Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 8/22- 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 or Buddhist. 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: August 22 will be a special event or at least a special location. We'll meet at the Montrose Beach House (meet on the west side front steps) and walk out onto the beach together. IF YOU GET LOST, CALL THE ORGANIZER'S CELL PHONE [masked]).

PARKING: There is a metered lot just west of the Montrose Beach House that accepts quarters or debit cards. There is also limited free street parking - no permit required.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Those of you who normally take public transportation will need to plan extra time to get out to Montrose Beach on foot. It's also readily accessible by bicycle, but you'll need to make sure you have a headlight for a safe departure because the sun will have set by the time we conclude.

WHAT TO WEAR / BRING WITH YOU: Dress for the weather! Hopefully it is warm and you'll be able to carry your shoes out to the waterfront and walk barefoot in the sand. Bring a yoga mat and a cushion is you would like. Generally speaking, sand will come off any blanket you use once it dries. Please arrive at 7pm. 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! 

NOTE: IN CASE OF RAIN, WE WILL PLAN TO MEET AT HOLY TRINITY AS WE USUALLY DO. THE ORGANIZER WILL MAKE THAT CALL BY NOON ON AUGUST 22!

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.

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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  • Lorena

    Fortunate to make this meditation meetup at Montrose Beach. Perfect evening to enjoy the beach and meditate along our great Chicago shores. Very relaxing and great way to start the week!

    August 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an awesome evening, Thank you!

    August 23, 2011

  • Steve S.

    This was a beautiful way to experience spaciousness... within and without. A truly lovely evening to participate in! Thanks to all who so graciously participated... helping each other and providing yummy refreshments.

    August 23, 2011

  • Claudia G.

    This is my first time on a beach and walk meditation and I absolutely loved it! Being near the water and feeling the sand was a wonderful way to connect with the calmness within me. I found it easy to simple be and contemplate. Thanks Steve for this great idea and for the refreshments afterwards (thanks to Mark also for providing various drinks and munchies, and Ken... your Kombucha rocked!). Have a wonderful week everyone!

    August 23, 2011

  • Mark Z

    An awe inspiring event! So happy to be with everyone as we took our practice to the serenity of a beautiful evening outdoors. A light breeze, peaceful waves and a glorious sunset, what more could we ask for? Very grateful to have shared this experience with so many wise and beneficial friends. As always, a genuine honor to sit in practice with this spiritually vibrant group. Namaste Y'all

    August 23, 2011

  • Jennifer M.

    Awesome, perfect day and beautiful location! I felt at peace then and now! Lookin foward to more meetups!! Thanks so much!!

    August 22, 2011

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