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”

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”