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.



I am in the Resistance – for no reason

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: I am in the Resistance – for no reason
MEDITATION: Loving Kindness

This is a compassion practice of breathing in people’s pain and breathing out relief. One of the interesting pieces of this practice is how much we resist doing it. We feel self-conscious, we think it’s cheesy. Or we get angry. We think “Shit! I’m supposed to be generating love and here I am getting pissed and resentful. I must be the biggest asshole.” Lots of ways to get stuck. And so we send the Tonglen out to all those who get stuck in a similar way. Meditation is like this – just pan back the camera one more notch and make your “problem” part of the practice.

The Lowest Common Denominator

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Lowest Common Denominator
MEDITATION: Space all through

We walk around like astronauts. We turn to the human near us and say “Hello. I saw you at the station eating one of those specially-processed freeze-dried nutritional pellets.” We notice how talking is different in space.

The Fact That You Don’t Know Shit

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Fact That You Don’t Know Shit
MEDITATION: Just Sitting
GROUP PRACTICE: Don’t Know Mind and koan practice and collective bogglement.

Letting Go, of that Lady’s Purse

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
: Letting Go, of that Lady’s Purse
MEDITATION: Non-Attachment
GROUP PRACTICE: How to be less odious in relationship and less of a klepto on the bus.

What is Contentment?

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: What is Contentment?
MEDITATION: Aimlessness – the Third Door of Liberation (just down the hall from the men’s room);
GROUP PRACTICE: Breaking down the doors to happiness, in a non-violent way