Technology and Attention

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Technology and Attention MEDITATION: Getting Still INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: Addicted to Dopamine OK so for this evening and for this evening only everyone is encouraged to have their technology switched on, we are figuratively sponsored by Apple here, by all the great tech providers in the sky. We’ll start the evening by getting relatively still … Continue reading “Technology and Attention”

Harmony and Connection

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Kevin Lacroix THEME: Harmony and Connection MEDITATION: A Heart so Wide and Soft INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: The Mindful Math of Overtones and Polyrhythm “Hearing is basically a specialized form of touch. If you are standing by the road and a large truck goes by, do you hear or feel the vibration?” – Dame Evelyn Glennie, … Continue reading “Harmony and Connection”

And We Will All Be Fools Together

TEACHER: Jeff THEME: And We Will All Be Fools Together MEDITATION: The Parable of Eddie INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: Embarrassing Moment Teaching Stories For the meditation we will internalize, literally, the parable of Eddie – little Eddie in a stream, who learned to become free by unseizuring his guts and allowing the water of life (life is … Continue reading “And We Will All Be Fools Together”

Always Negotiating

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Always Negotiating MEDITATION: Noticing the Push and Pull INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: A Safe Space Buddhist call it vedana. The subtle push or pull on sensations, on our general lack of neutrality. We are always negotiating: ‘I like this, I don’t like that,’ etc, ad infinitum. Gumming up the machinery with our preferences, our biases. So … Continue reading “Always Negotiating”

Empathy vs Compassion

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Empathy vs Compassion MEDITATION: Loving-kindness, Remixed INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: A Kind of Rapture In the mid-90-s the American photographer Robert Bergman travelled through America’s Rust Belt and took a series of stunning photos of ordinary people in extraordinary states of openness and suffering. Bergman’s book – A Kind of Rapture – will be our departure point … Continue reading “Empathy vs Compassion”

Shake ‘n Bake

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Shake ‘n Bake MEDITATION: Special Secret Surprise INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: WTF: Exploring Meditation Questions and Challenges. Fresh from our CEC retreat (happening this coming weekend – last chance!), our first practice of the month will be decided extemporaneously, something exactly suited to the moment to prepare the whole giddy posse for our monthly salon-slash-exploration … Continue reading “Shake ‘n Bake”

The Open

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Open MEDITATION: Open Awareness GROUP PRACTICE: Open Intelligence For this meditation, the open container of our awareness – expressed in our open posture – is both our starting point and our final destination. “Short moments of awareness repeated many times become continuous,” says the nondual teacher Candice O’Denver. We work from this insight in … Continue reading “The Open”

The Mind

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Mind MEDITATION: Samskara Party GROUP PRACTICE: Partner Noting For this practice you have 100% permission to ruminate and agonize and daydream and make compulsive to-do lists – the only condition is you will also follow this thinking pattern, like a detective, like a meditative gumshoe. Where is this thought-train going, and what … Continue reading “The Mind”

The Body, The View

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Body, The View MEDITATION: Our Somatic Unconscious GROUP PRACTICE: Metaphors We Live By Some Buddhists believe our body is the repository of all our conditioning, that as we move our consciousness into its dark spaces we facilitate a process of expression and catharsis. Let’s investigate. Then for the Group Practice, we’ll … Continue reading “The Body, The View”

The Ground

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Ground MEDITATION: Earth-Breathing GROUP PRACTICE: WTF: Exploring Meditation Questions and Challenges. Our first meditation comes by way of Reggie Ray, Vajrayana bad-boy in the tradition of his teacher, Chogyam Trungpa. This practice will turn you into a mountain, a hunk of breathing earth, like the way soil breathes when it’s … Continue reading “The Ground”