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.

 

 


Rest That Kidney Money

James: In Chinese medicine, of three treasures given at birth from our parents, Jing is what makes our life different than a rock’s. Stored in our kidneys, it is conditional for both body and soul, essence and destiny, wisdom and growth. It is our truest self, known as a life lived over years. The bad news first: it can only be spent, and once it has been, age, illness, death ensue. The good news, as you apprehend its nature, your nature, you can harmonize your actions such that you waste fewer of its jewels to friction. For the sit, we will apply a modern formulation to this ancient principle, as delivered by one of my teachers, Viola Fodor, on how to notice the difference between using the energy of willpower to get what we want, and resting in a deeper, inexhaustible will that can carry us.

Ocean Breathing

Jeff: For deep rest, we’re allowed to recruit all of our resources, our imagination as well as our attention. This lovely rhythmic practice can be done lying down or sitting. It’s a luxurious boundary-dissolving plunge into the Mother Sea. Maybe you fall asleep, maybe you slip into a waking dream, maybe you stay utterly present inside a wakeful stillness and tranquility. Both calming for the nervous system, and an opportunity for insight. I love guiding this trippy practice and am grateful to Mukti for teaching it to me.