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Stillwater Meditation

Come join us for an evening of silent meditation in sacred community. Silent meditation gives one the space to unfold and relax into one's natural and undivided self. This practice is excellent for maintaining a life of well being while consciously continuing along a path of self care and discovery. In practicing together, we support each other in our individual processes as well as being with what is, exactly as it is in the present moment. This event is led in a satsang style, including a talk about an aspect of the path of meditation and an interactive exploration that gives the participants the opportunity to consciously open into their deepest selves. This group is offered every Monday evening at the East Bay Healing Collective, and draws upon teachings from many traditions including Advaita Vedanta, Western Non-dualism, and indigenous traditions of North and South America. Open to everyone and well-suited for beginners and experienced meditators alike, a typical evening includes 40-45 minutes of meditation, a talk inspired by various spiritual teachings, and interactive time of Q & A / discussion. One only needs the openness to sit with oneself, the curiosity to be with what arises, and the courage to be honest about what is discovered. If you are new to meditation and would like some extra guidance or have questions, feel free to come a few minutes early and/or stay a few minutes late! Further your practice with us, or come dip a toe into a quiet reflective space and explore what is here for you.
Group Leader tonight: Rain Elizabeth Stickney

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  • Rae

    I felt the meditation lead on monday was amazing! The facilitator did wait for late-comers to arrive but was very courteous of those who did show up on time by starting a meditation fit for those of all experience levels. The welcoming and calm energy of the room was an experience that was absolutely worth every minute. my only compliant is I wish it would of lasted longer. Everyone who came that day, whether late or on time were welcomed with open arms (something you can expect every monday regardless of who is facilitating). Rain, who announced the sub facilitator the week before hand is an amazing hostess and I have never met a person who has disagreed with me. There was a gap between meditation time where there was an extremely rewarding discussion which was a prefect opportunity for any new individuals to join in, beginner or advance meditators. I love this group and thankful for Rain's dedication to helping us all on our own journeys!

    September 4, 2013

  • Tracy B.

    Rain, Gavin, thank you both for your responses. And Gavin, not to worry: your half-circle setup in no way made me feel excluded and had nothing to do with what happened.

    September 3, 2013

  • gavin

    I personally felt that I benefited greatly from the discussion and meditation yesterday. Many of the attendees offered their wisdom and Derek, who was substituting for Rain, guided us into a deeper understanding of some of the concepts of Advaita Vedanta. The five of us who came at the start had formed a half-circle towards one end of the room so that we could have a more intimate feel to the discussion. I regret that this set-up may have made the two latecomers feel excluded. After ten minutes of waiting for more people to arrive, we unfortunately assumed that due to the holiday, no more people would be joining us. We therefore began the short, guided meditation.

    September 3, 2013

  • Tracy B.

    A waste of time on my holiday evening! I arrived about 4 minutes after the Meetup time, but no sign of the hostess. I saw people already meditating, but decided they must be a different meditation group, because 1) there was no Meetup-like greeting going on or any introductions of attendees or of the meditation style (as indicated in the Meetup description), 2) they were already in the midst of a meditation session, and 3) it looked like a different group from who RSVP'd for the Meetup. I poked around for a few minutes looking unsuccessfully for the hostess and checking for updates on the Meetup site, but I finally gave up and sat in the room and watched the other group meditate. When they were done, they told me that the woman I looking for was away that night, and no word on the Meetup. WTF! The hostess stood us up! I was so angry that I just left. I must say, however, that the guy who was running that meditation group was welcoming and nice. Too bad I missed the meditation.

    September 2, 2013

    • Rain Elizabeth S.

      Dear Tracy, thank you for articulating your experience last night. I am so sorry to hear how it was challenging for you. Because this is a meditation group that meets every Monday evening, even on holidays, I am not able to facilitate every time. In my place, there are carefully selected guest teachers. This time, I had announced who would be leading last night in the group the prior Monday. Sometimes, I announce the sub on our Meetup site. You, indeed, were in the right place! Please feel free to respond directly if you would like to connect more, and I welcome you back anytime. All the best, Rain ([masked])

      September 3, 2013

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