Our group meets every day of the week because the benefits of meditation only really accrue to the meditator when you practice regularly. Most people find consistent practice of meditation difficult when done alone. On the other hand, most everyone finds it easy and pleasurable to practice in a group of friendly, similarly-minded folks!
Everyone is welcome to join us at Heights Meditation, even if you have never practiced meditation before. Please let the moderator know if you are new to the practice and need some special guidance during our meetings; we are happy to provide some and we want your visit with us to be useful , informative, and pleasurable to you.
Please scroll down this webpage to see the details of each day's meetings!
Saturday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 AM. “Beginners and Others” meditation. (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Sunday evenings, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. “Chant + Meditation = Focus and Peace.” (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Monday mornings, 7:00 - 7:35 AM . "Practicing the Technique." (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Tuesday mornings, 7:00 - 7:35 AM . "Practicing the Technique." (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Wednesday mornings, 6:00 – 6:30 AM ("The Lounge" at Hudson View Gardens, corner of West 183rd Street & Pinehurst Avenue.
Please go down the driveway. The second door on the right reads "The Lounge.")
Wednesday mornings, 7:00 - 7:35 AM . "Practicing the Technique." (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Thursday mornings, 7:00 - 7:35 AM . "Practicing the Technique." (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
Friday mornings, 7:00 - 7:35 AM . "Practicing the Technique." (Our Savior's Atonement Lutheran Church)
There is no charge for meditating at Heights Meditation. However, for meetings held at Our Savior’s Atonement Lutheran Church, we suggest participants contribute $3 per meeting to help cover room rental costs (currently $25.50/hour). If you can contribute more, please do so because your contribution helps us grow and anchor the practice in our neighborhood. If you cannot make a contribution, no problem—we still want to welcome you into our midst.
All meetings begin with the turning off of cell phones and other noise-emitting devices. The meeting moderator helps everyone get comfortable and into a meditative position and mental attitude.
We sit quietly and meditate for 20-25 minutes. You can sit on the floor if you want, or use a chair in the room to sit on. During silent meditation we are practicing peace, serenity, and clarity as a conscious corrective to much of the rest of our lives. If you find calming your thoughts to be difficult for any length of time, you are like the rest of humanity. Most new meditators have difficulty calming the ruminative processes of the busy human mind. Through practice, however, peace and stability can be won.
The Sunday evening has a slightly different format: it begins with some chanting ("spiritual singalong") which is both fun and very focusing. After the chant, we go directly into 20-25 minutes of silent meditation.
Participants are requested to leave all food at home. Water for discreet use can be brought in a travel mug.
We are a friendly and open-hearted group. Please come visit us if meditation seems attractive or necessary to you in your life right now. There really is no better time than the present to start in on mediation. Please know that we will support you in your practice even as you, by your presence, support us in ours!