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 Open

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Open
MEDITATION: Open Awareness
For this meditation, the open container of our awareness – expressed in our open posture – is both our starting point and our final destination. “Short moments of awareness repeated many times become continuous,” says the nondual teacher Candice O’Denver. We work from this insight in our meditation, and then we’ll explore how to apply it in life. How is this open knowing any different from our more familiar thinking process? IS it different? Let’s see what we see.

The Imagination

THEME: The Imagination
MEDITATION: Mindfulness of Magic
INTERACTIVE: Contemplative Story-Telling

Our inner world is a gateway to mysterious beings and presences and magical dimensions of experience. Yet in modern mindfulness, this material is viewed as distraction at best. For this practice, we begin with the understanding that imagination is as much as part of the human experience as anything else. Then we go investigate what magic this way comes. For the group practice, we’ll generate our own personal fairy tales in search of a new angle on life’s challenges and triumphs.

The Mind

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Mind
MEDITATION: Samskara Party

For this practice you have 100% permission to ruminate and agonize and daydream and make compulsive to-do lists – the only condition is you will also follow this thinking pattern, like a detective, like a meditative gumshoe. Where is this thought-train going, and what exactly is it made of? Then for the group practice we’ll meditate in pairs, ping-ponging back-and-forth, sharing our discoveries, our large ungainly neurotic we.

The Body, The View

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Body, The View
MEDITATION: Our Somatic Unconscious

Some Buddhists believe our body is the repository of all our conditioning, that as we move our consciousness into its dark spaces we facilitate a process of expression and catharsis. Let’s investigate. Then for the Group Practice, we’ll consider the idea of exploration itself, and examine how the metaphors we use for practice may shape our experience.

The Ground

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Ground
MEDITATION: Earth-Breathing
INTERACTIVE: WTF: Exploring Meditation Questions and Challenges.

Our first meditation comes by way of Reggie Ray, Vajrayana bad-boy in the tradition of his teacher, Chogyam Trungpa. This practice will turn you into a mountain, a hunk of breathing earth, like the way soil breathes when it’s aerated. From this solid ground we move into our regular monthly group practice of sharing meditation experiences and challenges, pooling wisdom and insight and continuing on with the ongoing adventure of being an awesome community.