TEACHER: Avi Craimer THEME: Psycho-Somatic MEDITATION: Body sensation balancing INTERACTIVE: Touch
Avi: This week, I will guide us in a meditation that combines elements of mindfulness and concentration in order to learn to shape sensations in the body by working with pairs of opposites such as warm-cool, hard-soft, moving-still. In the second half, we’ll explore reality as experienced through our hands, building up our mindful awareness of various tactile qualities and laughing a lot in the process.
TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Emotional Dis-regulation MEDITATION: Trumpian Trigger Practice INTERACTIVE: Coherent Breathing
Jeff: “Well, it’s one day before the US election and the moment the Western world is thrown into our next Dark Age. Are you worried? I am. It’s hard to be an informed person and not feel some concern for the intense divisiveness and acrimony radiating up from our southern neighbours. Fortunately, when it comes to meditation, that’s just fine: we want reactions. We need something to work with here. This Monday evening, we get extremely practical, and explore mindfulness’ bare-bones approach to emotional reactivity. And then for part two we’ll explore some of the fascinating new science of breathing – how the simple technique of “coherent” rhythmic breathing can be a powerful way to regulate the whole metabolism.”
TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Identity and Freedom MEDITATION: Neti-Neti INTERACTIVE: Crossing the Line
There’s no getting around this paradox if you want to grok spiritual practice. On the one hand, you are definitely a unique little weirdo. On the other hand, you’re also the irreducible sum of all unique weirdos, and / or none of them. It depends on your perspective. Whether you call it noself or True Self, many meditators report experiences – usually temporary, but often increasing in frequency and duration – of feeling ever-more free of previous identities. On this Monday night in September, we’ll explore both sides. We’ll kick things off with a venerable Hindu practice called “not this, not that” (neti-neti in Sanskrit), where you basically investigate every little bit of your experience, and progressively dismiss each bit as being “not you,” since the real you (not-you) is apparently over on this side doing all the noticing. It’s a pretty thrilling – and disorienting, and sometimes frustrating – meditation if you’ve never done it before. Then, for the Interactive, we’ll explore the opposite: our very real identities, the ones that get yanked around everyday in various intersectional directions. Can we hold both of these perspectives without our heads exploding? Only one way to find out.