Way of Stillness

   Stillness Groups
Tri-state
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 periods of sitting.  After the first and second period, 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 for help with difficulties they may be having with their practice.

Stillness Groups:

  • Are non-religious, but often enrich the devotional experience of those who are religious


  • Expect absolute confidentiality regarding anything said among participants.


  • Do not require special abilities like sitting cross-legged, or shutting down thoughts.


  • Are suitable for almost everyone, including sufferers of PTSD, bi-polar disorder, addictions, grief, anxiety …


  • Do not involve trance states or other non-normal mental experiences or attempt to explain the experiences of participants through any belief system.


  • Have no hierarchy of authority, although some participants volunteer to organize groups or keep time.


  • Charge no fees and ask for no donations.


  • Are not intended as formal, professionally led support groups.


  • Have no expectations or requirements for those involved; no vows or commitments.


 
 
Current Stillness Groups:

                                         
Platteville Stillness Group


                                    Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 pm                

                                             Park Place Wellness Room

                                         (Basement level;  take first left from 

                                         main entrance to stairway/elevator; from base of

                                         stairs go right.)                          

                                             1075 N. Elm St.

                                             Platteville, WI


                                              

                                            Dubuque Stillness Group


                              Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm
                                              Body and Soul Wellness Center and Spa
                                              2728 Asbury Rd.
                                              Dubuque, IA 52001
                                              
 
Additional information:

                                              
  Jeff Wright  MA, E-RYT500
                                                peoplesyoga@centurylink.net
                                           www.wayofstillness.com
                                           (608) 348-6060

 Resources:
                     Way of Stillness
by Jeff Wright
                   “Formal Public Stillness: A Call to Inaction”by Jeff Wright
                   “Meditation!?”by Jeff Wright
                     (All publications are available at www.wayofstillness.com.)

 

 

 

 

 

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