Jeff: Concentration is the foundation of meditation. You could make the argument it’s the foundation of every spiritual and personal growth practice, since the world unfolds along the grain of our commitments . They key to getting this started is interest , and what is interesting to one person may not be interesting to another. Thus, in our Part 1 meditation, we explore multiple points of entry: from body to sound to breath, in stillness and in movement. Preview here.
Erin: To kick off the month, we’ll explore divergent directions of concentration practice, honing in on a narrow object of focus then zooming out to pay attention to the entirety of experience, and seeing how they contrast and complement one another.
Erin : For our sit we’re not going to sit. Instead, we’ll explore letting go of our traditional meditation postures and laying our bodies down. Can we find clarity in relaxation? Can we relax at all in a room full of other recliners? Can we stay awake for all 35 minutes? Join us and find out! Once we’re nice and relaxed, the interactive practice will involve the somewhat terrifying prospect of looking at one another, seeing what comes up, and watching it go.
Caitlin: Concentration is the ability to focus our minds on a chosen object – however mundane or magnificent – for a chosen amount of time. In this sit, we use our sitting posture as the object of focus. Watch your back or the CEC posture police will watch it for you! In part two, wellness based dentist Dr. Dana Colson will guide us in interactive practices that explore the positioning of our jaws in our everyday posture and overall health. We’ll be getting into some downward jaw, happy teethies and cobra tongues.
Jeff: My new book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, with co-authors Dan Harris and Carley Adler, just landed in bookstores. We’re celebrating by not having a book launch – not drinking fine wine, and not eating cheese and crackers. BUT … we will meditate! Come on by and introduce yourself. This first CEC in our new location is free to all. Actually, we have a sliding scale, so the CEC is in theory always free to those who need it.