Welcome to Wake Up !
A welcoming space for age 18-35 years to practice mindfulness, meditation, compassionate listening, and joyful companionship, inspired by the teachings of Zen master, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
You don’t need to have ever meditated before – the meditations will be guided and you don’t have to be Buddhist – Wake Up is an inclusive organisation welcoming young people from all religions, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, genders, and life experiences. The common ground Wake Up seeks to create between us all a commitment to compassionate, joyful, and peaceful speech, listening and actions, as well as a willingness to look more deeply into ones self through gentle mindfulness, so we can individually take care of ourselves, and from there be able to take care of others in the world.
The general structure of the evening:
7pm – 7.10pm Arrive, start relaxing
Opportunity to collectively sing a few Wake Up songs (there’s no need to fear this; we don’t sing to impress, we just sing from our hearts, all joyfully together – but there’ll be no pressure to sing if you don’t want to 🙂
Opportunity to read a small extract from one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books or articles.
Dharma sharing (this is a really special practice in Thich Nhat Hanh’s practices ; dharma sharing is a chance for whoever wants to share, to share from the heart, a joy, a sorrow, a question, whatever it is that resonates for them at the time, while everyone else listens open-mindedly and compassionately, not verbally replying, but just being there for that person). We encourage you to bring a blanket and meditation cushion or bench if you have one as we don’t have many to go around, if you do not that’s ok – just bring your lovely self. 🙂
*(you are not obliged to participate in anything you don’t want to) :)*
Evening finishes by 8.45pm/9pm 🙂
Dana (donation) – in this practice, we ask for dana, which is donation from the heart. It is not obligatory, but a donation of £2 – £5 (or any amount you can offer, however small) would be much appreciated to enable us to cover room rental.
We meet on Sunday evenings in the Bournville Quakers Meeting House (65 Linden Rd, Birmingham B30 1JT in the small front room by the carpark front door. Doors open at 7pm and the evening runs from 7.10pm -8.45/9pm. A number of buses get you here, with the No.11 stopping right outside. There is a car park and bike stands to lock your bike. When you arrive, knock on the glass door by the car park and you’ll be let in 🙂
More details on https://www.facebook.com/Wake-Up-Birmingham-344732969269753/