One City

by Ethan Nichtern

On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest
fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon in the
window displays of ABC Carpet & Home, a wonderful and sustainable store in New York City.
We are aiming to raise funds for our non-profit organization to develop as a true
community center, develop a radio show, and develop our activism
projects (environmental and prison work) in the coming year. We also need additional support to continue providing great
classes, events and projects for the upcoming year, and expand the
scope of our transformative community.

About 90 people have signed up to participate. Three of us, myself
included, are meditating for 24 hours straight! So why do we practice
That’s a great question to ask yourself before you do it around the
clock on one of the busiest streets in the world. Every week for the
next six weeks leading up to
the event, we will share with you five answers to that questions from
marathon participants. If you like an answer, please consider making a donation in support of the meditator who wrote it (many thanks to the 300 or so sponsors so far!) Any amount is appreciated, and it helps our little nonprofit with a big
heart tremendously. The donation is deductible to the full extent of
the law.

Here are this week’s top five reasons we sit:

1.I meditate because it
cures hangovers.

     -participant Kat Hendrix

2. “I sit to be in the present, not the past nor the future, because ‘right now’ is exactly where I need to be.”
    -participant Jeff Hinton

3. “I sit to transform problems into opportunities.”
    -participant Ralph De La Rosa

4. “i sit so i don’t miss the next 30 years of my life”
    -participant Heather Coleman

5. “I sit because it settles and dissolves the clamor of my mind into peace.”
    -participant Eavan Cleary

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