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Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group - 1/6

Everyone is welcome to join our weekly meditation on Monday evening at 7:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome. This group is great for people who have never meditated before and for those that have been meditating for years. The only prerequisite is a desire to meditate with others with a variety of experience levels in a supportive group setting. This group is open to all schools of thought and you are welcome regardless of your religious tradition—Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic. You are welcome if you have no label for your beliefs or do not wish to pursue anything other than a greater sense of peace, equanimity or physical health in your life.

LOCATION: We meet at The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the second floor Passavant Room. Holy Trinity is conveniently located three blocks west of Chicago's Wrigley Field at 1218 West Addison Street. Please enter through the door on Magnolia Street. There are two doors; please use the door furthest north that says 3609 above it.

PARKING: After 6:00 p.m. neighborhood permits (383) are needed. We have permits available thanks to meditators who live in the 383 neighborhood-parking zone. You can buy a permit for $0.50. There are also parking meters on Southport (about 3 blocks away). We note when the Cubs play at home because parking is a bit more challenging on those evenings, but not impossible! ALSO, we have rented 6 diagonal spots in back of MissioDei Church, 1242 W. Addison. These spots are $2. A tag is available for purchase before meditation. Entry is through the alley on Magnolia across the street from the entry to Holy Trinity. You will see the diagonal parking immediately on the south side of the alley.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Red Line Addison stop at Wrigley Field; walk west to the church. Brown Line Southport stop; walk north to Addison and east to the church. #9 Ashland/Addison bus stop; walk east to the church. #152 Addison/Racine bus stop is 1/4 block east and Addison/Lakewood stop is 1/2 block west of the church. #22 Clark/Addison bus stop is 2 blocks east of the church.

FORMAT:
• We begin the evening with a "centering" practice and a brief group introduction.
• Next, the organizer goes over some brief instructions.
• Then we begin two 15-minute meditation sessions. A bell will ring after the first 15-minutes and again at the end of 30-minutes. Usually, we do a 10-minute walking meditation which you can participate in as you are able.
• There will be a brief reading from a selected book and discussion until about 8:45.
• The session typically lasts 90 minutes.

SUGGESTED DONATION: The fee for each session is a $1 suggested donation to cover the meetup.com fee, parking permits and space costs. We are responsible to pay a generously reduced rent to Holy Trinity. Please be mindful that heat, air conditioning, lights and janitorial services come with costs. When you can practice generosity for the gift we have been given, it is greatly appreciated.

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  • Steve S.

    This was an evening to remember... Sitting in the midst of some of the most extreme weather our city can serve up reminds me of our vulnerability and the raw beauty of the earth in extremis. We sat humbly and warmly. Many thanks!

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exactly what I was looking for! Silent meditation, guided meditation, meaningful discussion. Really wonderful!

    January 7, 2014

  • Steven

    Sorry but I am going to miss my first group meeting and the first meeting of 2014.

    I have to agree with Mark Z, the weather conditions are too extreme for me. I look forward to joining you next week. Be safe.


    Namaste

    January 6, 2014

  • Mark Z (.

    I hate to miss 2014's first sitting but conditions are just to extreme for me to make the long journey south. Have a wonderful evening together & I'll hope to join y'all next week. Stay safe out there.

    January 6, 2014

  • Tim P.

    Is this happening tomorrow with the weather? Seems like a lot of things are closed or cancelled.

    January 5, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Let's have a look tomorrow Tim. The forecast looks pretty rough, but it's worth taking a look at what we 've got in the light of day.

      January 5, 2014

    • Steve S.

      I am good to go, Tim. Use good care in deciding whether or not to come. This weather is pretty dangerous if you get stuck outside.

      January 6, 2014

  • Mary J.

    I can't make it this Monday but I hope to attend in the near future. Is the diagonal parking always available? How much time should I a lot to parking there? (should I arrive super early to get the tag? can I buy tags for future Mondays? I would hate to get ticketed while I run to get the tag...) Thx!

    January 5, 2014

    • Mary J.

      Thank you. I assume street parking would be hard to get, so when I come, I will try for the diagonal parking. Hope to come soon!

      January 6, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Mary, the diagonal parking behind Misseo Dei is not available tonight. It will be street parking only with a 383 permit. Don't take any undo travel risks... it can be dangerous to be stranded or stuck outside. But the main streets are plowed and public transit is operating.

      January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So this is happening tonight then despite the cold? I'll be there if it's happening tonight.

    January 6, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Hi Tim. Yes, I am able to get my car out and have traveled at least around the block today. So the leader will be there. Be SAFE! Don't take any undo risks if you will be exposed to cold for an extended period.

      January 6, 2014

  • Kristi

    Please know there is no parking available behind Missio Dei for January 6.

    1 · January 5, 2014

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