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 almost every Monday night. Starting at 7:30pm sharp and finishing by 9:30pm.

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

Cost is $10-20 sliding scaleThe CEC is a nonprofit – funds go to pay teachers and support the costs of programming.

For this month’s offerings scroll down, or 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: Mosaic Yoga, 23-225 Sterling Rd
Date: Monday, February 4, 7:30pm

Alchemy is the separation of the chaotic and unconscious psychic matter, into clearly known opposing principles. Then in a further stage, the alchemist works to reconcile these opposites into a new harmoniously integrated whole. This week we’ll explore the alchemical dimensions of mindfulness practice.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga, 23-225 Sterling Rd
Date: Monday, February 11, 7:30pm

Tonight, we will lovingly peer into our sensory experience for clues as to what ulterior motives might be influencing how and why we meditate. Off the cushion, we’ll explore, by way of journaling, how and where these motives might be expressing themselves in our daily lives, and how we might use our practice to detect, elucidate, and guide us towards what is needed.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga, 23-225 Sterling Rd
Date: Monday, February 18, 7:30pm

Pratyahara is the fifth limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga: withdrawal of the senses. Yet your senses comprise the only vehicle you’ll ever drive— let’s see how they work! With a special focus on sound and vibration, we will guide you on a journey inside and out, a coming home to the senses you’ve always known.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga, 23-225 Sterling Rd
Date: Monday, February 25, 7:30pm

“Like that, don’t like that. Want that, not that. You come here, you go away…”. So much of our sensory experience are accompanied by these little judgements, pushing and pulling us every which way. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll tune into those discernments, noticing our endless mental navigations.

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