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.



Body Love

“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~ Louise Hay

Steph: There’s no question the human body is capable of doing amazing things, even when it’s doing nothing at all.  But years of media conditioning, injuries, trauma, and aging has a way of diminishing all the incredible things we can and should marvel at in the body. When was the last time you spoke kindly to your body? Even thanked it for all it does for you? If it’s been too long tonight is the night! We will sit with the body, in all its wonder, awe and beauty, with kindness, curiosity, respect and love as our guides.

Thanks for No Reason

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake

Jeff: One of my son Eden’s more endearing habits is thanking every random object and creature he passes by. “Thank you, stick,” “Thank you, stah-bewy.” His bizarre pronunciation of “thank you” is “dat doiiing,” which gives his practice a rollicking feel as he springs down the sidewalk: “dat doiiing!” “dat doiiing!” “dat doiiing!” This Monday, we channel our inner two year old, and Pepper our Practice with aPPPPreciation. Then, for the grand finale, we’ll appreciate ourselves, by gathering any remaining self-consciousness into our loving arms, and slow-dancing the night away.

Appreciating the Ordinary

“To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.” – John Burroughs

Oliver: There’s a good chance that where you are right now isn’t new or particularly exciting. We mostly relate to the familiar routines of life with an unconscious ‘been there, done that, seen it a thouuusand times’ kind of attitude. Could we be missing something? Tonight we delve into the delicious details of the mundane and see if we can cultivate some appreciation for the ordinary.