Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 5/20

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! ALSO, we have rented 6 diagonal spots in back of MissioDei Church, 1242 W. Addison. These spots are $2. A tag is available for purchase before meditation. Entry is through the alley on Magnolia across the street from the entry to Holy Trinity. You will see the diagonal parking immediately on the south side of the alley.

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!

FORMAT:
• 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 meetup.com 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

    Wonderful to be back in the circle again! Thanks to all for being present thus shaping our collective experience. I second Alan's comment, very grateful for your leadership Steve, we benefit so much from your tireless efforts. Really appreciated the thought provoking discussion afterwards. A genuine honor to practice with y'all. With a bow of respect

    May 21, 2013

  • Steve S.

    It was great to sit with old friends and new... truly an honor.

    May 21, 2013

    • Alan S.

      Thanks Steve - the honor is really ours for you continuing to run this week to week.

      1 · May 21, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Great... a win win situation :-)

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • Mark Z

    The Gurnee crew is very much looking forward to being present with y'all this evening! Really been missing the positive energy of this wonderful circle.

    May 20, 2013

    • Jeff G.

      Looking forward to it too!

      May 20, 2013

  • Farrell

    Something's come up for tomorrow evening - I'll have to make it for another time.

    May 19, 2013

  • Michele B.

    After my long absence, I am bringin a good friend as a guest! I look forward to to the meeting!

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Steve S.

      It will be lovely to see you Michele. We're on page 34 of "Buddhism Without Beliefs."

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First timer here, is there a particular dress code? Very excited to begin this experience!

    May 18, 2013

    • KT9000

      Welcome Bryan! I recommend wearing something you find comfortable, jeans and t-shirts are just fine. I'm sure others will jump in here with suggestions as well.

      May 18, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Ditto to Krishna's comments Bryan. No dress code... just whatever provides comfort for you.

      May 19, 2013

  • Farrell

    Actually a question - will there be a session on the 27th?

    May 14, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Hi Farrell. No, we will not be meeting on the 27th (Memorial Day as celebrated by the US).

      May 19, 2013

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