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.




THEME: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
MEDITATION: Fun with Flow
INTERACTIVE: WTF: Exploring Meditation Questions and Challenges

In the sit we’ll ride the waves of sensory impermanence. Everything is changing all the time, so we might as well learn how to enjoy it! For the group practice we’ll break into groups to continue our monthly exploration of the questions and challenges that emerge in meditation practice.

Affirmation and Resilience

THEME: Affirmation and Resilience
MEDITATION: Saying Yes to Experience
GROUP PRACTICE: But Maybe Not Yes to That! – Contemplating Boundaries.

If some meditation techniques are about how to accept our circumstances and not fight with what is, then in the group practice we’ll explore the need for boundaries and how these two seeming opposite stances actually relate. In some ways, poor boundaries are a way of not taking responsibility for what is – they are forms of resisting reality.  Two forms of poor boundaries are taking responsibility for the actions and feelings of others, and pressuring others to take responsibility for your actions or feelings. We’ll explore how these dynamics play out in life.

The Body Tree

THEME: The Body Tree.
MEDITATION: Shikantaza work out – just sitting, just standing.
GROUP PRACTICE:  Just when it seems all mind, your body shows you that there’s a place beyond ideas, a consciousness that springs from every cell and bacteria of your seething micro biome  Somehow it all comes together and gathers into YOU.  Now that it has, what are you going to do?  How about listen and respond?  Show love and kindness to the body, so the same is reflected back.  We’ll explore how in the group practice, particularly as related to sitting.  We’ll start with posture, then get some advice from a couple pros (massage, yoga) about how to iron out any meditation-related kinks, all to free both mind and body.  (**note, bring  accuball/tennis ball for self-massage sesh)

Life is a Highway

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Life is a Highway
MEDITATION: I Wanna Ride it All Night Long
GROUP PRACTICE: Are You Going my Way?

CEC’s Emily Squirrell gave me this idea and I love it. All this talk of meditation-as-path. Well of course, in some ways EVERYONE is on a path, we just rarely take the time to look at it that way.  For this group practice, bring a pencil and paper. We’ll try to draw where we are in our journey through life – is there a secret trajectory you’ve never noticed, a set of territories, some pattern or patterns waiting to be found? We’ll do our best to take a snapshot of our current position in time, see what resolves when we take the Big Picture perspective and find out who else might be going our way (maybe they can pay for the gas). Thanks to Tom Cochrane for this week’s  soundtrack.

Meditation Attitudes and Approaches

THEME: Meditation Attitudes and Approaches
MEDITATION: Three Mindful Attitudes

Exploring Meditation Questions and Challenges. How we pay attention to experience changes the nature of experience. In this sit we’ll explore three stances – Appreciate, Play, and Notice – and try to notice how they combine within our practice. Then for the group practice, with all of the CEC facilitators in attendance (myself included), we’ll break into smaller units and explore the full range of questions and challenges that can emerge in a practice.