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meditationSummerStage concerts are a staple in New York City, but this year’s lineup includes one event that will involve more sitting in silence than swaying to the music.

The Big Quiet—taking place this Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park—is the outdoor festival’s first group meditation event, hosted in conjunction with modern meditation group Medi Club.

It’s yet another example of the cultural moment meditation is having throughout the city, from the Flatiron District’s new meditation studio to Governors Island’s large scale meditation masters event.

Event organizers are hoping to draw thousands of New Yorkers to The Big Quiet, where instead of a marquee instructor, organizers will share a guided technique with tips for beginners for five minutes. They’ll then leave the crowd to sit and meditate in whatever way they please for 15 minutes.

It’s free to attend but an RSVP is required, and meditators can stay afterward for performances from Jungle and Ibeyi. Because, you know, dancing is even better when you’re totally blissed out. —Lisa Elaine Held

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