At the end of every quarter, as a way of tracking the passage of time and underscoring the meaning of change in our lives, Heights Meditation members come together, go outside, walk around, look up and look down, and meditate. During the 45 minutes or so that we're underway, we walk in silence, slowly, and pay attention to life. Sometimes we stop and sit and close our eyes. Other times we walk in silence and let the fact that we're alive (and conscious of it) sink in.
That's no small thing, to let consciousness observe and take good care of itself. Another term for it is: waking up!
You have to ask yourself: when was the last time that you took the time to slow down and look and savor--actually look and savor--the world manifesting around us? Sometimes when you answer that question honestly, you will say: I haven't really done that since I was a child.
If you've ever observed Heights Meditation members walking through our Washington Heights neighborhood on one of our silent meditative walks, you'll have seen a group of people picking their way across the city landscape, stopping occasionally to sit in front of a river or an empty playground or a wall of yellow bricks. You'll have heard the gently jangling cow bell, the only sound we make as we move across a piece of northern Manhattan. The gentle jangles call us continually back to the present, to the now! now! now! that is the heart of the meditator's work.
This Saturday, April 9th, we will hold the annual Spring Walk followed by a get together in a private apartment. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with each other after our recent retreat upstate and to welcome spring and new meditators into our midst!
Here's the details. Please RSVP to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com if you intend to participate in the walk and/or the get together which will follow the walk. If you'd like to make a contribution to the get together (food or drink), please also let us know.
Annual Silent Meditation Walk
Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 AM sharp
(Meditators: please note time change, this walking meditation replaces the usual 8:00 AM sitt)
Meeting place: Cornerstone Center, West 189th Street and Bennett Avenue(A train to 181st Street or 1 train to 190th)
Social Hour: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Location TBD).
We look forward to seeing old friends and new friends on this occasion. Please bring along a friend if you like!
Thank you and see you Saturday!