Update: We are really grateful for your support and interest in the Wake Up: Engaged sessions. Unfortunately, these sessions will not be continuing after June 2014 due to the anticipation of low number of attendees over the summer. We hope to resume these again later in the year.
Third Wednesdays of every month from 19th February 2014, 8pm to 9.30pm.
Elizabeth Fry Room, Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, off St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4EA
These sessions will be dedicated to exploring the role of mindful living in various areas of our personal lives and our relationship to our society and the planet. We will have the opportunity to reflect on the personal challenges we face in modern life and our responsibilities within the wider environments and communities we are connected to.
Please feel free to arrive from 7.40pm. We ask for a donation to cover the rent of the room. These sessions are open to those who have attended a Wake Up London afternoon of mindfulness.
Recently cited as the “defining challenge of our time” by Barack Obama, the impact of wealth inequality is seen and felt across all sectors of society – entrenching social divisions and contributing to many social problems, including obesity, reduced life expectancy, drug abuse, increased levels of stress, accentuated materialism and a higher carbon footprint.
A recent study on wealth distribution in the UK found that the richest 20% of the population hold 60% of the net wealth of the country and 100 times more than the poorest 20% – meaning that the richest 1% of the UK population now have as much wealth as the entire bottom 60%. On top of this in the last 30 years social mobility (the chances of someone from a poor background becoming rich) has also dropped dramatically.
Globally we are now entering a century where increasing levels of automation and technological advancement across business and industry have led many experts to predict that this trend will only accelerate and we will end up with a highly elitist society where a lucky few have access to vast amounts of wealth while the majority live in relative poverty.
This Wake Up: Engaged session will outline the current state of play and look to initiate a mini-think tank discussion on what the solutions to this problem might be and how we might be able to act together as a group to reduce wealth inequality. As practitioners of mindful living deeply rooted in a care for the planet and for each other, this is an issue which should be very close to our hearts.
Facilitated by Tom and Charlotte from Wake Up London.
> On wealth distribution: The High Pay Centre Think Tank – London: www.highpaycentre.org/
> On the effects of wealth inequality: The Spirit Level by Wilkinson and Pickett: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_Level:_Why_More_Equal_Societies_Almost_Always_Do_Better
> On future inequality predictions: Prospect magazine article review of Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the 21st Century’: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/book-review-capital-in-21-century-thomas-piketty/
An extra Wake Up: Engaged evening the week after:
Women’s Sharing Evening
Wednesday 25th June, 8pm to 9.30pm
For centuries, women have always gathered to share wisdom, strength, grief and joy. In this evening, we will create a safe, warm and supportive space to explore fully what it means to be a woman. We will have the space to open our hearts, share and listen deeply to each other about our vulnerabilities, fears, joys and aspirations.
Topics can include: True Love (3rd Mindfulness Training), intimacy, relationships and sex. This will be a chance for healing our wounds and celebrating our joys together by supporting and encouraging each other though mindfulness.
We will also create spaces to acknowledge and celebrate our femininity and sisterhood – this will include some mindful movements and singing.
We invite you to bring an object or item of clothing which for you symbolises or connects you to our femininity.
Women of all ages can be part of the circle. Our presence is a gift that will enrich and nourish other women. Little girls and babies also are welcome accompanied by her mother.
May your heart be filled with loving kindness
You have a power that has nothing to do with what you do
or what you say
or who you know or what you know
or where you are or what you look like or your skills
or your talents
or what you have.
It is the power of your presence.
It is the heat and light from your burning log.
And it touches everyone who comes in contact with you….
~Paul Williams, Remember your Essence