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.



La Fin du Siècle: What about plasma?

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: La Fin du Siècle: What about plasma? Anyway I’m sick of this metaphor – let’s do nothing
GROUP PRACTICE: Ionized Star Guts Lava-Lamp and Mixed Tape Secret State-change Induction Ceremony.

We’ll get every single pillow and bolster from the storage area and throw them in a huge pile and then lounge on them as if it were a den in the 70s and listen to this great mixed tape I made. Relaxing with pals, listening to music, turning into plasma, whatever that is. What could be better?

Sensory Experience the Third: I Done Goned Away

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Sensory Experience the Third: I Done Goned Away
MEDITATION: Just Note Gone
GROUP PRACTICE: I have no idea

Something awesome and gaseous I made up that day. Maybe we’ll talk about some of the bullshit out there around ENLIGHTENMENT and ohhh STREAM-ENTRY and trying to get somewhere. Cause you can / can’t! It’s a paradox. The head-fuckeries of deep practice. Or maybe we’ll explore what scares us about practice, all this talk of disappearing … Can I let myself disappear? Am I willing to die? Wait – die?!? Who said anything about dying? My equanimity is disturbed – get me out of this cult! Which leads to …

Sensory Experience Part Deux: Flow

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Ok things are getting a big bubbly and vibratory, wow dude you were right;
MEDITATION: Sensory Experience Part Deux: Flow;
GROUP PRACTICE: But can I flow in a group

With other people looking at my crooked teeth? This one will be a walking practice – a group moon-walking practice. For reals. How smooth can you walk? Can you walk in flow, liquid and frictionless, smooth like Michael Jackson, before he melted his own face off? Let’s see what happens.

Sensory Experience 1: Solid and Liquid

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: I am hard
MEDITATION: Sensory Experience 1: Solid and Liquid;
GROUP PRACTICE: Tough gal / guy tickle fight.

Words tickling via a conversation about your STUPID LIFE STRATEGIES. Strategy will battle strategy for cage match domination, and guess what? Softness and love wins. Haha.

The Way of Surrender

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Way of Surrender
MEDITATION: Just Sitting
GROUP PRACTICE:  I Give Up – and Look How Much that Made me Love You!

Fitting to end with Zen – Soto Zen, sotto voce, a soft surrender. Dogen called it “practice enlightenment.” Forget getting anywhere – where could you go? You’re already here. In a very real sense, we are all of us already awake; we just need to practice the truth of this. We do so in the way we hold our posture – composed, accepting, not actively meditating but being meditated. Our poor fontal lobes – seizured like fists with their will-to-power scenarios. Fuck it. Unclench. Soften and trust. We prepare the ground in sitting, and then, as we prepare to say goodbye for the summer, we express this same acceptance in community. We fall in love with each other, again and again and again.