In a few days' time, the autumn equinox will take place. On that day, the number of hours of darkness each day will equal and then quickly exceed the number of hours of daylight each subsequent day. Summer 2016, which only seems to have just begun, has run its course. Autumn begins.
Every quarter year, to mark the ever-changing seasons and learn to better accommodate change, we at Heights Meditation go for meditative walks through our neighborhood. These walks typically last about an hour. We move silently and slowly through the urban architecture and verdant parkland that surround us here in Washington Heights; we take note of all kinds of big and little things that normally we ignore. It's a kind of waking up experience that is simple, pure, and exquisitely clarifying.
Our quarterly Silent Meditative Walks are intended as an opportunity for you and your friends to slow down radically and to savor your life a bit more or a lot more. Although nothing ever 'happens' on these walks, a great deal always does, internally. Anyone who has ever participated in one will tell you that you end the walk as if transported from wherever you began it. By the end of the walk, your whole world seems to have revived around you: once again you feel embedded in your life, you feel grounded and centered, light and ephemeral all at once. It's no small thing to be these things all at once.
Friends and fellow Meditators! We invite you to take part in the 2016 Autumn Silent Walk:
Sunday, September 25th 2015
6:30 PM sharp
OSA/Cornerstone Center (corner of West 189th/Bennett Avenue)
Please let me know if you intend to attend by writing to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com. Please bring along something to drink if the evening is warm and please dress appropriately if it is cool or windy or rainy.
This Silent Walk is part of the Time Project at Heights Meditation. We hope you can attend because you owe it to yourself to attend.