Kevin: Three umpires are kicking back after working a long game, discussing how they make calls. The first ump says “I call them as I seem ‘em.” The second umpire responded “I call them as they are.” To which the third umpire says ‘They ain’t nothin’ until I call them’. In this final CEC of 2020, we throw off the umpire’s mask, hold our calls, and kick back in the luxurious nothingness which, as it turns out, consists in everything.
Erin: Tonight’s the longest one of the year, the Winter Solstice. In my beloved neighbourhood Kensington Market, it’s usually the time of a huge festival of lights celebration, where we take to the streets with homemade lanterns blazing and dance around a massive bonfire. Good times. But this year, well, Covid, so we’ll have to take the celebration off the streets and into our hearts. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll stare into the fire and see what stares back. Then we’ll send all that we wish to let go of into the flames.
Jeff: In this meditation, we are going to allow ourselves to be utterly defeated. It will be a race to the bottom, as each of us attempts to out-defeat the other. To say nothing of how each sensation will defeat us (by continuing to be ungraspable), each expectation will defeat us (by continuing to be unfulfillable), and each shining Enlightenment will defeat us – whoosh! – as it passes us by on the way to some sanguine dolphin or industrious garden shrew. How sincere, our defeat! How total, our destruction! “Tell it to no one but the wise / For most will mock it right away / The truly living do I prize / Those who long in flame to die.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Holy Longing” (translated by Shinzen Young).
James: For so much of my meditation career, I wanted to…I don’t know, break on through to the other side. Transcend. Get the BIG one. Full unity, non-duality, whatever. What if, though, something was alive in me, already helping me, as a mother would her newborn child, teaching me how to walk first on two legs, and then without fear. What if it was about waking up to THAT? For this sit, we are going to see what parts of us are direct-pointing towards the funnest place. What if it’s all of them?
Oliver: Love isn’t generated, it’s liberated! By learning to feel the ways we contract around our fears and desires, we discover the secret to unblocking the sublime love that rests underneath, at our core, waiting to be released.