Just sitting very quietly, erect and wakeful, we feel calmer and more at ease. We understand things more clearly, and our appreciations and empathies grow. Sitting with others greatly enhances this experience. Stillness Groups provide regular opportunities to do just that
What to expect: Sitting sessions last one hour. Participants usually sit on chairs, though some prefer floor cushions. They face one another in a circle. A session is divided into three 15 minute periods of sitting. After the first and second periods, participants walk single file clockwise once around the room to stretch their legs and refresh their wakefulness. One sitter, often the person who has organized the group, keeps time and signals the beginning and ending of periods with a bell or clap of hands. Participants should feel free to lie down or leave early as desired. Before and after the session participants have an opportunity to socialize or ask one another for help with difficulties they may be having with their practice.