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Vote for Wake Up London!

Kindred Spirit Magazine have announced their awards list for 2015 with an inclusion this year for Wake Up London!KSAwards-banner-400px

Their annual awards celebrate creativity and positive action by groups and individuals they have featured in the magazine. Wake Up London have been nominated for the ‘Community Initiative’ section for ‘organisations undertaking important social/spiritual work’.

The magazine are inviting external votes. If you would like Wake Up London to receive recognition for our work, please either vote online here: http://kindredspirit.co.uk/ksawards/ or purchase the Spring issue next week to vote by post. All entries will be entered into a prize draw.

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Meditation flash mob at Anxiety Arts Festival, Deptford Lounge

NOW Live Events are coming to Deptford Lounge, London launching their first community programme with a specially tailored programme for the local area as part of the London-wide ‘Anxiety Arts Festival’ over June 2014, curated by the Mental Health Foundation.

On offer will be NOW’s unique and playful approach to literature, performance, craft, poetry, visual arts, spoken word, music, mindfulness meditation, workshops for children and more. The programme includes Britain’s leading lifestyle philosopher Roman Krznaric,  Action for Happiness, mindfulness expert Tessa Watt and Craftivist Collective.

As part of their programme of events, Wake Up London have organized a meditation flash mob – see details below:

When: Saturday 28th June 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Where: Outside Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London, SE8 4RJ

Nearest station: Deptford

Map: http://deptfordlounge.org.uk/#prettyPhoto[iframe]/1/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594447644114362

What:

Open to people of all backgrounds, cultures, faiths, ages and experience levels, this meditation flash mob is an invitation to stop what we are doing and enjoy simply being present in our body and mind, with those around us and in our environment. We come together to celebrate our very real capacity to generate peace, already, in the here and now. This is the peace we offer to our cities and to the world.

Sitting meditation is a way for us to return home and give full attention and care to ourselves. As we sit, we can begin by simply following our in-breath and out-breath. As we do this, we can notice with full attention what is within and around us. We let our minds become spacious and our heart soft and kind. When we sit down peacefully, breathing and smiling with awareness, we have sovereignty over ourselves. We can be with whatever is within us – pain, anger, irritation, joy, love or peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away. We let it come, let it stay, then let it go.

Most of all, sitting is a chance for us to do nothing! We have nothing at all to do; just enjoy sitting and breathing in and out.

Sitting and breathing, we produce our true presence in the here and now and offer it to our community and to the world. This is the purpose of sitting: being here, fully alive and fully present.

Feel free to follow your own practice during this time. The sound of the bell at 12.30pm will start meditation and another sound at 1.30pm will end the meditation.

Please feel free to bring something comfortable to sit on and a waterproof mat (in case of rain).

Email enquiries to: info@wakeuplondon.org

Read more about the Now Live events at Anxiety Arts Festival: http://www.nowfestival.org/deptford-lounge-2014/

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Meditation flash mob THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY 11TH MAY // 5.30PM – LONDON

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Join us in meditation that will be synchronized with a meditation flash mob taking place with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in Barcelona on Sunday 11th May at 5.30pm GMT. Also joined by groups in Toyko and California.

From 5.30pm we will sit for 30 minutes in front of Marble Arch monument, which is directly across from Marble Arch Tube Station (Central Line).

See Picture: http://bit.ly/pP9htr
See Map: http://tiny.cc/lhzpm

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Sitting meditation is a way for us to return home and give full attention and care to ourselves. As we sit, we can begin by simply following our in-breath and out-breath. As we do this, we can notice with full attention what is within and around us. We let our minds become spacious and our heart soft and kind. When we sit down peacefully, breathing and smiling with awareness, we have sovereignty over ourselves. We can be with whatever is within us – pain, anger, irritation, joy, love or peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away. We let it come, let it stay, then let it go.

Most of all, sitting is a chance for you to do nothing! You have nothing at all to do; just enjoy sitting and breathing in and out.

Sitting and breathing, we produce our true presence in the here and now and offer it to our community and to the world. This is the purpose of sitting: being here, fully alive and fully present. Feel free to follow your own practice during this time.

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Please feel free to bring something comfortable to sit on and a waterproof mat (in case of rain).

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This is an event open to everyone, all ages, from every path, experienced or not. Let us come together as one community.

“If you are a Buddhist, please come. If you are a Christian please come. If you are Jewish, Muslim, or belong to or identify with any other religions, creed or peace organization, please come. If you are white, brown, black, yellow, red or any other colour, please come.

We shall learn together that wrong perceptions of self and others are at the foundation of separation, fear, hate, and violence; and that togetherness and collaboration is possible.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Event in Barcelona with Thich Nhat Hanh: https://www.facebook.com/events/554327711347593/

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Upcoming Wake Up in Motion! events

We have some wonderful monthly events exploring movement arts and well-being over the next 3 months.

An evening of movement and stillness
Wednesday 2nd April, 8pm to 9.30pm

We will use gentle yoga-based movements to explore how an awareness of the body, the spine and the breath can feed into the stillness of our sitting practice. We will also use some simple therapeutic touch to see how we can support each other in finding ease and lightness in the body. This will be followed by a deep relaxation and we will finish with a short seated meditation and some time to share our experiences.

All activities will be accessible for everyone, even if you have health challenges or have never tried yoga before. The challenge for this evening is not how physically flexible you are but how fully you can inhabit the body!

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. You may also want to bring some socks and something to cover up with so that you can stay warm during the relaxation. Bring your own yoga mat if you wish to or there will be some available to borrow.

Wake Up in Rhythm
Wednesday 7th May 2014, 8pm to 9.30pm

From the heart, to the beat, to the movement of your feet!
Touching the stillness and silence of our bodies,
we can hear the soft thunder of our own heartbeat.

Starting with sitting, standing and walking, we will start to feel how it is to move in rhythm. Starting from our own inner drum, we will listen and engage with both our ears and our bodies to rhythm, exploring whether the barrier we create between what is and isn’t music is more permeable than we may think…

Arrive from 7.40pm to start at 8pm.

Restorative heart-opening yoga session
Wednesday 4th June 2014, 8pm to 9.30pm


During this Wake Up in Motion evening, we will practise a gentle restorative session in the IYENGAR yoga tradition.
IYENGAR is known for its attention to alignment and the use of props. One of the benefits of using props is to allow opening in parts of the body where it would otherwise be difficult. One such area is the thoracic spine. Using props, such as cushions, we will practise gentle resting poses allowing the back ribs to spread, the thoracic spine to be supported and the chest to open. The yoga class will consist of sitting, chanting OM (optional), a series of supine (reclined) poses, forward bends, and relaxation. This yoga class is suitable for all levels, beginners welcome. Facilitated by Jo, a certified IYENGAR yoga teacher and has many years experience teaching.
Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Avoid eating a large meal close to arriving. A light meal or snack at least one hour before class is advisable. Please arrive from 7.40pm onwards in time to settle in (and, if you would like, enjoy a cup of tea) before an 8pm start. The evening runs until 9.30pm.

All these events are held in our usual venue and open to all those who have attended a Wake Up London afternoon of mindfulness. See you there!

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Evenings of mindfulness on Thursdays in April

From 10th April 2014, Wake Up London and Heart of London sanghas will now be co-hosting evenings of mindfulness on Thursdays for all ages at our regular venue, Westminster Quaker Meeting House (see directions).

These evenings are suitable for all those who have attended a morning of mindfulness or afternoon of mindfulness. There will be minimal guidance.

The evening schedule will be based on the Saturday sessions of mindfulness and may include other practices and teachings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. It will be an opportunity to explore and go deeper into the practice.

Please feel free to arrive from 6pm and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Positive messages flash mob for Intl’ Day of Happiness

Spread happiness

What are you doing to celebrate the 2nd year of the United Nations International Day of Happiness on 20th March?

Wake Up London will be spreading some positivity in the morning during rush hour on Hungerford Bridge, by Southbank with inspiring messages.

Please join us for breakfast at 7.50am at EAT at The Southbank Centre and then we will start the flash mob at 8.15am until 9am.

Bring a sign with a simple, inspiring, uplifting message.

Watch this video to give you an example what happens:

For more details – see the Facebook event.

Supporting the campaign by Action for Happiness.

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Peace in Ukraine vigil

A simultaneous, international Peace Vigil with meditation or silent prayer.

“Peace in Ukraine” is an invitation to unite around those qualities that can help to resolve the conflict, such as compassion, understanding, wisdom, honesty and dialogue.

THIS SUNDAY 9th MARCH at the same time in different countries all around the world, we will – sit for one hour in silence to collect all of our good intentions, aspirations and hope – and to offer it as a source of support to all who are suffering in this crisis.

You are warmly welcome to join with us in your thoughts…
Or come together in a place of your city!

Participating places:
16.00 in London, UK, GMT – north-west entrance corner of St James Park, closest to Trafalgar Sq, under a big tree
16.00 in Milton Keynes, UK
18.00 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
18.00 in Donetsk, Ukraine
18.00 in Lviv, Ukraine
17.00 in Madrid, Spain
17.00 in Budapest, Hungary
17.00 in Paris, France
17.00 in Stockholm, Sweden
10.00 in Mexico City, Mexico
And the corresponding time in your area – Feel free to get in touch if you want to create an assembly place in your city!
We invite you to bring candles and something to sit on.

It is not an imposition of a view or a choice of a side.
It’s a call for peace, love and understanding.

May our leaders have the wisdom to look deeply, the courage to speak openly and the insight to find a compassionate and just path through the storm.

Bringing people together of all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures through meditation and prayer, we believe that it is possible to inspire and motivate for a positive change.

We come together to celebrate our very real capacity to generate peace, already, in the here and now. This is the peace we offer to our cities and to the world.

An independent, non-aligned event,
initiated by people from west and east Ukraine,
brought together with the support of Wake Up London.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412940635629192/ 

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Wake Up London is a community of individuals practicing together to promote peace and reconciliation within ourselves and for our planet. We’d love to highlight what’s happening within our community, and how the practice is positively impacting our society. 

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