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.



The Paradox of Change

Jude: Some time ago I encountered what is called The Paradoxical Theory of Change.  It essentially states that by trying to make change happen, we sometimes become more stuck; and change often happens as the result of giving up the fight and coming to a full-body acceptance of where we are.  I’ve since noticed another embodiment of this principle; that when we try to let go of something (usually emotional), we can actively push it away, and that pushing is actually a contraction, resulting in us holding on to it more tightly.  Join us as we explore the paradoxes of change, letting go, effort, and ease.

The Rock Face

Avi: As we form our worldviews, more and more parts of our experience become ordered, automatically tiled over with convienient conceptual tags. Yet even the most comprehensive conceptual schema has its limits. What I call “the rock face” is the very edge of your constructed reality. It’s where sense meets non-sense, where the rational comingles with the magical. In this meditation we’ll go down the metaphysical mineshaft in search of the rock face within.

Empowerment and Surrender

Kevin: To paraphrase Oliver Burkeman, from a certain perspective we can say that our lives are made up of what we pay attention to. And I’d go so far as to add that it also consists of how we pay attention! I’ve noticed, over the course of that past several years (or decades?) that I’ve developed the habit of treating my attention like a juggling act – trying to keep the countless balls of my multiple To-Do lists in the air – not attending to any of them in any substantial or meaningful way. The best I can do is juggle them, and then wonder why I feel so tired and powerless. Tonight we will invite ourselves to let go – simplify our attention, drop some of those balls (and maybe never pick them up again!) in the name of empowering engagement, fulfillment, relief, and connection.

Knock Knock Knockin’ on Edge’s Door

Luke: In this sit, we’ll drop in and seek a comfortable exploration of a growing edge, the periphery of our understanding of something. Can we find that sweet spot, the place bridging the known and the unknown and empower ourselves through expanding our awareness? We will practice inviting a level of curiosity, closer proximity, and ‘oh’pening to our experiences (and their emotions) that we tend to distance ourselves from. For me, it’s the noisy neighbour, relationship jealousy, and a default to a judgey mindset that offers all kinds of space for growth. There is always an exit route for this type of explorative journey, making more room between us and an activated part, coming back to the breath, opening our eyes slightly, or dropping the practice and picking up something that feels right. It is my opinion that regardless of how deep we go or how close we get, the mere act of attempting this type of exploration can help soften our hard growing edges and empower us to expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Just Power

Pamela: What does (dis)empowerment feel like in the body, what triggers it, subdues it, allows it? How can we allow ourselves to experience power without the power-over, or power-under? We will explore, through an embodied contemplation, in a time where power dynamics are both explicit and implicit, what empowerment for-the-sake-of-empowerment-and-nothing-else might look like, if it is at all possible.