Identity and Freedom

GUIDED MEDITATION: Neti-Neti INTERACTIVE: Crossing the Line There’s no getting around this paradox if you want to grok spiritual practice. On the one hand, you are definitely a unique little weirdo. On the other hand, you’re also the irreducible sum of all unique weirdos, and / or none of them. It depends on your perspective. Whether … Continue reading “Identity and Freedom”

Healthy Boundaries

MEDITATION: Psychic Shrink-Wrap INTERACTIVE: The Right Practice for the Right Time Our theme this month is different strokes for different folks. This seems to be every bit as true for meditation and spiritual practice as it is for everything else. When I first started practicing mindfulness, I was all about deconstructing myself. A lot of … Continue reading “Healthy Boundaries”

The Practice of Perspective

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Practice of Perspective MEDITATION: Layers of Our Discontent INTERACTIVE: The Art of Moving Out This week, we explore perspective from two directions: in sitting practice, where we’ll tease out some of the understated and not-so understated ways we find our moments lacking (and in the seeing, a subtle freeing), and, for part two, a … Continue reading “The Practice of Perspective”

Inhibition

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Christine Pountney THEME: Inhibition MEDITATION: Saying Yes INTERACTIVE: “All Pathology Starts with Inhibition” “All pathology starts with inhibition.” Dr. Henri Laborit said that. I don’t know who he is either, although Wikipedia tells me he’s a dead French guy who experimented on rats. But let’s run with his idea. My friend Christine believes … Continue reading “Inhibition”

Not Knowing

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Not Knowing MEDITATION: The Beautiful Bogglement of the Beginner INTERACTIVE: Embracing the Alien Meditation is an interplay between knowing and not knowing. Sometimes we know exactly what’s going on: inhale, distraction, butt-itch, eureka! But sometimes – just as importantly – we have no idea. We are genuinely out in the open, without even … Continue reading “Not Knowing”

God: The Abrahamic Ideal

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Avi Craimer THEME: God: The Abrahamic Ideal MEDITATION: I and Thou INTERACTIVE: God Party You filthy sinners! You don’t deserve to come to our God Party, particularly after last week’s shocking expose of your deranged spiritual selves. Of course now I am perpetuating the misconception that somehow the whole God thing … Continue reading “God: The Abrahamic Ideal”

Awareness: The Nondual Ideal

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Awareness: The Nondual Ideal MEDITATION: Unhooking INTERACTIVE: Pointing Out Guidance and Interaction If you don’t know what “nonduality” is, I’ve written a short overview here, and provided some simple pointing out instructions here. Nowadays it’s used as shorthand for a particular approach to spiritual practice that involves orienting to awareness itself, … Continue reading “Awareness: The Nondual Ideal”

The Belief Effect

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Belief Effect MEDITATION: Powers of Ten INTERACTIVE: How Beliefs Shape Experience We already did this one and it was awesome. Dug into whatever secret beliefs may be guiding people’s understanding of reality and their place in it, brought them out of the shadowy subconscious and into the light of open-hearted … Continue reading “The Belief Effect”

The Challenge of Feeling

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Challenge of Feeling MEDITATION: Sensitized INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: The Shadow The inner tracking gets juicier this week, more embodied, into the primordial soup of our emotions. Once we see and feel some tough pattern, what then? One way out is through: we open, we accept. In contemplative lingo, we trickle equanimity down into the interstices … Continue reading “The Challenge of Feeling”