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Lots of start new yr in Milwaukee with meditation at Riverside ... - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hundreds of people meditate on Sunday to start the New Year.

For 90 minutes on Sunday, a whole bunch of individuals gathered on the Riverside Theater to begin the brand new yr in peace with Meditate Milwaukee.  

The occasion was free to the general public with stay music and a guided meditation.  

“There is a chance for individuals to create a brand new starting for themselves and that may occur daily, however it is a day individuals actually wish to begin one thing new,” stated Kaita Bliffert, one of many organizers with Meditate Milwaukee. “We’ve by no means pulled something like this off earlier than, and we thought that this is able to be an ideal day.” 

Jennifer Bartolotta led the group with some reflection on how individuals are handled and who must be saved in our lives.  

Bartolotta stated she hopes individuals bought “a connection to themself first.”  

“I really feel like we’re disconnected from ourselves and we misplaced our means due to the entire issues which have occurred since March of 2020, and I don’t suppose we had been in nice form earlier than it,” Bartolotta stated. “I believe individuals are hurting and a little bit misplaced, and if individuals discovered their means again dwelling in the present day, after which had the chance to really feel the love on this house, that may have been my aim for the day.” 

Whereas on stage, Bartolotta, who meditates each day, felt “optimistic ions flowing by means of the air.” 

“Meditation for me affords me a pause between my need to react and my true need to reply and present up the best way I wish to,” Bartolotta stated. “This group dynamic takes it to a complete different stage as a result of we’re all linked.”  

Traci Schwartz, left and Kaita Bliffert, of Meditate Milwaukee lead hundreds of people in group meditation at the Riverside Theater on Sunday.

Traci Schwartz, organizer with Medidate Milwaukee, stated the group needed to host the occasion on New Yr’s Day for individuals “to set intensions fairly than resolutions.”  

“Clearly it takes loads to stand up on New Yr’s Day and get out of the home and are available to an occasion,” Schwartz stated. 

Schwartz and Bliffert had been a part of a gaggle that lead the gang within the group meditation.  

“To really feel the power from all people coming as much as us on the stage and we had been sending it again and out,” Schwartz stated. “It’s so unimaginable being on this house.” 

Lisa Hassebrock meditates on the floor of the Riverside Theater during a group meditation.

Eastside resident Sarah Burke got here to the occasion with buddies desirous to be taught extra about meditation. 

“I’m fairly early in meditation, however I believe for me it helps me all through my day to create a ‘pause’ and actually, not be so reactionary,” Burke stated. “It’s altering my mind slowly.” 

Whereas meditation is often finished solo, Burke stated she loved the group expertise.  

“Yr 2023, I wish to proceed to do new issues,” Burke stated. “I’m excited for extra meditation and extra occasions like this. It’s a good way to kick off the brand new yr.” 

Meditate Milwaukee does have month-to-month group meditation occasions however for individuals who weren’t capable of make it, they’re asking individuals to meditate, management their respiratory for one minute at 4:14 p.m.

“We wish Milwaukee to be generally known as the town that meditates collectively,” Bliffert stated.

Extra:I am not all the time the mother or father I believe I’m. I am attempting to vary that in 2023.

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