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.

 

 


Tapestry of the Awareness

Pamela: We will explore the weaving, interconnected nature of the body, the breath, and the mind. We will explore the separation, or perhaps lack thereof, of the little bits of potentials that await to be “awared of”. From there we might build a more intricate blanket….or perhaps not. Come with curiosity. No experience necessary. ;)

If You Don’t Know Where A Road Leads, It Sure As Hell Will Take You There

James: For the second sit of this month, themed on interconnection, we are going to call off the search. Fully. Aimlessness. Just sitting. No effort. No looking, only finding.  At the same time the most simple and difficult of all practices. And who knows, like Meister Eckhart intimated, maybe the path to the divine is closer than we can imagine.

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Erin: Duran Duran were hungry like the wolf, Neutral Milk Hotel communed with the king of carrot flowers, and Simon and Garfunkel were both a rock and an island! We humans contain multitudes. This meditation will tap into the aspects of animal, vegetable and mineral embedded within to help us connect to all matter and all that matters.

Tremoring to Release Tension Held In Your Fight-or-Flight Muscles

Thu: Shaking is a natural way to release tension and restore a sense of well-being in all mammals, including us humans. Animals naturally shake to release tension after a stressful event and get back to living in the moment. Humans though have been socially conditioned to be stoic, unfazed and pretend to be fine. However, it also means we’ve learned over time to stop the tremors and trap the stress in our bodies. In this session, you’ll get to experience your neurogenic tremors on your yoga mat after a simple set of stretches that are designed to reboot our overprotective reflexes in our nervous system.

Bodyfulness

Steph: Over the past half century, the field of Somatic Psychology, or Body Psychotherapy, has grown tremendously. “Bodyfulness,” a term coined by author Christine Caldwell in a book of the same name, is a guide to the principles and practices of Somatic Healing. According to David I. Rome in its forward, “Mindfulness as a term cannot avoid reaffirming the cultural bias that mind is superior to body. This is why we need a completely new term. Bodyfulness overcomes the bias toward the mental, while at the same time, extending and enriching the significance of mindfulness itself.” Tonight we will sink our awareness deep into the inner and outer experience of the body, and in doing so, reflect on the body’s innate ability to quiet the mind.