A sharing by Karim Manji, a Wake Up London facilitator who is currently on the 90 day Winter Retreat in Plum Village, France.…
On Thursday June 2nd 2011, people from all walks of life gathered together to meditate in the centre of Trafalgar Square.
This poem written by one meditation flash mobster describes the moment so beautifully:
“We shared a profound peace,
a still point of love and light,
radiant and eternal,
together as one,
we bathed in the sound,
as London pulsed around us
with all its indifferent bluster
and curious beauty..”
~ Sam Iamweare Spark
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What: Meditation Flash Mob
When: Thursday 2nd June 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Between the two fountains in Trafalgar Square, London
Meditation flash mobs have been popping up across the United States recently (check out www.medmob.org) …Let’s start one in London!
Flash Mobs are a large group of people who gather “spontaneously” in a public place, perform an unusual act then quickly disperse.
1. To create an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation.
2. To spread awareness of meditation to the public.
3. To come together as a community to send positive intentions out into the world.
4. To show that leading by example is the best way to lead. Simple acts can stimulate major paradigm shifts in thinking
When: Thursday 2nd June 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Between the two large fountains in Trafalgar Square, London
6:30pm – Arrive at Trafalgar Square
6:32pm – A female member of the Wake Up London Sangha meditation group will find a spot on the ground in between the two large fountains to sit and meditate. Please continue to look inconspicuous during this time.
6:33pm – Then feel free to join the sitting meditation at staggered times within the first 2-3 minutes.
Please do not to block any public pathways, otherwise, sit anywhere you like… spread out all over the place and lets create a profound experience.
Make sure people can still walk freely.
6.33pm to 6.53pm – Silent sitting meditation, in your own style.
6.53pm to 7pm – Sound bath: You can use any mantra or sound that connects you to the higher source within you, the universal energy of all life. Om, Ah, Ong, Nah or any other sound that calls you personally.If you choose, move closer to one another, donate your physical presence, your positive energy, your voice, use any sound or mantra that connects you to the source of your deepest wisdom.
It’s also a lot of fun and just sounds awesome to everyone around!
7pm – Disperse and walk your own separate ways. We want to confuse and bemuse the public and leave them in bewilderment as to what just happened.
What to bring: Please feel free to bring your own cushion but do not sit down on it until after 6:33pm. It will seem more spontaneous if you do not use a cushion, but for health concerns, we understand if you choose to use one.
More details will be announced…Spread the word (Sshhhh..quietly…..) Invite your friends! All are welcome, meditator or not!
And it’s free!
If you’re on Facebook, check out event here and click attend: http://on.fb.me/meditation-flash-mob
Dear friends, it is our pleasure to announce that we will be having a special Newcomers’ Meeting on Sat 28th May at 3.30-6.00pm!
The afternoon is aimed at anyone who would like to come and try our practices (including sitting, walking and eating meditation), and to answer any questions they may have about mindfulness and meditation. There will be plenty of time for sharing, and existing sangha members will describe their experiences with different elements of the practice.
Please spread the word and invite all your friends! This is a great chance for people to learn more about mindfulness, so we look forward to seeing you there!
In March 2011, monks and nuns from the Plum Village Meditation Centre will be visiting UK universities to offer introductory workshops on mindfulness. These workshops will offer practical exercises in mindfulness of breath, body and mind, and share ways to cope with stress, release tension and handle strong emotions, including anger, loneliness and despair. They will share their experiences of using simple practices to awaken to joy and happiness in daily life and nourish a heart of compassion.
More information here http://uk.wkup.org/
About the monastics and the tour
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.