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 Imagination

TEACHER: Avi
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
INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: Partner Noting

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
INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: Metaphors We Live By

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.

It Seems I Just Go On And On And On And On

TEACHER: Avi
THEME: It seems I just go on and on and on and on
MEDITATION: Boundless Space
INTERACTIVE: Exploring Personal Boundaries

LOL, remind me to talk less in the intros … First we explore the amazing plasticity of our spatial sense, how our experience can expand outward in surprisingly large increments. Then in the social practice we’ll explore a now-classic CEC theme of boundaries within social relationships. How do we sense the edges of our “personal space”? Can we become more conscious of how we use these boundaries to open or close ourselves to others?