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.

A Moonlit Journey

Steph: Yoga Nidra, known as “yogic sleep,” is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. One that is said to have deep healing benefits for the body and mind. For tonight’s practice, we’ll tap into the power of the breath, and the cycles of the moon and seasons, to take a journey around the body, Yoga Nidra style. Join me for this sweet surrender to breath, nighttime, and rest.

Grooving Mindfully

Mark: To dance consciously is to dance with a heightened awareness. The music, your movements, your mind chatter all mixed together like an amusement park ride. This 35 minute dance journey will give you a chance to make sense of your experience and deepen your mindfulness practice while grooving out to some inspiring and body shaking tunes. Hold on to your mūlādhāra chakra, you’re in for a ride!

Creative Movement

Jude: Those of us interested in meditation are well familiar with the benefits of relaxation, peace, and ease.  But at the other end of the spectrum there are complementary practices of ecstatic movement.  In meditation we settle into our experience as it is, while with the practice of ecstatic movement we are stirring things up, moving them around, and skating them out.  We will start in stillness and then shift into a gentle, body nourishing shake. Then we’ll ramp it up, really getting our shake on.  We will then shift into a creative flow of movement, allowing our body to intuitively move and slow it down, eventually coming back to a place of stillness and experiencing it again, but as if for the first time.