Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 3/18

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. This group is great for people who have never meditated before and for those that have been meditating for years. The only prerequisite is a desire to meditate with others with a variety of experience levels in a supportive group setting. This group is open to all schools of thought and you are welcome regardless of your religious tradition—Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic. You are welcome if you have no label for your beliefs or do not wish to pursue anything other than a greater sense of peace, equanimity or physical health in your life.

LOCATION: We meet at The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the second floor Passavant Room. Holy Trinity is conveniently located three blocks west of Chicago's Wrigley Field at 1218 West Addison Street. Please enter through the door on Magnolia Street. There are two doors; please use the door furthest north that says 3609 above it.

PARKING: After 6:00 p.m. neighborhood permits (383) are needed. We have permits available thanks to meditators who live in the 383 neighborhood-parking zone. You can buy a permit for $0.50. There are also parking meters on Southport (about 3 blocks away). We note when the Cubs play at home because parking is a bit more challenging on those evenings, but not impossible!

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Red Line Addison stop at Wrigley Field; walk west to the church. Brown Line Southport stop; walk north to Addison and east to the church. #9 Ashland/Addison bus stop; walk east to the church. #152 Addison/Racine bus stop is 1/4 block east and Addison/Lakewood stop is 1/2 block west of the church. #22 Clark/Addison bus stop is 2 blocks east of the church.

WHAT TO WEAR / BRING WITH YOU: When you come to the meetup, wear comfortable clothes. If you prefer to sit on the floor for meditation, please bring your own cushion, blanket, yoga mat or foam blocks—whatever it is that makes you most comfortable when you sit. There are folding chairs for those who prefer to sit in a chair. Please arrive at 7pm. The doors will lock at 7:15pm. Please do not be late. It is not fair to yourself or the others to arrive after 7:15 p.m. (unless previously arranged). Thanks in advance for coming early or on time!

• We begin the evening with a "centering" practice and a brief group introduction.
• Next, the organizer goes over some brief instructions.
• Then we begin two 15-minute meditation sessions. A bell will ring after the first 15-minutes and again at the end of 30-minutes. On occasion, if space in the room permits, we may do a 10-minute sit, followed by a 10-minute walking meditation and a 15-minute sit.
• Afterwards, there is time for any comments and mingling with the other meditators. We also usually have a group reading and discussion.
• The session typically lasts 90 minutes... ending at about 8:45PM.

SUGGESTED DONATION: The fee for each session is a $1 suggested donation to cover the fee, parking permits and space costs. We are responsible to pay a generously reduced rent to Holy Trinity. Please be mindful that heat, air conditioning, lights and janitorial services come with costs. When you can practice generosity for the gift we have been given, it is greatly appreciated.

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  • John

    Thanks to everyone for great relaxing time ....

    March 19, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Thanks for unwrapping the emperor/hermit parable with such thoughtfulness and care. It became much richer for me after hearing other's thoughts.

    2 · March 19, 2013

  • nicholle b.

    I thought the meeting last night was very relaxing look forward to coming again. Good seeing you all.

    March 19, 2013

  • Whitney

    Thanks, everyone for a wonderful evening.

    March 19, 2013

  • KT9000

    It was a rewarding experience as always. Thanks to Steve for organizing, and to everyone who attended! Have a wonderful week, and as the caption on a Far Side cartoon said, "And, as you travel life's highway, don't forget to stop and eat the roses."

    2 · March 19, 2013

  • Mark Z

    Feeling a touch under the weather today so we won't be able to attend tonight. Sending light & love to y'all as we practice from home. Namaste

    March 18, 2013

    • KT9000

      Stay warm!

      March 18, 2013

    • Jeff G.

      My best, Mark... going to stay home, too. The cold/damp really gets to reading "Anger" per your inspiration...Peace.

      March 18, 2013

  • Juan C.

    Ive been wanting to attend ever since I joined the group..and, AGAIN, im unable to, for something more pressing has come up, huge reason for me wanting to take some time out to meditate is these inopportune must do´s. I´ll try again next time. Enjoy! JuanK

    March 18, 2013

  • Eva

    see u tomorrow

    March 18, 2013

  • nicholle b.


    March 13, 2013

  • Sam B.

    I wasn't able to make it last week, but I'll try again.

    March 13, 2013

  • Brook F.

    Greetings- I am attending a meditation group closer to home for the time being. I may just stick to one the group a week until the weather is nicer out. Until later, love, peace and universal blessings to everyone!

    1 · March 12, 2013

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