Welcome to the Meditation Group of Alexandria Meet-Up. We meditate together and organize group meditation to support spiritual practice. Meditation and relaxation has been demonstrated to have many health benefits.   In addition, it has a fundamental and time tested place in spiritual search and practice.  Fundamentally it is a work with attention.

These meet ups are organized by members of the Gurdjieff Society of Washington. The Gurdjieff Society of Washington was founded in 1949 by  longtime students and works with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and other Foundations around the world.

The "Work" is a living oral teaching based on  traditional methods of inner exploration shared in a group setting.  It consists of meetings, the study of ideas, music, the movements, inner exercises, crafts, and practical  work together.  Its aim is fully balanced self development.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff was born in 1866 in the area of the "Silk Road", a meeting place of cultures and traditions, in what is now eastern Turkey.  He was drawn to conduct a long spiritual search in remote parts of central Asia.  After visiting monasteries, dervish groups and traditional teachers, he discovered a teaching belonging to what he called "Ancient Knowledge" and spent the rest of his life sharing that teaching with the west.  After opening branches of his institute in many cities he opened the "Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man" near Paris in 1922.  He traveled to America a number of times and continued teaching until his death in 1949.

"Man's possibilities are very great.  You cannot even imagine a small part of what man is capable of attaining.  But nothing can be attained in sleep."

G.I. Gurdjieff

"We are in a group because we need help to find a quality in ourselves, a state in which we can experience something real.  We need higher influences that are inaccessible when we work alone with our ordinary means.  Without the group we cannot come to the necessary intensity.  The group can be a conduit for higher influences, ideas from a higher level of life.  But we must be wholly present.  We receive these ideas in the exact measure that we are present."

Jeanne de Salzmann, from The Reality of Being

Good source for informed information and essays:

Gurdjieff International Review: see: www.gurdjieff.org

The Gurdjieff Society maintains two properties for meetings and practical work, in Virginia and Maryland and may be contacted at 301-589-5022 or through www.gswdc.org

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