Thanks to those who took the time to complete to the survey. We had 13 people respond to the questions, and it was helpful to see what interest and experience level people have. Here is a summary of the results:
- We had a fair amount of experience levels and types of experiences, staring with tai chi (10), and closely followed by other forms of meditation (8) (sitting, guided, walking).
- Most people (9) practice less than once a week, and are interested in meetups that happen once a week (8), and Monday and Thursday evenings looked best schedule-wise.
- Almost everyone (12) wanted a meditation experience and a discussion period, and most thought that having it after sitting would be best.
- Discussion topics mentioned include incorporating meditation and mindfulness into daily life, studying masters like Eckhart Tolle and buddhist teachers, meditation and relaxation techniques, various philosophies and perspectives, and commenting on short readings.
- Most were not interested in hosting, or on the fence.
- Final comments included interest in allowing people to make of this group what they want, and having community events like labyrinth walks, potluck dinners, etc.
So there will be more coming about an upcoming meetup where we can get things going. I'm thinking of Monday evenings from 6pm to 8pm at a regular location. Right now I'm looking at some churches that rent space out where we could have plenty of room and have the same place and time each week. My idea is to have the first half-hour for people who are new to meditation to talk about some techniques and ways to meditation, since some people mentioned no experience, then open sitting from 6:30pm for 30 or 45 minutes, followed by discussion for as long as people want.
I'll be looking into some downtown Portland locations this week and see if we can get something started next Monday. Thanks again for your participation in the survey, and I look forward to getting a regular meeting going soon. Please feel free to email me if you have any comments or questions.