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This month is dedicated to practices that work actively with the mind-body connection. I still remember the first time I experienced this connection in an unmistakable way. One day after my meditation sit, I felt a bit stiff and I did a downward dog yoga stretch. I felt the familiar painful stretching in my hamstrings, then, without really meaning to, I focused my attention there. My body swung down several inches deeper into the pose and there was no longer any pain in my legs.
On December 10 we’re offering a back to basics meditation workshop. Learn fundamental skills of mindfulness meditation. We’ll focus on concentration, body awareness, observing thoughts, and relaxation. Practice sessions will be followed by Q and A discussions to get your meditation questions answered. You’ll leave with simple tools you can take back to your everyday life. With its focus on fundamentals, this workshop will be accessible to first time meditators and is an opportunity for … Continued
In meditation the skill of concentration is both the engine and steering wheel of practice. Very simply, concentration is the skill of intentionally controlling attention. Putting your mind where you want it to go rather than letting it be swept wherever the winds of unconscious mental habits would carry it. New class starts Wednesday, January 25th! Register here We are often told that meditation is all about letting go, but this is only one part … Continued
Join the Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC) for a day of learning and meditation practice with Buddhist polymath Shinzen Young, a key mentor for CEC teachers. Shinzen’s gift for insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, and humour has long made him one of the most respected Buddhist teachers in the West. His teachings merge scientific clarity with a rare grasp of source-language teachings, East and West. Don’t miss this opportunity to sit and dialogue with a true master.
This course is for anyone who’s ever felt frustrated by not knowing what to do when challenging emotions surface – either on the meditation cushion, or in the midst of daily life.
Next class starts Nov 9!
Many people, especially busy urban dwellers, feel overwhelmed and undernourished. They struggle alone with their challenges, and are only rarely able to discuss – let alone practice – deep matters of belonging and connection and embodiment. The vision of The Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC) is to provide a fun and accessible venue where people can discuss these things as they emerge from perspective-altering spiritual and psychological and social practices. Our members go on mind-body adventures – together and independently – and then share their insights and discoveries and inspiration with the community. For this month’s offerings, click on the most recent monthly post on the homepage
Not your typical meditation and yoga winter getaway. In addition to the daily yoga flows and meditation sits and beach lounging and ocean surfing and community chill-sessions and tropical monkey staring contests, every night we’ll going to explore a different aspect of consciousness. So: a lucid dreaming workshop, body archetype exploration, self-Inquiry practice, campfire kirtan, and guided Disco-swing dance party finale. A winter yoga and meditation retreat to reset your mind and reinvigorate your life.
Course features a mix of guided meditation, discussion, and weekly meditation-in-action homework assignments designed to introduce existential tomfoolery into the lives of participants. The intention is to give everyone tools to enhance their well-being, and also to increase people’s contemplative literacy without getting religious or precious. Class discussion and practice move between the practical and the transcendent; our lives unfold between these two scales.
“Jeff Warren is an exceptional teacher. He explains difficult, intangible subjects with razor clarity. His enthusiasm is contagious and never wanes – not for his subject or for his students, all of whom he treats with warmth, empathy and professionalism.” – Roy Baskind, neurologist