Meditations Archive

Steal These Meditation Ideas

Part of the CEC’s mission is to inspire people around the world to create their own quirky, self-lead meditation communities. To that end, we’d like to share these short descriptions practices we’ve lead over the years.



Being Nature

Kevin: “Fuck you, I’m a unicorn”. You might have seen one of those memes by now.  I realize that ‘unicorn’ can mean different things in different contexts these days, But I always interpret that meme to be a kind of Deity Yoga (or Nurture Positive, in the Unified Mindfulness framework). It’s pointing to the arbitrary nature of our own self-concept, inviting us to take a break from it to inhabit an identity that might attune us to other possibilities in our experience of being. Tonight, orienting our practice toward Nature, we become trees, mountains, and the sky! Tonight, we transmogrify!

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 series. Even if you’re not a fan of the movies, you may find yourself connecting to some universal truths and feel a bond with all beings in the galaxy.


James:  How did Chuang-tzu know if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man, or a man dreaming he was a butterfly? He didn’t.  He just rolled with it. What he was talking about was not an insoluble puzzle, like, the Matrix or a 6-D sim that we need to break free of.  He was talking about change. From butterfly to man, from this seemingly solid stuff to dreams.  During this sit we are going to work on finding our resting position, see if we can trace the gossamer of what dreams pull us.