*During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re meeting online every Monday at 7:30pm EST
CEC Monday Night Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/799184864, passcode = 00000 (five zeros)

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

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, passcode = 00000 (five zeros)

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 30-minutes of interactive discussion ending with breakout rooms (8:30 – 9pm)

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.

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: consciousnessexplorersclub@gmail.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: High Park Labyrinth 
Date: Saturday November 5th, 3-4pm

Join CEC for an outdoor meditation sit around Toronto’s High Park Labyrinth! Dress for the weather! The Labyrinth is ringed by a large circle of picnic tables, great for distanced sitting. If you’d prefer, bring your own sitting gear and set up under a nearby tree.

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Location: online via Zoom, link provided upon registration
Date: Saturday, November 5th, 1-4pmET

Join Sharon Salzberg, one of the world’s leading experts in meditation, to learn practices for engaging in challenging times with clarity, calm, and heartfulness. Her most recent book Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for taking action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that’s bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active. This virtual interactive workshop will guide us towards embodying the fundamental principles of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to create a better world for both ourselves and others.

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Location: online via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864 passcode: 00000 (five zeros)
Date: Monday, November 7, 7:30pmET

When you have a thorn in your arm, it’s better to experience the pain of pulling it out than spending your whole life trying not to touch it! Strong or subtle, every day we face painful, difficult experiences, which fear commands us to resist. But when we resist a difficult experience, we actually store it inside. We’ll learn how to counter this tendency, release stored patterns, and not create new ones.

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Location: Mosaic Yoga, 225 Sterling Road #Unit 23
Date: Saturday, November 12th, 2-4pm

In today’s in person session, we’ll practice opening our hearts to the gifts and lessons of the season at hand, getting slow and quiet. Then we’ll head outside to practice opening our eyes to the tiny beautiful things we can find in the industrial landscape surrounding Mosaic Yoga. 

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Location: online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864 passcode: 00000 (five zeros)
Date: Monday November 14, 7:30pmET

‘You can’t take it with you’, ‘This too shall pass’, ‘The only constant is change’, and so on. Impermanence. We understand the idea. But how much frustration, anxiety, and suffering do we experience because we don’t really accept it? Tonight we look past our fixed ideas of self and world, into the ever-fluid activity of sensory experience to know experientially, moment-to-moment, that this too is passing.

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Location: online via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864 passcode: 00000 (five zeros)
Date: Monday November 21, 7:30pmET

Acceptance? Ya right. 
Work is a mess, my family is stressing me out, relationship drama …pandemic …the government …injustice …climate change (insert head exploding emoji). We know this “acceptance” thing is good for our mental and emotional well-being, and we also know it’s important to sometimes stand up and say “No. Change needs to happen”. 
So please accept (ha ha) my invitation to come together on the 21st, sit, discuss and share about how we reconcile these seemingly contradictory ideas. 

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Location: online via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/799184864 passcode: 00000 (five zeros) e
Date: Monday November 28, 7:30pmET

My partner Sarah and I have a running joke. I mean literally, we’re running when we make the joke. The joke is: soon we’ll get there. We’ll get to normal, to fixed, to calm, to The Balanced Life, to whatever fantasy of stability we imagine is waiting for us if only we can get the last of these fucking emails written. Just out of reach, but not out of sight. Except, of course, it’s both out of reach and out of sight. That’s what the mind does. Carrot on a stick, carrot on a stick, come on buddy you can do it. We all know how deluded this is, and yet we all fall into it anyway. 

This Monday, not only will we practice acceptance – yes, this here right now is your actual life – we will also explore the possibility that your mind is completely bonkers and out of sync with reality. We will explore this in a fun way, that is, making good-natured fun of the mind.

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Location: online via zoom (link provided with registration)
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 1-4pmEST

A virtual half-day meditation retreat with Shinzen Young, one of the most well-respected mindfulness teachers in North America. Whether you’re a newbie or a long-time meditator, your contemplative journey probably contains peaks and valleys and some long flat plateaus. Shinzen can offer tools and techniques to keep your practice buoyant and balanced, and teach you how to unstick yourself from any ruts along the way!

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Location: Dufferin Grove Park, south fire pit
Date: Sunday, December 18th, 3-4:30pm

Join the CEC for a fireside meditation at Dufferin Grove Park! We’ll celebrate the upcoming solstice by inviting the light and warmth of the fire to brighten our long winter nights.

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