Wherever You Are Is Called Here

Oliver: Being in nature can bring a sense of ease and peace. Removing the complexity of the busy human-made world reminds us of a simpler, quieter way. Tonight, instead of going to the woods, we’ll let our own nature come back to us. Together we’ll explore connections between the external, internal and tap into a sweet … Continued

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What It’s Not

Oliver: I’ll just come out and say it: I hate the word concentration. To me it has a kind of furrowed brow, clamp-down quality that actually hindered my early years of meditation practice. Many tight, serious, headache filled sessions later, I came to better understand what my teachers meant when instructing me to “concentrate”. If you’ve … Continued

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Underneath It All

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.

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Wisdom Within

Oliver: We know what’s important to us. When making decisions we choose based on our values, right? But what about those trickier life choices …move to a new city, leave a relationship, get tacos for dinner?  We may find ourselves restlessly trying to ‘figure out’ the right thing to do. Sometimes weighing values and thinking with … Continued

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May the Fourth Be With Us

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Buddha-Yoda Oliver: The CEC is all about unbiased exploration of various ideas and belief systems. So why not include the realms of fiction? In celebration of international Star Wars Day, tonight we’ll check out some of the ancient wisdom embedded in the hugely inspirational … Continued

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