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.



Grrr…. Couple Battle! How to Not Scupper Your Every Kind of Relationship

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Degan
THEME: Grrr…. Couple Battle! How to Not Scupper Your Every Kind of Relationship;
MEDITATION: Down and Dirty with the Emotional Body, Part Deux;
GROUP PRACTICE: In relationship, there are folks who do the walking

Sometimes, walking right over you. And there are folks who do the door matting – sometimes, door matting right under you! And then there are folks who walk like an Egyptian. That’s right Bangles fans. For this group practice, we’ll be rocking the meditation hall with the era’s best walking songs, as we explore each others’ passive vs aggressive walking styles, trying them on for size even as we ourselves are sized up. Life is hilarious that I get to do this shit.

My Emotional Body Wants to Run Away and/or Punch you in the Face!

TEACHERS: Jeff Warren and Degan
THEME: My Emotional Body Wants to Run Away and/or Punch you in the Face!
MEDITATION: Down and Dirty with the Emotional Body, Part Un;
GROUP PRACTICE: Exploring the Assertiveness Continuum

A big line crosses the room – at one end, passiveness, at the other, aggressiveness. Somewhere in the middle (or maybe it’s orthogonal) is healthy assertiveness. Using various playful social scenarios, we’ll explore how you are an unconscious pinball machine of secret reactivity. Then we introduce you to your unflinching inner samurai, and send you into the night to confidently bum smokes off God / Reality / Nature.


THEME: Gratitude
MEDITATION: As the armies of those we love engirth us, we engirth them, and the margins of our electric bodies blur into a thin, orange feeling of thanksgiving and thanksgetting, warm like the last rays of autumn sun.
GROUP PRACTICE: We are going to roll out in small groups, and recount some of the innumerable blessings and countless steps that have carried us to where we are, give reverence that somehow, against all odds, we are deliriously, deliciously alive. Then we’re going to sing.


TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Boundaries
MEDITATION: Boundary self-space yo-yo machinery
GROUP PRACTICE: Yes it’s true – your boundaries are dysfunctional.

Too rigid. Too porous. Too superball springy, so that huggers bounce off you and end up hugging the random person behind them. Or maybe your boundaries are super healthy, in which case you can show me what that looks like, cause I have no idea. Remember: just because we’re having fun doesn’t mean we’re not learning anything.

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?