Video: Sitting down to rise up

New York City’s Interdependence Project has been, as they say, taking meditation to the streets. First there was their November 2009 “Sit Down, Rise Up” 24-hour meditation marathon in the windows of ABC Carpet. (Video here.) Now, the IDP has gone underground to bring meditation to light.

This new public meditation — which the IDP calls an “Inter-Act,” and which Director of Arts and Communication Josh Adler describes as “a new type of performance art and civic engagement” — took place in an NYC subway tunnel: the one at Port Authority to be exact. A “challenging environment to try and meditate in,” to be sure. So, how did it go?

Well, the cops may have not liked it so much, but there surely can’t be a problem with walking meditation when sitting doesn’t work. And, as Adler states, the IDP intends to keep going. To join them, visit the IDP or


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    Like to see a group in or around Philadelphia, PA started. Would be fun.

    I had to “kill” an hour while waiting in Bucks County, PA, and sat on a bench in the lower level of the Oxford Valley Mall, across from Sesame Place.

    I did it! Reached a nice level of consciousness despite all of the distractions around me.

    michael j
    Conshohocken, PA USA

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    Liking the idea of this done as a group. I’ve done it myself in airports and other “waiting” spaces. Once in Hong Kong a Chinese Buddhist nun sat down beside me for about 20 minutes. Apparently she had time to pass as well.


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