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Extended Meditation Practice & Support @ NSUC

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: North Shore Unitarian Church (NSUC) is located in Deerfield on Half Day Road (Route 22) 1 mile west of Waukegan Road and 1/2 mile of the I-94 Tollway on the north side of the street. The church shares a driveway with 3000 Half Day Road. Look for their sign as you approach the building. Once you’ve turned into the driveway, you’ll take an immediate right to enter the church campus. The front door is in the back! Ample parking will be available at no cost. If you think that you might need some additional help locating 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, 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 thirty minute sessions focusing on our breath as the meditation object. We will perform one period of walking meditation between these two sessions. When we finish there will be a shared reading or 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 please bring your own, meditation bench, pillow, yoga mat or zafu cushion.

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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  • Anitra

    great

    April 15, 2014

  • Zornitza P.

    I would recommend watching the new Cosmos show on Fox. I remember seeing the very first episode - it definitely brings a whole new perspective on the everyday life.

    April 14, 2014

  • Mark Z

    Rain on me!! Really enjoyed the symphony of droplets which accompanied our sitting. Found them to be very cleansing at the soul level. Also welcomed the warm energy which radiated throughout the circle. With so many genuine & Loving hearts present, could it be any different? Always Love the challenges presented by these longer sittings. Sounds as if many of you share that sentiment. We certainly deepen our understanding of ourselves by spending longer periods in silence & stillness. Welcome Adriana, Kathy, Robert, Zornitza & Monica's new guest (I must humbly apologize for not remembering your name). So very honored that y'all chose to join us last night. The addition of your energy to our circle was refreshing and most appreciated. Welcome back Evelyn, Konrad & Pete! So grateful to have three dear friends back at home with us. Thanks again to everyone for being present and helping to make this another peaceful evening of practice together. Namaste, with much Love to all!

    3 · April 14, 2014

    • Mitch

      Anitra stole the show!!! Thank you!!

      April 14, 2014

    • Mitch

      We loved it Anitra. Thank you for that.

      April 14, 2014

  • Adriana V.

    It was a great experience!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Claudia G.

    Thank you to everyone who attended, your presence is what gives this circle a chance to be loving and supportive. I appreciated all your insights and contributions last night, I always come out with more acceptance and understanding of life and myself. Have a great week everyone!

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • Mitch

    Metaphysical

    April 13, 2014

  • Monica

    Mark, I will be a little late. Sorry, I am waiting for Richie.

    April 13, 2014

  • Mark Z

    Meditation is in the air! Decided to open up five more spots.

    2 · April 12, 2014

    • Mitch

      Here's five thoughts for your 5 spots:
      1. Did I experience joy today?
      2. Was I able to accept life/the reality of the present moment, today?
      3. Did I try to change myself Or did I try to change other people/things, today?
      4. Was I compassionate and gentle to anybody today?
      5. Did I remember the law of karma today?

      April 13, 2014

  • Mitch

    If any of you are looking for a spiritual, mantra oriented, fun experience tonight, I'll see you at: Check out:"CHANTING MEDITATION at the Infinity Foundation with THE BHAKTI CARAVAN" http://meetu.ps/2jb9k2

    April 12, 2014

  • Lynn B.

    Hi all, my plans changed and I would like to attend now. I'm on the waitlist. If someone isn't going to be able to make it, would you please change your RSVP? Thank you very much!

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Claudia G.

      Hi Lynn
      We are at the church so there is a lot more space so plan to come anyhow. Mark will open up a couple more spots probably later but we would love to have you! Enjoy the day, the weather is beautiful!!

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • lisa s.

    I like that, Mitch!

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Mark Z

    Welcome back Jeff!

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Mitch

    The past is a guide post, not a hitching post.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Mitch

    Www.24hoursofhappy.com

    April 10, 2014

    • Anitra

      OMG! This is the best thing ever:) I love it!

      1 · April 11, 2014

    • Anitra

      I'm having a rough day, and it isn't even 9am yet....takes my mind off of it.

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Mitch

    April 6, 2014

    • Mark Z

      Right on!! Wonderful post Mitch :)

      April 10, 2014

  • Mitch

    Some you may like to chant mantras to music. I've done it a few times and loved it. http://www.meetup.com/Inner-Balance-Meditation/events/176163262/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=176163262&_af=event

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Mark Z

      You're fast becoming the Don King of Inner balance! ;)

      1 · April 10, 2014

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