One Hour Meditation Makeover

A man sat in meditation for the first time ever. Here’s what happened.


Tonight was the first night in a new Calm Chicago program, “First Wednesday Meditation.”

One guy came. Very nice. Very stressed. (And aren’t we all.)

As you all know, I have terrific confidence in meditation and love sharing it with others because this shit here – it really works!

I always have folks do a before and after card to describe their experience. It helps me see what works and helps them see the change.

Here was his before:



And after:



I love it! We really do possess the OFF-switch for our stress and an ON switch for happiness.

He asked for a book recommendation about meditation and suggested this, as I nearly always do, “Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Gunaratana. You might like it too.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Remember, only love cures hatred. Only love.

May all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all be at peace and at ease. May all experience joy.

Be like the lotus flower, no matter how challenging is the environment, it spread its fragrance and non of mud water can attach on the leaves.

MD = Meditation Relax Preview!

Join us for a try it out and see if you like class or two this August!

As Martha Beck says, “External circumstances do not create feeling states. Feeling states create external circumstances.” Meditation can help you experience this for your self. So, come join us!

Just $10/class Wednesday August 13, 20 & 27 6-7pm Advance registration required. 

(Logo design by Brittany Thill)

In these classes we’ll focus less on doing and more on being. You’ll be guided through a series of meditations and gentle movement designed to allow your heart and mind and body to get the rest and healing they so badly need.

Come as you are from work or from where ever. No special anything needed other than a desire to heal your suffering, lessen that feeling of unsatisfactoriness that can creep into our lives, and put down that burden of stress we all carry. Though if you have your own meditation cushion, bench or yoga matt, feel free to bring that along.

Classes are one hour long with about 45 minutes of experiential practice of meditation and 15 minutes for q & a and conversation at the end of practice.

Sign up for four classes per month $50 or eight classes $80

Monday evenings 6-7pm and Saturday afternoons 12-1pm

First full session Starts September 6, 2014. Class limited. Advance registration required. Credit card via Square.

Managing Anger & Stress Through Meditation

We are so pleased and proud that kind, brave and generous people are stepping up to help prevent youth violence and that Calm Chicago can be part of that effort.

May all beings be free from suffering. May all be happy and joyful. May all know their true nature, that is love.



Photography by Dave Tepper

Free 30 Minute Mindfulness Break!

Even our weekends can get pretty busy and this is supposed to be our “down-time.” Sometimes we feel that we need to do everything, squeeze in everything we just have to do. That list can be awfully long, right? Because we’ve got laundry, house or apartment cleaning, shopping, bill paying, and other living essentials. Then we’ve got all our activities: people to see, movies to watch, experiences we want to have…whatever. There’s tremendous pressure to do it all.

All that doing can leave a person feeling a little fried and fragmented. Quite the opposite of what we intended. In fact, all that running around and feeling pressured is what leads us to trying to multitask, even on our weekends! And all that dividing of our attention is no good for our brains. It actually fragments the firing of our neurons making it harder to pay attention to anything. In neuroscience they say, “what fires together, wires together.” This means that for instance in the case of meditation, we are reuniting parts of the brain and getting the neurons to fire and wire together for greater attention capacity amongst other things.

So, join us for a mid-weekend break for free. And give your brain and your mind a rest.

This will be a free call-in event available via Zoom. 

Join from dial-in phone line: 
    Dial: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788    Meeting ID: 970 893 559     Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting The password is: Peace

All you will need is a phone and 30 minutes! Hope to hear from you tomorrow!


What Stops You From Mindfulness Practice?

Tell us what get’s in your way, so we can offer services and classes to help you develop your mindfulness meditation practice.

Images of the Buddha can remind us to practice mindfulness meditation