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 Arrow and the River

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Arrow and the River
MEDITATION: Old School Vipassana Noting, with two main flavors: contentment and agitation;

Been meaning to bring back this popular social technique for a while. Partner noting ping-pong style, we’ll scour our insides and afterward have a group powwow about the possible differences between stressful agitation and healthy motivation.

The Universe Licks My Face Like a Golden Retriever and I Like It

THEME: The Universe Licks My Face Like a Golden Retriever and I Like It
MEDITATION: Receiving practice

Our crack team of cooks spent the day baking for this one – for real – all in the service of service, of activating your taste buds and maybe also your greed, for this will be an exploration of giving, and getting, and sometimes, not getting. And, maybe, getting smacked by a pie right in the face.

Being Awesome

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
: Being Awesome
MEDITATION: The Grounded Body
GROUP PRACTICE: I am The Shit practice

Basically we’ll get into small groups and interact and, as we do, each of us tries heartbreakingly hard to be and act in a way that we imagine our best selves to be. We make it really obvious to ourselves, which is kind of hilarious, and then we talk about what we learned and why the other person’s best self was less good. And then we’ll fight and notice our manic grandiosity and whoever gets the conch is the next President.

Damn you technology!

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
: Damn you technology!
MEDITATION: Noticing the compulsive push and pull;
GROUP PRACTICE: Cell phone meditation on the absolute need to check your damn email and your text messages.

Honourary Buddhist Louis C.K. absolutely  nailed it. So on this particular Monday you get to bring your phone and go ballistic consulting every platform except this time you’ll do it mindfully and we’ll see what we see and talk about it. I did this once at a  talk and it was fun.

Chakra Voodoo

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Chakra Voodoo
MEDITATION: Flow, with a secret chakra / sushumna meditation woven in just to see what will happen;
GROUP PRACTICE: This one will be cool

The many certainties of yogic science cause more than a few eyeballs to roll. No problem – let’s test it in the interpersonal laboratory. For this group practice we break into pairs and see what happens when we interact with each other as if we were speaking and listening from three very different centres: the head,  the heart, and the gut. This practice floored me the first time I tried it.