positive body-mind state. Then there is a suite of practices introducing the Somatic Circuit - a great way to find your way back into the body. Next, are practices opening up this space: the Somatic Tent . Followed by a more advanced energy practice known as the Torus . Finally, there is the classic practice of Earth Breathing and some somatic practices opening the heart for Compassion work. Video abspielen Video abspielen 42:07 GM Being with the Body Following the May Cliffhouse retreat with the subject of "Sitting with the Body", this Monday morning session took up the same theme. #4fields #7cycles #body #beingfulness Video abspielen Video abspielen 39:18 GM Earth Breathing & Ego Loop From our Tuesday evening session in late March 2024. Combining the classic earth breathing practice with an exploration of the source of our anxiety - the ego loop. #earthbreathing #egoloop #tuesday #meditation Video abspielen Video abspielen 34:56 GM Voo & The Jellyfish From our Tuesday session in April 2024. This was in 2 parts. The first using the VOO breath to calm the nervous system and then a lying-down practice exploring the vagus nerve. #vagus #nervoussystem #calming #guided #breathing Video abspielen Video abspielen 42:43 GM Shamata on Sounds From our 2024 season looking at Shamata - Vipashyna. This Shamata practice uses sound as the anchor. #shamata #sounds #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 33:15 GM Polyvagal Tuning The classic stress busting exercise from Mindsprings. Lie down and let the ventral vagal tone take over. #PVT #Stress #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 33:36 GM The Blind Body From our Monday session in mid June 2023, where we were exploring the body-from-within. #beingfulness #body #somatic #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 43:12 GM 8 Cycles of the Body From our Monday session on 3rd July 2023, looking at the body field in our exploration of Beingfulness. This is a lying down practice exploring the 8 interlocking and inter-nested cycles of somatic phenomena. #beingfulness #somatic #cycles #guided Video abspielen Video abspielen 35:30 GM Shaking Tree - Pendulation From a Tuesday evening Anxiety/Stress session at the beginning of July 2023. I had just fallen off my bicycle and was in need of some trauma release - so we shook the tree and explored Peter Levine's understanding of trauma release. #stress #trauma #shakingthetree #pendulation #PeterLevine Thoughts & Thinking Untangling Thoughts & Thinking After and during many of the live Mindsprings sessions, Alistair talks about some of the misconceptions and common questions arising for meditators. These 13 short talks address a potpourri of subjects: ​ Eyes shut or open during meditation? Not identifying with our thoughts The goal of the 'aerated' self Meditation on the cushion vs. meditation in the 'real' world Not falling into the pitfall of looking for calm Some practical unpacking of practices like kapalabati and the practice of fives Soothing & Centring the Body-Mind Central to all meditation is the ability to calm and soothe the body-mind. Without this, all further therapeutic elaborations tend to disappear in a morass of fizzy distraction: The soothing practice of Earth Breathing Shamata or calming practice: the practice of Fives Working with mantra Frond breathing Tonglen and compassion for our own experience Soothing & Centring Maitri: Loving Your Inner Parts Before we can love others we have to be aware of and love the multiplicity of parts within our own psyche. The practice of maitri (of self-compassion) explores this with the help of Richard Schwartz' Internal Family Systems. ​ Beginning with a short overview, we dive into the crucial experience of the 'backspace which gives us the somatic field of loving-kindness into which our parts can peep. we can explore the parts that Schwartz identifies as firefighters, managers and exiles in our practice and bring some kindness and clarity to them. These parts often manifest in specific somatic ways as explored in the teaching around cylinders Two more talks about the wider ramifications of this work in our lives. Maitri Opening the Heart to Others Ultimately all our practice comes back to how we relate to others. The cast-iron patterns of selfishness are hard to soften. But therapeutic meditation turns a lot to Buddhist practice here: Guided practices to feel the embodied 'backspace' essential for compassion practice Embodied versions of the Buddhist practice of tonglen Explorations of the awakened heart or bodhicitta Discussing the practical challenges of loving others ​ ​ Compassion All the Guided Practices The Mindsprings Video library contains more than 50 guided meditations ranging from 10 to 50 minutes. Please use the search function to pinpoint the practice you want or look through the categories to find inspiration. All GMs All the Teaching The Mindsprings Video library contains more than 100 recorded teachings. Some are short answers to questions Alistair gave during sessions. Some are longer teaching on meditation, therapy or Buddhism. Please use the search function to pinpoint the practice you want or look through the categories to find inspiration. All Teaching

  • T&C | Mindsprings

    Terms & Conditions I know not everyone reads this bit but please do take note of the 2-week cancellation policy below. Especially for in-person courses. There is a £20 cancellation fee for all courses over £100. Mindsprings Billing and Cancellation Policy ​ Payment Mindsprings courses are NON-RESIDENTIAL COURSES (often weekends) or RESIDENTIAL RETREATS (weekends or week-longs) or ONLINE WEEKEND RETREATS or ONLINE CLASSES. ​ The courses and retreats and classes must be paid for in advance at the time of booking. If you have not managed to pay for the course in advance it may mean that we may ask you to pay on the day or refuse you a place on the course. When you book through this site you should automatically receive an invoice with your payment receipt number and details. Mindsprings accepts payments in UK pounds Sterling, online via credit/debit card via Stripe or Paypal account. Prices The prices quoted on this website are correct at the date of publication. Cancelling Courses and Retreats All cancellations must be made via e-mail to mail@mind-springs.org . We can refund cancellations to bookings made at least 2 weeks prior to the start date but cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the start date cannot be refunded. However, we do offer the option to transfer to another course, within 1 year. Refunds of course fees above £100 will incur a £20 administration fee. Transferring Courses If you cannot attend a course or retreat for whatever reason, please inform us at least 2 weeks prior to the start date by writing to mail@mind-springs.org . We will do our best to provide you with the opportunity to attend another course or retreat in the future at the same or similar location. This will incur a £20 administration fee. We cannot guarantee a suitable alternative for the weekend or retreat you missed. Cancellation of Courses by Mindsprings and Changes to Course Content Mindspring’s courses are constantly evolving and we reserve the right to alter any of the courses’ content without prior notice. In exceptional circumstances, we also reserve the right to cancel a course without liability. In this very unlikely case, we will offer a replacement date or a full refund. Days lost due to bad weather and cancelled ferries on Holy Island The Mindsprings retreats on Holy Island are weather-sensitive. Mindsprings cannot be held accountable for days lost because ferries across to or from the Island are cancelled. In the extremely unlikely event of the weather preventing the course from running altogether, Mindsprings is not obliged to refund the course fee. Complaints We take our courses and duties of care very seriously. 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  • IN PERSON | Mindsprings

    IN PERSON Join me in stunning locations across Europe for weekends and longer retreats together. Mindsprings began on Holy Island and since then I have had the pleasure to teach in London, Dublin, Scarborough, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Iceland, Holland and Sweden. Please take a look to see what's coming up... Mitgliedschaftsangebot Cuckmere 2-Day Retreat: The Sensual World Sa., 13. Juli Seaford 13. Juli 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 – 14. Juli 2024, 16:00 GMT+1 Seaford, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford BN25 4AR, UK 13. Juli 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 – 14. Juli 2024, 16:00 GMT+1 Seaford, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford BN25 4AR, UK Join Alistair and Daniel in their extraordinary home in Sussex for 2 days of meditation, company, good food and beautiful landscape. + 10 mehr BOOK Mitgliedschaftsangebot Holy Island July Retreat 2024: Beingfulness Outdoors Sa., 20. Juli Holy Island 20. Juli 2024, 17:00 GMT+1 – 27. Juli 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 Holy Island , Arran, United Kingdom 20. Juli 2024, 17:00 GMT+1 – 27. Juli 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 Holy Island , Arran, United Kingdom Join Alistair on Holy Isle in Scotland for a week of Beingfulness. Suited for beginners and those wishing to refresh their practice. + 30 mehr Details Mitgliedschaftsangebot Cuckmere 2-Day Retreat: Loving Emotions Sa., 28. Sept. Seaford 28. Sept. 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 – 29. Sept. 2024, 16:00 GMT+1 Seaford, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford BN25 4AR, UK 28. Sept. 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 – 29. Sept. 2024, 16:00 GMT+1 Seaford, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford BN25 4AR, UK Join Alistair and Daniel in their extraordinary home in Sussex for 2 days of meditation, company, good food and beautiful landscape. + 9 mehr BOOK Mitgliedschaftsangebot Holy Island October Retreat 2024: Wild Wisdom So., 06. Okt. Holy Island 06. Okt. 2024, 18:00 GMT+1 – 13. Okt. 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 Holy Island , Arran, United Kingdom 06. Okt. 2024, 18:00 GMT+1 – 13. Okt. 2024, 09:00 GMT+1 Holy Island , Arran, United Kingdom Join Alistair on Holy Isle in Scotland for a week of wild wisdom practice. Suited for more experienced meditators. + 19 mehr BOOK Mitgliedschaftsangebot Scarborough Weekend: The Three Marks Sa., 07. Dez. Scarborough 07. Dez. 2024, 10:00 GMT – 08. Dez. 2024, 16:00 GMT Scarborough, Londesborough Lodge, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW, UK 07. Dez. 2024, 10:00 GMT – 08. Dez. 2024, 16:00 GMT Scarborough, Londesborough Lodge, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW, UK Alistair Appleton is back in Scarborough this winter with a weekend course diving into the 'Three Marks'. A central Buddhist practice, this teaching refreshes the lens we use to see the world and has amazing psychological benefits. It's like changing the oil in the creaky cogs of our mind! + 25 mehr Details

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