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heights meditation
In late August 2011 a small group of dedicated meditators—some longtime practitioners, some relative newbies to the practice—met in a private apartment in Washington Heights. Acknowledging the difficulty of practicing meditation in a consistent way as lonely and isolated individuals, these meditators decided to band together and form a meditation group with the specific aim of servicing Upper Manhattan residents, who otherwise have to search far and wide for a home for their meditation practice. Since that foundational meeting, Heights Meditation has met as scheduled, rain or shine, workaday or holiday, without interruption. Hurricanes, snowstorms, hot weather and cold weather have tried their level best to knock our group off stride; but we abide and continue in our practice. It is inspiring work we go about.

Currently we meet daily, often for a half hour in the morning before the work day begins. Please take a look below at our meeting schedule and meeting locales. We hope you can join us soon.
In late August 2011 a small group of dedicated meditators—some longtime practitioners, some relative newbies to the practice—met in a private apartment in Washington Heights. Acknowledging the difficulty of practicing meditation in a consistent way as lonely and isolated individuals, these meditators decided to band together and form a meditation group with the specific aim of servicing Upper Manhattan residents, who otherwise have to search far and wide for a home for their meditation practice. Since that foundational meeting, Heights Meditation has met as scheduled, rain or shine, workaday or holiday, without interruption. Hurricanes, snowstorms, hot weather and cold weather have tried their level best to knock our group off stride; but we abide and continue in our practice. It is inspiring work we go about.

Currently we meet daily, often for a half hour in the morning before the work day begins. Please take a look below at our meeting schedule and meeting locales. We hope you can join us soon.
Meditation is an ancient practice that in the course of the twentieth century moved across the West and has profoundly benefited the millions of people who practice it either occasionally or regularly.

Much of what we learn in life creates stress and resentment, fear and craving. These are states of being in which all sense of being rooted in the body is lost and the self lives in a kind of obsessive mind trap. In this state, the past typically afflicts us with regret and the future fills us with fear.

Meditation counters this entrapment (“I can’t stop thinking about it and it’s making me sick!”) by teaching its practitioners to find within themselves a readily accessible peace. Many people practice meditation alone, maybe at home or even on the subway. Many of us have found that meditation really only gains traction in our lives when practiced regularly with others who are similarly-minded. Group practice anchors the technique in our lives in a way that individual practice cannot.

Through our daily practice at Heights Meditation, then, we seek to train our minds to be more calm, more clear, more open, and less fearful.
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.

Meeting Times


Saturday mornings, 8:30 - 9:30 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, 5:30 – 6:00 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.

Meeting Format


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!
At Heights Meditation meetings, we practice the conscious calming down of the mind so that consciousness can abide comfortably and happily with itself, in every passing moment. Visit us if practicing this way of life seems desirable to you. It will take some commitment on your part, but the commitment is truly not a heavy or a difficult one. You will find many people at Heights Meditation to support you on your path. The rewards of consistent practice are readily experienced and well documented. Whether you are a beginner, a long-time practitioner, or someone just curious about the potential benefits of meditation when the technique is woven into your life—everyone is always warmly welcome.

Please contact us at heightsmeditation@gmail.com if you have any questions about our meetings.

You can also visit us at our Meetup.com website ("Heights Meditation - Washington Heights NYC") for ongoing and continually updated information Heights Meditation meetings and to see the profiles of the many other dozens of meditators in our area who belong to our group.

Our Savior's Atonement
Lutheran Church
178 Bennett Avenue - south entrance
(@ 189th st)
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"The Lounge" at Hudson View Gardens
Corner of west 183rd Street & Pinehurst Avenue
Please go down the driveway, second door on the right reads "The Lounge."
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Questions or comments:
heightsmeditation@gmail.com