Shhh, NYC. No, not your mouth — your mind.
If finding zen in the noisy city has been elusive, then The Big Quiet could be your chance.
On July 13, tap into the collective energy of 2,000 people gathered in Central Park for an outdoor mass meditation. Tickets start at $25 (benefitting the City Parks Foundation) and are on sale now — and they will sell out.
The event at Rumsey Playfield will mark The Big Quiet’s first anniversary. The mass meditations began in Central Park last June, and since then have been held at Williamsburg’s Farm on Kent, Lincoln Center and even a boat for a sound bath on the Hudson River (no actual bathing happened — sound baths involve listening to a resonating instrument like “singing” bowls).
What you’ll find at Big Quiet is good vibes without the spirituality — modern meditation connects you with you, rather than a higher power — and beginners will get some guidance at a short session that teaches a simple technique.
After the meditation, there will be a sound bath session led by Sara Auster, who holds weekly classes at uber-modern wellness studio MNDFL, live music and the event’s first-ever bazaar of activewear, clean foods and wellness gurus around the city. (Tip: Exercising your body improves your meditation practice, too.)
If you’re inspired by the event, the people you’ll meet, The Big Quiet grew out of Medi Club, the “community for meditators” that has gained hundreds of members throughout the city since its founding in December 2014. Their monthly gatherings draw about 100 people for meditation and socializing.
The Big Quiet
July 13, 6 p.m.
SummerStage, Central Park
Fifth Avenue at 69th Street