Awakin gatherings started when three friends got together in 1996 to sit in silence, every Wednesday, in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle – when you change within, the world changes. And instead of closing the door, they left it open … to all.
Inspired by many others, who have done this for decades, Awakin Circles offer a space to come together and share in a context of stillness, community and service.
Today, Awakin Circles have organically rippled to eighty cities around the globe. People meditate for the first hour, engage in a circle of reflective sharing in the second hour, and conclude the night by receiving a home-cooked vegetarian meal. A palpable sense of gratitude and community weaves through it all. The ripples of inner transformation are countless – and continue on.
The rough format of the evening goes something like this …
|7:00PM||An hour of collective silence; its unguided, without any instructions or music. For first-timers, this primer on meditation may be helpful.|
|8:00PM||A short reading (sent out earlier via email), followed by a circle of sharing of reflections and any “aha” moments from everyday life.|
|8.45PM||Home-cooked Vegan dinner|
There is no charge and no one is expected to bring anything. People organically “pay-it-forward” to the world in their own ways.
Guest Speaker Awakin Circle with Nipun Mehta & Jamie Bristowe
|70 Carlton Ave
Harrow HA3 8AY
|27 Sep 2017|
|6.30pm – Sit in collective silence
7.30pm – Circle of introduction/sharing; Nipun’s reflections and stories from his personal service journey; collective Q&A
8:45pm – Home-cooked vegan dinner
Please register here
About Nipun: At the age of 25, Nipun Mehta quit his job to become a “full time volunteer.” He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over 400,000 members who have delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Their projects include DailyGood, KarmaTube, KindSpring and KarmaKitchen — and has garnered Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion award President Obama’s appointment on a council to address poverty and inequality. Around the globe, Nipun has inspired many with stories of giftivism and his walking pilgrimage in India, while championing values like generosity, social change without money, and humility. Ultimately, his mission statement reads: “My life is an attempt to bring smiles in the world and silence in my heart.”
About Jamie: Jamie Bristow is director of the Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute that works with politicians around the world who practice mindfulness and helps them to make capacities of heart and mind serious considerations of public policy. The Mindfulness Initiative grew out of a mindfulness training program in the UK Parliament, which has seen over 140 politicians take an eight-week training course, and provides the secretariat to the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group.Share this...