Bob Stickles fills the whole room with his smile and his friendly, informal manner, but he is serious about his meditating. In the past he cured his Crohn’s Disease through meditation.* Now, he shares what he learned and developed in this process with anyone who comes on Saturday mornings. Everyone is welcome.
Before and after the meditation people joke and chat. Mr. Stickles leads a friendly discussion of what’s going on in people’s lives, and how meditation might help everyone reach their goals or bear their troubles. At the end, when everyone gathers up their things to go, Mr. Stickles mentions where he’s planning to have lunch, and invites anyone who’s free to meet him there.
The meditation itself is more solemn. Mr. Stickles instructs everyone on the correct way to sit, and leads the group in an intense visualization exercise in which energy moves through the body. He speaks of a wheel with spokes: stay out on the edges of the spokes where distracted thought lies and the wheel tips over; stay in the middle and it remains steady. Over and over he says, “Stay in your center.”
Mr. Stickles says that he has taken different meditation methods and cobbled together those bits which work for him personally. He encourages everyone to do the same. His own meditation is a “form of microcosmic orbiting” which he relates to chi gung.
The gathering is every Saturday at 10:30 am, at Taproot Bookstore in Worcester MA. All ages who are able to respect the quiet meditation are welcome. The cost is $5. The meditation takes place on the second floor of Taproot Bookstore, and there is no elevator. See http://www.taprootbookstore.com/calendar-of-events.html for more information.
*See http://www.universalsourcehealing.com for more on Mr. Stickles’ story.