Many people, especially busy urban dwellers, feel overwhelmed and undernourished. They struggle alone with their challenges and are only rarely able to discuss – let alone practice – deep matters of belonging and connection and embodiment.

The vision of The Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC) is to provide a fun and accessible venue where people can discuss these things as they emerge from perspective-altering spiritual and psychological and social practices. Our members go on mind-body adventures – together and independently – and then share their insights and discoveries and inspiration with the community.

Details

So: We meet in Toronto almost every Monday night. Starting at 7:30pm sharp and finishing by 9:30pm.

With calls for social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, CEC is offering virtual meditation sits and discussions via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please join us Mondays at 7:30pm(EST) to meditate in community and cultivate some connection in these physically distant times. If you live outside of Toronto and have always wanted to check out CEC, now’s your chance!

CEC Monday Night Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/799184864

The usual location is Mosaic Yoga, 225 Sterling Road in Unit 23 (click the link for directions).

Cost is $10-20 sliding scale, or PWYCThe CEC is a nonprofit – funds go to pay teachers and support the costs of programming. For online sits, the CEC gratefully accepts donations via e-transfer (within Canada) or Paypal, sent to consciousnessexplorersclub@gmail.com. You can also sign up to be a monthly supporter via our Patreon page.

For this month’s offerings, read our current newsletter.

 

What do we do?

The evening rolls out in two parts:

  • Part one is 35-minutes of sitting meditation practice (from 7:30 – 8:30pm)
  • Part two is 45-minutes of interactive practice, play and discussion (8:30 – 9:30pm)

In the first part, we experiment with different solo meditations, from restful absorption to creative visualizations, mindfulness-style noting (of various mind-body components), loving-kindness, sound meditations, choiceless awareness and many others. You don’t need to follow any of these techniques if you don’t want to – some people prefer to stay with their tried-and-true regular practice.

In the second part, we engage in different interactive practices, from partner noting to mixed-tape music sessions to theatrical craft projects to self-inquiry to Gestalt boundary exercises to any number of other combinations we make up in the CEC laboratory, as per our mandate to use arts and culture to explore issues related to personal growth. These are like playful investigations into different corners of human social reality, which we then discuss with great gusto. The idea is to create a bridge between the cushion and the street, to take our practice insights and actually try to apply them to real-life situations.

A wise teacher, and a wise center, needs to offer a whole range of skillful practices, because people come along at different stages of their inner development, with different temperaments, and with different sets of problems.” -Jack Kornfield

The CEC is passionately nonsectarian – both humanistic and contemplative traditions are represented. That said, we do have an uber-meditation consultant: the Buddhist teacher Shinzen Young.

If you are interested in our schedule of explorations, sign up for our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter.

Jeff Warren
President, The Consciousness Explorers Club

Contact us: info@consciousnessexplorersclub.com

 

 

 

NOTE: Meditation is a compliment but not a substitute for professional psychological and medical health care. There are risks in any psychological or spiritual method. Those risks increase for people who are experiencing significant distress or dysfunction. Please inquire if you are unsure whether or not meditation is appropriate for your situation.


Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, May 4th, 7:30pm

In celebration of international Star Wars Day, tonight we’ll check out some of the ancient wisdom embedded in the hugely inspirational series. Even if you’re not a fan of the movies, you may find yourself connecting to some universal truths and feel a bond with all beings in the galaxy. 

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, May 11th, 7:30pm

In tonight’s meditation we’ll investigate the cyclical nature of breath and see if we can experience this and other rhythms of our body as a natural landscape. 

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, May 18th, 7:30pm

Tonight, orienting our practice toward Nature, we become trees, mountains, and the sky! Tonight, we transmogrify!

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, May 25th, 7:30pm

Often when I head out into Nature, space is what I’m seeking. So in keeping with our month of self-isolation practices, this evening we will explore the Space that exists within our bodies, our breath, and our minds in a Yoga Nidra style meditation you can do sitting or lying down, and see if we can connect to nature from the comfort of our cushions.

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, June 1st, 7:30pm EST

Probably the greatest healing gift that meditation practice has given me is an embodied knowledge of impermanence. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll track the subtle changes in our experience, in the hopes of boosting our connection to the ever-changing nature of everything.

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, June 8th, 7:30pm EST

Our deepest healing happens when we rest. That’s when our system makes most of its repairs. I think it is healthy to plug into little nourishing wells of rest throughout the day, by stopping and doing nothing. In this meditation, we do exactly this, and explore what it might mean to orient to the stillness below the busy-busy. Then, for the loving-kindness portion, we’ll explore the always-healing stance of gratitude.

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, June 15th, 7:30pm EST

This one is exploring the old saying ‘Feeling is Healing’.  But it’s not always that easy, thoughts can be scary, and sometimes they plain suck.  So we’re approaching with caution; finding a nice space, and dipping into the discomfort, then running back to safety before we lose our nerve.  Back and forth we go!

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, June 22nd, 7:30pm EST

In our quests for health and wholeness, we must re-member ourselves as co-extensive of and co-existent with our physical and social environments. Nature, of which we are a part (not apart from!) speaks a language of creative resilience and renewal. The answers to our current predicaments – both personal and global – are within nature and nature is reflected within our selves. So let’s tune in! We’ll start by practicing psychological death – letting go of who we have known ourselves to be and with our freshly shattered egos, we’ll meditatively drop in to our favourite nature spots, listening for some moments to the wisdom of the earth.

More Info
Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864
Date: Monday, June 29th, 7:30pm EST

While it is important to know the causes and conditions necessary for our own flourishing, as it gives us joy, we recognize it as our one true home.  For the sit, we are going to find the centre around which all falls away, and see if in its gushing, we can taste a true love.  

More Info