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Sitting Rock Meditation: Billy Goat Trail Section C

  • Feb 21, 2009 · 10:00 AM


Update about event:
This was originally scheduled as an Ashtanga Yoga hike. I scoped out the trail last week and discovered it's not the best place to practice yoga in large groups and it was too wet for yoga mats. It's is perfect for sitting rock meditation!!! What is sitting rock meditation? Find a rock overlooking the canal where you can hear the rapids, sit on it, quiet your mind.

About the trail: It's a fairly short and easy hike. There is one spot where you are required to cross a river and that can be a little tricky. It's muddy, but a lot of fun. A fairly busy trail so not much wildlife. A lot of interesting mushrooms to look at and I spotted a very friendly racoon, possibly a muskrat looking thing. Whatever it was, it was very cute.

RSVP Policy: Maybe rsvps are turned off. It's best to keep group size down. It's more zen and is conscious of other hiker's on the trail. One way to secure a spot is to volunteer to help organize for the event.

How long will it take for sitting?
It's entirely up to you. I like to sit for as long as it takes for the anxiety to go away and then give myself 10 minutes to enjoy the calmness and the view. Perhaps 20-30 mins. Do we need yoga mat?
Not for this hike. You might want to bring something to sit on. what to bring, how to dress, what to expect, etc.
How to dress depends on the weather. Dress appropriately. Dress in something you don't mind getting dirty. Where shoes you don't mind getting muddy. Where clothes that are comfortable. Wear layers. You might want to bring something to drink, maybe a little snack, but you really just need to bring yourself. If you want to bring me some chocolate, I wouldn't mind. Don't expect anything, hopefully that way you won't be disappointed :)
We will meet in the parking lot. I think it's best to try to get to know each other a little before the hike. So my idea is that we get together in a circle and introduce yourself, then people get to ask you a couple questions. We'll see how that works. Ideally, we'll break up into smaller groups for the hike. We meet up at a large rock outpost over looking the water to calm the mind, or you can find your own private spot, or just hang out.
I'm not qualified to teach meditation or hiking for that matter. I don't think you need to be qualified. We're just a group of individuals meeting up to enjoy nature and learn from each others experiences. Those with more experience will help those with less. Meditation is like working out. It's still effective, even if you don't have the best technique. A couple of small things. Legs crossed, good posture, back straight. Repeat a mantra like: om, shanti, peace, shalom or even better, come up with a personal one. You can try a Kundalini practice to increase your knowledge… inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right. Keep the questions coming.

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  • Tony

    My apologies to anyone who tried to make it and couldn't find us. Eggert Dr was not marked and I don't think anyone knew to look for the guy standing by a Grey Mazda Hatchback. There were 4 of us and we waited in the first parking lot until 10:30. This was our first event. Hopefully people were still able to enjoy the day. Next time, I will make sure to check the directions, give out my cell phone, and email everyone exactly where to meet, what to look for, etc.

    February 21, 2009

  • Tony

    For the few that found it, we had a great time. We saw a deer, found a nice beach by rapids for our meditation, and just good vibes all around. Check the site for pics.

    February 21, 2009

  • Ron W

    Same here. Tried to go to the event and checked out both parking lots for Billy Goat C, and did not see anyone in the lots or a group on the Billy Goat C trail, which I hiked (Kevin, I might have passed you). I am very curious if the event happened, and where the meeting place was supposed to be.

    February 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I arrived at the meeting location (at least, I think it was the meeting location - the parking lot) and no one was there. I waited around 10 minutes, did some stretches, and figured that as I didn't see anyone, I might as well hike the trail myself, since I was coming from the Baltimore area. I did go out on the trail, found a few nice spots to sit and relax and meditated for a while, still seeing no one from the group on the trail. I spent a majority of my time taking good pictures and just enjoying the area. I did not see anyone and I even hiked the trail a little more after I completed the loop.

    February 21, 2009

  • Gemma

    I tried to go to this event, but I couldn't find it. I tried to go to Eggert Dr. but all I found was a Commercial Plant. I ended up hiking the Billy Goat myself, anyways. Next time, can we meet at Old Angler's Inn, or a more knowable parking lot?

    February 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am not sure if I can get to this location via public transportation. If anyone has any suggestions it would be very helpful. I am coming from Gaithersburg and would take the metro or bus to anywhere I need to get.

    February 18, 2009

  • Tony

    Hey Naomi, Your questions are answered above. Thanks!

    February 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long will it take for sitting? Do we need yoga mat? I've never been to this kind of event before so please give us more details, what to bring, how to dress, what to expect, etc. Thanks.

    February 5, 2009

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