Chakra Voodoo

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Chakra Voodoo
MEDITATION: Flow, with a secret chakra / sushumna meditation woven in just to see what will happen;
GROUP PRACTICE: This one will be cool

The many certainties of yogic science cause more than a few eyeballs to roll. No problem – let’s test it in the interpersonal laboratory. For this group practice we break into pairs and see what happens when we interact with each other as if we were speaking and listening from three very different centres: the head,  the heart, and the gut. This practice floored me the first time I tried it.

I am in the Resistance – for no reason

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: I am in the Resistance – for no reason
MEDITATION: Loving Kindness
GROUP PRACTICE: Tonglen

This is a compassion practice of breathing in people’s pain and breathing out relief. One of the interesting pieces of this practice is how much we resist doing it. We feel self-conscious, we think it’s cheesy. Or we get angry. We think “Shit! I’m supposed to be generating love and here I am getting pissed and resentful. I must be the biggest asshole.” Lots of ways to get stuck. And so we send the Tonglen out to all those who get stuck in a similar way. Meditation is like this – just pan back the camera one more notch and make your “problem” part of the practice.

The Lowest Common Denominator

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Lowest Common Denominator
MEDITATION: Space all through
GROUP PRACTICE: Space Walk

We walk around like astronauts. We turn to the human near us and say “Hello. I saw you at the station eating one of those specially-processed freeze-dried nutritional pellets.” We notice how talking is different in space.

The Fact That You Don’t Know Shit

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Fact That You Don’t Know Shit
MEDITATION: Just Sitting
GROUP PRACTICE: Don’t Know Mind and koan practice and collective bogglement.

Letting Go, of that Lady’s Purse

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME
: Letting Go, of that Lady’s Purse
MEDITATION: Non-Attachment
GROUP PRACTICE: How to be less odious in relationship and less of a klepto on the bus.

What is Contentment?

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: What is Contentment?
MEDITATION: Aimlessness – the Third Door of Liberation (just down the hall from the men’s room);
GROUP PRACTICE: Breaking down the doors to happiness, in a non-violent way

Boundaries

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Boundaries
MEDITATION: Exploring Body and Space
GROUP PRACTICE: Cool movement practice with Nadia

Everyone gets up and starts walking and deliberately follows a different person in the room but they don’t let them know who it is, so you just keep walking around and around in circles and everyone is all super-charged with hunter-instinct and I’ve done it it’s totally hilarious and fun and a good way to prepare for a stalking career.

The Senses

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: The Senses
MEDITATION: Sensory Flow
GROUP PRACTICE: Crystal Singing Bowls – more Deep Relaxation

Attention

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Attention
MEDITATION: Non-attachment
GROUP PRACTICE: Yoga Nidra and Deep Relaxation

Impermanence

TEACHER: Jeff Warren
THEME: Impermanence
MEDITATION: Flow
GROUP PRACTICE: Discussion: Soulful in the City – How to Find Big Mind in the Big Smoke