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
150 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 to be less of a jerk.”
     -participant Heather Coleman

2. “i sit because i‘m INSANE if i don’t!”
    -participant Leslie Booker

3. “I
sit because ‘I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world
be aware I sit
    content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One
world is aware, and by the far the
    largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own t…oday
or in ten
    thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now,
or with equal cheerfulness, I can
    wait.’~Walt Whitman

    -participant Raquel Cion

4. “I sit because this world is a mystery but my mind should not be.”
     -participant Nomi Kleinman

5. I sit because things are much better when I‘m “on my meditation”
    -participant Kat Hendrix

Please Do Donate on behalf of one of the above participants at this link.

And tell us, why do you meditate? Or why don’t you?

Sit Down, Rise Up!

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