Smoothness in the Sensorimotor System

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Smoothness in the Sensorimotor System MEDITATION: The Empty Ground GROUP PRACTICE: Authentic Movement. OK, the ground that keeps on giving. In the meditation we’ll see if we can sort of sneak down into the subbasement of the mind, below all the spinning turbines, below the machinery. Just empty smoothness down here, which frees us up … Continue reading “Smoothness in the Sensorimotor System”

The Secret Soft Space Songbook

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Secret Soft Space Songbook MEDITATION: No Trace Listening GROUP PRACTICE: Kirtan Continuing on with our Summer of Love series, this week we explore the mystery of song. We’ll begin with smoothing out our listening circuits, then we’ll introduce a few cosmic overtones and investigate where and how they activate our body. All this to … Continue reading “The Secret Soft Space Songbook”

Life is a Highway

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Life is a Highway MEDITATION: I Wanna Ride it All Night Long GROUP PRACTICE: Are You Going my Way? CEC’s Emily Squirrell gave me this idea and I love it. All this talk of meditation-as-path. Well of course, in some ways EVERYONE is on a path, we just rarely take the time to … Continue reading “Life is a Highway”

Love, Sex and Awakening

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Love, Sex and Awakening MEDITATION: Something juicy and embodied GROUP PRACTICE: Collective Wonderment Back in The Day, when the CEC was run out of my living room, the group practice was called “Collective Wonderment,” and the “practice” was basically jamming in a group about a particular theme, exploring ideas and emotions … Continue reading “Love, Sex and Awakening”

The Future

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Future MEDITATION: The Present GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 7: The Future of the CEC. Our final activate session, at least for this round, this one is about the CEC itself. Based on what we learned last week, what can be integrated into how we do things at the CEC? Should we … Continue reading “The Future”

Into the World

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Into the World MEDITATION: Expand in Space, Ground in Sound GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 6: Finding the Golden Thread The poet William Stafford (“for it is important that awake people be awake”) used to talk about finding the golden thread in a poem, in a moment, in a life – the thread … Continue reading “Into the World”

Lighting in a Bottle

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: Lighting in a Bottle MEDITATION: Verve and Vitality GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 5: Activating This last week, we finalize the details of each initiative and share them with the larger group. We’ll explore how to energize the language of caring with an automatic writing exercise, empowering each other to unleash our store … Continue reading “Lighting in a Bottle”

Hidden Assumptions

TEACHER: Jeff THEME: Hidden Assumptions MEDITATION: Patterns of Inner Activation GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 4: Service is Edge-Riding We’ll continue to flesh out the details of our potential new initiatives, but this week we’ll also mindfully explore what hidden assumptions we may be bringing to the table. One of the big lessons from the development scene … Continue reading “Hidden Assumptions”

The Big Picture

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Big Picture MEDITATION: Grounding and Expanding. GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 3: Choosing and Consolidating Ok we’re starting to build some momentum here. We’ve shared stories and potentially identified some key areas to explore. Time to consolidate our creativity and focus in on a few concrete initiatives, either one you personally share … Continue reading “The Big Picture”

The Stories We Tell

TEACHER: Jeff Warren THEME: The Stories We Tell MEDITATION: Into the Heart GROUP PRACTICE: Activate 2: Connecting to our Personal Motivation To prepare for this session, try to think about a challenge you faced or an experience you had that really affected you and might hint at an activate direction you’d want to go. Maybe … Continue reading “The Stories We Tell”