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Meditation Practice & Support @ Inner Balance

All teachers agree: The key to a successful meditation practice is regular practice. Therefore this meetup is looking for practitioners who are willing to make a dedicated effort to sit together weekly in order to fully realize the benefits of group practice. All levels and schools of thought are welcome. Meet like minded individuals while expanding your own personal practice in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Feel free to join us for a sitting and experience increased self awareness and inner peace by way of your journey inward.

TIME: Our meeting time will be 7:00pm so please arrive as close to 7:00pm as possible. We will begin our meditation promptly at 7:15pm. This meetup should end by approximately 9:30pm.

LOCATION: Inner Balance is located at the intersection of Pfingsten & Maria (northwest corner). That's between Dundee & Lake Cook across from Underwriters Laboratories. Parking is available in the lot west of the office park. Proceed up the center pathway until reaching Suite 107. If you think that you might need some additional help finding us, please feel free to contact me prior to the closing of RSVP's & I will be happy to provide you with my cell #.

FORMAT: We will begin with a short centering exercise, followed by introductions, some brief instruction and several basic yoga stretches before beginning our formal practice which is described as follows: We will sit in silence for two fifteen minute sessions focusing on our breath as the meditation object. There will be a short break between sessions for new practitioners to pause and readjust themselves if need be. More experienced meditators may practice all the way through both sessions without pausing if they so choose. When we finish there will be a shared reading or an audio presentation, time for questions, reflection and mingling for those who would like to participate.

FYI: Chairs will be available for those who prefer to use them. For those who choose to sit on the floor, blankets, cushions & floorchairs are also available but feel free to bring your own, meditation bench, pillow, yoga mat or zafu cushion if you prefer.

COST: A voluntary donation of $1.00 to help offset expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected.

If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meditation community in general, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to sitting in practice and sharing energy in the present moment with all who choose to attend. Namaste, Mark Z

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  • Claudia

    Great energy!

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Doralee

    Great! It was a larger group which was fine. I enjoy the positive energy, people opening up sharing different ideas and meeting new people.

    March 31, 2014

  • Mitch

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Lynn B.

    Thank you for coordinating this event. I had a wonderful evening and am excited to be a part of this group! I can't wait for the next one. Also, can you please tell me the name/author of the book we read from? I want to get one for myself. Thanks very much.

    3 · March 31, 2014

    • Mark Z (.

      Hi Lynn! On Tuesday's we are reading from "Start Where you Are" by Pema Chodron. On Sunday's we are finishing up her book entitled "When Things Fall Apart."

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Lynn B.

      Thanks very much!

      March 31, 2014

  • Mitch

    Rememberable

    4 · March 31, 2014

    • Mark Z (.

      Always the wordsmith! ;)

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    Three opinions about the word opinion. Enjoy!
    1.) A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

    2.) A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

    3.) In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts.

    Therefore are opinions worthy of our defense? How can you defend that which is uncertain or subject to change? Contrarily, does the Truth need anyone to defend it?

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • jola

    Great session, great group of people!

    3 · March 31, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    Warm weather, large energetic crowd & spiritual practice, what more can you ask for on a Sunday night? Welcome Carol, Casey & Lynn B.! Very grateful that you all chose to be present last night. Thanks for sharing your energy & insight's too. Welcome back Barbara & Ernest! Wonderful to have the energy of two core practitioners back in the circle with us. Enjoyed hearing Pema's wisdom on "opinion's" and participating in the rather spirited discussion that ensued. Special thanks to Julie for mustering the courage to be vulnerable while sharing & for recognizing her own growth. For me, that is one of the most precious elements of this group. The creation of a space where we can all feel comfortable enough to be open, express, process & grow while being supported by each other without any judgment. Always an honor to sit with y'all. Stay present my friends. With a bow & a hug!

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Thank you good people for showing up to sit last evening. It's always a privilege to journey with you.

    4 · March 31, 2014

  • Anitra

    always good; love to be around people, sharing good energy.

    5 · March 30, 2014

  • Karen

    Sorry, to miss this beautiful gathering tonight - a family situation has come up, so I'll now be participating in spirit. RSVP changed.

    March 30, 2014

    • Mark Z (.

      We'll miss you too Karen, looking forward to seeing you @ Saturday's event!

      March 30, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    Just a reminder y'all, we have a full house tomorrow evening with two waiting right now so if your plans end up changing, please remember to update your status promptly. Thanks in advance for your consideration. With a bow of gratitude!

    March 29, 2014

    • Mark Z (.

      Thanks for posting this Anitra, what an important message it is.

      March 29, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    Happy to open up another space for you Barbara! We've missed you, welcome back!

    March 29, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    Decided to open one more space up for you Kim!

    March 27, 2014

  • Kim

    If you aren't going, please let them know. I am on the wait list and would really like to attend. Thank you.

    March 27, 2014

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