Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 9/10

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, loose-fitting 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.

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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  • Golbahar D.

    Hello everyone,
    I am new to the Chicago area and I just moved from Dallas. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am teaching a class called the Mastery of Consciousness. It is going to be on Wednesday nights and it is a class on learning a variety of tools to master your mind. Please let me know if you are interested. Here is some information below! I really enjoyed Meditating with all of you last week and will be back soon. Thank you for making the world and your world a brighter place! Thank you!

    There is not enough room here to explain in detail what all the class is about so please contact me if there is any interest.

    Here are two benefits of the course:

    1. Become secure in who you are in any situation.
    2. Create more fulfilling relationships through learning to communicate clearly and active listening.

    With Love and Peace,

    September 19, 2012

    • Kristi

      Dear Golbahar,Our meetup group gets requests to disseminate information on average three times daily. We are a grass roots group with no employees... we're all working folks. Your cause is worthy and good. If you would like to publicize it on our website, please post it to our group message board here where all will see it:­

      You may be asked to "join" the group in order to make a post.

      In peace and gratitude,
      Steve Starr
      Organizer, Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group

      September 19, 2012

    • Golbahar D.

      Hi Kristi!
      I sincerely apologize for the mix-up. I am also new to meet up group and I was not sure of what I was doing. I will go ahead and do that. Thank you so much for being understanding. Golbahar

      September 19, 2012

  • Mark Z

    My time away always reminds me of how important this group has become to my life. Great job guiding us Kristi! Thanks for stepping up & providing such a wonderful sit. I am very grateful to all in attendance for sharing their presence & energy last night. An absolute honor to be present. Namaste with much Love to all

    September 11, 2012

  • Duane

    Nice job, Kristi. Yay.

    September 10, 2012

  • Steve S.

    Have a lovely evening tonight. I'll sit with you in spirit :-).

    September 10, 2012

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