Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 3/25

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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  • Mark Z

    Sorry, last minute change of plans, c y'all next week.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member do i get a parking permit? I will be coming foment work in alsip 126th and Cicero. However i live in little village. I don't want the hassle of parking after that drive. Tku

    March 24, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Hi Nunila. Come inside and purchase a parking permit. Then park your car.

      1 · March 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you!!!

      March 24, 2013

  • Tiffeny

    Not sure I can make it yet but interested. Is this an open session or do I need to RSVP every time and if bringing someone or not?

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I will attend. This is my first time.

    March 21, 2013

  • Lori G.

    My Mom's hand surgery well well but she will be needing my help for another week. See you all in April.

    March 20, 2013

    • Steve S.

      All the best to you Lori. Take good care and we'll see you soon!

      March 20, 2013

  • KT9000

    At the 3/18 meetup there were some thoughtful comments on understanding the concept of emptiness. This is from Guy Newland's book, "Introduction to Emptiness":

    'We can think of emptiness as like the clear, blue sky--a transparent space that is wide open. In that way, our empty natures mean that there is no limit to what we can become. We are not blocked, obstructed, or tied down. Right now, our powers to help others may be limited, but emptiness is the lack of chains preventing us from becoming more wise and loving. It is the absence of bars on the door, the freedom from any built-in limit on what we can be. How wise can we become? How loving? When we wonder about this, let's not impose limitations that are not part of reality.'

    The common theme between this quote and the comments made at the meetup is that the best way to think of emptiness is in terms of freedom or the absence of restrictions, rather than the usual sense of meaninglessness.

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Alan S.

      I like that definition Krishna - it is very accessible, and timely.

      March 20, 2013

    • Steve S.

      This is helpful, Krishna... thank you. As always, language can be a problem when trying to explain a spiritual concept that defies being boxed.

      March 20, 2013

  • nicholle b.

    look forward to being there

    March 20, 2013

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