James: At the CEC, we celebrate a plurality of practices. It is our hope that holding an attitude of non-judgement and sampling widely gives us the best chance of finding an approach that works. There is a cost, though, typical of our modern world. With so many options, how do we choose? Once we do, how do we know whether to stay with it? And for how long? In this sit, we are going to find what works, and where…
Oliver and Michelle: This month we’ve been exploring our own stories and how they relate to reality. Tonight we’re going to move between building the stories up, and noticing what’s left when we let them fall away.
Steph: Most often in meditation we spend our time trying to silence our monkey mind, or at the very least, find a little more space in between all those thoughts. So what happens when those rampant thoughts become the object of our focus? In part 1, we will turn towards the content of our thoughts, and explore who is that doing all the talking anyways?
James: There are at least as many bits of advice about how to meditate as there are on how to write stories. The most important rule, though, is shared by each: ass to chair. Or cushion, depending. From these, answers emerge. Questions. Characters. Plot lines. There’s something else that helps with both too. Vocabulary. Not words, necessarily, but discrimination, knowing at an increasingly subtle level the small things that make up the large. It makes a story richer, more vivid, helps orient us towards the truth. For the first part of the sit, we will dial up the gain in our body, feel into its electric possibility.