The Big Quiet at One World Observatory

Feeling Antsy? You Can Meditate with a Thousand Other People This Sunday

Unless you have a fear of crowds, this sounds like a relaxing way to spend Sunday evening.

What better way to unwind than a mass meditation with over a thousand other people from across the country?

The Big Quiet, an organization that “brings meditation to the masses,” is hosting a mass meditation and sound experience event in New York City on March 19 that sounds as relaxing as it does awesome; but don’t book your plane tickets just yet. While the real-life event takes place at the One World Observatory – atop One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – the Historic Third Ward’s Kimpton Journeyman Hotel brings the event local on the hotel’s rooftop Sunday evening.

Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

The meditation trend is no foreign concept in Milwaukee. Recently, West Milwaukee Intermediate School implemented “Mindful Mondays” and now frequently begins classes with a “mindful minute.” At local non-profit Growing Minds, instructors guide their young students through sun salutations after they sing in unison about their chakras. More and more wellness studios are popping up around the city than ever before.

Milwaukee is one of seven North American locations to host The Big Quiet via livestream. The night begins with a community-led meditation followed by a live streaming of the NYC event around 9 p.m. Later in the evening, enjoy a reception featuring music by local string musicians and locally-made tea provided by Urbal Tea.  

Third Ward athleisure boutique Kit and Ace (which also has NYC locations) is collaborating with The Big Quiet to make the event possible. The brand, an offshoot of Lululemon Athletica, is a natural fit for the mass-meditation event; their online magazine The Ante features stories such as How to Use Mindfulness to Break Your Bad Habits and How to Meditate Anywhere

The group meditation at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is free and open to the public, but attendees must make reservations through Eventbrite.