Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 6/9 (Montrose Beach)

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 will meet at 7PM at the Montrose Beach House at 200 W. Montrose Harbor Drive. http://bit.ly/LcykgF If you are not familiar with Montrose Beach, you go directly east on W. Montrose Harbor Drive, turn right at the first fork in the road (still called Montrose Drive) by the bait shop and walk half a block further. The beach house is on the left side of the street. We'll meet on the front steps and walk out to the beach as a group. (Call if you get lost -[masked]-2389.)

PARKING and TRANSPORTATION: There is a metered lot in Montrose Harbor if you are driving. This lot is located on the north side of Montrose. (Part of it is devoted to boat storage and part of it is metered parking.) There is also limited parking (free) on W. Montrose Dr. If you are riding a bicycle, be aware it will be dusk when we are leaving and a bicycle light is advisable. Public transportation that drops you at Montrose and Marine Drive will mean a half mile walk to the beach.

WHAT TO WEAR / BRING WITH YOU: When you come to the meetup, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Since we will be on hard packed sand, please bring your own beach chair, cushion, blanket, yoga mat or foam blocks—whatever it is that makes you most comfortable when you sit. Some people are bothered by bugs, so bring bug spray if you know that is a problem for you. Please arrive at 7PM. We will walk out onto the beach at 7:15PM. 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. Usually, we do a 10-minute walking meditation which you can participate in as you are able.
• Since we will be on the beach, it won't be conducive to conversation, so we will not do the reading. We'll enjoy some light refreshments after the session at the beach house for those who would like to stay.
• The session typically lasts 90 minutes.

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, our usual home for meditation. 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.

If weather should become inclement that day, please watch the website for a change in plans. We'll meet at Holy Trinity, 1218 W. Addison as we usually do if it is raining.

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  • Soo

    And, my body was definitely in touch with the wind off the lake :-). One of the thoughts floating through my mind during the meditation was about the Tibetan yogis who spend not just minutes, days or months, but years in a cold, inhospitable cave in the wilderness, meditating alone. I was grateful - for the fellowship of our group and grateful that the winds of Lake Michigan no more than transitory.

    June 11

    • Steve S.

      What a lovely perspective Soo. I was not nearly so hospitable in my reactions :-).

      June 11

  • Steve S.

    Note to self... the low 60's with a steady wind off the lake makes for a frigid evening! Rest assured, meditation can mean sitting with discomfort when it arises, but it's not about creating it! So we'll head back to the beach when our temperature rises a bit more. Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out to our shiverfest... a sure way to be in touch with the body :-).

    1 · June 10

  • Tony

    Ok everyone. The forecast for this evening is good. No rain expected but the temperatures will be in the upper 60's at the start and mid 60's by the time were finished after sunset. So bring a light jacket or sweater and definitely a blanket to cover your legs(if wearing shorts). See u out there in a while!

    June 9

  • Lori

    I am not going to make it tonight after all. Enjoy the lakefront!

    June 9

  • Kristi

    Also have to switch mine to a "no" tonight. Enjoy the beach, though, and hope to see everyone there again soon.

    June 9

  • Claudia G.

    Sorry to change our RSVP but Mark and I decided to stay home and take care of some overdue paperwork! enjoy .... it's a beautiful day to be at the beach ...

    June 9

    • Mark Z

      Yeah, what she said!

      June 9

  • Michele B.

    So sad to be missing but I am still quite sick!

    June 8

    • Mark Z

      We miss you too Michele, Hope you feel better soon. We'll send some healing energy your way.

      June 9

  • KT9000

    I've been reading a biography of the Soto Zen priest Shunryu Suzuki, and I wanted to share this teaching from him: "Buddhism is not any special teaching. It's our human way."

    When a priest from the rival Rinzai Zen sect came to visit, he expressed his disapproval of a sutra book he saw near the altar by tearing the book up and throwing it on the floor, shouting, "This is not Zen!"

    Suzuki calmly picked up the pieces and said, "That sutra book was donated to the temple on the occasion of a memorial service for a woman who belonged to a sect not represented in this area. We accept everything here. We chant everything. We eat everything." Then he added, "Let's go have some tea."

    I think of our group the same way. We welcome all comers, and Steve expresses this spirit of inclusiveness very graciously at the beginning of every sit. It is what brings me back time and again.

    2 · June 5

    • Steve S.

      What a beautiful story... thank you Krishna. A short snippet from Rumi with a similar sentiment... "Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there!"

      2 · June 5

    • Mark Z

      Anna, Can you see that by making the "Great Buddha" out to be anything less than "all that is and isn't," you are creating a world of duality? The moving, judgmental mind can always be found there. That is how I know. To find our true nature we must look for that still place where the all knowing perceiver can be found. Empty of thought, not moving, simply observing. That is the energy which connects us all. May one and all be peaceful, happy and free. With a bow of respect.

      1 · June 5

  • Soo

    Well said, Krishna! I wholeheartedly agree.

    1 · June 5

  • KT9000

    Enjoy the beach! I'll be back with the group on the 16th.

    June 4

  • Soo

    Yeah, Steve! Looking forward to being outdoors.

    June 3

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