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: Montrose Beach is at 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive. We'll meet at the Montrose Beach House (meet on the west side front steps) and walk out onto the beach together. To reach the beach house, walk directly east on Montrose and turn right at the bait house. You'll see the beach house on the east side of the road. 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. 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 October 3!
• We begin the evening with a "centering" practice and a brief group introduction.
• Next, the organizer goes over some brief instructions.
• We will start with a 15 minute sitting meditation followed by a walking meditation. We'll conclude with another 15 minute sitting meditation.
• To conclude, we'll walk back to the beach house in silence and enjoy some refreshment before departing.
• 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.